Enstor is governed by and adheres to all applicable federal, state and local regulations.
Federal Regulatory Agencies
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
The FERC is an independent federal agency that regulates and oversees energy industries in the interest of the public. This includes oversight of interstate natural gas transportation and storage facilities. The FERC monitors and regulates Enstor's development, construction and operations as a section 7(c) certificated facility under the Natural Gas Act. FERC issues standards for business practices for interstate natural gas pipelines, which provides major guidance for operating our facilities.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
PHMSA is a division of the Department of Transportation and ensures safety in the design, construction, operation, maintenance and spill response planning of gas transportation pipelines and their related facilities in the United States. Specific regulations cover areas including but not limited to materials, construction, operations, integrity management and personnel qualifications of employees and contractors. PHMSA personnel routinely inspect all areas of pipeline operations. Additionally, thru the PIPES Act of 2016, PHMSA seeks to ensure the overall integrity and safe operation of underground storage facilities to protect the public, operating personnel and the environment.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA was established in December 1970. Its mission is to protect human and environmental health. The EPA is responsible for creating standards and laws to protect and conserve the natural environment and improve the health of humans by researching the effects of and mandating limits on the use of pollutants. It oversees programs to promote energy efficiency, environmental stewardship, sustainable growth, air and water quality, and pollution prevention.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. The administrator for OSHA is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA's administrator answers to the Secretary of Labor, who is a member of the cabinet of the President of the United States.
The OSHA Act covers most private sector employers and their workers, in addition to some public sector employers and workers in the 50 states and certain territories and jurisdictions under federal authority. Those jurisdictions include the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Wake Island, Johnston Island and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands as defined in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.
Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Originally established in 1946 as a merger between the General Land Office and the U.S. Grazing Service to encourage homesteading and westward migration, the BLM has progressed to oversee one in every 10 acres of land in the United States and approximately 30 percent of the nation's minerals. Managing mineral estates located beneath federal state, and private land severed from their surface rights. Continuing its mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
The Department of Energy (DOE)
In existence since 1977, the DOE sponsors research in the physical sciences through its system of national laboratories. The department strives to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. DOE oversees nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, radioactive waste disposal and domestic energy production.
State Regulatory Agencies
Multiple state agencies regulate and oversee aspects of Enstor's operations and facilities, including emissions from compressor engines and downhole cavern/reservoir integrity. These agencies routinely perform inspections and audits to ensure compliance with their specific regulations.
- Railroad Commission of Texas
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
- Mississippi Oil and Gas Board
- Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
- Alabama Oil and Gas Board
- Alabama Department of Environmental Management
- New Mexico, Oil Conservation Division
- New Mexico Environmental Department
- Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Enstor's facilities and operations are maintained in accordance and compliance with various local agencies and municipalities.