Oregon Geothermal Prospect Well (4-OR-c)
Geothermal Prospect Well Process
4-OR-c.1 - Has Environmental Process Been Completed?
If the developer has not yet completed an environmental review process for exploration activities, Developer must do so before proceeding.
4-OR-c.2 - Environmental Review Process
4-OR-c.3 - Application for Permit for Geothermal Prospect Well, Fee, Bond
(1) No person shall engage in drilling a prospect well without first obtaining a permit issued under the authority of the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries and without complying with the conditions of such permit.
(2) An application to drill prospect wells shall contain such information as the department may require, including but not limited to a plugging and decommissioning plan, and shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee in the amount determined by the department to be the estimated cost of review of the proposed prospect wells. Each application may include up to five prospect wells in a given project area. The amount of the fee may not exceed $1,000 per five prospect wells. A permit to drill remains valid until it is revoked or modified by the department based on new information or changed conditions.
(3) The permittee shall provide an annual nonrefundable fee of $500 on or before the anniversary of the issuance date of each active permit.
(4) A request by a permittee to transfer a permit issued under this section shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of $500.
(5) All moneys received by the department under this section shall be paid into the State Treasury and deposited in the General Fund to the credit of the Geology and Mineral Industries Account established by ORS 516.070.
(See ORS 522.055)
(1)(a) The State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries may not issue a permit for a prospect well until the applicant has provided a bond or alternative form of financial security as specified in rules adopted by the governing board of the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.
- (b) The amount of the bond or alternative form of financial security may not be less than $10,000 for each prospect well or not less than $50,000 for all prospect wells to be drilled.
(2) The bond or alternative form of financial security must be conditioned upon compliance with the requirements of this chapter and rules adopted and orders issued pursuant to this chapter and must secure the state against all losses, charges and expenses, including court costs and attorney fees, incurred by the state in obtaining such compliance.
(3) With the consent of the department, any bond or acceptable alternative form of financial security submitted pursuant to this section may be terminated or canceled. However, the department may not consent to the termination or cancellation of any bond or security until each prospect well covered by such bond or security has been properly and safely plugged and decommissioned pursuant to the plan required by the permit or until another bond or security for each well has been submitted and approved by the department.
(See ORS 522.075)
4-OR-c.4 - Circulate Copies of Application with Draft Permit (Including Conditions) to State Agencies
Upon receipt of a complete application to drill prospect wells, the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries shall circulate copies of the application to the Water Resources Department, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Land Conservation and Development and the Department of State Lands. The State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries may circulate copies to other public agencies that may have an interest in the permit application.
4-OR-c.5 - Suggest Conditions (Discretionary)
Any public agency receiving a copy of the application as provided in subsection (1) of this section may suggest conditions under which a permit should be granted. A public agency shall submit any suggested conditions to the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries within 45 days of the public agency’s receipt of the copy of the application. The department shall consider any suggested conditions that a public agency submits to the department within the 45-day period.
4-OR-c.6 - Consider and Impose Conditions (Discretionary)
A permit issued under this section is subject to such conditions as the department may impose. Included among the conditions shall be provision for the proper and safe plugging and decommissioning of each prospect well. Subject to ORS 522.075, the department shall issue or deny the permit by a written order within 60 days after receipt of a complete application unless the department determines that a longer period is necessary to respond to comments or new information or for other good cause.
4-OR-c.7 - Did the DOGAMI Approve the Application?
4-OR-c.8 - Geothermal Prospect Well Permit
If the Oregon DOGAMI is satisfied with the developer's application for a geothermal prospect well permit, DOGAMI will issue the permit.
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Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
Geothermal Prospect Well Process and Well-Development Contact 541.967.2080 Visit Website
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
Geothermal Prospect Well Process and Well-Development Contact #2 541.967.2053 Visit Website