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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.

 

 

Methane Task Force to Host Sixth Public Meeting on February 29Methane Task Force to Host Sixth Public Meeting on February 29The Methane Task Force is a joint effort led by CalGEM and California Air Resources Board seeking to identify and respond to methane leaks from oil infrastructure near communities and address the impact methane has on climate change. Join the meeting via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. on February 29.https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/Pages/Methane-Task-Force.aspx, https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/Pages/Methane-Task-Force.aspx2024-02-21T17:00:00Z
Public comment period opens on proposed Well Stimulation Permitting regulationPublic comment period opens on proposed Well Stimulation Permitting regulationPublic comments will be accepted on proposed text on the Well Stimulation Permitting Phase-Out regulation until March 27. The revised text was released on February 9.https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/laws-regulations, https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/laws-regulations2024-02-09T15:00:00Z
SB 551 public comment period on proposed Cost Estimate Regulations SB 551 public comment period on proposed Cost Estimate Regulations Public comments will be accepted on a revision to the text of proposed Cost Estimate Regulations for Oil & Gas Operations until January 17. The updated text was released on January 2.https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/Documents/Cost Estimate Regulations 2nd 15-Day Public Notice.pdf, https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/Documents/Cost Estimate Regulations 2nd 15-Day Public Notice.pdf2024-01-02T22:00:00Z
Request for Applications: Fugitive Emissions Study of Oil and Gas WellsRequest for Applications: Fugitive Emissions Study of Oil and Gas WellsCalGEM is requesting applications for a contractor to conduct a fugitive emissions study on idle, idle-deserted and abandoned well emissions for greenhouse gases. If interested, please review and respond by November 17, 2023.https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/Pages/PublicOutreachandCommunityEngagement.aspx, https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/Pages/PublicOutreachandCommunityEngagement.aspx2023-09-29T16:00:00Z