Monday, January 18, 2016

Ohio House of Representatives Introduces New Legislation Addressing New Procedures and Requirements for Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Injection Wells

On January 7, 2016, Ohio State Representatives, Sean O’Brien and John Patterson, introduced House Bill No. 422 to the General Assembly addressing hydraulic fracturing wastewater management. The principal purposes of the bill are to require recording and notification of disposal well leasing, review the current permitting system for underground injection wells and implement additional waste discharge fees. The provisions of the bill would amend and repeal some sections of the Ohio Revised Code.

H.B. 422 also provides for a new hydraulic fracturing waste tracking system requiring  “each registered transporter [to] attach a telemetric sensor to all [vehicles] employed in transporting or disposing of brine” so that all shipments of hydraulic fracturing fluids are recorded. The bill would also mandate that “the owner of an injection well . . . submit a daily report . . . stating how many gallons of brine and other waste substances were received from each registered transporter that day.”

Each holder of a permit for waste injection wells would have to pay either a five cents or twenty cents fee per barrel fee depending on the location of produced waste substances. The discharge fee is to be paid to the Ohio DNR Division of Oil and Gas.

Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow

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