SCAQMD Adopts New Notification and Reporting Requirements
for "Fracking" and Other Oil and Gas Well Drilling Activities
|April 6, 2013
The South Coast Air Quality Management District has adopted California’s
first comprehensive notification and reporting requirements to provide
information needed to assess air quality and health effects from oil and gas
drilling activities in the region.
Adoption of the new requirements follows a symposium sponsored by the SCAQMD
in September 2012 that focused on potential air quality impacts from oil and
gas extraction activities, including hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as
"This measure will help us protect public health by providing important
information on any air quality impacts that may be associated with hydraulic
fracturing activities,” said William A. Burke, Ed.D., chairman of the SCAQMD
Rule 1148.2 – Notification and Reporting Requirements for Oil and Gas Wells
and Chemical Suppliers – establishes notification and reporting requirements
for all oil and gas well drilling, reworks, and well completion activities
in the Southland. This action is the first step of a two-step approach to
gather air quality-related information on oil and gas well drilling
activities in order to identify the magnitude and type of emissions
associated with these operations.
The first step of Rule 1148.2 will:
-- Require oil and gas well operators to notify SCAQMD no less than 24
hours before commencement of drilling, well completion, or any rework
activities. The notification must also include information on the well
location and activity to take place, as well as any nearby sensitive
receptors such as schools or daycare centers up to 1,500 feet from the well
-- Require reporting to SCAQMD of the names and quantities of chemicals,
non-trade and trade secret, and other process information within 60 after
days after completion of well activities; and
-- Require a report by SCAQMD staff to the Governing Board on notifications
received, emissions reports and chemical use reporting.
The rule also requires reporting of combustion equipment activity; fugitive
dust emissions from on-site mixing operations and potential hydrocarbon and
toxic emissions from drilling and fluids that return to the surface.
The second step of the rule will take place after no later than two years of
data collection. At that time SCAQMD’s Governing Board will consider if data
collection and notification should continue and, based on the data
collected, whether to adopt new requirements to reduce emissions from oil
and gas well activities.
SCAQMD will provide emissions information reported on well activities on its
website at www.aqmd.gov within 24 hours of
receiving the information.
There are 273 facilities operating approximately 4,614 onshore oil and gas
wells in the Southland. Many of these facilities are located in urban
areas, and sometimes located in close proximity to residential areas.
In other action, the Board:
-- Awarded $2.5 million to Siemens Industry Inc. as part of a $13.5 million
project to build one mile of an overhead electric catenary system, and to
develop and demonstrate a diesel hybrid electric truck using the catenary
system. The Board also awarded $2.1 million to Transportation Power to
develop and demonstrate a compressed natural gas (CNG) hybrid electric truck
and a system for an existing battery electric truck for use on the catenary
system. The overhead electric catenary demonstration is proposed for the
City of Carson along Alameda Street from East Lomita Boulevard to the
Dominguez Channel. Today’s awards will help initiate the development and
demonstration of a zero emissions goods movement corridor.
AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major
portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
This page updated:
April 09, 2013