DOC is responsible for conducting rulemakings to adopt and amend regulations covering a variety of areas. See information and documents related to the DOC’s current rulemaking efforts below.
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The Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) is undertaking a rulemaking to strengthen regulations related to well construction standards. This rulemaking effort will build upon the existing regulatory framework for well construction and address issues identified by DOGGR and other key stakeholders.
The rulemaking will give particular attention to the full life of the well. It will encompass cementing and casing design; the isolation risks associated with active, idle, and previously abandoned wellbores; how to prevent and mitigate hazards associated with surface operations and geologic conditions; and construction requirements for non-hydrocarbon fluids. Once completed, the new regulations will require modernized wellbore design, life-of-well reporting and monitoring, and risk assessment and mitigation.
Current Status: Pre-Rulemaking:
DOGGR will be conducting two public workshops in November to discuss statewide well construction regulations (WCR).
Idle Wells Regulations Update - Assembly Bill 2729
On July 27, 2018, DOC sent public notice to interested parties related to Requirements for Idle Well Testing and Management. The publication of this notice initiated a public comment period that ended on September 13, 2018. DOC is reviewing all public comments received.
In 2017, DOC accepted public comments on pre-rulemaking draft regulations (a discussion draft) related to updates to Idle Well Regulations implementing the provisions of Assembly Bill 2729 (Williams, Chapter 272, Statutes of 2016). The official rulemaking process will commence with the release of the formal draft regulations.
Discussion draft regulations (PDF)
Public Notice (PDF)
Underground Injection Control (UIC) Update
On July 27, 2018, DOC sent public notice to interested parties related to Updated Underground Injection Control Regulations. The publication of this notice initiated a public comment period that ended on September 13, 2018. DOC is reviewing all public comments received.
In 2017, DOC accepted public comment on the released Version 2 of pre-rulemaking draft regulations (discussion draft). DOC provided two separate drafts for review. One indicates the changes to current regulations, while the second draft shows the changes since the original discussion draft. The official rulemaking process will commence with the release of the formal draft regulations.
Discussion Draft Version 2 (amends current regulations)
Discussion Draft Version 2 (amends original Discussion Draft)
Version 1 of Discussion Draft Regulations
From January 21-March 4, 2016, DOC released Version 1 of its discussion draft regulations and held an informal public comment period.
Discussion Draft Version 1
Statewide Geothermal Regulations
Current Status: Pre-Rulemaking:
From February 16-March 30, 2018, DOC accepted public comment on a pre-rulemaking draft (discussion draft) of proposed Statewide Geothermal Regulations, including two proposed forms. Information regarding the process to submit comments and attend a public workshop can be found by clicking on the link for the public notice provided below.