COLUMBUS -- State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations (STRONGER), Inc. has elected Thomas E. Stewart, executive vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), as the Chair of its Board of Directors.
Prior to joining OOGA, Stewart had fifteen years of formal experience in the oil and gas industry as a producer and provider of contract drilling services. He is the third generation of his family to engage in the exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas -- a family heritage that extends back to the original oil regions of western Pennsylvania and southeastern Ohio.
In December 2001, Stewart was elected to the Board of STRONGER as one of three representatives for the U.S. oil and gas exploration and production industry. Stewart's selection as Chair on August 31, 2012 marks his second rotation through the organization's officer seats and his second time as Chair.
The name, STRONGER, is an acronym for State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations. STRONGER was formed in 1999 to reinvigorate and carry forward the state review process begun cooperatively in 1988 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC).
The mission of STRONGER is to educate and provide services for the continuous improvement of regulatory programs and industry practices in order to enhance human health and the environment. STRONGER is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization which shares innovative techniques and environmental protection strategies and identifies opportunities for program improvement. The state review process is a non-regulatory program and relies on states to volunteer for reviews.