Thursday, October 4, 2012

Office Of Oil & Gas Files Horizontal Well Control Act Rule For 2013 Legislative Consideration

The W.Va. DEP, Office of Oil & Gas has submitted its legislative rule that was developed as part of the 2011 passage of the state’s new Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act.  The rules, which govern the development of horizontal oil and natural gas wells in West Virginia, now will be considered by lawmakers during the 2013 session of the West Virginia Legislature. 

The DEP’s rule makes modifications to the existing emergency rule and expands on the Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act in the following areas: erosion and sediment control plan; site construction plan; water management plan; well site safety plan; casing and cementing standards; well records, including records and disclosure of fluids used in the hydraulic fracturing process; water supply testing; and construction standards for large wastewater pits and freshwater impoundments.  The department notes that the “changes were made due to comments received.”

To see the final rule and its changes, please link on this web site and then click on the MS Word document of the “Agency Approved” document for 9/14/2012.