Enforcement

National Enforcement Initiative: Ensuring Energy Extraction Activities Comply with Environmental Laws

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Fast Fact

The Department of Energy projects shale gas will be more than 20% of the total U.S. gas supply by 2020.

Problem

As the nation expands its search for new forms and sources of energy, there is an urgent need to assure that we develop energy sources in an environmentally protective manner. EPA recognizes the importance of natural gas as a cleaner burning “bridge fuel” in the search for new forms and sources of energy. However, some techniques for natural gas extraction pose a significant risk to public health and the environment.

Goal

EPA will address incidences of noncompliance from natural gas extraction and production activities that may cause or contribute to significant harm to public health and/or the environment.

Enforcement Cases


Note: This is a sample list of cases.

 

Progress on Ensuring Energy Extraction Activities Are Complying With Environmental Law

The following maps and charts show EPA's progress in addressing incidences of noncompliance from natural gas extraction and production activities.

Map of basins and shale plays and EPA energy extraction inspections/evaluations and enforcement actions