The Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) prioritizes protecting public health and safety and the environment in its oversight of the oil, natural gas, and geothermal industries in California.
SB 551 -- Cost Estimate Regulations
On August 18, 2023, the Department of Conservation’s California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) released the Cost Estimate Regulations Oil & Gas Operations for official public comment under the Administrative Procedures Act. The release begins a 45-day public comment process that will end on October 4, 2023. Please see the Notice of Proposed Action for additional information on ways to make a public comment on this item.
Any interested person, or his or her authorized representative, may present, either orally or in writing, comments regarding the proposed action at the virtual public hearing to be held on October 3, 2023, at 5:30 pm.
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Senate Bill 1137 Emergency Rulemaking
(AL File Number: 2022-1228-01E)
On January 6, 2023, CalGEM's emergency regulations to support implementation of these requirements were approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), filed with the Secretary of State, and made effective the same day. All operators are required to comply with the provisions established by Senate Bill 1137 and the SB 1137 First Emergency Implementation Regulations. Failure to do so may result in enforcement action.
Acid Treatment Data Reporting
On July 18, 2022, CalGEM
released a Request for Information (RFI)
to seek stakeholder input on opportunities to strengthen regulations related to acid treatment data reporting. The comment period will be open from July 18, 2022 - August 31, 2022. Information gathered will guide future actions, which may include building upon the existing regulatory framework for well maintenance to address issues identified by CalGEM and other key stakeholders related to acid treatment reporting.
On February 8, 2022, CalGEM released a second pre-rulemaking Discussion Draft for the purpose of receiving public input on proposed statewide regulations for geothermal wells. The comment period closed on April 8, 2022. CalGEM staff are reviewing comments received and updating the draft rules as appropriate.
From February 16, 2018 through March 30, 2018, CalGEM accepted public comment on the first pre-rulemaking Discussion Draft of proposed Statewide Geothermal Regulations. Department staff reviewed the public feedback received and made changes to the comprehensive Discussion Draft that is being released in 2022.