Sen. Michael W. Frerichs

Filed: 3/29/2011





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 664, AS AMENDED, by
3replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
5    "Section 5. The Illinois Oil and Gas Act is amended by
6adding Section 6.5 as follows:
7    (225 ILCS 725/6.5 new)
8    Sec. 6.5. Extraction of natural gas from shale using
9hydraulic fracturing.
10    (a) Each owner or operator that begins extracting natural
11gas from shale shall report to the Department the information
12specified in subsections (b), (c), and (d) within 30 days after
13hydraulic fracturing stimulation. The Director shall adopt
14rules that require, prior to such hydraulic fracturing, the
15owner or operator to perform a suitable mechanical integrity
16test of the casing or of the casing-tubing annulus or other



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1mechanical integrity test methods using procedures that are
2established by administrative rule.
3    (b) The owner or operator shall provide geological names, a
4geological description, and the depth of the formation into
5which well stimulation fluids were injected.
6    (c) The owner or operator shall provide detailed
7information to the Director concerning the base stimulation
8fluid source. The owner, operator, or service company shall
9also provide to the Director, for each stage of the well
10stimulation program, the following:
11        (1) each stimulation fluid identified by additive
12    type; and
13        (2) the chemical compound name and Chemical Abstracts
14    Service (CAS) number for each additive used.
15    (d) The owner or operator shall also provide a detailed
16description of the well stimulation design, which shall
18        (1) the surface treating pressure range;
19        (2) the maximum injection treating pressure; and
20        (3) the estimated or calculated fracture length and
21    fracture height.
22    (e) The Department shall post the information that it
23receives under subsections (b), (c), and (d) on its Internet
24website for a period of not less than 5 years.
25    (f) The injection of volatile organic compounds, such as
26benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene, also known as BTEX



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1compounds, or any petroleum distillates, into an underground
2source of drinking water is prohibited without exception. The
3proposed use of volatile organic compounds, such as benzene,
4toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene, also known as BTEX
5compounds, or any petroleum distillates, for shale gas
6extraction using hydraulic fracturing into hydrocarbon bearing
7zones is only authorized with prior written approval of the
8Director. Produced water containing trace amounts of naturally
9occurring petroleum distillates may be used as a stimulation
10fluid in hydrocarbon-bearing zones. Criteria for the
11authorization shall be established by the Department by rule.
12    (g) In addition to any other information that it must
13provide, the owner, operator, or service company shall provide
14the Director the following post well stimulation detail:
15        (1) the actual total well stimulation treatment volume
16    pumped;
17        (2) detail as to each fluid stage pumped, including
18    actual volume by fluid stage, proppant rate or
19    concentration, actual chemical additive name and type;
20        (3) the actual surface pressure and rate at the end of
21    each fluid stage and the actual flush volume, rate, and
22    final pump pressure; and
23        (4) the instantaneous shut-in pressure, and the actual
24    15-minute and 30-minute shut-in pressures when these
25    pressure measurements are available.
26    (h) During the well stimulation operation, the owner or



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1operator shall monitor and record the annulus pressure at the
2bradenhead. If intermediate casing has been set on the well
3being stimulated, then the pressure in the annulus between the
4intermediate casing and the production casing shall also be
5monitored and recorded. A continuous record of the annulus
6pressure during the well stimulation shall be submitted.
7    (i) If, during the stimulation, the annulus pressure
8increases by more than 500 pounds per square inch gauge (psig)
9compared to the pressure immediately preceding the
10stimulation, then the owner or operator shall verbally notify
11the Director as soon as practical but no later than 24 hours
12following the incident and must complete in a timely manner any
13corrective action identified by the Department. The owner or
14operator shall include a report containing all details
15pertaining to the incident, including corrective actions
17    (j) The owner or operator shall provide information to the
18Director as to the amounts, handling, and, if necessary,
19disposal at an identified appropriate disposal facility, or
20reuse of the well stimulation fluid load recovered during flow
21back, swabbing, or recovery from production facility vessels.
22Storage of that fluid shall be protective of an underground
23source of drinking water as demonstrated by the use of either
24tanks or lined pits.
25    (k) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to allow the
26Director to require the disclosure of trade secrets as defined



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1in the Illinois Trade Secrets Act.
2    (l) The Department shall adopt all rules necessary to
3enforce this Section.
4    (m) This Section applies only to the extraction of natural
5gas from shale.".