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.
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OIL & GAS DRILLING PERMIT FEES
|To Drill, Re-drill, or Deepen a Well||to 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
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|
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]