LaSalle Building, 8th Floor
Environmental Division Overview
The Environmental Division is responsible for implementing the ground water management program [LAC 43:Part VI.Subpart 1], the water well programs for driller licensing, well registration and enforcement (construction and plugging standards) [LAC 46:Part LXXXIX and LAC 56:Part I], and the exploration and production waste (E & P waste) program for off-site (commercial) management of E & P waste [LAC 43:XIX.Subpart 1.Chapter 5]. The division also manages all settlement and court related activity for litigation subject to the provisions of ACT 312 of 2006 pertaining to site evaluation or remediation pursuant to the ACT and LAC 43:XIX.Subpart 1.Chapter 6, and serves as technical support to other divisions for matters involving ground water impact resulting from E & P waste sources.
The Exploration & Production (E&P) Waste Management Program is responsible for implementation of regulatory controls for commercial E&P waste storage, treatment, and disposal facilities as well as coordinating all UIC related enforcement actions brought against commercial Class II injection well operators who violate rules and regulations. Commercial E&P Waste facility operations may include the use of various treatment and disposal options such as Class II injection well disposal, land treatment, phase separation, chemical fixation, thermal desorption, cavern disposal or incineration.
The Ground Water Resources Program was established by the Office of Conservation to identify areas of ground water concern, address ground water emergencies, and to establish best management practices and policies for the State's ground water resources.
The Legacy Site Remediation Program is responsible for the management and regulatory oversight of Louisiana lawsuits with property claims of environmental damages from oilfield site operations subject to the provisions of LSA-R.S. 30:29 (ACT 312 of 2006, or ACT 312). Property with oilfield sites covered by the provisions of ACT 312 are commonly referred to as Legacy Sites. During active litigation prior to settlements or decisions by reviewing courts, ACT 312 court petitions and notices of settlements are required to be filed with the Office of Conservation. Environmental testing results at Legacy Sites are required by LSA-R.S. 30:29.1 to be provided to the agency for regulatory review. The agency also receives court orders and directives for site evaluation or remediation feasible plan hearings and determinations in accordance with LAC 43:XIX.Subpart 1.Chapter 6. Procedures for Hearings and the Submission and Approval of Plans for the Remediation of E and P Sites. Following due process, program staff provide regulatory oversight of the implementation and completion of Legacy Site evaluation and remediation work plans and activities for compliance with applicable Louisiana environmental contamination mitigation requirements.
News Releases & Announcements
New & Amended Regulations
- LAC 43:XIX.Subpart 1,Chapter 5
Regulations for the Off-site Storage, Treatment, and/or Disposal of E&P Waste Generate from Oil and Gas Production
- LAC 43:VI.Subpart 1
Regulations for the Ground Water Management Program that manages Areas of Ground Water Concern, Ground Water Emergencies, and the State's Ground Water Resources
- Amendments to LAC 43:VI.Supbart 1 (8/2011)
Amended §103 and §307 of the Ground Water Management regulations.
- Amendments to LAC 56:Part I (3/2011)
Amendments to the Water Well Registration Regulations
Environmental Division Contact Information
617 North Third Street
LaSalle Building, 8th Floor
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
P.O. Box 94275
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804
Phone (225) 342-5540
Fax (225) 242-3505
Environmental Division Director