The Department of Conservation (DOC) is responsible for conducting rulemakings to adopt and amend regulations covering a variety of areas. See information and documents related to the DOC’s current rulemaking efforts below.
For information about rulemaking efforts from previous years, visit
In anticipation of preparing a discussion draft on public health rulemaking, the Department of Conservation’s Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM)
is conducting early input public workshops across the state in February through April, 2020. More details available at the Public Health Workshop
Well Stimulation Treatment Permitting Phase-OutPre-Rulemaking
The Geologic Energy Management Division has publicly released pre-rulemaking draft regulations for the purpose of receiving public input on the development of a rule that ends permitting for well stimulation treatments in 2024. Comments received during the current comment period will be reviewed and considered in developing proposed regulations for formal rulemaking. Written submissions may be provided by July 4, 2021, by email at CalGEMRegulations@conservation.ca.gov.
Gas Pipeline Mapping System
(for active gas pipelines in sensitive areas)
On May 17, 2019, DOC's Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) released pre-rulemaking discussion drafts of regulations and specifications for the purpose of receiving public input on the development of digital submission guidelines for mapping of active gas pipelines in sensitive areas. DOC staff is reviewing public feedback on the drafts.
From February 16 - March 30, 2018, CalGEM accepted public comment on a pre-rulemaking draft (discussion draft) of proposed Statewide Geothermal Regulations, including two proposed forms. DOC staff is reviewing public feedback on the draft and forms.
The Department of Conservation, Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) intends to take a fresh look at building upon the existing regulatory framework for well construction and address issues identified by CalGEM and other key stakeholders.