IPEC 2019: Water Supply Permitting Hurdles to Remote Facility Operations

August 15, 2019

IPEC 2019 featured speaker, John S. Sullivan, P.G. of SCS Engineers

Oil and gas facility construction and expansion have created a situation where, to meet water needs, facilities have had to install water wells or tie into existing water wells to supply operations. Associated regulations begin with the Federal EPA and flow down to state regulators for permitting and enforcement. As the regulations read today, a facility supplied by a water well with over 25 personnel is regulated the same as a municipal water supply system for a city.

Rather than evolving to accommodate these facilities, the regulations for such situations have grown stricter over the years and have created an obstacle to facility expansion.

Arguments for best management practices of placarding faucets as non-potable, installing a commercial water treatment system, and offering company-provided drinking water as compliance has been challenged by EPA and state primacy programs. An inconsistent regulatory definition of “25 employees” amongst inspectors can further complicate the issue.

In this SCS Engineers presentation, John will discuss the value of having two distinct sets of regulations that will ensure the safe and responsible use of groundwater while also allowing for economically building or expanding remote facilities.

John Sullivan, PG, Senior Project Manager at SCS Engineers – Midland, Texas

Visit with John S. Sullivan, P.G. of SCS Engineers and learn more about how operations and environmental compliance can work together at IPEC 2019.










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