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Industry revises stormwater RAPPS guidelines

October 01, 2007
TOPICS: Water
The industry generated document entitled Reasonable and Prudent Practices for Stabilization (RAPPS) of Oil and Natural Gas Construction Sites has been revised and should help operators easily incorporate voluntary stormwater management practices into their day-to-day operations.

The OIPA along with other industry associations and company representatives built upon the 2004 RAPPS guidance document. Through field validation of the RAPPS, gap identification, and concerted program improvements, the industry working group developed a revised guidance document that if implemented correctly will serve as a tool for operators to use to efficiently and effectively maximize control of stormwater discharges during clearing and grading activities at oil and natural gas exploration and production sites throughout the contiguous U.S. Oil and gas operators do not have to obtain permit coverage under the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program unless stormwater discharges from oil and gas sites to waters of the U.S. result in a reportable quantity release of oil (i.e. a sheen) or hazardous substances or contributes pollutants (such as sediment) that violate a water quality standard.

OIPA encourages its members to use the revised RAPPS document. The use of this document should assist operators in avoiding the need to obtain an NPDES permit, and it may reduce the possibility of additional federal stormwater regulations on the oil and gas industry in the future.
 
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