With today’s technological advances, many of the laborious tasks required to complete ecological and natural resource components of a project are greatly improved. Gone are the days of field notebooks with blurred drawings and “cut-and-paste” maps. GPS units, GIS software, digital cameras, smart phones, tablets, and a host of other gadgets allow field personnel to collect and analyze data in minutes.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempted oil and gas activities from EPA storm water plans and permits. However, there are certain circumstances that are not exempt from storm water regulations.
According to state laws, a permit application may need to be filed to obtain water rights.
The process for obtaining a permit for vessels requires strong attention to detail.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its requirements on August 2, 2013, for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emissions from storage tanks, which are primarily used by the oil and natural gas industry.