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Full Text of SB0664  97th General Assembly


Sen. Michael W. Frerichs

Filed: 3/10/2011





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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; and
12        (2) the chemical compound name and Chemical Abstracts
13    Service (CAS) number for each additive used.
14    (d) The owner or operator shall also provide a detailed
15description of the proposed well stimulation design, which
16shall include:
17        (1) the anticipated surface treating pressure range;
18        (2) the maximum injection treating pressure; and
19        (3) the estimated or calculated fracture length and
20    fracture height.
21    (e) The Department shall post the information that it
22receives under subsections (b), (c), and (d) on its Internet
23website for a period of not less than 5 years.
24    (f) The injection of volatile organic compounds, such as
25benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene, also known as BTEX
26compounds, or any petroleum distillates, into an underground



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



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1intermediate casing and the production casing shall also be
2monitored and recorded. A continuous record of the annulus
3pressure during the well stimulation shall be submitted.
4    (i) If, during the stimulation, the annulus pressure
5increases by more than 500 pounds per square inch gauge (psig)
6compared to the pressure immediately preceding the
7stimulation, the owner or operator shall verbally notify the
8Director as soon as practical but no later than 24 hours
9following the incident and must complete in a timely manner any
10corrective action identified by the Department. The owner or
11operator shall include a report containing all details
12pertaining to the incident, including corrective actions
14    (j) The owner or operator shall provide information to the
15Director as to the amounts, handling, and, if necessary,
16disposal at an identified appropriate disposal facility, or
17reuse of the well stimulation fluid load recovered during flow
18back, swabbing, or recovery from production facility vessels.
19Storage of that fluid shall be protective of an underground
20source of drinking water as demonstrated by the use of either
21tanks or lined pits.
22    (k) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to allow the
23Director to require the disclosure of trade secrets as defined
24in the Illinois Trade Secrets Act.".