Requirements for Idle Well Testing and Management (OAL Notice File Number: Z-2018-0717-07)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Conservation (DOC)
Document Title
Requirements for Idle Well Testing and Management (OAL Notice File Number: Z-2018-0717-07)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project is. a rulemaking action taken by the Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (Division) to review, evaluate, and update its regulations pertaining to idle wells. The project will: (1) update fluid-level testing requirements to require that operators determine if the fluid level in an idle well is above the base of an underground source of drinking water; (2) update testing requirements for verifying the mechanical integrity of an idle well; (3) set appropriate remediation standards for an idle well if there is an indication the well lacks mechanical integrity; and (4) set engineering analysis .standards that demonstrate to the Division's satisfaction that a well that has been idle for 15 years or more is viable to be returned to operation in the future. See NOE for full details.

Contact Information

Cathi Slaminski
Agency Name
Department of Conservation
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Department of Conservation
Contact Types
Project Applicant



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15307, 15308
Reasons for Exemption
The Division has determined that the regulatory amendments are categorically exempt from CEQA under the "Class 7" and "Class 8" exemptions, because it is an action taken by a regulatory agency to assure the protection of the environment where the regulatory process involves procedures for protection of the environment. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, §§ 15307 and 15308.) See NOE for full details.


Notice of Exemption

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