RBDMS: Alabama updates system

Upgrades to UIC & production well management

The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) is excited to announce that Alabama went live with their updated RBDMS system in August.

The Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS) is the premier oil, gas and UIC tracking software product developed by the GWPC and in use by 24 states.  The upgrade of the Alabama RBDMS system replaced two installations of RBDMS – one used for UIC management and one for management of production wells.

Upgrade and maintenance of existing RBDMS systems is a very important effort both in terms of providing the regulatory agency with current technology and in terms of new functionality to allow effective regulatory action in an ever-changing industry. Alabama’s system upgrade included full replacement and upgrade of their aging RBDMS system along with the customization and installation of eForm enabling the electronic filing and processing of permits to drill.
Several new features were a part of Alabama’s upgrade:
  • Tracking of hydraulic fracturing plans from proposal to completion.
  • Electronic filing of permits to drill wells. Electronic form merges several paper forms and streamlines the permitting process from both industry and agency points of view. AOR process automated in permitting workflow. Totally paperless process which integrates with document imaging library.
  • Development of the monthly injection report in eForm for agency-only use in preparation for an industry facing electronic filing in Phase 2.
  • Links to scanned image library from relevant points in RBDMS.Net
  • Ability to log receipts for permit payments.
  • Unit editor allowing staff to create and maintain producing units.
For additional information on Alabama’s implementation of RBDMS or general RBDMS issues please contact Mr. Paul Jehn, RBDMS Project Manager.

Other News

Alberta Energy Regulator is an associate member of the Ground Water Protection Council

The Alberta Energy Regulatory (AER) has become an associate member of the Groundwater Protection Council.

Associate membership for the AER formalizes the long-standing working relationship that it has maintained with the GWPC for over 15 years.  There are a number of benefits for the AER, including gaining access to a network of regulators. This access will allow for the exchange of information with other regulators, including lessons learned from regulating the protection, conservation, and management of groundwater resources and dealing with issues such as induced seismicity.

Apache, UT Arlington to study water quality around Balmorhea

(FuelFix - Houston Chronicle)

Chemists from The University of Texas at Arlington are partnering with Houston’s Apache Corp. to study water quality in the newly discovered Alpine High oilfield in West Texas.

Kevin Schug, a chemistry professor and director of UT’s Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation, will lead the work.

Schug said in a statement that his agency will conduct a baseline analysis of surface and groundwater quality, setting the bar for future monitoring as Apache begins to expand drilling operations around the 500-person town of Balmorhea, home to the famous spring-fed pool at Balmorhea State Park. The company has dug about 15 wells so far, but expects it could drill as many as 3,000 in the area over the next 20-plus years.

Last month, Apache announced it has discovered about 15 billion barrels of oil and gas along a strip of Reeves County, in the southern corner of the prolific Delaware Basin.

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2017 UIC Annual Conference

February 21 - 23, 2017
Austin, Texas

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