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From Oil Fields to Gas Pools: What's Not Included In The Regulations For Industry
by Tomas DiFiore
Saturday Feb 16th, 2013 11:08 AM
The term “oil field regulations' comes up repeatedly and often, throughout the day. Never mentioned, are the terms “gas wells”, or the “surface map boundary” of “pools” (legally defined in mineral rights) which is how Natural Gas development by hydraulic fracture drilling by “community or forced pooling' and eminent domain occur, but which may not in California constitute a “field”. Horizontal, deviant, or directional drilling operations can drill in several directions for miles, from one well site.
From Oil Fields to Gas Pools: What's Not Included In The (New Deal) Regulations For Industry

Read carefully and comment, please. The regulatory language continues to be limited by the bits of near useless information released one piece at a time by the OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY.

Visit:
Slick Water Fracking Moratorium Is The Only Answer
http://banslickwaterfracking.blogspot.com/

The latest blog post (12 pages if printed) is mostly the entire 58 minutes of the second panel of presentations to the Senate Natural Resources and Water and Senate Environmental Quality February 12th, 2013 Joint Informational Hearing of the "The Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing in Oil and Gas Production in California." The second panel consisted of Additional regulatory agencies:

Senator Fran Pavley opened with: “Now we move on to the second panel which will focus on Air, Water Quality, and Hazardous Materials Management”.

From the State Air Resources Board: There are regulatory gaps at the Federal, State, and Local levels. The data just simply doesn’t exist. We anticipate beginning the stake holder process later this year with a plan to bring a proposed regulation to our Board for consideration in 2014.” Provided there are technologically feasible and cost effective mitigation strategies. We do not currently have information on toxic air emissions from California Oil and Gas Operations.

Please send comments. There are enough loopholes in the language alone to make sure High Volume High Pressure Slick Water Horizontal/Directional Hydraulic Fracturing is not regulated to any extent that would actually protect the environment and provide for even a guarantee of clean groundwater and air for the health of future generations.

Tomas DiFiore