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Geologic Energy Management Division

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The California Geologic Energy M​anagement 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.​

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​​​​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.

 

 

California Considers First Round of Projects for Orphan Oil Well FundingCalifornia Considers First Round of Projects for Orphan Oil Well FundingConservation released a draft list of orphan wells proposed to be permanently sealed to protect public health and the environment -- part of the first wave of such projects supported by state and federal funding. Public comments about the list will be accepted through August 11. https://www.conservation.ca.gov/index/Pages/News/California-Considers-First-Round-Projects-Orphan-Oil-Well-Funding.aspx, https://www.conservation.ca.gov/index/Pages/News/California-Considers-First-Round-Projects-Orphan-Oil-Well-Funding.aspx2023-07-18T21:00:00Z
July 18 Draft Orphan Well Expenditure Plan Public MeetingJuly 18 Draft Orphan Well Expenditure Plan Public MeetingCalGEM​​ will release its Draft Orphan Well Expenditure Plan on Tuesday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m. during a virtual public meetin​g. ​The draft plan will include our initial list of orphan wells proposed to permanently plug and seal using state and federal funds. Register for the meeting here.https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/Pages/State-Abandonments.aspx, https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/Pages/State-Abandonments.aspx2023-07-06T16:00:00Z
Methane Task Force Joint Inspection EffortsMethane Task Force Joint Inspection EffortsFind the latest updates on the Arvin/Lamont oil and gas well inspections conducted by CalGEM, California Air Resources Board and San Joaquin Valley Air District here.https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/Pages/Arvin-and-Lamont-Well-Inspections-.aspx, https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/Pages/Arvin-and-Lamont-Well-Inspections-.aspx2023-06-14T00:00:00Z
Update on Wells, Inspections, and RepairsUpdate on Wells, Inspections, and RepairsRead the latest on well activity in Kern and Los Angeles counties.https://www.conservation.ca.gov/index/Pages/News/State-Oil-and-Gas-Supervisor-Issues-Statement-on-Two-Bakersfield-Long-Term-Idle-Wells.aspx, https://authoring.consrv.ca.gov/index/Pages/News/State-Oil-and-Gas-Supervisor-Issues-Statement-on-Two-Bakersfield-Long-Term-Idle-Wells.aspx2023-05-05T18:00:00Z