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California operators can comply with new CalGEM underground injection control regulations using WellAware UIC Management Platform

California Operators have until April 1, 2021 to comply with new CalGEM regulations on underground injection control that apply to 55,000+ underground injection wells. With WellAware’s CalGEM-approved continuous monitoring and data collection service, operators achieve full compliance and avoid large fines.

California Operators Face New Regulations and Large Fines

New California Department of Conservation Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) underground injection control (UIC) compliance regulations, effective April 1, 2019, impact ~55,000 enhanced recovery and water disposal wells in California. Key elements of this new regulation include:

  • Stronger testing requirements to identify potential leaks
  • Increased data requirements to ensure proposed projects are fully evaluated
  • Continuous pressure monitoring and recording requirements
  • Requirements to automatically cease injection when there is a risk to safety or environment
  • Requirements to disclose chemical additives for injection wells close to water supply wells
Operators must fully implement a continuous monitoring system no later than April 1, 2021. Fines for non-compliance are up to $25,000 per day per incident.

WellAware’s CalGEM Division-Approved Monitoring and Data Collection Service Keeps You In Compliance

WellAware’s Continuous Monitoring service installs in minutes and helps operators achieve compliance so they can eliminate manual data collection, avoid potential fines and failures.

  • Report

    Automated reports delivered on a set schedule, contain injection values, flow rates, maximum pressures, and alarm conditions.

  • Monitor

    Continuous monitoring of measurements every 5 minutes allows Operators to comply with CalGEM requirements.

  • Alarm

    Receive high pressure alarm notifications via text or email based on well conditions

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WellAware Literally Checks All the Boxes for the DOGGR Underground Injection Control Compliance

  • Section 1724.8- Each well must be evaluated for potential to allow fluid migration and DOGGR may require continuous monitoring as a condition of approval
  • Section 1724.10.4(b) – Operators must be implement a continuous monitoring system no later than April 1, 2021.
  • Section 1724.10.4.1 – “Well specific injection pressure shall be continuously recorded at all times…”
  • Section 1724.10.1(a)2(D) – “The casing-tubing annular pressure shall be measured at lease as frequently as every five minutes…”
  • Section 1724.10.1(a)(2)(D) – “A Division-approved, SCADA system, with automatic computer alarm notification, may be used to satisfy this requirement and is a preferred methodology”
  • Section 1724.10(c) – Monthly Injection Volumes Report
  • Section 17.24.10.4(a)(3) – Monthly Max Pressure Report
  • Section 1724.10(e)(3) – Annual Chemical Injection Report
  • Section 1724.10(l)(4) – Annual Monitored Well Inventory Report
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