The Oil, Gas, & Minerals Division (OGMD), within the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), has responsibility for issuing permits for drilling oil and gas, secondary recovery, brine disposal, and hydrocarbon storage wells under the authority of Part 615, Supervisor of Wells (formerly Public Act 61 of 1939, as amended), of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (NREPA). The purpose of these permits is to regulate these activities for environmental protection and resource conservation and to protect correlative rights.
A. NAME OF PERMIT OR APPROVAL:
Permit to Drill and Operate
B. STATUTORY AUTHORITY:
Part 615 (MCL 324.61501-324.61527), Supervisor of Wells, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Public Act 451 of 1994, as amended
C. APPLICABLE REGULATION:
Oil and Gas Operations (R 324.201 - R 324.216)
D. 1. Applicability (activities that require the permit)
Drilling of oil, gas, brine disposal, secondary recovery, or hydrocarbon storage wells
An administratively complete permit application packet consists of the following:
Refer to Permit Application Preparation Instructions (EQC 7200) for more detailed instructions.
Applicant must comply with all applicable statutes, rules, permit conditions, and stipulations set forth in the application.
Permit fee is $300 (is refundable if permit is not issued).
Single well bonds based on depth:
Blanket well bonds based on depth for up to 100 wells:
Public hearing before the Supervisor of Wells, then to Circuit Court
The decision maker is the Director of EGLE (also the Supervisor of Wells) and the decision making authority has been delegated to the Assistant Supervisor of Wells. Notice of the application is provided to the surface owner of the land where the well is to be located and to the county clerk. Applications to drill oil and gas wells may be found on the oil and gas well database at: http://www.deq.state.mi.us/geowebface/. In addition, individuals may subscribe to the oils and gas permit list by contacting the Permits and Bonding Unit of OGMD. Individuals may contact the Permits and Bonding Unit of OGMD or the district supervisor of OGMD where the application is located to obtain information or make comments about the proposed well. The best opportunity for public input is as soon as an individual learns that an application is pending. Permitting decisions for oil and gas wells must be made within 50 days of application receipt but may be made in a shorter time.
F. ADMINISTERING AGENCY:
EGLE; Oil, Gas, & Minerals Division; Permits and Bonding Unit; P.O. Box 30256; Lansing, Michigan 48909-7756