Florida Senate - 2019                                     SB 146
       By Senator Stewart
       13-00412-19                                            2019146__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to advanced well stimulation
    3         treatment; amending s. 377.19, F.S.; defining the term
    4         “advanced well stimulation treatment”; conforming a
    5         cross-reference; creating s. 377.2405, F.S.;
    6         prohibiting the performance of advanced well
    7         stimulation treatments; clarifying that permits for
    8         drilling or operating a well do not authorize the
    9         performance of advanced well stimulation treatments;
   10         providing applicability; providing an effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Present subsections (1) through (32) of section
   15  377.19, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (2)
   16  through (33), respectively, present subsection (5) of that
   17  section is amended, and a new subsection (1) is added to that
   18  section, to read:
   19         377.19 Definitions.—As used in ss. 377.06, 377.07, and
   20  377.10-377.40, the term:
   21         (1) “Advanced well stimulation treatment” means all stages
   22  of a well intervention performed by injecting fluids into a rock
   23  formation:
   24         (a) At a pressure that is at or exceeds the fracture
   25  gradient of the rock formation and that has the purpose or
   26  effect of fracturing the formation to increase production or
   27  recovery from an oil or gas well, such as hydraulic fracturing
   28  or acid fracturing; or
   29         (b) At a pressure that is below the fracture gradient of
   30  the rock formation and that has the purpose or effect of
   31  dissolving the formation to increase production or recovery from
   32  an oil or gas well, such as matrix acidizing.
   34  The term does not include techniques used for routine well
   35  cleanout work, well maintenance, or removal of formation damage
   36  due to drilling or production, or acidizing techniques used to
   37  maintain or restore the natural permeability of the formation
   38  near the wellbore.
   39         (6)(5) “Gas” means all natural gas, including casinghead
   40  gas, and all other hydrocarbons not defined as oil in subsection
   41  (16) (15).
   42         Section 2. Section 377.2405, Florida Statutes, is created
   43  to read:
   44         377.2405Advanced well stimulation treatments.—
   45         (1) BAN.—The performance of advanced well stimulation
   46  treatments is prohibited in this state. A permit for drilling or
   47  operating a well does not authorize the performance of advanced
   48  well stimulation treatments.
   49         (2) APPLICABILITY.—This section applies only to wells
   50  regulated pursuant to this chapter.
   51         Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.