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DIVISION of Gas and Oil

Gas and Oil Regulatory Advisory Panel

GAS AND OIL REGULATORY ACTION

In the fall of 2013, DMME initiated a regulatory action in its Division of Gas and Oil. A Notice of Intended Regulatory Action was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on January 13, 2014.  The notice indicated that DMME would review its existing Gas and Oil Regulation to determine whether ingredients used in hydraulic fracturing should be disclosed, to review existing best practices, and to determine whether additional requirements are necessary for drilling in different regions of the Commonwealth.

To assist in this process, DMME appointed a Regulatory Advisory Panel consisting of a wide variety of stakeholders to make recommendations in these areas. The panel conducted its meetings between June 2014 and January 2015. These meetings were open to the public and meeting materials can be found below.

Upon conclusion of these meetings, DMME submitted the proposed regulations for executive branch review in accordance with the Administrative Process Act and Executive Order 17.  On October 5, 2015, the regulations were published in the Virginia Register of Regulations and a 60 day public comment period commenced.  Comments were submitted online via e-mail and the Town Hall website, where citizens can also obtain information concerning the three public hearings DMME held to receive comment.  After the close of the comment period, the regulations must undergo final executive branch review before they become effective.  DMME anticipates submitting the regulations for final executive branch review in August 2016.  Please click here to review a Summary of Comments Received by DMME during the public comment period.


MEETING SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION

MEETING #1 – June 4, 2014 – House Room 3, State Capitol, Richmond VA, 10 am

Background Materials (download all as zip file)

Commonwealth Energy Policy DMME FY 14SP NOIRA Reg Process Flowchart
DMME Enabling Statute Gas and Oil Act RAP Member List Virginia Gas and Oil Regulation

Meeting Materials (download all as zip file)

ASRPG Standards & Practices Montana Ohio
CSSD Performance Standards MSC Recommended Practice Texas

Meeting Summary


MEETING #2 – July 2, 2014 – Senate Room 3, State Capitol, Richmond VA, 10 am

Meeting Materials

Agenda Draft Discussion Document

Meeting Summary

Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Overview


MEETING #3 – July 23, 2014 – Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon VA, 9 am

Meeting Materials

Agenda Draft Discussion Document
Selected Survey of Baseline Testing Requirements

Meeting Summary

DMME Presentation


MEETING #4 – August 27, 2014 – Russell County Government Center, Lebanon VA, 9 am

Meeting Materials

Agenda Draft Discussion Document #1 Draft Discussion Document #2
Summary of Other States' Requirements  

Meeting Summary


MEETING #5 – September 24, 2014 – U. of Mary Washington, Dahlgren Campus, 9 am

Meeting Materials

Agenda Draft Discussion Document

62.1-195.1 of the Code of Virginia

DEQ Regulations Memorandum of Agreement between DMME and DEQ
1991 Environmental Impact Analysis for Exploratory Well in King George

1991 Contingency Plan for Exploratory Well in King George

DMME Presentation

DEQ Presentation

Meeting Summary


FINAL MEETING – January 9, 2015 – House Room 3, State Capitol, Richmond VA, 9 am

Meeting Materials

DMME RAP Recommendation Matrix

DMME DRAFT Proposed Regulations

DMME Presentation