The following regulations are additional to the regulations prescribed by the Department
and do not limit the regulatory authority of the Department granted under § 14-303 of this subtitle:
(1) Every applicant for a storage permit shall, at the time of application, file with
the Department a surety bond in the amount of $1,000, payable to the Comptroller of
the State on a form approved by the Department and executed by a responsible surety
company authorized to do business in the State. The bond is intended to assure that necessary safety measures are maintained, and
that any well or other opening used in connection with the storage project is properly
sealed after abandonment of the project if this action is considered necessary by
the Department to protect one or more of the natural resources of the State. Any transferee shall file a similar bond.
(2) A permeable sand or stratum containing gas, or into which gas or a liquefied petroleum
derivative has been forced under pressure, may not be drilled or left open in a manner
permitting an avoidable escape of gas to occur. A well connected with a storage reservoir containing either natural gas or a petroleum
derivative stored under pressure, may not be situated within 50 yards of any existing
building used as a residence or office.
(3) All freshwater sands penetrated in drilling to a storage reservoir shall be fully
protected by cement grout placed to provide an effective seal to the nearest thick
clay bed above the gas storage stratum having a thickness of at least 25 feet. In order to provide an effective seal in the nearest thick clay bed above the gas
storage stratum, the clay bed shall have a thickness and other geologic properties
adequate, in the opinion of the Department, to constitute sufficient protection to
the potable freshwater supplies existing in any aquifers.
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