AQUIFER EXEMPTION COMPLIANCE SCHEDULE REGULATIONS
DOC Sends Out Public Notice of Proposed Regulations for Aquifer Exemption Compliance Schedule
The California Department of Conservation (DOC) has sent out public notice of proposed regulations for the aquifer exemption compliance schedule related to the Underground Injection Control (UIC) program managed by the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources. The public notice begins the formal rulemaking process and marks the beginning of a 45-day public comment period. The proposed regulations are necessary to ensure that the State’s federally-approved UIC program for Class II injection wells meets the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, and protects public health, safety and the environment in an efficient manner.
These regulations were adopted on a temporary basis by emergency rulemaking on April 20. This rulemaking action is to complete the formal rulemaking process in order to keep these regulations in place.
Comments regarding the proposed regulations can be submitted until 5:00 p.m. on July 13, 2015
via email to UIC.Regulations@conservation.ca.gov
; via FAX to (916) 324-0948; or via regular mail to the Department of Conservation, 801 K Street, 24-02, Sacramento, CA 95814, ATTN: Aquifer Exemption Compliance Schedule Regulations.
Comments will also be taken at two public hearings around the state: Bakersfield
– July 15, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Avenue. Santa Maria
– July 16, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Santa Barbara County Supervisors Hearing Room, 511 East Lakeside Pkwy.
Documents related to the Department of Conservation’s rulemaking efforts can be found here
EMERGENCY REGULATIONS FOR UNDERGROUND INJECTION ARE NOW IN PLACE
On April 2, 2015, the Department of Conservation noticed its intent to propose the adoption of emergency regulations necessary to protect public health, safety and the environment, and to bring California’s Class II Underground Injection Control program into compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. This action was taken in accordance with Government Code sections 11346.1 and 11349.6 of the California Administrative Procedures Act. These regulations have been approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and are now in effect.
To access documents associated with the emergency rulemaking action and the text of the emergency regulations, please click here
DOGGR's Action Plan Receives U.S. EPA Approval
California regulatory authorities on Friday, February 6, submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a plan to correct deficiencies in the regulation of underground injection. The response included a 12-page letter, prepared by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the State Water Resources Control Board, and four supporting documents, all of which are linked below. The plan focuses on the enhanced protection of California aquifers from contamination due to oil and gas production.
More information about the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources UIC program, as well as issues related to SB 4 and well stimulation, can be found here.