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New DEP well transfer and status change procedures

Posted: April 1, 2015 10:14 am

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has developed new instructions for handling oil and gas well transfers and status and ownership changes. DEP is asking operators that as they update their well inventories that they be aware of these requirements when they submit information back to the appropriate DEP district office. The instructions summarized here are in a presentation distributed by the DEP’s Seth Pelepko and available by clicking the link at the bottom of this article.

The presentation lists four areas of focus:

  1. Well transfers
  2. Well status changes
  3. Well type changes
  4. All other changes

Well transfer details consume the largest portion of the presentation. Here operators are directed to complete the DEP’s Application for Transfer of Well Permit (5500-PM-OG0010) and to use the presentation’s checklist to ensure all necessary information is included. The checklist identifies the seven steps operators must complete in addition to a permit holder resolution document. It is noted that the department has 45 days from the date of receipt to approve or deny the transfer request. Part of this process involves DEP completing a compliance history analysis of both parties involved in the transfer.

Well status changes require that the operator determine the actual status of the well (plugged, inactive, active or never drilled) and to submit the proper documentation to DEP so the necessary changes can be made to its database.

Well types beyond production are storage, injection or observation. Any changes in the type classification must be submitted to the DEP along with the necessary documentation.

DEP notes that there can be other issues associated with transfers, status changes and type changes not covered in the presentation, and readers are directed to call DEP at 717-772-2199 with any questions.

Download the DEP presentation: Well_Tranfers_Status_Type_Changes

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