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H. B. No. 464 As IntroducedAs Introduced
|129th General Assembly|
Representatives Hagan, R., Goyal, Williams, Winburn, Antonio, Driehaus, Yuko
To amend section 1509.19 of the Revised Code to
prohibit well stimulation unless all methane gas
released as a result of the proposed stimulation
of the well is captured by the owner of the well
or the owner's authorized representative and to
revise other requirements governing well
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That section 1509.19 of the Revised Code be
amended to read as follows:
Sec. 1509.19. (A) No owner shall stimulate a well in this
state unless all methane gas released as a result of the
stimulation is captured by the owner or the owner's authorized
representative. Prior to well stimulation, the owner shall provide
sufficient evidence to the chief of the division of oil and gas
resources management that all such methane gas will be captured.
The chief shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119.
of the Revised Code establishing all of the following:
(1) Standards of evidence to be used by an owner for the
purpose of showing that all methane gas that will be released as a
result of the proposed stimulation of a well will be captured;
(2) Procedures for submitting the evidence required by
division (A) of this section to the chief;
(3) Procedures to be utilized by the chief to verify that an
owner is in compliance with division (A) of this section and rules
adopted under it.
(B) An owner who complies with division (A) of this section
and who elects to stimulate a well shall stimulate the well in a
manner that will not endanger
underground sources of drinking
water ground water. Not later than twenty-four hours before
commencing the stimulation of a well, the owner or the owner's
authorized representative shall notify an oil and gas resources
inspector. If during the stimulation of a well damage to the
production casing or cement occurs and results in the circulation
of fluids from the annulus of the surface production casing, the
owner shall immediately terminate the stimulation of the well and
notify the chief of the division of oil and gas resources
management. If the chief determines that the casing and the cement
may be remediated in a manner that isolates the oil and gas
bearing zones of the well, the chief may authorize the completion
of the stimulation of the well. If the chief determines that the
stimulation of a well resulted in irreparable damage to the well,
the chief shall order that the well be plugged and abandoned
within thirty days of the issuance of the order.
For purposes of determining the integrity of the remediation
of the casing or cement of a well that was damaged during the
stimulation of the well, the chief may require the owner of the
well to submit cement evaluation logs, temperature surveys,
pressure tests, or a combination of such logs, surveys, and tests.
Section 2. That existing section 1509.19 of the Revised Code
is hereby repealed.