A new oil and gas reporting bill, Senate Bill 1281, sponsored by State Senator Fran Pavley, was signed by Governor Brown on September 25, 2014. The California Department of Conservation – Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) issued a Notice to Operators containing important information on the new law’s reporting mandates on December 8, 2014.
Under Senate Bill 1281, Section 3226.3 was added to the Public Resources Code and requires the State Oil and Gas Supervisor to provide an annual inventory report of all unlined oil and gas field sumps to the State Water Resources Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards.
Section 3227 of the Public Resources Code was also amended to require operators of wells to provide a monthly and quarterly statement disclosing the following information:
- The source and volume of water produced from each oil field
- The water used to generate or make up the composition of any injected fluid or gas
- The volume of untreated water suitable for domestic or irrigation purposes
- The treatment of water and use of treated or recycled water in activities, such as exploration, development, and production
- The disposition method of all water used in or generated by oil and gas field activities – including water produced from each well reported
- Also the identity of any temporary onsite storage of water and the ultimate specific use, disposal method or method of recycling, or reuse of the water
For each reporting requirement, if water is commingled, it must be assigned proportionately to each well.