Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Kentucky has established state-specific requirements for spill prevention plans that are in addition to the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) requirements. The state requires that oil and gas facilities develop and implement SPCC plans under federal law. In addition, an SPCC plan must be prepared before any oil and gas production well drilling.
Kentucky does not allow self-certification of SPCC plans. Only professional certifications are accepted.
• Administration and enforcement. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 has primary responsibility for administering and enforcing the federal SPCC requirements in Kentucky. DEP’s Division of Water provides technical assistance to the regulated community and general public on environmental issues, including assisting in compliance with SPCC plan requirements.
OIL AND GAS FACILITIES
400 KAR 4:140(15)
Kentucky has adopted regulations for the preservation and enhancement of wild rivers and for the control of recreational, educational, scientific, and other uses of these areas. Primary emphasis is given to protecting aesthetic, scenic, historic, archaeological, and scientific features of the ...