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Geologic Energy Management Division

​​​​​​​​​​​The California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) prioritizes protecting public health, safety, and the environment in its oversight of the oil, natural gas, and geothermal industries, while working to help California achieve its climate change and clean energy goals. To do that, CalGEM uses science and sound engineering practices to regulate the drilling, operation, and permanent closure of energy resource wells.​




​​​​Idle Well Program​​​​Idle Well ProgramMandates for idle oil and gas wells include a compliance schedule to test for leaks and to plug and abandon (permanently seal) wells; engineering analyses for wells not in use 15 or more years; and enhanced idle well management plans.
Well FinderWell FinderYou can find well locations, status, and histories with the Well Finder program. Start with Well Finder, put in a search location, and use the magnifier icon to get started.
Office of EnforcementOffice of EnforcementEnforcement works with CalGEM districts to identify, verify, and take action to bring operators into compliance with the law.
​​​Underground Injection Control​​​Underground Injection ControlContinuous well pressure monitoring, rigorous testing for leaks, and a directive to automatically cease injection if there is a threat to safety or the environment are underground injection control regulations as of April 1, 2019.



Update on Wells, Inspections, and RepairsUpdate on Wells, Inspections, and RepairsRead the latest statement on well activity in Kern and Los Angeles counties.,
CalGEM Releases Request for Information on Acid Treatment Data ReportingCalGEM Releases Request for Information on Acid Treatment Data ReportingCalGEM releases a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on opportunities to strengthen regulations related to acid treatment data reporting. Read more here.,
State Abandonments Contractor Town HallState Abandonments Contractor Town HallCalGEM is hosting a virtual presentation for potential contractors interested in bidding on upcoming plug and abandonment projects to plug and abandon orphan wells. The presentation will focus specifically on wage requirements relating to public works contracts. Registration is open.,
Proposed Regulations regarding Cost Estimates for Oil and Gas OperatorsProposed Regulations regarding Cost Estimates for Oil and Gas OperatorsCalGEM is soliciting public comment on pre-rulemaking draft regulations that would establish criteria and requirements for oil and gas operators to estimate and report their total liability to plug and abandon all of their wells and to decommission all attendant production facilities.,