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Welcome to the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources

The Division oversees the drilling, operation, maintenance, and plugging and abandonment of oil, natural gas, and geothermal wells. The regulatory program emphasizes the wise development of oil, natural gas, and geothermal resources in the state through sound engineering practices that protect the environment, prevent pollution, and ensure public safety.

Oil and Gas Wells in California

All California oil and gas wells (development and prospect wells), enhanced-recovery wells, water-disposal wells, service wells (i.e. structure, observation, temperature observation wells), core-holes, and gas-storage wells, onshore and offshore (within three nautical miles of the coastline), located on state and private lands, are permitted, drilled, operated, maintained, plugged and abandoned under requirements and procedures administered by the Department of Conservation's Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR).

Geothermal Resources

Visit the Geothermal Resources Page to view geothermal maps, download geothermal forms and publications, access GeoSteam data, and locate geothermal district offices.

Hot Topics

Notice of Public Comment Hearing: Proposed Aquifer Exemption

On August 20, 2015 the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board and the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, sent notice regarding a proposal to expand the current aquifer exemption designation for the Dollie sands of the Pismo formation in the Arroyo Grande oil field (in unincorporated San Luis Obispo county near the intersection of Ormonde Road and Price Canyon Road). Subject to approval by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the proposed aquifer exemption would allow the State, in compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, to approve Class II injection into the identified area, either for enhanced oil recovery or for injection disposal of fluids associated with oil and gas production.

Hearing Information:

San Luis Obispo September 21, 2015 4pm-7pm
Courtyard Marriot
1605 Calle Joaquin Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Documents related to the Aquifer Exemption proposal, and information regarding how to submit comments can be found here.

Notice of Workshops: Development of Updates to UIC Regulations

The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (Division) will be conducting workshops at the times and places detailed below for the purpose of receiving public input on the development of updates to the regulations implementing the Division’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program. These workshops will be part of an informal, pre-rulemaking process to develop regulations, and all interested parties are encouraged to attend and participate. Click here for more information.

SB 1281 Data and Report Available

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is making available comprehensive data on water use related to oil and gas production This is the first report to be posted as a result of recent legislation (Senate Bill 1281; Pavley, 2014), which requires self-reported data from industry. The report includes data from about 60 percent of California oil and gas operators, and accounts for approximately half of the overall expected reported water volumes for the first quarter of 2015. The report distinguishes between water brought to the surface during oil or gas exploration and production that might be used for agriculture or other beneficial uses and that which has no potential beneficial use because of its naturally-occurring salt or mineral content. Click here to read the report.

Volumes II and III of Independent Science Study on Well Stimulation Released

Pursuant to 2013 legislation by Senator Fran Pavley (Senate Bill 4), the California Natural Resources Agency commissioned the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to conduct an independent scientific assessment of well stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing, in California. On July 9, 2015, CCST publicly released Volumes II and III of the assessment.

Volume II assesses the potential impacts of well-stimulation technology with respect to water, air quality, and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as induced seismicity, ecology, traffic and noise. Volume III presents case studies to assess environmental issues and qualitative hazards for specific geographic regions, based on findings in Volume I and Volume II.

To view or download the report, please visit the CCST website at:
http://www.ccst.us/projects/hydraulic_fracturing_public/SB4.php

State Seeks Senior Oil and Gas Official

The State of California seeks an industry leader to direct oil and gas regulatory operations in the Bakersfield region. This is a Governor-appointed, senior-level position with the authority to design, execute and manage on-the-ground operations, including the implementation of well stimulation, underground injection and other regulations in a new era of public and environmental health and safety. Negotiable salary, competitive with industry. See this job bulletin for the position of Area District Deputy, Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources.

SB 4 Environmental Impact Report Certified

On July 1st, State Oil & Gas Supervisor Steven Bohlen, head of the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (Division), certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) titled “Analysis of Oil and Gas Well Stimulation Treatments in California.”

