What’s the Point of a Falloff Test?
Measure reservoir pressures
Obtain reservoir parameters
Provide data for AOR calculations
40 CFRPart 14840 CFR Part 146
Both the nonhazardous and hazardous regulations in 40 CFR Part 146 havemonitoring requirements that state the Director
require monitoring of the pressure buildup in the injection zone annually, including at a minimum, a shutdown of the well for a time sufficient to conduct a valid observation of the pressure falloff curve.§146.13 (Non-haz) / §146.68 (Haz)Though the regulations may not directly require a falloff test be conducted for Class II wells, the Director can request additional testing to ensure protection of the USDW.2. Injection and static reservoir pressure measurements can determine if anendangerment or no migration problem exists3. Transmissibility value, kh/
, provides a permeability value for use in the UIC permit and no migration petition demonstrations.4. These reservoir parameters are used to estimate the maximum pressure buildup inthe reservoir for the AOR or ZEI calculations and to support the modeling parameters in a no migration petition.