LOUISIANA'S DISCHARGE RULE OPPOSED
Independent producers in Louisiana vow to continue a battle against new zero discharge rules issued by their state's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The rules, which went into effect this month, require phased elimination of unpermitted discharges into state waters by Jan. 1, 1995 (OGJ, Apr. 8, Newsletter). The ban covers waste water, waste oil, drilling fluids and cuttings, and stormwater runoff from oil and gas exploration and production sites.