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WVC 22 - 6 - 3 §22-6-3. Findings and orders of inspectors concerning violations; determination of reasonable time for abatement; extensions of time for abatement; special inspections; notice of findings and orders.

(a) If an oil and gas inspector, upon making an inspection of a well or well site or any other oil or gas facility, finds that any provision of this article is being violated, the inspector shall also find whether or not an imminent danger to persons exists, or whether or not there exists an imminent danger that a fresh water source or supply will be contaminated or lost. If the inspector finds that such imminent danger exists, an order requiring the operator of such well or well site or other oil or gas facility to cease further operations until such imminent danger has been abated shall be issued by the inspector. If the inspector finds that no such imminent danger exists, the inspector shall determine what would be a reasonable period of time within which such violation should be totally abated. Such findings shall contain reference to the provisions of this article which the inspector finds are being violated, and a detailed description of the conditions which cause and constitute such violation.

(b) The period of time so found by such oil and gas inspector to be a reasonable period of time shall not exceed seven days. Such period may be extended by such inspector, or by any other oil and gas inspector duly authorized by the director, from time to time, for good cause, but not to exceed a total of thirty days, upon the making of a special inspection to ascertain whether or not such violation has been totally abated: Provided, That such thirty-day period may be extended beyond thirty days by such inspectors where abatement is shown to be incapable of accomplishment because of circumstances or conditions beyond the control of the well operator. The director shall cause a special inspection to be made: (A) Whenever an operator of a well or well site or any other oil or gas facility, prior to the expiration of any such period of time, requests the director to cause a special inspection to be made at such well or well site or any other oil or gas facility; and (B) upon expiration of such period of time as originally fixed or as extended, unless the director is satisfied that the violation has been abated. Upon making such special inspection, such oil and gas inspector shall determine whether or not such violation has been totally abated. If the inspector determines that such violation has not been totally abated, the inspector shall determine whether or not such period of time as originally fixed, or as so fixed and extended, should be extended. If the inspector determines that such period of time should be extended, the inspector shall determine what a reasonable extension would be. If the inspector determines that such violation has not been totally abated, and if such period of time as originally fixed, or as so fixed and extended, has then expired, and if the inspector also determines that such period of time should not be further extended, the inspector shall thereupon make an order requiring the operator of such well or well site or other oil or gas facility to cease further operations of such well, well site or facility, as the case may be. Such findings and order shall contain reference to the specific provisions of this article which are being violated.

(c) Notice of each finding and order made under this section shall promptly be given to the operator of the well or well site or other oil or gas facility to which it pertains by the person making such finding or order.

(d) No order shall be issued under the authority of this section which is not expressly authorized herein.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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