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HB 1205 - Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations - Florida Key Vote

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Title: Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends hydraulic fracturing regulations, effective July 1, 2015.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to issue permits for the performance of a high-pressure well stimulation (Sec. 5).
  • Defines “high-pressure well stimulation” as injecting more than 100,000 gallons of fluid into a rock formation at high pressure in order to propagate fractures to increase production at an oil or gas well (Sec. 1).

  • Requires the department to conduct a study on high-pressure well stimulation that includes an analysis of the following (Sec. 7):

    • The underlying geological impact of high-pressure wells;

    • Potential risks posed for surface water and drinking water; and

    • Levels of groundwater contamination caused by high-pressure well stimulation

  • Appropriates $1 million for the study for the fiscal year 2015-2016 (Sec. 14).

  • Prohibits issuing permits for high-pressure well stimulation until the study has been completed (Sec. 7).

  • Requires the department to designate FracFocus, the national chemical registry, as the state’s registry for chemical disclosure for all high-pressure well stimulations (Sec. 9).

  • Requires a well owner to report the following information within 60 days after the initiation of a high-pressure well stimulation (Sec. 9):

    • The name of the service provider, vendor, or owner;

    • The date of completion of the high-pressure well stimulation;

    • The county in which the well is located;

    • The total vertical depth of the well; and

    • The concentration of ingredients in the well fluid.

  • Requires a well owner to notify the department of any chemical ingredient not previously reported for the purpose of performing a high-pressure well stimulation (Sec. 9).

  • Increases the civil penalty to $25,000 for each offense an individual commits in violation of any permit to drill for or produce oil, gas or other petroleum products (Sec. 8).

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Title: Amends Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

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