Yesterday, the California Department of Conservation (DOC) and its Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) released a second set of revisions to the proposed regulations that will govern hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The revisions and the associated public notice are available here (pdf) and here (pdf), respectively.
SB 4, California’s landmark legislation governing fracking and other forms of well stimulation, requires the preparation of regulations specific to well stimulation. Among other things, the regulations will govern the construction of wells and well casings and will required full disclosure of the composition and disposition of well stimulation fluids. Compliance with the regulations will allow fracking and other well stimulation treatments to continue under the conditions specified in the regulations. The proposed regulations will take effect in 2015. Well stimulation treatments are currently being performed in California under a set of emergency regulations (pdf) that will remain in effect until the permanent regulations are implemented.
The release of the revised regulations opens a further 15-day comment period, ending on October 24, 2014. Comments regarding the proposed revisions to the text of the regulations may be submitted in writing no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 24, 2014. They can be submitted by email to DOGGRRegulations@conservation.ca.gov; by FAX to (916) 324-0948; or by mail to Department of Conservation, Attn: Well Stimulation Regulations, 801 K Street MS 24-02, Sacramento, CA 95814.