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Full Text of SB0664  97th General Assembly


Sen. Michael W. Frerichs

Filed: 3/2/2011





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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 using hydraulic
9    (a) The Department shall adopt rules requiring each owner
10or operator that begins extracting natural gas from shale to
11report the information specified in subsections (b), (c), and
12(d) within 30 days after the beginning of extraction. The
13Director shall adopt rules that require, prior to such
14extraction, the owner or operator to perform a suitable
15mechanical integrity test of the casing or of the casing-tubing
16annulus or other mechanical integrity test methods using



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1procedures that are established 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 are to be 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 each additive used;
14        (3) the proposed rate or concentration for each
15    additive;
16        (4) a copy of the contractor's proposed well
17    stimulation program design; and
18        (5) any other information requested by the Director.
19    (d) The owner or operator shall also provide a detailed
20description of the proposed well stimulation design, which
21shall include:
22        (1) the anticipated surface treating pressure range;
23        (2) the maximum injection treating pressure; and
24        (3) the estimated or calculated fracture length and
25    fracture height.
26    (e) The Department shall post the information that it



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1receives under subsections (b), (c), and (d) on its Internet
2website for a period of not less than 5 years. In the interest
3of public health and safety, such information may not be
4claimed as a trade secret under this or any other Act.
5    (f) The injection of volatile organic compounds, such as
6benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene, also known as BTEX
7compounds, or any petroleum distillates, into groundwater is
8prohibited without exception. The proposed use of volatile
9organic compounds, such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and
10xylene, also known as BTEX compounds, or any petroleum
11distillates, for well stimulation into hydrocarbon bearing
12zones is only authorized with prior written approval of the
13Director. Produced water containing trace amounts of naturally
14occurring petroleum distillates may be used as a stimulation
15fluid in hydrocarbon-bearing zones.
16    (g) In addition to any other information that it must
17provide, the owner, operator, or service company shall provide
18the Director the following post well stimulation detail:
19        (1) the actual total well stimulation treatment volume
20    pumped;
21        (2) detail as to each fluid stage pumped, including
22    actual volume by fluid stage, proppant rate or
23    concentration, actual chemical additive name, type,
24    concentration or rate, and amounts;
25        (3) the actual surface pressure and rate at the end of
26    each fluid stage and the actual flush volume, rate, and



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1    final pump pressure; and
2        (4) the instantaneous shut-in pressure, and the actual
3    15-minute and 30-minute shut-in pressures when these
4    pressure measurements are available.
5    (h) During the well stimulation operation, the owner or
6operator shall monitor and record the annulus pressure at the
7bradenhead. If intermediate casing has been set on the well
8being stimulated, the pressure in the annulus between the
9intermediate casing and the production casing shall also be
10monitored and recorded. A continuous record of the annulus
11pressure during the well stimulation shall be submitted.
12    (i) If, during the stimulation, the annulus pressure
13increases by more than 500 pounds per square inch gauge (psig)
14compared to the pressure immediately preceding the
15stimulation, the owner or operator shall verbally notify the
16Director as soon as practical but no later than 24 hours
17following the incident and must complete in a timely manner any
18corrective action identified by the Department. The owner or
19operator shall include a report containing all details
20pertaining to the incident, including corrective actions
22    (j) The owner or operator shall provide information to the
23Director as to the amounts, handling, and, if necessary,
24disposal at an identified appropriate disposal facility, or
25reuse of the well stimulation fluid load recovered during flow
26back, swabbing, or recovery from production facility vessels.



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1Storage of that fluid shall be protective of groundwater as
2demonstrated by the use of either tanks or lined pits.".