With the mission of safeguarding public health and protecting the environment, the Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) administers regulations and procedures pertaining to all
oil and gas wells on public and private land and offshore within three nautical miles of the California coastline. Operators must obtain permits for a variety of activities, including drilling, reworking, and permanently sealing and closing–also known as plugging and abandoning–wells. Production wells, and injection wells for enhanced recovery, disposal, and natural gas storage are some kinds of wells.
(Geothermal Well Permitting, Requirements, and Forms)
Oil and Gas Requirements and Forms
Well Permit Information
Other Operational Requirements
Questions? Please contact the appropriate
CalGEM district office.
California laws and CalGEM regulations aim to prevent harm to people and the environment. To fulfill that, many of the regulations have been or are being updated and expanded to strengthen operational safety. Additionally, there are Memoranda of Understanding/Agreements between CalGEM and various state and local agencies to define each entity’s authority and responsibility with the respect to the laws, regulations, and DOGGR programs.
NEW (2019) Regulations for Idle Well Testing and Management (PDF)
NEW (2019) Regulations for Underground Injection Control (PDF)
(2018) Regulations for Underground Gas Storage Projects (PDF)
(2018) Regulations for Oil and Gas Pipelines (PDF)
Statutes and Regulations
Memoranda of Understanding/Agreement (MOUs/MOAs)