Oil & Gas Plugging Permit

Agency: Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

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:

Rules Administered by EGLE, OGMD

Oil and Gas Operations, (R 324.901 - R 324.904)

D.  SUMMARY OF PERMIT/APPROVAL PROCESS:

 1.  Applicability (activities that require the permit)

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.

 2.  Pre-Application Requirements
  • The permittee shall commence plugging operations within 90 days after drilling completion or completion as a dry hole or when the well has not produced or been used for its intended purpose for 12 consecutive months
  • An extension of time for commencing plugging operations may be granted by the Supervisor of Wells upon request
 3.  Application Submission Requirements
  • Expected date of commencement of plugging operations
  • Identify present condition of well
  • Proposed method for handling unusual or hazardous conditions
 4.  Procedures and Time-Frame for Obtaining Permit or Approval
  • Permittee of well submits notice of intent to plug and abandon a well to the area geologist
  • Permittee may propose or request instructions from the area geologist. The area geologist will approve or modify proposed instructions or issue plugging instructions on an Application to Plug and Abandon (Form EQP 7200-6)
  • The permittee submits a Record of Well Plugging or Change of Well Status (Form EQP 7200-8) within 60 days of completion of plugging
 5.  Operational Requirements

Applicant must comply with all applicable statutes, rules, permit conditions, and stipulations set forth in the application.

 6.  Fees

None

 7.  Appeal Process

Public hearing before the Supervisor of Wells, then to Circuit Court

 8.  Public Input Opportunities

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

  • Program Phone: 517-241-1528

 

Revision Date:

August 2019