New Edition - SB 4 Compliance Handbook on California's Well Stimulation Permitting Law

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SB 4 regulates well stimulation treatments in California, including hydraulic fracturing and acid well stimulation. The law creates a permitting system, builds in water testing and monitoring components for surface and groundwater near the treatment site, and it places obligations on state agencies to study any environmental effects of well stimulation treatment. SB 4 also obligates the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources ("DOGGR") to finalize and implement permanent regulations, which are due by January 1, 2015, and gives DOGGR emergency regulatory authority to issue regulations for the 2014 interim period. Stoel attorneys Michael Mills, Tom Henry and Chelsea Huffman have prepared a primer to aid operators in their efforts to comply with SB 4 and its new permitting scheme. This guide will explain the difference between operator compliance in 2014 and 2015, at what point certain disclosures are required, and the nuances of property owner and tenant notification requirements.

The revised Second Edition version includes DOGGR's emergency regulations for the interim period and provides analysis as to how those regulations will impact operations during 2014. That analysis will include the difference between operator compliance in 2014 and 2015, at what point certain disclosures are required, the nuances of notification requirements, and DOGGR’s requirements for operator-created groundwater monitoring plans in the interim period.

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Thomas A. Henry
Michael N. Mills
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