The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) conducted a workshop yesterday to discuss the state's new Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act. New requirements for permitting, notice, bonding, and water management plans were discussed at length. The requirements govern horizontal drilling and production activities on permits issued since Dec. 14, 2011.
The DEP provided information regarding policy interpretations and forms for many of the new statutory requirements and noted that the Emergency Rules remained in effect unless specifically contradicted by the new statute. The DEP will be providing a summary of the policy statements made at the workshop shortly and has created links to the new forms on its website - http://www.dep.wv.gov/oil-and-gas/Pages/default.aspx.
Lewis Glasser will continue to monitor and be involved in this regulatory development process.