Monday, January 31, 2011

State DOH Issues Permit, Bond Policy For Horizontal Activities

The state Division of Highways has issued an updated policy regarding notice and bonding requirements for vehicles involved in horizontal drilling activities in West Virginia. “Upon further review of the Interim Oil and Gas Roads Policy (Policy), the Division of Highways (DOH) recognizes the need to focus the scope of its Policy on those horizontal drilling operations that are anticipated to have significant impacts on State roadways and to ensure continued maintenance of the State’s local roadways in light of heavy road traffic attendant to those types of oil and gas development operations,” the DOH’s Policy states. The policy includes new provisions for vehicles transporting 5,000+ barrels of liquids used in drilling and stimulation activities. The updated Policy calls for a DOH permit process and bonding requirements, including a blanket bond provision. Click to see a link to the DOH Policy.