​​​​​Active Rulemaking​​s

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Conservation is responsible for conducting rulemakings to adopt and amend regulations covering a variety of areas. 

Navigate to information and documents related to current rulemaking efforts for the following packages: ​

  • Department of Conservation: Conflic​​​t of In​terest Code Update
    • Division of Land Resource Protection​ 
      • Real Estate Appraisals for the California Farmland Conservancy Program
        • Second Public Hearing October 14, 2022
          Due to an issue with the date upon which the first public hearing for this matter was held, the Division of Land Resource Protection has decided to hold a second public hearing to ensure compliance with applicable legal requirements for rulemaking. Accordingly, a second public hearing will be held on October 14, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The Division of Land Resource Protection will continue accepting public comment from now until the close of public hearing at 11:00 a.m. on October 14, 2022.  Attendees may participate via the Microsoft Teams online meeting platform or telephone conferencing. 

          To join the meeting from a computer, smartphone, or tablet you may
          use this link​
          To join the meeting by telephone, dial (916) 318-8892 and use the Phone Conference ID 481 675 348#

          Please be advised that attendees are responsible for ensuring their device and method of participation is appropriate. If you join by a device other than a phone, you must have audio and microphone capabilities if you wish to make a verbal comment. 

          Participants will be given instructions on how to provide oral comment once they have accessed the hearing. The hearing will occur on the date noted above until all testimony is submitted, or until 1:00 p.m., whichever is later. At the hearing, any person may present statements or arguments orally or in writing relevant to the proposed action. The Department requests, but does not require, that persons who make oral comments at the hearing also submit a written copy of their testimony via email to graham.stmichel@conservation.ca.gov.​
    • Div​ision of Mi​​ne Reclamation​​ 
    • California Geologic Energy Management Division

​​For information about rulemaking efforts from previous years​, visit our Past Rulemakings​ page. 

Department of Conservation​​

Conflict of Interest Cod​e Update

On May 25, 2022, the Department's amendments to its conflict of interest code were filed with the California Secretary of State.  The Department's re​vised code will be effective on June 24, 2022.

Division of Land Resource Protection

Real Estate Appraisals for the California Farmland Conservancy Program

 ​On August 19, 2022, the Division of Land Resource Protection published notice of a proposed amendment to Section 3010 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations related to the timing of real estate appraisals for grants under the California Farmland Conservancy Program.  This initiates a 45-day public comment period that ends at 5:00 p.m. on October 3, 2022.  The Division of Land Resource Protection will review all comments received by that time.  Please see the following documents for more information:

Division of Mine R​eclam​​atio​​​n

​​​Lead Agency Electronic Document Submittal​​​

On January 21, 2022 the Division of Mine Reclamation sent public notice to interested parties related to Lead Age​ncy Electronic Document Submittal. The publication of this notice initi​ated a public comment period that ended on March 9, 2022. The Division of Mine Reclamation is reviewing all comments received and determining if changes to the rule language are warranted.

On June 28, 2022 the Division of Mine Reclamation sent another public notice to interested parties related to Lead Agency Electronic Document Submittal after ​public comments received informed changes to the proposed regulations. The publication of this notice initiated a public comment period that closed​ on July 12, 2022. The Division of Mine Reclamation will review all comments received and determine if changes to the rule language are warranted.

​California Geologic Energy Management Division​

Cost Estimate Regulations for Oil and Gas Operations (Pre-Rulemaking)

On April 4, 2022, CalGEM released a pre-rulemaking Discussion Draft for the purpose of receiving​g public input on proposed regulations for cost estimates for iol and gas operations. The comment period closes on May 20, 2022.  Comments can be submitted to calgemcostestimates@conservation.ca.gov​

Statewide Geothermal Regulations

​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.

Public Health (Pre-Rulemaking​)

On October 21, 2021, the California Department of Conservation's Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) released for public comment a set of science-based health and safety draft regulations to protect communities and workers from the impacts of nearby oil and gas production operations​. The comment period closed on December 21, 2021. Comments received during the comment period are being reviewed and considered in developing proposed regulations for formal rulemaking.

​For more details, visit the Public Health rulemaking page. 

Well Stimulation Treatment Permitting Phase-Out (Pre-Rulemaking)

On May 21, 2021, CalGEM released a pre-rulemaking draft of regulations for the purpose of receiving​g public input on the development of a rule that ends permitting for well stimulation treatments in​ 2024. The comment period closed on July 4, 2021. Comments received during the comment period are being reviewed and considered in developing proposed regulations for formal rulemaking. 

SB 463 Chemical Inventory & Root Cause Analysis (Pre-Rulemaking)

On September 28, 2021, CalGEM released a pre-rulemaking discussion draft of regulations for the purpose of receiving public input on the development of a rule for underground gas storage facilities that would require the submission of a chemical inventory and evaluation of risk associated with the root causes identified by Blade Energy Partners for the Aliso Canyon blowout in 2015. The comment period closed on November 30, 2021. Comments received during the comment period are being reviewed and considered in developing regulations for formal rulemaking.
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