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he concluded. “If we go before this new board and it doesn’t work very well, we can go back and possibly pass some legislation that will bring back the Oil & Gas Board.” Fracture Regulations Somewhat similar to restructuring the state’s regulatory agencies, the Haslam administration’s goal in promulgating fracturing regulations for the state was to respond to a political necessity without thwarting economic activity, opined attorney R. Culver Schmid, a shareholder in Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC in Knoxville. Responding to the nationwide furor surrounding fracturing and the threat of federal encroachment into what has heretofore been a state issue, Schmid imagined a scenario to which the governor’s political advisers responded, “We need to make sure we are ahead of this and not get hung up on it politically.” Consequently, he said he believed the regulations released for public comment by TDEC the first week of May were intended “to do no harm. They were an attempt by TDEC to try not to disturb what is working now.” Deputy Commissioner Meghreblian confirmed that the administration recognized the smaller, nitrogen-based fracs generally performed in Tennessee differed from the massive stimulations being done in the nearby Marcellus Shale, while at the same time it realized “some basic regulatory framework may be needed, if very large hydraulic fractures ever were attempted in Tennessee.” Consequently, she said, “The commissioner instructed staff to come up with some draft rules to provide a proactive framework with the emphasis on addressing potential problems, rather than increasing significantly the regulation of current Tennessee practice.” That is evident, Schmid ventured, in that the most stringent of the new rules apply only to frac treatments that use more than 200,000 gallons of liquid. Key Distinction Speaking during TOGA’s technical sessions, Schmid said that despite environmental groups lobbying heavily to subject every fracture operation to advance notice and public comment, the new rules propose only that an operator state his intent to fracture a well in his application for a permit to drill, along with an estimate of the volume of fluids required. Only if the operator estimates a frac will require more than 200,000 gallons of liquids will the operation be subject to 15 days’ notice and public comment, he said. Otherwise, Schmid said, an operator must notify the oil and gas inspector at least 24 hours before any fracturing activity, and must have personnel on site during the fracture and flow-back period. Post-drilling reports must contain the volumes of liquids actually used, the amounts and concentrations of additives, and the amount of wastewater generated and the method of disposal, he added, saying TDEC would make this information available to the public. If a fracture exceeds the 200,000gallon threshold, Schmid said, the operator must identify all drinking water wells within a one-half mile radius, notify the wells’ owners, and where allowed, collect samples from those water wells for baseline documentation. The proposed oil and gas regulations also contain some siting restrictions, Schmid continued. He said they prohibited wells, pits and storage facilities in flood plains and wetlands. They also establish a minimum 330-foot setback from water bodies designated as outstanding natural resource waters (ONRWs), which Schmid said, at present, would affect operations primarily in the areas of the Big South Fork National Park and the Obed River in East Tennessee. “I asked TDEC if we were going to see a bunch of new ONRWs,” Schmid imparted. “According to TDEC, designating ONRWs is a very difficult process and it isn’t done very often. I think that is something to watch.” He said the proposed rules imposed minimum specifications for pits, liners and tanks to control leakage, and they adopted the state’s existing casing policy. “I understand the policy relating to casing and blowout prevention has never gone through the normal rule-making process,” he remarked. “TDEC is doing that now through these regulations.” In addition, Schmid mentioned, the new rules affirm TDEC’s existing policy on naturally occurring radioactive material, which he noted, “was a hot button item with the environmentalists last summer.” He said air pollution issues also were raised. “The response from TDEC was that it would defer to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on that,” he relayed. Ì

New fracturing and casing regulations are intended to provide a regulatory framework in the event Tennessee ever becomes the site of large hydraulic fractures, while not unduly interfering with current operations, assesses attorney R. Culver Schmid with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

acceded, is creating an oil and gas expert committee within the agency to hear technical requests. Washburn explained the committee likely would consist of a couple staff geologists plus a petroleum engineer on retainer to the TDEC. “We would take any controversial issue that might now go before the Oil & Gas Board to this committee for an opinion,” he described. “It might be that we could work something out with this committee and not have to go before the (Board of Water Quality, Oil and Gas). If it does proceed to the board, the committee will issue a recommendation.” In the past, Washburn observed, Oil & Gas Supervisor Burton was the only person from whom the Oil & Gas Board could seek advice. “That put a lot of pressure on him, and Mike tended to error on the side of caution,” Washburn attested. “With other people involved, it might be better for us. A lot of things that would have gone to the (Oil & Gas) Board may not go to the Board of Water Quality, Oil and Gas.” Besides, offered Goodwin, “If we can’t convince a petroleum engineer and a couple geologists we want to do something, we probably shouldn’t be doing it anyway. “Let us see how this goes for a year,”

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012

American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012
Contents
Reports
Calendar
Oil & Gas Counts
State Legislative
Industry Digest
Natural Gas NSPS Affects a Variety of Equipment
Federal Legislation
SPCC
EPA
Keystone XL
Tech Connections
Washington Watch
Anadarko Finds World-Class Reservoirs in Deepwater Mozambique
Variety of Projects Have Permian Basin Hopping
Infrastructure Bottlenecks Easing in Permian Region
Completion Design Optimizes Yeso-San Andres Oil Wells
Cover Story
Beaver Creek CO2 Flood Boosts Madison Production
Study Evaluates Low-Salinity Waterfloods
Variable Speed Drives Coming of Age
Activity Spurring Artificial Lift Innovations
Project Shows STMZ’s Viability for Lower Tertiary Completions
ICDs, Modeling Improve Horizontal Shelf Well Completion
Intelligent Gas Lift Maximizes Production, Recovery
KOGA
CIPA
TOGA
TAEP
Frac Rules
Marcellus Regs
Conventions
The American Well Servicing Directory, Summer 2012
Industry Focus
Classified Advertising
Advertisers Index
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Contents
American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Reports
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Calendar
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Oil & Gas Counts
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Industry Digest
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Natural Gas NSPS Affects a Variety of Equipment
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Federal Legislation
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - SPCC
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Keystone XL
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Tech Connections
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Washington Watch
American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Anadarko Finds World-Class Reservoirs in Deepwater Mozambique
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Variety of Projects Have Permian Basin Hopping
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Infrastructure Bottlenecks Easing in Permian Region
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Completion Design Optimizes Yeso-San Andres Oil Wells
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Cover Story
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Beaver Creek CO2 Flood Boosts Madison Production
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Study Evaluates Low-Salinity Waterfloods
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - 103
American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Variable Speed Drives Coming of Age
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - 107
American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Activity Spurring Artificial Lift Innovations
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Project Shows STMZ’s Viability for Lower Tertiary Completions
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - ICDs, Modeling Improve Horizontal Shelf Well Completion
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Intelligent Gas Lift Maximizes Production, Recovery
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - KOGA
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - CIPA
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - TOGA
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - TAEP
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Frac Rules
American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Marcellus Regs
American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - 173
American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Conventions
American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - The American Well Servicing Directory, Summer 2012
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American Oil and Gas Reporter - June 2012 - Industry Focus
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