DOGGR Issues Well Stimulation Regulations for 2014

With the passage of Senate Bill 4 (Pavley, Ch 313, Stats of 2013), California will have new rules for the practice of “well stimulation” activities undertaken by oil and gas operators. “Well stimulation” practices are defined by Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) and include hydraulic fracturing and other treatments that increase the flow of hydrocarbons (oil and natural gas) to wells and then to the surface for recovery. Find out more about well stimulation and the rules governing the practice here.

The Department's implementation of SB 4 includes:

  • Interim Well Stimulation Regulations effective January 1, 2014. Find out more about those regulations here.
  • Adoption of separate, permanent regulations for 2015 and beyond. Find out more about those regulations here.
  • Development of an environmental impact report (EIR) by July 1, 2015. Find out more about the EIR development here.
  • Web-based posting of public notices about well stimulation permits applied for and issued by the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources. Find current well stimulation certifications here.
This Regulatory Alert was prepared by InterAct, an Acteon company, to advise our clients of impending deadlines and applicable regulatory requirements. No official agency policy is implied. 

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