​​​​​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: ​

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

​​Division of Mine R​eclam​​atio​​​n

​​​Lead Agency Electronic Document Submittal​​​

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.



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.

​California Geologic Energy Management Division​​

SB 1137 Emergency Rulemaking

On January 6, 2023, CalGEM's emergency regulations to support implementation of the requirements of Senate Bill 1137 that take effect in 2023 were approved by the Office of Administrative Law, filed with the Secretary of State, and made effective the same day. More information can be found here​.


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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Notice of Public Comment Period​ (PDF) 

Discuss​ion Draft of Rule (PDF)​​​

Blade Energy Partners Report - Root Cause Analysis of the Uncontrolled Hydrocarbon Release from Aliso Canyon SS-25, May 16, 2019