Petroleum Association Asks for Relief from Health, Financial Regulations

by | Jan 14, 2021

Having already been relieved of following national and state environmental rules amid the pandemic, the Utah Petroleum Association sent a letter to Governor Gary Herbert in late March to request additional regulatory breaks. The group has asked for a pause in well-site inspections, deferred royalty payments, a suspension of bonding deadlines, extended timelines for drilling permit approvals, and permission to let abandoned wells sit idle for up to seven years without any cleanup requirements. Status: Letter sent March 25, 2020

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Amy Westervelt is the editor-in-chief of Drilled News, creator and host of the Drilled podcast, and founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek's Podcast Network of the Year in 2019. An award-winning print and audio journalist, Amy has contributed to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as KQED, The California Report, Capital Public Radio, and many other outlets. She is the 2015 winner of the Rachel Carson award for "women greening journalism," and a 2016 winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. In 2019, the Drilled podcast won the Online News Association's "Excellence in Audio Storytelling" award.

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Emily J. Gertz is senior editor of Drilled News. A longtime environmental reporter and editor, her work has appeared in HuffPost, Reveal, Arctic Today, The Guardian, Popular Science, Scientific American, Sierra, and more.