Oil & Gas and Geothermal Resource Regulation
Click Here for Survey
Home > Business & Permits > Topics > Mining & Energy Resource Regulation > Oil & Gas and Geothermal Resource Regulation
Oil & Gas and Geothermal Resource Regulation 
 


The Department of Natural Resources, through the Division of Geology and Earth Resources, regulates drilling and related activities under the Oil and Gas Conservation Act and Department of Natural Resources rules (chapter 78.52 RCW and chapter 344-12 WAC). (In 1994, the Legislature dissolved the Oil and Gas Conservation Committee and assigned its regulatory responsibilities to the Department of Natural Resources.) In the event of a discovery, the Department would also regulate production to assure equitable distribution of the proceeds.

The Department regulates Underground Natural Gas Storage under chapter 80.40 RCW and Geothermal Resources under chapter 78.60 RCW and chapter 332-17 WAC. We also assist government agencies by providing information on the hydrology of deep aquifers and on plugging severe artesian flows from shallow boreholes.

Application packets containing forms and instructions are available on this webpage [see below]. The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Environmental Checklist is available from the Department of Ecology website.

Interactive Map: Earth Resource Permit Locations (ERPL)
This interactive map, which is part of the Washington State Geologic Information Portal, shows the locations of active permitted surface mines. Each mine site is tagged with information about the mine site.

Need Help Downloading Files?

OIL & GAS DRILLING PERMIT FEES

To Drill, Re-drill, or Deepen a Wellto 3,500 feet$   250
 3,501 to 7,000 feet$   500
7,001 to 12,000 feet$   750
12,001 feet plus$1,000
Shallow well (less than 2,000 ft) for geologic information only$   100
Notification for seismic shot holes$   100
Performance Bonds (Oil & Gas Supervisor sets amount)
One well$  50,000 minimum
Blanket bond (two or more wells)$250,000 minimum
Shallow well (less than 2,000 ft) for geologic information only$  20,000

OIL & GAS FORMS

Oil and Gas Drilling Permit Requirements [PDF]

Instructions for Oil & Gas Drilling Permit Applicants [PDF]

Oil & Gas Drilling Permit Application (Oil & Gas Form 1) [PDF]

Well Record or History (Oil & Gas Form 2) [PDF]

Notice of Intention to Abandon and Plug Well (Oil & Gas Form 3) [PDF]

Report on Results on Plugging Well (Oil & Gas Form 4) [PDF]

Oil & Gas Drilling and Production Bond [Microsoft Word 2003]  

GEOTHERMAL EXPLORATION FEES

To Drill, Re-drill, or Deepen a Well$200
Bonds for Geothermal Resource Wells (Geothermal Supervisor sets amount)
One well$15,000 minimum
Blanket bond (two or more wells)$50,000 minimum
Bonds for Core Holes (temperature-gradient holes)
One core hole$5,000 minimum
Blanket bond (two or more core holes)$25,000 minimum



GEOTHERMAL FORMS

Instructions for Geothermal Exploration Permit Applicants [PDF]

Geothermal Exploration Permit Application (Geothermal Form 1) [PDF]

Well Record or History (Geothermal Form 2) [PDF]

Notice of Intention to Abandon and Plug Well (Geothermal Form 3) [PDF]

Report on Results on Plugging Well (Geothermal Form 4) [PDF]

Geothermal Drilling and Production Bond [Microsoft Word 2003]

 

 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Files Filter

to specify items for consumption by a Data View. To change the list that this refers to, check the Miscellaneous group in the sidebar tool for the ListURL value and change the URL to point to a different list.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Contacts Filter

to specify items for consumption by a Data View. To change the list that this refers to, check the Miscellaneous group in the sidebar tool for the ListURL value and change the URL to point to a different list.