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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.

 

 

Secretary Haaland Announces $35 Million investment to Clean Up Orphaned Wells Secretary Haaland Announces $35 Million investment to Clean Up Orphaned Wells As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Infrafracture Week, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a $35.2 million investment through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to continue reclaiming and restoring orphaned oil and gas wells in California. https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-haaland-announces-35-million-president-bidens-investing-america-agenda, https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-haaland-announces-35-million-president-bidens-investing-america-agenda2024-05-17T20:00:00Z
Kern and Arvin Community MeetingsKern and Arvin Community MeetingsRecent state and federal funding to plug and abandon orphan wells enables California to significantly expand efforts to permanently seal these potential environmental and public safety hazards. Wells in the Kern County have been prioritized to be plugged and permanently sealed.https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/Pages/State-Abandonments.aspx, https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/Pages/State-Abandonments.aspx2024-04-26T21:00:00Z
Public Comment Period Opens for Leak Detection at Oil and Gas OperationsPublic Comment Period Opens for Leak Detection at Oil and Gas OperationsCalGEM released a Request for Information​ on technologies seeking feedback on technology and processes for ensuring leaks associated with oil and gas operations are being detected. Public Comment will be accepted until May 31, 2024.https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/laws-regulations, Geologic Energy Management Laws and Rulemaking2024-02-29T18:00:00Z
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