Florida Senate - 2015 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1468 Ì3350942Î335094 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 04/14/2015 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (Dean) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Between lines 358 and 359 4 insert: 5 Section 7. Section 377.2436, Florida Statutes, is created 6 to read: 7 377.2436 Study on high pressure well stimulations.— 8 (1) The department shall conduct a study on high pressure 9 well stimulations. The study shall: 10 (a) Evaluate the underlying geologic features present in 11 the counties where oil wells have been permitted and analyze the 12 potential impact that high pressure well stimulation and 13 wellbore construction may have on the underlying geologic 14 features. 15 (b) Evaluate the potential hazards and risks that high 16 pressure well stimulation poses to surface water and groundwater 17 resources. The study shall assess the potential impacts of high 18 pressure well stimulation on drinking water resources and 19 identify the main factors affecting the severity and frequency 20 of impacts and shall analyze the potential for the use or reuse 21 of recycled water in high pressure well stimulation fluids while 22 meeting appropriate water quality standards. 23 (c) Review and evaluate the potential for groundwater 24 contamination from conducting high pressure well stimulation 25 under or near wells that have been previously abandoned and 26 plugged and identify a setback radius from previously plugged 27 and abandoned wells that could be impacted by high pressure well 28 stimulation. 29 (d) Review and evaluate the ultimate disposition of high 30 pressure well stimulation after use in high pressure well 31 stimulation processes. 32 (e) Analyze the risks associated with the handling, 33 treatment, and disposal of flowback fluids and other materials, 34 if any, generated by the treatment. 35 (f) Review and evaluate all known and potential 36 environmental impacts resulting from high pressure well 37 stimulation treatments, including harmful atmospheric emissions, 38 greenhouse gas emissions, the degradation of air quality, 39 impacts to wildlife, native plants, and habitat, habitat 40 fragmentation, groundwater and surface water contamination, 41 noise pollution, fire and explosions, and induced seismicity. 42 (2) The study is subject to independent scientific peer 43 review, and the findings of the study shall be submitted to the 44 Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the 45 House of Representatives by March 1, 2016, and shall be 46 prominently posted on the department website. 47 (3) The department shall adopt rules to implement the 48 findings of the study if such rules are warranted by the study 49 and the department determines that additional legislation is not 50 needed. If the department determines legislation is needed to 51 protect surface water and groundwater resources, the department 52 shall provide recommendations for such legislation to the 53 Legislature. 54 (4) The department may not approve any permit to authorize 55 high pressure well stimulations until the study required under 56 this section is submitted to the Governor, the President of the 57 Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives and all 58 rulemaking is complete, or additional legislation is enacted to 59 protect human health, safety, and the environment. 60 61 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 62 And the title is amended as follows: 63 Delete line 24 64 and insert: 65 and environmentally compatible manner; creating s. 66 377.2436, F.S.; requiring a study on high pressure 67 well stimulations; requiring the study to be submitted 68 to the Governor and the Legislature by a specified 69 date; requiring the findings of the study to be posted 70 on the department website; requiring the department to 71 adopt rules under certain circumstances; requiring the 72 department to provide recommendations for legislation 73 under certain circumstances; prohibiting the approval 74 of permits for high pressure well stimulations until 75 the study has been submitted and all necessary 76 rulemaking is complete or additional legislation is 77 enacted; amending s.