|Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS) and Cost Effective Regulatory Approaches (CERA) Related to Hydraulic Fracturing and Geologic Sequestration of CO2||Last Reviewed 12/15/2012|
The goal of this project is to enhance the Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS) by adding new components relevant to environmental topics associated with hydraulic fracturing (HF), and by management of myriad data regarding oil and natural gas well histories, brine disposal, production, enhanced recovery, reporting, stripper wells, and other operations to enhance the protection of ground water resources. The FracFocus website will be maintained to ensure transparent reporting of HF additives. A regulatory and data needs assessment for CO2 geosequestration will also be developed. The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) will be involved in reviewing and updating STRONGER (State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations) guidelines, with a focus on expanding them to include air quality and address additional issues in the hydraulic fracturing sections, as well as conduct additional state reviews.
Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC), Oklahoma City, OK 73142-3019
The Ground Water Protection Council?s RBDMS program is now an integral tool used in 22 oil and natural gas producing states to manage oil and gas activities and evaluate the risk to source water posed by operations. The relationship between the availability of water and the development and use of energy point to the need for better strategies to ensure that both resources will remain available even as their demand increases substantially in the coming years. The implementation of resource management processes and programs will be critical for ensuring the continued viability of water and energy resources. Today, there exists a critical mass of water quality (and quantity) data to allow an order of magnitude increase with regard to modeling alternatives for water management. GWPC will develop a Web-based GIS model to assess water management options using existing and enhanced RBDMS analytical capabilities.
RBDMS will be enhanced to allow more efficient data transfer (performance, speed, reliability, and security) between state agencies and industry operators. The system will be installed in Pennsylvania and updates will be conducted in Oklahoma and Illinois. Electronic reporting and permitting applications will allow oil and natural gas operators to report production and underground injection data directly to state agencies and automate portions of the oil and natural gas well permitting process. These applications will be installed or enhanced in Colorado, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania. Through existing and enhanced RBDMS analytical capabilities, GWPC will develop a Web-based GIS model to assess water management options in Ohio. GWPC will aid STRONGER, Inc. to identify interested states and subsequently perform reviews of oil and gas waste management programs and/or reviews focused on hydraulic fracturing-related regulations Finally, GWPC will conduct a needs assessment of the functionality required to incorporate regulatory aspects related to geo-sequestration of carbon dioxide and hydraulic fracturing within RBDMS.
The results of this project will enhance the RBDMS to allow more efficient data transfer (performance, speed, reliability, and security) between state agencies and industry operators. The resulting HF module will be a valuable decision-making aid to assess the potential impacts of HF on the environment and determine whether contamination incidents result from HF or other activities. Its uses also will extend to assisting with future review of proposals for downspacing, reduced setbacks, or infill drilling in shale production units.
Presentations from the 2012 Stray Gas Incidence and Response Forum and the GWPC White Paper on stray gas are available at http://www.gwpc.org/events/gwpc-proceedings/2012-stray-gas-incidence-response-forum [external site].
The RBDMS HF module has been incorporated into RBDMS.net and electronic commerce (eforms) modules. Nebraska, North Dakota, Colorado, Arkansas, and New York have all incorporated portions of the HF module into their existing RBDMS programs.
The following states have either adopted FracFocus or are working on legislation or rules to adopt it: Montana, Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, California, and Ohio. In addition to these states, several other states have expressed an interest in using FracFocus for state reporting needs including Alaska, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Utah, and West Virginia.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has passed a rule that outlines the use of the FracFocus website (http://www.fracfocus.org [external site]) for reporting hydraulic fracturing chemicals. Oklahoma joins Texas, Colorado, Montana, Louisiana, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania in the use of FracFocus for chemical reporting. Since its launch in April 2011, the FracFocus website has attracted 230 participating companies. Over 14,700 well records have been uploaded and the site has recorded over 200,000 visits. The GWPC has developed an online webinar to train companies in the use of FracFocus.
RBDMS Water is being updated and installed to implement the Colorado Oil & Gas Association?s (COGA) voluntary baseline groundwater quality sampling program. COGA reports 90% sign-up for participation in the RBDMS water program that includes most of the 15 major operators in the state. The Colorado Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) estimates that 3,100 new wells will be drilled in 2012. RBDMS Water will be ready to accept well data in June 2012. The RBDMS training manual for Oklahoma has been completed and an eForms webinar was presented to the Pennsylvania DEP central office and field staff.
The GWPC is in discussions with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to develop an electronic reporting system for chemical use associated with Marcellus shale gas development. The Pennsylvania legislature is considering regulations that would require companies to disclose to the state any chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.
The GWPC continues development of the HF module programming for implementation in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Colorado. The HF module will receive updates as HF tracking requirements are outlined. The CO2 geo-sequestration needs assessment document will be revised and finalized based on stakeholders' comments. Electronic reporting of completion reports is being tested in Colorado. Electronic permitting will be extended to other states. An initial assessment has been made in regard to Pennsylvania?s needs for RBDMS Water applications.
The Council of State Governments has presented the Innovation Award for Natural Resources to the Colorado Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) for the eForm permitting system. The Colorado eForms system was developed by the COGCC and the GWPC with DOE funding and its implementation has reduced permit processing time by allowing oil and gas operators to complete regulatory forms online. The permitting process has been streamlined to allow regulatory agencies to simultaneously review permits and the public to view and comment on applications. The eForm system is also utilized in Nebraska and Alabama and is being considered for implementation in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Montana.
GWPC hosts an annual Water/Energy Symposium, which focuses on the synergistic relationship between water usage and energy development. Recent topics of interest include water use for hydraulic fracturing and CO2 geo-sequestration. Proceedings from the symposia can be found at http://www.gwpc.org/resources [external site].
Current Status (December 2012)
GWPC will update the RBDMS HF module by adding updated searchable databases to address new data being collected in support of shale development. The HF module will be implemented in at least two more states in 2013. GWPC will collaborate with STRONGER, Inc. to perform reviews of selected states? oil and gas waste management programs and/or hydraulic fracturing related regulations. Candidate states for reviews include Wyoming, Montana, Alabama, Texas, Maryland, Utah, North Dakota, Mississippi, and Alaska.
The Mississippi Oil and Gas Board recently updated Rule 26 to include a provision for operators to disclose hydraulic fracturing chemical usage on the FracFocus website (http://www.fracfocus.org [external site]). The Utah Oil, Gas, and Mining Board approved a new rule on October 24, 2012, that requires companies to disclose hydraulic fracturing chemical usage on the FracFocus website. Since its launch in April 2011, over 30,000 well records have been uploaded. A beta version of FracFocus 2.0 went online on November 1 (http://fracfocusbeta.all-llc.com [external site]) and will run alongside FracFocus 1.0 as users transition to the new system. Work continues on the FracFocus 2.0 project to upgrade the system with added search, records management, and data enhancement features. The establishment of bi-directional data flow between the FracFocus system and state data systems will begin in 2013..
Project Start: October 1, 2009
Project End: September 30, 2014
DOE Contribution: $5,960,896
Performer Contribution: $1,509,474
NETL - Sandy McSurdy (email@example.com or 412-386-4533)
Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) - Paul Jehn (firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-892-1400)
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Electronic Oil & Natural Gas Permitting Leads to Faster Process; Wins National Award - News Release September, 2011
GWPC Risk Based Data Management System website [external site]
January 2010 Kick-off Presentation [PDF-1.22]