|As a result of periodic review, the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is amending 4VAC25-150, Virginia Gas & Oil Regulation. Sections of 4VAC25-150 will be amended to correct technical areas for accuracy, improve worker safety, and provide clarity. These amendments will aid the gas and oil industry and the Gas & Oil Board in the approval and regulation of gas and oil permits. Amending parts of Section 4VAC25-150-150 will reduce workload and increase efficiency for applicants by providing flexibility and economy to the permit process. Section 4VAC25-150-90 will be updated to include symbols that are consistent with current industry usage and available CAD technology. Amendments to sections 4VAC25-150-80, 4VAC25-150-260, 4VAC25-150-300, 4VAC25-150-380, and 4VAC25-150-630 will protect the safety and health of oil and gas industry employees. An amendment to 4VAC25-150-90 is being made to bring consistency to data submission requirements for the Division of Gas & Oil. The use of latitude and longitude and the Virginia Coordinate System of 1927 have been replaced by the Virginia Coordinate System of 1983 in other Division of Gas & Oil regulations. Current industry practice is to use the more modern 1983 coordinate system for describing the locations of wells and core holes. Applicants for permits under this chapter must currently convert their coordinates back to the 1927 system, as required by the regulation, in order to submit them to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy’s Division of Gas & Oil. The amendment will allow applicants to use the updated 1983 coordinate system.
|Only affects this chapter.
|Executive Branch Review
|This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
|Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed
|New Periodic Review
|This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
|Name / Title:
|Michael Skiffington / Regulatory Coordinator
Department of Energy
1100 Bank Street, 8th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219-3402
|(804)692-3212 FAX: (804)692-3237 TDD: (800)828-1120