This Final EIR analyzes the impacts of well stimulation treatments, including hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as “fracking”), performed in a manner consistent with the Division’s proposed permanent regulations that would amend California Code of Regulations Title 14, Division 2, Chapter 4, Subchapter 2. This EIR’s analysis assumes that well stimulation treatments could occur either within or outside of existing oil and gas field boundaries. For the purposes of this EIR the “Project” is defined as all activities associated with a stimulation treatment that could occur either at an existing oil and gas well, or an oil and gas well that is drilled in the future with the intent to stimulate the well, or a well drilled with a reasonable possibility of becoming subject to a stimulation treatment.

Click here to view the SB4 Final EIR.

Underground Injection Control (UIC)

New Information Regarding:

  • Emergency Rulemaking: Aquifer Exemption Compliance Schedule Regulations
  • EPA Correspondence and Guidance Documents
  • Division, State Water Board, and US EPA Aquifer Exemption Workshops
  • List of potential wells under review regarding Aquifer Exemptions
  • Update on the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the United States Environmental Protection Agreement (EPA)

Updates on these hot topics and more Information on the UIC program can be found here.

Well Stimulation/SB 4 News and Information

New Information Regarding:

  • Draft Environmental Impact Report for Well Stimulation in California Released
  • Independent Science Study on Well Stimulation Released
  • Permanent Regulations for Well Stimulation Finalized
  • Readopted SB 4 Interim Well Stimulation Regulations Now in Effect
  • New Well Search Tools Available

Updates on these hot topics and more Information on Well Stimulations can be found here.


News

Aquifer Exemption Information

(Posted 8/20/2015)

The Division has released information on a proposed Aquifer Exemption. The proposal is to expand the current aquifer exemption designation for the Dollie sands of the Pismo formation in the Arroyo Grande oil field within San Luis Obispo county. For more information click here.

DOGGR Announces New Assessment Rate

(Posted 7/15/2015)

The Oil and Gas Assessment rate for fiscal year 2015/16 is 32.43123 cents per barrel of oil or 10 Mcf of natural gas produced, an increase of 3.79548 cents from the previous fiscal year. The increase in the assessment is required to implement recent legislative mandates regarding well stimulation.

Volumes II and III of Independent Science Study on Well Stimulation Released

(Posted 7/9/2015)

To view or download the report, please visit the CCST website at: http://www.ccst.us/projects/hydraulic_fracturing_public/SB4.php

SB 4 Environmental Impact Report Certified

(Posted 6/26/2015)

On July 1st, State Oil & Gas Supervisor Steven Bohlen, head of the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (Division), certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) titled “Analysis of Oil and Gas Well Stimulation Treatments in California.”

Click here to view the SB4 Final EIR.

Second Quarter Water Report Forms for Oil and Gas Operators are On The Way

(Posted 6/26/2015)

Pre-populated Water Report forms for the second quarter of 2015, will be emailed to oil and gas operators by July 1st. If you are an oil and gas operator, and have not received your emailed report by July 1, 2015, please contact the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources at (916) 445-9686. All second quarter reports are due back to the Division by July 31, 2015. Reports are to be filed by email to: SB1281Reporting@conservation.ca.gov. Instructions for filling out the report can be found on this website under SB 1281 > Operator Requirements.

The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources Issues a New Notice to Operators

(Posted 5/19/2015)

To view the most recent Notice to Operators please click here.

Senate Bill 1281, New Water Reporting Requirement for Oil and Gas Operators

(Posted 12/08/2014)

Senate Bill (SB) 1281 was signed into law by Governor Brown on September 25, 2014. Effective January 1, 2015, this law among other things, requires oil and gas operators to submit quarterly water reports detailing the source, quality, and treatment of all waters used for injection, disposal, and other oil and gas field activities. To read State Oil and Gas Supervisor Dr. Steven R. Bohlen’s notice to operators, click here. For more information on SB 1281, click here.

2013 Annual Report Information

(Posted 10/01/2014)

The following information is now available from the 2013 Annual Report of the State Oil & Gas Supervisor:

These reports are available in accordance with Section 3108, Division 3 of the Public Resources Code, which states: "On or before the first day of October of each year the supervisor shall make public for the benefit of all interested persons a report in writing showing

  1. The total amount of oil and gas produced in each county
  2. The total cost of the division for the previous fiscal year
  3. The total amount of delinquent and uncollected from any assessments or charges levied pursuant to the chapter."

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