On November 18, 2013, California's Department of Conservation released proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations, which include requiring oil and gas producers to have permits in order to stimulate wells by hydraulic fracturing or acid treatment. Under the proposed regulations, a producer must disclose the date of stimulation, the location of the well, and the types of chemicals and amount of water used. In addition to those disclosures, the proposed regulations require producers to notify neighboring owners and tenants before stimulating a well and provide them an opportunity to have their water tested by a third party. The regulation further provides that producers must monitor well pressures before, during, and after well stimulation.
The proposed regulations are available here: Proposed Regulations
Written by: Tom Panighetti
November 19, 2013