Oil, Gas, and Geothermal - Underground Gas Storage Regulations

New regulations related to requirements for California underground natural gas storage projects became effective on October 1, 2018.

Formal Rulemaking 

On March 26, 2018 the Department of Conservation (DOC) sent public notice to interested parties regarding a modification to the text of the proposed regulations in the rulemaking action entitled Requirements for California Underground Gas Storage Projects. The public notice initiated a 15-day public comment period ended on April 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm. 
 
 
On February 12, 2018 DOC sent public notice to interested parties regarding a modification to the text of the proposed regulations in the rulemaking action entitled Requirements for California Underground Gas Storage Projects. The public notice initiated a 15-day public comment period that ended on February 27, 2018. 
 
 
On May 19, 2017, DOC sent public notice to interested parties related to Requirements for California Underground Gas Storage Projects.  The publication of this notice initiated a public comment period that ended on July 13, 2017. 
 

Pre-Rulemaking 

On July 8, 2016, DOC publicly released pre-rulemaking draft regulations (Discussion Draft) for the purpose of receiving public input on the development of updates to the regulations governing the Gas Storage Program in the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Regulations (DOGGR).

The release of the Discussion Draft initiated a public comment period that ended on
August 22, 2016.  The comments received throughout this period were reviewed and considered as DOC updated the draft regulations.  Below, the DOC offers two versions of draft regulations.  One version is the Discussion Draft as released to the public on July 8, 2016.  The second version shows changes made since the release on July 8, 2016. 

From February 17, 2016 through March 18, 2016 DOC held an informal public comment period to outline DOGGR's immediate regulatory goals regarding Underground Gas Storage, and to solicit specific input on how best to accomplish these goals.  View the regulatory goals and questions.       
 

Emergency Rulemaking 

On October 13, 2016 DOC provided notice to the public that a request to readopt emergency regulations will be filed with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL).

Notice to Request to Readopt Emergency Regulations

Text of the Proposed Emergency Regulations

On July 14, 2016  DOC provided notice to the public that a request to readopt emergency regulations will be filed with OAL. The underground gas storage emergency regulations were readopted on August 1, 2016.

Notice of Request to Readopt Emergency Regulations

Text of the Proposed Emergency Regulations

OAL Approval

DOC filed an emergency regulatory action with OAL on January 26, 2016.

Text of Proposed Emergency Regulations

Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking and Finding of Emergency

Comment Response

Final Text of Emergency Regulations (effective 2-5-2016)

OAL Approval