The Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) is undertaking a rulemaking to strengthen regulations related to well construction standards. This rulemaking effort will build upon the existing regulatory framework for well construction and address issues identified by DOGGR and other key stakeholders.
The rulemaking will give particular attention to the full life of the well. It will encompass cementing and casing design; the isolation risks associated with active, idle, and previously abandoned wellbores; how to prevent and mitigate hazards associated with surface operations and geologic conditions; and construction requirements for non-hydrocarbon fluids. Once completed, the new regulations will require modernized wellbore design, life-of-well reporting and monitoring, and risk assessment and mitigation.
DOGGR conducted two public workshops in November to discuss statewide well construction regulations (WCR).
Update: DOGGR sent a Notice of Public Scoping Workshop for Well Construction Regulations on October 1, 2018. We asked that comments be sent to the incorrect email. The email address should have been: WellConstructionRegulations@Conservation.ca.gov. We apologize for the confusion and extended the suggested comment submittal date to December 31, 2018.
From February 16 - March 30, 2018 DOGGR accepted public comment on a pre-rulemaking draft (discussion draft) of proposed Statewide Geothermal Regulations, including two proposed forms. Information regarding the process to submit comments and attend a public workshop can be found by clicking on the link for the public notice provided below.