1 SANTA FE COUNTY'S OIL DEVELOPMENT ZONING ORDINANCE Stephen C. Ross Santa Fe County Attorney 102 Grant Avenue P.O. Box 287 Santa Fe, New Mexico (505) December 5, 2013
2 Existing oil field in Santa Fe County 20 to 30 wells drilled in 1980s 1 still in production in late 2000s Proposal to drill hundreds possibly thousands of additional wells Wells would be frac ed No regulatory ordinance in place
5 General Plan Amendment Comprehensive Drilling and Exploration Ordinance, No GasElement pdf SORDINANCE_NO pdf
6 County moratorium on oil and gas development pending development of general plan amendment and regulatory ordinance State moratorium on APDs through Oil Conservation Division State studies (OCD, NMED, Office of Cultural Affairs) County studies
7 Development team: Land use lawyer Land use planning firm from Kansas City Oil and gas attorney Petroleum engineer Geologist Hydrologist County legal staff
8 Multi-disciplinary approach Legal issues and the authority of County government Technical investigation of oil and gas resources Particularized investigation of resources of the Galisteo Basin (cultural, archeological, water, traffic, emergency response, fiscal impacts) Land suitability analysis GPA Ordinance
9 Both a zoning ordinance and a direct regulatory ordinance (police power) Three step approval process: 1. Zoning (floating zone) 2. Permitting 3. Development permit, certificate of completion
10 Concerns about Frac ing: 1. Contamination of groundwater 2. Use of scarce water resources 3. Traffic, road damage 4. Escape of methane/climate change 5. Pollution 6. Health effects of proprietary chemicals
11 Ordinance Approaches: 1. Protect groundwater 2. Limit or control water use 3. Control infrastructure use, require improvements 4. Address leaks and spills 5. Abate pollution
12 Protecting Groundwater Closed Loop Systems As defined in Section 7, each site where there is a producing oil or gas well shall have a fluid-containment system using a series of enclosed above ground tanks. Only Closed Loop Systems that meet or exceed the requirements of NMAC , shall be used during the drilling or Completion of any Well. Open pits and reserve pits are prohibited under all circumstances.
13 Protecting Groundwater Storage Tanks Except as otherwise mandated by the OCD, tanks used for the storage of condensate, crude oil, or other liquid hydrocarbons produced by and/or used in conjunction with any Oil or Gas Facility shall conform to the American Petroleum Institute (A.P.I.) standards for such tanks. All storage tanks shall be equipped with a secondary containment system including lining with an impervious material in order to protect against leaks and spills. Each storage tank shall be equipped with a level-control device that will automatically activate a valve to close the well in the event of excess liquid accumulation in the tank.
14 Protecting Groundwater Water Quality Protection Program The Operator shall complete a baseline water quality testing program prior to constructing and Oil or Gas Facility. At least three monitoring wells shall be constructed according to guidelines prepared by the County Hydrologist. The location of the monitoring wells shall be specified by the County Hydrologist. However, at least one of the wells shall be at the Oil or Gas Facility or, if directional drilling or horizontal drilling is utilized, at least one monitoring well shall be located at the surface location corresponding to the bottomhole location. A down gradient well or wells shall be provided. If permission to utilize property for purposes of locating a monitoring well is not provided, the Operator may use County rights-of-way or property as sites for monitoring wells. Water samples from all water wells and surface water sources within a three mile radius of the proposed Well site shall be taken and the parameters tested to establish the baseline water quality in the area. All samples shall be split with the County to enable the County to conduct independent testing. The parameters to be tested shall be specified by the Administrator and the County Hydrologist.
15 Protecting Groundwater Fracturing and Acidizing Fracturing and acidizing of any well shall be performed in strict compliance with applicable OCD rules and the practices of a reasonable and prudent operator. Fracturing pressures shall be controlled to limit the extent to which fractures escape the zone being fractured. Fracturing operations may be monitored by the Oil and Gas Inspector to ensure compliance with these standards.
16 Protecting Groundwater Fracturing operations shall only use fresh water as the fluid component of the fracturing material. Water and sand used in fracturing operations shall not contain dissolved hydrocarbons or other toxic contaminants. The use of synthetic fracturing fluids is prohibited. Fracturing with brine is prohibited.
17 Protecting Groundwater (continued) If the County Petroleum Engineer agrees, subject to clear and convincing evidence, that use of fresh water during fracturing operations would damage the rock formation so that the oil and gas cannot be recovered, use of other fluids may be authorized so long as the exact constituents of the fluids are on the prescribed list of chemicals, minerals, or materials and approved by the Board, a ground water monitoring program is established, and the need for the use of the specific constituents are verified by the County Petroleum Engineer and approved by a medical professional, both to be selected by the County.
18 Protecting Groundwater (continued) Fracturing pressures shall be strictly controlled as provided in the previous paragraph to the satisfaction of the County Petroleum Engineer and oil and gas inspector.
19 Protecting Groundwater After fracturing operations are completed, all fluids used in the operations shall, to the extent technologically possible, be removed from the well.
20 Protecting Groundwater Water Quality (2) The Oil or Gas Facility or Facilities shall not cause degradation in the water quality of any public or private well so that any regulated groundwater standard is exceeded or cause a reduction in water pressure of any public or private water wells. (3) The Oil or Gas Facility or Facilities shall not pose any significant risk, nor cause any significant degradation to subsurface water resources.
21 Protecting Groundwater Disposal of Salt Water or Other Deleterious Substances There shall be no disposal of saltwater, produced water or water containing salts or other minerals in quantities that exceed applicable ground water standards established by the Water Quality Control Commission, at the site of the Oil or Gas Facility Drilling mud shall be disposed of by transporting the mud to an OCD-licensed disposal site. The mud may not be buried in an earthen pit on site, pumped down the well bore or down the annulus of a well, or spread on the surface of the ground at the site.
22 Protecting Groundwater (continued) Fresh water that meets or exceeds drinking water standards shall be used and such water shall be obtained from the County or a municipal system that supplies drinking water, or a private source, and shall comply with the Water Availability Assessment.
23 Contact info: Stephen C. Ross Santa Fe County Attorney 102 Grant Avenue P.O. Box 287 Santa Fe, New Mexico (505)
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