Monday, March 12, 2012

W.Va. DEP Issues Proposed Stormwater Pollution Control Permit For Natural Gas Drilling, Construction Activities

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water and Waste Management is proposing to issue a State General Water Pollution Control Permit to regulate the discharge of stormwater runoff associated with oil and natural gas related construction activities. The General Permit will authorize discharges composed entirely of stormwater associated with oil and natural gas field activities or operations associated with exploration, production, processing or treatment operations or transmission facilities, disturbing one acre or greater of land area, to the waters of the state. It is proposed that this General Permit be issued for a four-year term.

A public hearing has been scheduled to take comments on the Draft Permit. The hearing has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 9, 2012, at the Coopers Rock Training Room, WV DEP Headquarters, 601 57th Street SE, Charleston, WV 25304.