Subchapter E. WELL REPORTING
78a.121. Production reporting.
78a.122. Well record and completion report.
78a.123. Logs and additional data.
78a.124. Certificate of plugging.
§ 78a.121. Production reporting.
(a) Each operator of an unconventional well shall submit a monthly production and status report for each well on an individual basis within 45 calendar days of the close of each monthly reporting period. Production shall be reported for the preceding reporting period. When the production data is not available to the operator on a well basis, the operator shall report production on the most well-specific basis available.
(b) The monthly production report must include information on the amount and type of waste produced and the method of waste disposal or reuse, including the specific facility or well site where the waste was managed. Waste information submitted to the Department in accordance with this subsection is deemed to satisfy the residual waste biennial reporting requirements of § 287.52 (relating to biennial report).
(c) The production report shall be submitted electronically to the Department through its web site.
§ 78a.122. Well record and completion report.
(a) For each well that is drilled or altered, the operator shall keep a detailed drillers log at the well site available for inspection until drilling is completed. Within 30 calendar days of cessation of drilling or altering a well, the well operator shall submit a well record to the Department on a form provided by the Department that includes the following information:
(1) Name, address and telephone number of the permittee.
(2) Permit number, and farm name and number.
(3) Township and county.
(4) Date drilling started and completed.
(5) Method of drilling.
(6) Size and depth of conductor pipe, surface casing, coal protective casing, intermediate casing, production casing and borehole.
(7) Type and amount of cement and results of cementing procedures.
(8) Elevation and total depth.
(9) Drillers log that includes the name and depth of formations from the surface to total depth, depth of oil and gas producing zone, depth of fresh water and brines and source of information.
(10) Certification by the operator that the well has been constructed in accordance with this chapter and any permit conditions imposed by the Department.
(11) Whether methane was encountered other than in a target formation.
(12) The country of origin and manufacture of tubular steel products used in the construction of the well.
(13) The borrow pit used for well site development, if any.
(14) Other information required by the Department.
(b) Within 30 calendar days after completion of the well, when the well is capable of production, the well operator shall arrange for the submission of a completion report to the Department on a form provided by the Department that includes the following information:
(1) Name, address and telephone number of the permittee.
(2) Name, address and telephone number of the service companies.
(3) Permit number, and farm name and number.
(4) Township and county.
(5) Perforation record.
(6) Stimulation record which includes the following:
(i) A descriptive list of the chemical additives in the stimulation fluid, including any acid, biocide, breaker, brine, corrosion inhibitor, crosslinker, demulsifier, friction reducer, gel, iron control, oxygen scavenger, pH adjusting agent, proppant, scale inhibitor and surfactant.
(ii) The percent by mass of each chemical additive in the stimulation fluid.
(iii) The trade name, vendor and a brief descriptor of the intended use or function of each chemical additive in the stimulation fluid.
(iv) A list of the chemicals intentionally added to the stimulation fluid, by name and chemical abstract service number.
(v) The maximum concentration, in percent by mass, of each chemical intentionally added to the stimulation fluid.
(vi) The total volume of the base fluid.
(vii) A list of water sources used under an approved WMP and the volume of water used from each source.
(viii) The total volume of recycled water used.
(ix) The pump rate and pressure used in the well.
(7) Actual open flow production and shut in surface pressure.
(8) Open flow production and shut in surface pressure, measured 24 hours after completion.
(9) The well development impoundment, if any, used in the development of the well.
(10) Certification by the operator that the monitoring plan required under § 78a.52a (relating to area of review) was conducted as outlined in the area of review report.
(c) When the well operator submits a stimulation record, it may designate specific portions of the stimulation record as containing a trade secret or confidential proprietary information. The Department will prevent disclosure of the designated confidential information to the extent permitted under the Right-to-Know Law (65 P.S. § § 67.10167.3104) or other applicable State law.
(d) The well record required under subsection (a) and the completion report required under subsection (b) shall be submitted electronically to the Department through the Departments web site.
§ 78a.123. Logs and additional data.
(a) The well operator shall, within 90 days of completion or recompletion of drilling, submit a copy of any electrical, radioactive or other standard industry logs which have been run.
(b) In addition, if requested by the Department within 1 year of the completion or recompletion of drilling, the well operator shall file with the Department a copy of the drill stem test charts, formation water analysis, porosity, permeability or fluid saturation measurements, core analysis and lithologic log or sample description or other similar data as compiled. Information is not required unless the operator has had the information described in this subsection compiled in the ordinary course of business. Interpretation of the data is not required to be filed.
(c) Upon notification by the Department prior to drilling, the well operator shall collect additional data specified by the Department, such as representative drill cuttings and samples from cores taken, and other geological information that the operator can reasonably compile. Interpretation of the data is not required to be filed.
(d) Data requested by the Department under subsections (b) and (c) shall be retained by the well operator and filed with the Department no more than 3 years after completion of the well. Upon request for good cause, the Department may extend the deadline up to 5 years from the date of completion or recompletion of drilling the well. The Department may request submission of the information before these time frames if the information is necessary to conduct an investigation or for enforcement proceedings.
(e) The Department is entitled to utilize information collected under this section in enforcement proceedings, in making designations or determinations under section 1927-A of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. § 510-27), and in aggregate form for statistical purposes.
§ 78a.124. Certificate of plugging.
(a) Within 30 calendar days after the well has been plugged, the owner or operator of the well shall submit a certificate of plugging to the Department and each coal operator, lessee or owner who was sent notice by certified mail of the intent to plug the well.
(b) The certificate of plugging must be on a form provided by the Department and contain information required by the Department.
(c) The certificate of plugging shall be prepared and signed by two experienced and qualified people who participated in the work, and shall also be signed by the well owner or operator.
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