• Idle Well Toolbox for State and Provincial Regulators (2017)

Idle Well Toolbox for State and Provincial Regulators (2017)



A project by the IOGCC Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee led by Committee Chair, Ryan Hoffman, Director, Conservation Division, Kansas Corporation Commission and Vice Chair, Eric Vendel, Senior Legal Counsel, Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, Ohio Department of Natural Resources with support from IOGCC Council of Oil and Gas Attorneys Chair,Shane Khoury, Deputy Director and General Counsel, Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission

Thirty state and provincial oil and gas regulatory authorities responded to the questionnaire regarding the regulation of idle wells. The responses from each regulatory authority are included in alphabetical order following this synopsis. While the responses to the survey vary,there are prominent commonalities. The main questions posed were: (1) How does the regulatory authority classify idle well inventories? (2) How long may a well remain idle prior to requiring regulatory authority approval to remain idle? (3) How long does the regulatory authority allow wells to remain idle? (4) What are the requirements to obtain this approval,including any bonding requirements? (5) Are there any exceptions or exemptions to the regulatory requirements? And (6) What is the current idle well inventory for each regulatory authority?