Turn to the nation's most objective and informative daily environmental news resource to learn how the United States and key players around the world are responding to the environmental...
LOS ANGELES--California oil and gas regulators are planning to propose new regulations for hydraulic fracturing activities and re-examine existing rules for underground injection wells.
The Department of Conservation's Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) released a “road map” May 3 outlining its plan to revisit the state's oversight of underground injection wells to better protect drinking water supplies and workers.
As part of the process, the division said it would look at the use of carbon dioxide as an enhanced oil recovery tool, the storing of carbon dioxide in injection wells, and the reinjection of waste gas.
“It's a to-do list of Division priorities for the near-term, some of which involve hydraulic fracturing regulations,'' DOGGR spokesman Don Drysdale told BNA in a May 7 email.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves pumping water, chemicals, and other substances into shale formations at high pressure to enhance natural gas extraction. Injection wells are used for deep-underground storage of wastewater, including “flowback” water from fracking.
DOGGR said it will hold a series of public workshops to gather input for new fracking regulations, which it plans to propose by the end of the summer. Also, DOGGR said it will commission an independent study of the impact of fracking in California.
Existing regulations protect well casings, hydrocarbon-bearing geologic formation, and groundwater, DOGGR said. Through the workshops, the agency said it will try to identify steps needed to ensure well integrity, proper testing procedures, ways to protect resources, and suitable reporting requirements
Pending state legislation would require advance notice of fracking activities to neighbors and disclosure of the chemicals used.
DOGGR said it also will review existing rules to see if changes are needed to reflect updates in engineering and production practices.
The agency said it will examine injection projects using cyclic steam to loosen heavy crude resources in diatomite formations, or shallow rock formations. At some oil production sites, the process has resulted in spills, seeps, and eruptions of hot fluids and hydrogen sulfides.
Last year, a Chevron worker died in a sinkhole at an oil field in Kern County where the steam injection process is being used.
The California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources's Oil and Gas Issues Road Map is available at http://op.bna.com/env.nsf/r?Open=phey-8u4u88.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)