Case Study — Ground Water Protection Council
Integrate the Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS) system with customized features that would allow West Virginia to track and manage data and regulate its oil and gas industry.
High-quality groundwater is essential to our nation and its citizens. The GroundWater Protection Council (GWPC), comprised of state regulatory and resource management agencies, works to support regulations and protect groundwater by tracking data from oil, gas and injection-well operations. The GWPC (GWPC.org) works in partnership with state oil and gas regulatory agencies and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Oil and gas regulations exist nationwide to protect the environment and manage the production of oil and gas and the disposal of associated produced water. These regulations are managed at the state level for several reasons, including:
The state understands its own unique conditions, geology and resources
The state can best tailor oil and gas regulations to fit its specific needs
statutes and regulations, therefore, can vary from state to state.
In turn, oil and gas data recorded and provided by each state is not always “apples to apples.”
The GWPC's Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS) corrects for this by establishing a baseline data set. The RBDMS contains a national core set of software and a web-based interface to make it easier for regulators, industry and the public to assess risk to groundwater, manage and regulate oil, gas and UIC wells and share data on permitting and production.
Paul Jehn, national RBDMS project manager at GWPC, says more than 22 states across the nation use the RBDMS to manage data and inform policy.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), responsible for monitoring and regulating the state’s oil and natural gas activities, recorded and shared its data on a legacy Oracle system that did not meet all of the state’s regulatory requirements. It turned to GWPC for help integrating and customizing an RBDMS system that would satisfy oil and gas regulations and provide the ability to easily and consistently track regulated facilities. The GWPC then turned to Troy Web Consulting for full integration and customization of West Virginia’s RBDMS.
Donald Drazan, a RBDMS project coordinator for the GroundWater Protection Council, says roughly 35 oil and gas employees, ranging from engineers and geologists to field inspectors and administrative staff, now use West Virginia’s RBDMS application. West Virginia’s DEP maintains records on more than 114,000 wells, 55,000 of which are active and 12,000 of which are inactive.
“West Virginia is now better able to share developments and technologies nationwide, and they have opportunities to share resources and technology that did not exist before,” says Don Drazan, RBDMS project coordinator.
West Virginia’s successful RBDMS integration has:
Provided statewide accessibility to professionals and the public
Improved the ability for officials and the public to retrieve oil, gas and well information in a complete and timely manner
Increased data security and confidentiality
"The GroundWater Protection Council called on us to help in West Virginia by delivering a fully integrated system that was secure, effective and efficient." said Jon Briccetti, President & CEO of Troy Web Consulting. "Through a hybrid use of both traditional and agile development methods, our team was able to complete the project on-time and on-budget. The end result is reduced risk in the environment, with a better experience for industry, better data and decision making for regulators and more transparency with the public."
Learn more about the GroundWater Protection Council’s RBDMS.