In this episode, anchor and drilling expert Brock Yordy fills us in on the upcoming Sackett vs. EPA case before the U.S. Supreme Court, and what implications it might have for drilling, groundwater and the concept of “waters of the U.S.” It’s episode 30.

“This is a big deal, and it’s going to affect major industry, farming and discharge permits,” Yordy says. “We have to protect our water — without a doubt. We have to protect our wetlands.” This case helps determine how we balance these competing priorities. The court is scheduled to hear Sackett vs. EPA on Oct. 3, 2022.

This episode covers:

  • The importance of First-Aid gear for drilling, construction work
  • First-Aid and CPR training for drilling, construction crews
  • Emergency response time
  • Daily safety meetings for drilling, construction professionals
  • Proposed Gulf of Mexico well control rules for oil & gas drilling
  • Waters of the United States (WOTUS)
  • The upcoming Sackett vs. EPA case before the Supreme Court
  • Legal and policy issues in groundwater in 2022

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