West Virginia Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

West Virginia Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hydraulic fracturing: West Virginia Regulations (WV Reg.) 35-8-1 to 35-8-18

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Trade secrets: WV. Reg. 35-8-10

Regulatory Agencies

West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC)

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Oil and Gas

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. West Virginia state legislation had established an alternative and renewable energy portfolio standard, but that law was repealed in January 2015. The West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) suspended all applicable filing requirements.

West Virginia has developed regulations addressing hydraulic fracturing in the oil and gas industry.

Administration and enforcement. The PSC suspended all applicable filing requirements related to the alternative and renewable energy portfolio standards. The DEP enforces the regulations governing hydraulic fracturing.

State Requirements

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

WV. Reg. 35-8-1 to 35-8-18

The DEP has established regulations governing hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking." The regulations require operators to submit an application for a Well Work Permit, along with proof of notice to surface owners. For well sites that will disturb 3 or more acres, a certified erosion and sediment control plan and a certified site construction plan must also be submitted. All applications must include an estimation of the volume of water that will be used in conjunction ...


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Governing Law and Regulations
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Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements