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Permit Application Instructions for Oil and Gas Wells
PERMIT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR OIL AND GAS WELLS
Instructions for preparing an application for a permit to drill and operate an oil, gas, injection for secondary recovery, injection for brine disposal, or hydrocarbon storage well pursuant Part 615, Supervisor of Wells, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.
An application must be administratively complete for it to be processed. If an application is not administratively complete, the representative of the applicant will be notified and the application period will be tolled, until the application is complete. An applicant can expect to have a permit decision (issue, deny, or request additional information) within fifty (50) days of receipt at the Office of Geological Survey office. Timely permit processing is dependent on the submittal of a complete and accurate application. When an applicant revises a surface location, it is considered a new application and resets the application period.
2. FORMS USED
3. FORMS USED AND NUMBER OF COPIES
An administratively complete application includes the following documents. Also refer to "Explanation of the Oil and Gas Permitting Process," for additional information on administratively complete applications
4. REQUIRED NOTIFICATIONS
a) For potential H2S wells, mail a letter of notification and copy of Part II of the H2S contingency plan to the local emergency preparedness coordinator. Enclose a copy of the letter of notification to the emergency preparedness coordinator with the permit application. A listing of emergency coordinators is on the Michigan State Police web site.
b) Mail a letter of notification and a copy of form EQP 7200-1 to the surface owner and to the clerk of the county in which the well is to be located, pursuant to R324.201(2)(d). Enclose a copy of the letters of notification to the surface owner and to the county clerk with the permit application.
c) If the well is to be located on state owned surface send surface owner notification to: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Forest Mineral and Fire Management Division, PO Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952. If the well will be located on federally owned surface send notification to: USDA-Forest Service, 1755 S. Mitchell Rd., Cadillac, MI 49601.
5. CONFORMANCE BOND
Several options are available to provide a conformance bond, call David Davis at 517-241-1529 for details or go to the bond page on our web site. You may also refer to R324.212 for bond amounts.
6. APPLICATION TO DRILL (EQP 7200-1)
Refer to instructions on page 2 (reverse) of EQP 7200-1.
7. SURVEY RECORD OF WELL LOCATION (EQP 7200-2)
a) Have the surveyor who staked the well site complete the form. A registered surveyor must sign and seal the form.
b) The surveyor shall also provide an expanded supplemental plat, identifying the distance and direction to any residences, water wells, highways, power lines, or other man-made feature within 600 feet of the stake. The plat shall also identify any lakes, streams, wetlands, drainageways, floodplains, natural rivers, critical dune areas, environmentally sensitive areas or threatened or endangered species within 1320 feet and the ordinary high water mark of a Great Lake shoreline within 1500 feet of the stake.
8. WELLHEAD BLOWOUT CONTROL SYSTEM (EQP 7200-4)
Submit form EQP 7200-4, Wellhead Blowout Control Systems, or an equivalent. Use additional forms if necessary to identify different BOP specifications at different depths. Identify any requests for exceptions to rules R 324.406.
9. DIRECTIONAL DRILLING PLANS.
If the well will be directionally drilled, include horizontal and vertical directional plans that identify:
10. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EQP 7200-19)
Fill out this form for the well site and for the proposed area for production facilities. Applications for wells in an Antrim project must include a new or updated Antrim Project EIA, form EQP 7200-21. An application for a drilling permit is incomplete until all relevant portions of the EIA form(s) are completed and all required attachments have been filed.
11. INJECTION WELL DATA (EQP 7200-14)
Include this form for any injection wells (brine disposal, secondary recovery, gas storage). Follow the instructions on the form, an additional area of review supplemental plat is required. The application requirements for an injection well can be found in rule R324.201(2)(j).
12. HYDROGEN SULFIDE CONTINGENCY PLANS.
Consult R324.1110 for requirements on preparing H2S contingency plans for drilling.
13. SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENTATION CONTROL (EQP 7200-18)
For cumulative earth changes greater than one acre in size or within 500 feet of surface water or wetlands submit this form with the application, along with necessary attachments. Follow the instructions on the form and mail a copy of the form to the county or local enforcement agent (CEA). For a list of CEA's by county go to the DEQ web site at http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3311_4113-8870--,00.html and click on the "SESC Agencies" (XLS spreadsheet) link.
14. APPLICATION TO DEEPEN WELL.
Submit all documents identified in instruction No. 3a, b, c, d, and f to deepen an existing well below the permitted stratigraphic or producing horizon where a well has been completed. A $300 fee IS required. Deepening a well may affect the bonding amounts for the well.
15. HORIZONTAL DRAINHOLES
The pilot hole and each horizontal drainhole leg authorized under a single drilling permit will receive individual API numbers.
Mail application packet to:
Permits and Bonding Unit
For further information: call 517-241-1528 or visit our home page.
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