Oil and Natural Gas BMPs

Oil and Natural Gas BMPs

 

Seismic

  • No placement of shot holes within 100 feet of a Scenic River.
  • No mechanized clearing within 300 feet of a Scenic River.
  • Lay by hand, without the use of machinery, all receiving lines that must cross a Scenic River.  Boats may be used in the process.

Drilling

  • Use a closed-loop drilling fluid system when drilling wells in or adjacent to the floodplain of a Scenic River.
  • Install and maintain adequate sediment control measures before and during project implementation to ensure that no sediments or construction related debris are allowed to enter a Scenic River, wetlands or any intermittent and perennial streams.

Pipelines

  • A pipeline crossing of a Scenic River is to be horizontal directionally drilled (HDD).  The drill pipe entry and exit are to be located outside of the river floodplain or as far from the stream bank as is practicable.
  • There is to no clearing of right-of-way above the directionally drilled segment of pipeline with the exception of a 10 foot wide access road that is to come no closer than 100 feet to the ordinary water mark of a Scenic River.

Liquid Products

  • Install shut-off valves capable of completely stopping all product flow at both the drill pipe entry and exit (i.e., on both banks of a Scenic River).  
  • There is to be no clearing of right-of-way above the directionally drilled segment of pipeline with the exception of a 10 foot wide access road that is to come no closer than 100 feet to the ordinary water mark of a Scenic River.
  • Develop an operational contingency plan that detail identification and response to a potential product loss.