United States Environmental Laws and Exploration and Production Operations


  • Henry R. White




Energy Law, Petroleum Law


Concern for the protection of the environment has resulted in the creation of number of new U.S. statutes and regulations which have an important impact on American oil and gas exploration and production operations. The author provides brief historical survey of some of the legislation which provided foundation for laws enacted within the past few years. He discusses in some detail the National Environmental Policy Act provisions and concludes that they have been construc tive force for change, both in the government and the oil and gas industry. The author then provides an overview of various statutes and. regulations establishing guidelines to ensure clean air and water, which are of particular importance to oil and gas producers. In conclusion, the author stresses the importance of maintaining balance between the need for healthy environment and the need for an adequate supply of energy.