In the January 20, 2010 Louisiana Register, the Office of Conservation, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources issued a Notice of Intent to amend Statewide Order 29-B to incorporate new rules for the evaluation and remediation of groundwater conditions at exploration and production sites.

The proposed rules can be found at this link.   As part of the proposal, Conservation has published a draft manual entitled “Exploration and Production Waste Site Evaluation and Remediation Procedures Manual” or “SERP Manual.”   A copy of the SERP Manual can be found here.

Conservation will accept comments on the proposal through March 8, 2010.   A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for March 1, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. (CST).   Anyone with interests involving energy exploration and production sites should carefully review the proposal.