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Full Text of SB0664  97th General Assembly


Rep. Naomi D. Jakobsson

Filed: 5/11/2011





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



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1established by administrative rule.
2    (b) The owner or operator shall provide geological names, a
3geological description, and the depth of the formation into
4which well stimulation fluids were injected.
5    (c) The owner or operator shall provide detailed
6information to the Director concerning the base stimulation
7fluid source. The owner, operator, or service company shall
8also provide to the Director, for each stage of the well
9stimulation program, the following:
10        (1) each stimulation fluid identified by additive
11    type;
12        (2) the chemical compound name and Chemical Abstracts
13    Service (CAS) number for the main ingredient of each
14    additive used and all other Material Safety Data Sheets
15    (MSDS) constituents; and
16        (3) any other chemical additives by name or type.
17    (d) The owner or operator shall also provide a detailed
18description of the well stimulation design, which shall
20        (1) the surface treating pressure range;
21        (2) the maximum injection treating pressure; and
22        (3) the estimated or calculated fracture length and
23    fracture height.
24    (e) The Department shall post the information that it
25receives under subsections (b), (c), and (d) on its Internet
26website for a period of not less than 5 years.



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1    (f) The injection of the volatile organic compounds
2benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene, also known as BTEX
3compounds, or diesel, into an underground source of drinking
4water is prohibited without exception. The proposed use of the
5volatile organic compounds benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and
6xylene, also known as BTEX compounds, or diesel for shale gas
7extraction using hydraulic fracturing into hydrocarbon bearing
8zones is only authorized with prior written approval of the
9Director. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to
10prohibit or to require prior approval for the use of produced
11water or other stimulation fluids containing trace amounts of
12BTEX in hydrocarbon bearing zones. Criteria for the
13authorization shall be established by the Department by rule.
14    (g) In addition to any other information that it must
15provide, the owner, operator, or service company shall provide
16the Director the following post well stimulation detail:
17        (1) the actual total well stimulation treatment volume
18    pumped;
19        (2) detail as to each fluid stage pumped, including
20    actual volume by fluid stage, proppant rate or
21    concentration, actual chemical additive name and type;
22        (3) the actual surface pressure and rate at the end of
23    each fluid stage and the actual flush volume, rate, and
24    final pump pressure; and
25        (4) the instantaneous shut-in pressure, and the actual
26    15-minute and 30-minute shut-in pressures when these



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1    pressure measurements are available.
2    (h) During the well stimulation operation, the owner or
3operator shall monitor and record the annulus pressure at the
4bradenhead. If intermediate casing has been set on the well
5being stimulated, then the pressure in the annulus between the
6intermediate casing and the production casing shall also be
7monitored and recorded. A continuous record of the annulus
8pressure during the well stimulation shall be submitted.
9    (i) If, during the stimulation, the annulus pressure
10increases by more than 500 pounds per square inch gauge (psig)
11compared to the pressure immediately preceding the
12stimulation, then the owner or operator shall verbally notify
13the Director as soon as practical but no later than 24 hours
14following the incident and must complete in a timely manner any
15corrective action identified by the Department. The owner or
16operator shall include a report containing all details
17pertaining to the incident, including corrective actions
19    (j) The owner or operator shall provide information to the
20Director as to the amounts, handling, and, if necessary,
21disposal at an identified appropriate disposal facility, or
22reuse of the well stimulation fluid load recovered during flow
23back, swabbing, or recovery from production facility vessels.
24Storage of that fluid shall be protective of an underground
25source of drinking water as demonstrated by the use of either
26tanks or lined pits.



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1    (k) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to require
2or allow disclosure of trade secrets or commercial information
3that is exempt from inspection or copying when provided to the
4Department together with a claim made pursuant to subsection
5(g) of Section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act that such
6information is proprietary, privileged, or confidential and
7that disclosure may cause competitive harm to the person or
9    (l) The Department shall adopt all rules necessary to
10enforce this Section.
11    (m) This Section applies only to the extraction of natural
12gas from shale.".