West Virginia Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan) regulations & environmental compliance analysis

West Virginia Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan): What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oil and gas facilities: West Virginia Regulation (WV Reg.) 35-1-9

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Production facilities: WV Reg. 35-1-7

Workover operations: WV Reg. 35-1-8

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Oil and Gas

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. West Virginia has no state-specific spill prevention plan requirements that are in addition to the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan regulations. However, state regulations require that oil and gas exploration facilities submit a federal SPCC plan to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Administration and enforcement. EPA's Region 3 is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the federal SPCC plan requirements. DEP's Office of Oil and Gas administers and enforces rules for oil and gas facilities in West Virginia.

State Requirements

OIL AND GAS FACILITIES

WV Reg. 35-1-9

Facilities that are operated in connection with the exploration, development, production, storage, and recovery of oil, gas, and related mineral resources in West Virginia are required to file spill prevention documents.

At any facility that has discharged more than 1,000 gallons into state waters in a reportable discharge, or discharged oil or other pollutants into state waters in two reported discharges within any 12-month period, the facility owner or operator must submit to the DEP the following:

  • Name of the facility
  • Name(s) of the facility owner or operator
  • Facility location
  • Date and year of ...

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