130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. B. No. 464  As Introduced
As Introduced

129th General Assembly
Regular Session
2011-2012
H. B. No. 464


Representative Foley 

Cosponsors: Representatives Hagan, R., Goyal, Williams, Winburn, Antonio, Driehaus, Yuko 



A BILL
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 stimulation.

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.
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