Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan
Hydraulic fracturing has been in the news, but this process for enhancing gas and oil production is far from new. The links below provide facts and information associated with hydraulic fracturing:
The High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Water Use Tracking table shows approximate groundwater volumes withdrawn for high volume hydraulic fracturing completions in Michigan since 2008.
New Administrative Rules Addressing Hydraulic Fracturing
On March 11, 2015, revisions to Administrative Rules for Part 615, Supervisor of Wells, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Public Act 451 of 1994, as amended (Part 615) became effective. The revised administrative rules now contain additional requirements when completing a well using high volume hydraulic fracturing by modifying Rule 201 and adding Part 14 High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing. The revised administrative rules also contained other minor updates related to definitions, injection, and spacing issues. Interested parties can view and download the newly Revised Part 615 Administrative Rules. A rules revision guidance document summarizing the changes is also available.
The OOGM has published new forms for operator use to comply with the new permitting, completion, and reporting requirements. Some existing forms also have been revised. Please visit the Oil & Gas forms page to download copies.
The OOGM will no longer be publishing MSDS sheets in accordance with the new rules. An advance list of pre-disclosed chemicals which are anticipated for use in high volume hydraulic fracturing will be posted along with the permit application on the weekly permit list. The administrative rules now require the formal chemical disclosure to be reported on the FracFocus chemical registry. Interested parties may access chemical disclosures at that site.
For more information about hydraulic fracturing, please visit the websites below: