Stronger improvements

A multistakeholder group that reviews US state enforcement of oil and gas environmental rules hopes federal policymakers will help fund future audits.The 4-year-old group is called STRONGER, an acronym for State Review of Oil & Natural Gas Environmental Regulations. It is an outgrowth of a 1998 volunteer assistance agreement made between the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission and the US Environmental Protection Agency. STRONGER members include producers, government officials, and environmentalists.Cost savingsSince 1999, the nonprofit group reviewed 18 state programs and conducted 8 follow-up audits. STRONGER supporters say industry and government saved an initial $42 billion near th...

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