​​​​Active Rulemaking​​

The Department of Conservation is responsible for conducting rulemakings to adopt and amend regulations covering a variety of areas. See information and documents related to the Department’s 2018 active rulemaking efforts below. For information about rulemaking efforts from previous years, visit the archive page.

      

Idle Wells Regulations Update - AB 2729

Current Status: Pre-Rulemaking:
In 2017, the Department accepted public comments on pre-rulemaking draft regulations (a discussion draft) related to updates to Idle Well Regulations implementing the provisions of AB 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]


Gas Pipeline Regulations Update - AB 1420

Current status: regulations approved

New regulations for certain pipelines associated with California oil and gas production have been approved  by the Office of Administrative Law, forwarded to the Secretary of State for chaptering, and will become effective on October 1, 2018.

​​​Final Text of Regu​lations [PDF]

OAL A​​pp​r​oval [PDF]

Final Statement of Reasons [PDF]

Public Comment Summaries and Responses (Sept. 27-Nov. 12, 2017)[PDF]

Public Comment Summaries and R​esponses (Dec. 5-20, 2017 and Feb. 5-20, 2018) [PDF]

Updated Informative Digest [PDF]

​Formal rulemaking process

On February 5, 2018, the Department sent public notice to interested parties regarding a modification to the text of the proposed regulations in the rulemaking action entitled Pipeline Testing Regulations. Modifications to the text were previously made available for public comment from December 5-20, 2017. However, due to an error in the public notification process, the Department held a second 15-day public comment period. The text of proposed regulations was the same for both comment periods. The final rulemaking documents have been processed by the Office of Administrative​ Law and forwarded to the Secretary of State for chaptering. The proposed regulations will become effective on October 1, 2018.

Text of Proposed Regulations [PDF]

Feb. 5, 2018 Public Notice [PDF]

Dec. 5, 2017 Public Notice [PDF]

​Initial draft regulations

The initial draft regulations were submitted for public comment from September 22 - November 10, 2017. The associated documents follow:

Tex​t of Proposed Regulations

Notice of Proposed Action

Initial Statement of Reasons

Economic Impact Analysis

Pre-rulemaking:

From June 14 - July 21, 2017, the Department accepted public comment on two sets of pre-rulemaking discussion drafts of regulations.

AB 1420 Discussion Draft (Testing, Inspection and Pipeline Management Plans)

AB 1420 Discussion Draft (Pipeline Mapping and Data Submission)

Gas Pipeline Mapping System: Data Specifications and Submission Procedures

Public notice


Underground Injection Control (UIC) Update

Current Status: Pre-Rulemaking
In 2017, the Department accepted public comment on the released Version 2 of pre-rulemaking draft regulations (discussion draft). The Division 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)

Public Notice

Version 1 of Discussion Draft Regulations

From January 21-March 4, 2016 the Department released Version 1 of its discussion draft regulations and held an informal public comment period.

Discussion Draft Version 1

Public Notice


Underground Gas Storage

Current Status: Formal Rulemaking

On March 26, 2018, the Department sent public notice to interested parties regarding a second revision of the text of the proposed regulations in the rulemaking action entitled Requirements for California Underground Gas Storage Projects. The final rulemaking documents have been submitted to the Office of Administrative Law for review and we anticipate they will be submitted to the Secretary of State for chaptering no later than June 30, 2018. Assuming they are approved, we anticipate the proposed regulations will become effective on October 1, 2018.

Second Revision of Proposed Regulations

     Second Revised Text of Proposed Regulations

     Second 15-day Public Notice


 

First Revision of Proposed Regulations

On February 12, 2018, the Department sent public notice to interested parties regarding a modification to the text of the proposed regulations in the rulemaking action entitled Requirements for California Underground Gas Storage Projects. The public notice initiated a first 15-day public comment period that ended on February 27, 2018.

First Revised Text of Proposed Regulations

15-day Public Notice

Lawrence Berkeley National Labs Letter dated October 5, 2017
(added to rulemaking file as a document relied upon)

California Council on Science and Technology report: "Long Term Viability of Underground Natural Gas Storage in California" published January 18, 2018
(added to rulemaking file as a document relied upon)

Executive Summary and Summary Report (7MB)

Full Technical Report (106MB)

Version 1 of draft regulations

On May 19, 2017, the Department sent public notice to interested parties related to Requirements for California Underground Gas Storage Projects.  The publication of this notice initiated a public comment period that ended on July 13, 2017.

Text of Proposed Regulations

Notice of Proposed Action

Initial Statement of Reasons

Underground Gas Storage Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment (SRIA)

Department of Finance comments on the SRIA

Department of Conservation's response to SRIA comments

Pre-rulemaking
In July and August of 2016, the Department released a discussion draft of regulations and held a public comment period that ended on August 22, 2016.  The comments received were reviewed and considered as the Department continued to develop the regulations.  Below, the Department offered two versions of draft regulations.  One is the discussion draft as released to the public on July 8, 2016.  The second version shows changes made since the release on July 8, 2016.

View the Discussion Draft (released July 8, 2016)

View the Text of Proposed Regulations (showing changes since July 8, 2016) 

From February 17-March 18, 2016 the Department held an informal public comment period to outline the immediate regulatory goals regarding Underground Gas Storage and to solicit specific input on how best to accomplish these goals.

Regulatory goals and questions

​Emergency Rulemaking

The Department filed an emergency regulatory action with the Office of Administrative Law on January 26, 2016. The emergency regulations have been readopted twice since.

Text of Proposed Emergency Regulations

Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking and Finding of Emergency

Comment Response

Final Text of Emergency Regulations (effective 2-5-2016)

OAL Approval

July 14, 2016 Notice of Request to Readopt Emergency Regulations

October 13, 2016 Notice of Request to Readopt Emergency Regulations 


Statewide Geothermal Regulations

Current Status: Pre-Rulemaking:
From February 16-March 30, 2018, the Department is accepting 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.

Statewide Geothermal Regulations Discussion Draft

Public Workshop Notice