Information Guideline GL 2000-01, Saskatchewan Hydraulic Fluids and Propping Agents Containment and Disposal Guidelines, Saskatchewan Energy and Resources, October 1, 2000. Energy and Resources firmly believes that frac fluids and sands must be managed to protect the environment from adverse impacts. In this regard, such requirements as selecting environmentally friendly additives, using no-leak containment devices, minimizing the volume of frac fluids used, re-using and recycling sands and selecting the best disposal option should be an integral part of well stimulation programs.
Directive 027, Shallow Fracturing Operations-Restricted Operations, Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), Revised August 14, 2009. The ERCB initially imposed shallow fracturing controls on January 31, 2006 with the issuance of Directive 027: Shallow Fracturing Operations--Interim Controls, Restricted Operations, and Technical Review. Additional and amended requirements were issued in 2009 based on the recommendations of the "Multi-Stakeholder Shallow Fracturing Steering Committee," formed by the ERCB.
Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) Rules and Regulations, August 2010. On August 16, 2010, by his signature, Governor Dave Freudenthal approved new rules, which cover a variety of drilling practices including hydraulic fracturing. Operators must now provide the names of chemical additives and the Chemical Abstracts Service number, compound type, and compound concentrations or rates proposed to be mixed and injected as part of the hydraulic fracturing process.
OAC 165:10-3-10(b) Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC), July 11, 2010. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission regulates hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells as a well completion operation. The Commission’s environmental protection rules address the various aspects of this well completion practice, and compliance with the rules is assured through well-established inspection, reporting, investigation, and enforcement mechanisms.
SB 165, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources Management, Oil and Gas, June 30, 2010. On March 31, 2010, Governor Ted Strickland signed Substitute SB 165, the most major revision to Ohio oil and gas law in 25 years. Many significant changes were implemented as a result of passage of this new legislation, which went into effect on June 30, 2010.
LAC 43:XIX.313.J. Pit Closure Techniques and Onsite Disposal of E and P Waste, Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR), Office of Conservation, June 2010. To help conserve freshwater aquifer resources and minimize waste, rules to allow the limited use of exploration and production waste in hydraulic fracturing operations conducted on the Haynesville Shale formation were promulgated on June 20, 2010. Memorandum WH-1: Reporting
Memorandum WH-1, Requirements for Water Use in E&P Operations, Louisiana DNR, September 2009. Requires the reporting of water source and associated volumes for hydraulic fracturing operations.
Surface Casing Rules/Special Permit Conditions 181, 516 and 12, Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources and Environment, Office of Geological Survey (Groundwork updated October 2010). Michigan's first line of defense in protecting groundwater is adequate surface casing. This protects fresh water zones from contamination by migrating gas or fluids. Our general rules require surface casing to be set (1) at least 100 feet below the base of the glacial deposits, (2) into competent bedrock, and (3) at least 100 feet below all fresh water strata. Surface casing must be sealed by circulating cement to the ground surface. In addition, Michigan imposes special permit conditions on wells that are to be hydraulically fractured.
Proposed Rule Change, Commission Rule B-19, Arkansas Oil & Gas Commission (AOGC) (October 2010). The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission issued proposed amendments to Commission Rule B-19 "Requirements for Well Completion Utilizing Fracture Stimulation for commentary.