Gas and Oil Regulatory Advisory PanelGAS 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)
MEETING #2 – July 2, 2014 – Senate Room 3, State Capitol, Richmond VA, 10 am
MEETING #3 – July 23, 2014 – Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon VA, 9 am
MEETING #4 – August 27, 2014 – Russell County Government Center, Lebanon VA, 9 am
Agenda Draft Discussion Document #1 Draft Discussion Document #2 Summary of Other States' Requirements
MEETING #5 – September 24, 2014 – U. of Mary Washington, Dahlgren Campus, 9 am
Agenda Draft Discussion Document DEQ Regulations Memorandum of Agreement between DMME and DEQ 1991 Environmental Impact Analysis for Exploratory Well in King George
FINAL MEETING – January 9, 2015 – House Room 3, State Capitol, Richmond VA, 9 am