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Petition Information
Petition Title Petition to require oil and gas operators to participate in Frac Focus website
Date Filed 12/26/2013    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Virginia Oil and Gas Association 
Petitioner's Request

On behalf of the membership of the Virginia Oil and Gas Association, I hereby petition DMME to amend the Gas and Oil regulations to add a requirement that all companies are required to participate in Frac Focus.  As you know, Frac Focus is a website developed by the Groundwater Protection Council.  This will ensure that all chemicals used for fracing by Virginia's natural gas and oil industries will be fully disclosed and available to the public.

We believe DMME has the authority under Chapter 150 to open the Regulation for this limited purpose and this purpose only.  Therefore we petition this new regulation under Code of Virginia, Section 2.2-4007.

This initiative is intended to alleviate public concern that they are not aware of chemicals utilized in the fracing process.  Even though this Industry has been safely utilizing the fracing process for over 50 years, we want to be totally transparent.  Please let me know should you have questions or need more information.  Thank you.

I can be reached at or 304.545.7259


Greg Kozera


Virginia Oil and Gas Association

Agency's Plan

DMME will thoroughly review this petition and determine the appropriate action to take, including the possibility of absorbing this petition in the agency's already published Notice of Intended Regulatory Action for the Gas and Oil Regulation (4VAC25-150).

Comment Period Began 1/27/2014    Ended 2/16/2014
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 12/26/2013
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 1/27/2014     Volume: 30  Issue: 11
Agency Decision Initiate a regulatory change [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 2/17/2014
Decision Publication Date Published on: 3/10/2014     Volume: 30  Issue: 14
Agency Decision Summary

DMME will incorporate this petition for rulemaking into its pending Notice of Intended Regulatory Action for the Virginia Gas and Oil Regulation (4VAC25-150).

Associated regulatory action Expanding disclosure of ingredients used in well stimulation & completion & reviewing best practices
Latest Stage: Final

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