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1 Oil and Gas Floodplain Regulation Amy Brandley, CFM Floodplain Administrator, Canadian County, OK

2 Canadian County, Oklahoma 900 square miles Fastest growing county in OK

3 Canadian County, Oklahoma: Third in the nation in the number of Federally Declared Disasters over the last decade. -USA Today, Feb 11, 2008

4 Tornadoes

5 Wildfires

6 Ice Storms

7 Floods

8 Giant Fish

9 Oklahoma Flood Facts Of the 58 Major Disaster Declarations in Oklahoma since 1955, 40 have involved flooding. (FEMA) Oklahoma is consistently recognized by FEMA and others as having the best floodplain management program in Region VI and one of the top programs in the country.

10 OK is one of the top producers of oil and gas in the nation

11 But … Many Oklahoma communities are not following floodplain regulations for oil and gas development in their floodplains. O/G is heavily regulated by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, but they don’t require any floodplain management practices.

12 Where We Have Been We have worked with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, local regulatory permitting consulting firms, and individuals from the oil and gas industry to learn about oil and gas and come up with our requirements.

13 Where We Are Headed Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, OWRB, OFMA, Corporation Commission, and the state legislature are working toward standardizing oil and gas floodplain permitting across the state.

14 We need a statewide consistent effort Some communities are requiring too much. Some communities are requiring too little. These widely varying requirements are difficult for the O/G industry.

15 Due Consideration Our efforts at permitting the industry must not place undue hardship on a business that is often required to be in the floodplain. We are familiar with due consideration with the agriculture industry. This is STATE LAW: OS 82 Section 1614

16 Regulate the industry in an expedient manner, enforcing the minimum NFIP standards

17 Why is it important to regulate the oil and gas industry in our floodplains?

18 Canadian County Oil and Gas Wells

19 Kingfisher, OK, August 19, 2007

20 Bartlesville OK, July 3, 2007

21 Yukon, OK, August 22, 2007

22 Greenfield, OK, August 19, 2007

23 Blaine County, OK, August 19, 2007

24 Pipeline Break, Blaine Co., OK

25 Canadian County, OK, May 9, 2007

26 Coffeyville, Kansas, July 2, 2007 REUTERS/Cindy Price/The Coffeyville Journal/Handout

27 Problems Many oil and gas companies (including pipelines) do not know they need a floodplain permit, especially in the unincorporated counties. Different communities have different floodplain requirements. We have a huge number of unprotected production sites in our state’s floodplains.

28 So How Do You Find Them? Look for drilling rigs! Go through Landmen –Make sure your county clerk’s office of land records has a prominently displayed floodplain map with permit requirement Check your state’s O/G regulatory agency website Get to know your state’s regulatory agency local inspector Road Crossing Permits in your county County District Shops Assessor’s Office Check local newspaper listings

29 OK Corporation Commission Website Screen shot of webpage

30 Identifying O/G Equipment It’s hard to permit if you don’t know what it is! Different counties and states may have different types of production and equipment.

31 Safety Get permission to go onto site. Watch out for dangers at the site. Safety concerns: –Poisonous Gas –Chemicals –Energized Electrical Equipment –Potentially Explosive Atmosphere –Armed Landowners

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33 Drilling Rig Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

34 Well Head/Christmas Tree Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

35 Pump Jack Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

36 In-Line Heater Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

37 Separator Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

38 Separator Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

39 Heater Treater Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

40 Tank Batteries Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

41 Tank Batteries Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

42 Production Unit Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

43 Production Unit Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

44 Dehydrator Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

45 Meter Run Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

46 Meter Run Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

47 Compressor Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

48 Compressor Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

49 Workover Rig Photos courtesy Center for Local Government Technology, OSU

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51 What do the O/G companies have to do to be compliant? Get floodplain permit before development begins Floodproof, elevate or relocate Present you with floodproof or elevation certificate(s) when completed

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53 Specifics Establish BFE 3 Options: –Elevate site above BFE, Elevation Certificate required. –Relocate site out of floodplain. –Floodproof: Anchor all production equipment to BFE; protect vulnerable equipment such as well head with guard to prevent flood debris damage. Floodproof certificates must be provided.

54 Specifics Continued All vulnerable utilities must be above BFE. A closed mud pit system must be used. The lease road must be constructed so it will not obstruct the flow of water. A culvert must be placed in the barrow ditch where lease road meets county road. Tree and brush debris must be removed from floodplain or burned.

55 Specifics Continued The O/G company should provide you with a list of production equipment on the site. O/G company must notify you if –they add new equipment. –they sell the site to another company. Make agreement to be able to inspect the site periodically after permit is completed.

56 Permit Steps 1.Identify site on floodplain map. a)What is the potential water velocity at the site? b)How far would they have to go to get tanks and equipment out of floodplain? c)Note whether lease road will be under water during flood or will impede water flow. 2.Visit the site—Know your site! a)Take photos b)Note condition and location of trees and shrubs

57 Drought

58 Same site, during a wet year

59 Permit Steps cont. 3. Collect documents from the O/G company a.Completed permit application form b.Detailed plans and specs for the site c.Engineered anchoring plans d.Staking plat e.Other applicable permits f.Spill Prevention and Counter Measure Plan g.Emergency Evacuation Plan

60 Permit Steps cont. 4. Floodplain board meets to consider approval of permit. Issue permit and checklist. If necessary schedule an intermediate inspection. When development is complete, do final inspection, collect flood proofing and/or elevation certificates, and take photos.

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63 Pipelines Have your Floodplain Board establish burial depth requirement. Canadian County: –72 inches under creeks/rivers, 48 inches in the rest of the floodplain –Must sign Statement of Burial Depth Compliance

64 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

65 The Good Proper anchoring

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67 Proper anchoring on equipment other than tanks

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70 Anchoring

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73 Well Head Guard

74 Elevation of production site

75 Relocated production equipment

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77 The Bad and the Ugly Infringement on waterway

78 Well head guard

79 Tree debris blocking waterway next to pad

80 River movement placed well head in river channel

81 New unpermitted equipment added after final inspection

82 Our Challenge: Educate and Partner Media publicity –Press releases to local newspapers –Commissioners/Council meetings Website Floodplain presentations in community –Civics groups are always looking for presenters! –Hand out free floodplain maps of the county. People love to get maps. OCC district quarterly meetings Industry association partnerships –Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association –Landmen Associations

83 TheYukon Review, our partners in educating the public

84 Educate the Industry Approach them with an attitude of cooperation. If they don’t know about fp permitting, give them the benefit of the doubt--the first time only! There are many different people involved with an oil and gas site. Educate them all. A good working relationship with the industry is the goal.

85 Amy Brandley, CFM Canadian County Floodplain Administrator (405) 262-1070 brandleya@canadiancounty.org

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