OHIO GOVERNOR KASICH IMPLEMENTS EMERGENCY RULE ON INCIDENT NOTIFICATION
By Dave Mustafaga, CPG  |   August 12th, 2016
   
ARE YOU SOMEONE RESPONSIBLE FOR REPORTING AN EMERGENCY AT AN OIL AND GAS  WELL, PRODUCTION OR PROCESSING FACILITY?
 
On August 9, 2016 Governor John Kasich signed into effect Executive Order 2016-04K, which creates and implements a one-call emergency notification system for oil and natural gas related emergencies. This executive order allows the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management (DOGRM) to immediately adopt administrative rules necessary to implement this system. DOGRM will then have 120 days (until December 7, 2016) to implement the executive order via the normal rulemaking procedure under Ohio law. 
 
In addition, the Executive Order also makes revisions to the Ohio Fire Code (OAC 1301:7-7-01) to include fire and safety standards relating to shale oil and gas processing facilities, including general processing and fractionation facilities as authorized in ORC 3737.832. 
 
The 24/7 emergency notification telephone number is: 1-844-OHCALL1
 
The rule also discusses notification by electronic means being an option. However, the initial release by the ODNR only mentions the emergency notification hotline.
 
WHO REPORTS?
According to OAC 1501:9-8-01 “Reporting person” under the rule means any of the following:
 
  1. The owner of the well
  2.  A person to whom an order or permit is issued under ORC Section 1509
  3.  A person to whom an order or permit is issued under OAC Section 1501:9
  4. A person to whom a registration certificate is issued under ORC Section 1509.222 (brine transportation)
  5. A person engaged in an activity pursuant to ORC Section 1509.226 (surface application of brine by local governments)
“Contractors” performing services on behalf of a reporting person are required to notify the reporting person immediately (no later than 30 minutes) after the contractor becomes aware of an incident unless that time is impracticable under the circumstances. If the reporting person is not present on site and cannot be reached, the contractor shall notify DOGRM within 30 minutes after the contractor becomes aware of a reportable occurrence.  
 
For a summary listing of all REPORTABLE INCIDENTS please click HERE
 
For a summary on the required REPORTABLE INFORMATION please click HERE
 
For information on MATERIAL INCIDENT REPORTING AT A PROCESSING PREMISE click HERE
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For additional information on the emergency rule, including draft language, please visit the ODNR-DOGRM’s website, located at: http://oilandgas.ohiodnr.gov/laws-regulations/opportunities-for-involvement#DR2
Dave Mustafaga, CPG, Senior Project Manager | Environmental Division Leader
David oversees the operations of Hull’s Environmental Division and Site Assessment and Remediation Practice Area and has over 20 years of experience conducting and managing environmental investigations and corrective actions.  He has experience permitting unconventional oil and gas wells in Ohio, co-facilitating public outreach meetings associated with pre-drill groundwater sampling events, evaluating water sourcing and well siting constraints, and conducting emergency response action investigations on active oil and gas well sites.  In our rapid response work, David serves as both coordinator of personnel and technical director responsible for quality of the work and compliance with regulatory obligations.
 
 
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