OHIO GOVERNOR KASICH IMPLEMENTS EMERGENCY RULE ON INCIDENT NOTIFICATION
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.
According to OAC 1501:9-8-01 “Reporting person” under the rule means any of the following:
“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
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
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