IOGCC offers Brownfields Funding Training at Annual Meeting in Tucson (2010)

Tucson, Arizona, November 16, 2010 This workshop, presented as part of the IOGCC Annual Meeting, will give prospective oil and gas agency Brownfields Program/funding recipients an overview of the EPA’s Brownfields funding available, how to set up a state O&G agency Brownfields Program, how an E&P company has used Brownfields, and real-life examples of Brownfields programs from different perspectives.

IOGCC Annual Meeting Special Training Event
Brownfields Funding Workshop
US EPA, Oklahoma Corporation Commission and Chesapeake Energy

Tuesday, November 16th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Registration info:

Who should attend: State oil and gas regulatory agencies; state environmental agencies; producers and operators

Overview: Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties returns land to productive use, protects the environment, reduces blight, and takes development pressures off greenspaces and working lands.

Tentative Agenda

Introduction and Overview, Janice Sims, US EPA

EPA funding available to establish state agency Brownfields programs and other Brownfield grants available to assess and cleanup brownfield properties

Federal CERCLA liability assurances under the Brownfields Amendments for contaminated properties that are enrolled in individual state voluntary cleanup programs

Discussion of state brownfields programs, Patricia Billingsley, Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Two state agencies -- the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the Texas Railroad Commission – currently implement oil and gas Brownfields programs.  Patricia will discuss how to start an agency oilfield Brownfield program, and how oilfield Brownfields program can bring resources to state O&G regulatory agencies so that O&G producing states can better deal with historic oilfield pollution problems.  With real-life examples.

Industry Perspective, Jimmie Hammontree, Chesapeake Energy and former Oklahoma City Brownfields Coordinator

The benefits of collaborating with state agencies for Brownfields programs.  Chesapeake has already cleaned up several sites under Texas Brownfields program (land they acquired for drilling sites, office), and is now working with Oklahoma Corporation Commission on legal issues on a possible site.

Practical “How to” Q&A session
For questions or comments about this event, please contact Rachel Amann at (405) 525-3556 ext. 107 or via e-mail at