In life there are some rules to follow in order to promote a proper execution of things and decisions. Drilling companies have the same principle as well. They do not just dig on the ground for oil and gases without enough caution. They live by rules and regulations to ensure a safe and environment friendly process. They follow several guidelines as set by the government of the area where the project is held. Here are the five general rules they live by.
In every project the drilling process is involved, the company supervising the project must secure permits. These permits are their tickets to pursue a legal drilling action. In order to be granted by these permits, the department issuing will ensure that the company is able to protect the land, water, and air elements of the area. There must be no oil spilling on the ground, the groundwater must be safe from any chemicals, and the proper disposals of highly toxic compounds are meticulously observed. This permit also inhibits poisonous gases from escaping the drilling hole and mixing through the inhalable air. Likewise, they are also restricted in making annoying noises that can affect the lives of the people living near the site.
Rule #2: Fire Prevention
A drilling company prevent s any ignitable natural chemicals from starting a fire. Since most drilling projects are for oil and gas extraction, combustible compounds, they must put extra caution to prevent any ignition that may result on serious damages to the environment and the people nearby. Another thing of concern here is that the gasoline of the drilling machine must have no leaks and the reserved gas must be beyond 25 meters away from the hole.
Rule #3: Emergency Ceases Operation
Drilling contractors must have an emergency shutdown of their machineries whenever there are emergencies. The alarms and monitoring system must be functional all the time except for regular maintenance of the drilling equipment. This is to ensure that early detection of any malfunction will be established and there is a technology to stop the machine when behaving inappropriately. With early alarm and warnings, unexpected damages can be avoided.
Rule #4: Noise Control
Drilling companies must ensure that they are not producing disturbing sounds that may promote irritability and discomfort to the people nearby. An inappropriate decibel level that may cause anatomical damage to any human ear, thus it is very much discouraged. Any hurting noise received by human ears may result to illness in the long run, and drilling companies are advised to minimize the noises they create to prevent this issue.
Rule #5: Flaring Limits
There is a flaring limit that drilling contractors must follow. They are only allowed with a certain duration and quantity of flaring to be utilized. More than that, they are only allowed to flare on the well if it is necessary for maintenance and/or if it is included on the permit.
These guidelines must be strictly observed by drilling companies as set by the DEC’s Division of Mineral Resources. Failure to comply may cause them to lose their permit.