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1 RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS Field Operations and State-Managed Plugging Overview Presenter: Clay Woodul

2 Presentation Overview Organization Responsibilities Activities

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4 Deputy Director District Office District Director Assistant Director Clerical StaffTechnical Staff Lead Technician Field Inspectors State Managed Plugging State Managed Cleanup Admin StaffTech Staff

5 Field Operations Austin Complaint Monitoring Enforcement Referrals State Managed Plugging Program Regulatory Reports Public and Industry Inquiries Technical Assistance for other Departments

6 Form H-15 25-year Inactive Well Program Monthly Listings Fluid Level or Mechanical Integrity Tests 14(b)(2) extension Severance/Seal Extensions

7 Bringing Wells back into Production SWR 15(l)(7) Effective 2010: An operator of an inactive well that is more than 25 years old may not return that inactive well to active operation unless the operator performs either a fluid level test on the well within 12 months prior to the return to activity or a hydraulic pressure test of the well within five years prior to the return to activity.

8 Returning Well to Active Status H-15 test must be run as noted in 15(l)(7) W-10 or G-10 Retest Form must be filed Well must produce 10 BO or 100 MCF per month for 3 consecutive months Extensions of time has to be approved

9 District Office Responsibility Facilities and activities associated with Oil & Gas Exploration Production Processing Transportation Waste Handling and Disposal

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13 Monitoring & Inspections Monitoring Emergency Incidents Blowouts Fires H2S Incidents Accidents/Injuries/Deaths Spills Witness Industry Operations Surface Casing Jobs P&A Operations Mechanical Integrity Tests Operator Cleanups Drilling rig inspections Commercial Waste and Disposal Facilities

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19 Monitoring & Inspections 125,878 Inspections 55,030 Violations 16,443 Pollution related violations 22 Blowouts 14 H2S Incidents 27 Fires 10 Accidents 791 Complaints 5,250 Industry Pluggings 1,943 Surface Casing 7,346 MITs 2,015 Spills

20 Compliance & Enforcement Notice of Violation Notice of Intent Legal Referral

21 Compliance & Enforcement §81.0531 – Administrative Penalty (a)If a person violates provisions of this title which pertain to safety or the prevention or control of pollution or the provisions of a rule, order, license, permit, or certificate which pertain to safety or the prevention or control of pollution and are issued under this title, the person may be assessed a civil penalty by the commission. (b) The penalty may not exceed $10,000 a day for each violation. Each day a violation continues may be considered a separate violation for purposes of penalty assessments.

22 Compliance & Enforcement Enforcement Recommendations Plug Hearings Non-Compliance with SWR 14(b)(2) Penalty Action Hearings Non-Compliance with Commission Rules

23 Enforcement Referrals Plug Hearings Violation of SWR 14(b)(2) Has not produced in > 12 months Does not have an approved 14(b)(2) Extension Does not have “Good Faith Claim” to operate May include violations of other Commission Rules

24 Enforcement Referrals Rule 3—Signs Rule 8—Leaks, spill, pits Rule 9/46-Delinquent H-5, pressure on annulus Rule 13—Open or leaking wellheads Rule 17—Pressure on bradenhead Rule 36—H2S violations

25 Enforcement Referrals SWR 5—Drilling Permits All wells require a permit to be drilled, deepened, reentered, or plugged back. Operations may not commence until the permit has been issue. Failure to notify prior to setting Surface, Intermediate, or Production casing. Failure to notify of plugging a dry hole

26 Enforcement Referrals SWR 14—Plugging rule Failure to file plugging forms (W3A & W3) Failure to notify Failure to properly plug Failure to remove equipment

27 Enforcement Referrals SWR 20—Notification of Fires, Leaks, Blowout Requires immediate notification of Fires Blowouts and loss of well control Leaks, spills, or breaks

28 Field Operations Activities Complaint Process Investigate all complaints Coordinate inspections Complaint Coordinator Monitors Progress Complainant kept informed Refer to State Managed Plugging & Cleanup

29 Field Operations Activities State Managed Plugging Program

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