CHANGES IN HAZARDOUS MATERIAL INCIDENT REPORTING
By Dave Mustafaga, CPG  |   August 9th, 2016
   
HAZARDOUS MATERIAL INCIDENT REPORTING AT SHALE OIL PROCESSING PREMISES HAS CHANGED.
 
Section 124 The Ohio Fire Code (OAC 1301:7-7-01) revisions 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.   
 
A hazardous material incident at a Shale Oil Processing Premise is defined as the following:
 
Any fire or explosion that occurs at a shale oil processing premise that results in:
  1. Death or serious physical harm to any person;
  2. Substantial risk of death or serious physical harm to any person;
  3. Over $1000 of damage to any structure, property, premise or vehicle; or 
  4. A local fire department, law enforcement agency or other emergency management agency responding to the incident location; or
Any event, occurrence, action or omission at a shale oil processing premise that results in a substantial violation of this code or the building code as listed in rule 1301:7-7-47 of the Administrative Code and that involves:
 
  1. The occupancy of a shale oil processing premise; or
  2. The handling or other use, or the results of handling or other use of, a hazardous material at or associated with a shale oil processing premise.
 
INCIDENT REPORTING
 
All hazardous material incident(s) at a shale oil processing premise shall be reported by the responsible person or, if such person is not immediately available, any other person with direct knowledge of the incident to the State of Ohio by calling 1-844-OHCALL1 (1-844-642-2551).
 
The reporting of a hazardous material incident at a shale oil processing premise shall occur immediately upon discovery or knowledge of the incident unless unsafe conditions exist that inhibit the responsible party from reporting, reporting can then be delayed until it is safe to do so. 
 
 A reporting person required to notify the State of a hazardous material incident as specified in this rule shall provide, at the time of notification, specific site features and conditions as defined in the rule.
 
The state fire marshal may require the responsible person to provide additional information at the time of initial reporting and filing of additional reports with all information as required by the state fire marshal after the incident as necessary to obtain compliance with this code. 
 
Compliance with this rule does not eliminate the requirement that a responsible person or other person as referenced in this rule comply with any other applicable state or federal law. 
 
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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