The Oil, Gas, & Minerals Division (OGMD), within the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), has responsibility for issuing permits to plug and abandon oil or gas, brine disposal, secondary recovery, 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 this permit is to ensure proper abandonment of wells to prevent surface and underground waste.
A. NAME OF PERMIT OR APPROVAL:
Application to Plug and Abandon Well
B. STATUTORY AUTHORITY:
Part 615, Supervisor of Wells, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Public Act 451 of 1994, as amended (MCL 324.61501 - 324.61527)
C. APPLICABLE REGULATION:
Oil and Gas Operations, (R 324.901 - R 324.904)
D. SUMMARY OF PERMIT/APPROVAL PROCESS:
A person shall not begin the plugging of a well until the permittee has received instructions from the Supervisor of Wells or authorized representative of the Supervisor of Wells for the plugging operation.
Applicant must comply with all applicable statutes, rules, permit conditions, and stipulations set forth in the application.
Public hearing before the Supervisor of Wells, then to Circuit Court
This is considered a modification of an existing permit (see Section 5.7.2.) The decision maker for this approval is the district supervisor of Geological Programs of OGMD. Applications to Plug and Abandon for individual 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.
F. ADMINISTERING AGENCY:
EGLE; Oil, Gas, & Minerals Division; Permits and Bonding Unit; P.O. Box 30256; Lansing, Michigan 48909-7756