Geothermal Permitting Process

(last updated 01/24/2014)

Note: Recently, the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) has received applications to drill Oil and Gas or Geothermal wells at locations on or near environmentally and/or culturally sensitive areas (e.g., Archeological, Cultural, Species, Wetlands). In an effort to expedite the application review process, and to avoid unnecessary delays in permitting, please consult with following agencies prior to submitting a drilling application to DOGAMI: Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Oregon Legislative Commission on Indian Services (CIS), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Oregon Department of State Lands (ODSL), and any Tribes in the area that may be affected. Consulting with these agencies will determine if the proposed location requires additional information, survey, or whether other special consideration is merited. If additional materials are required (e.g. cultural heritage surveys, listed endangered or threatened species survey, wetland surveys, etc.), they should be submitted with your DOGAMI application materials.

Completed application materials may be emailed to info@mlrr.oregongeology.com.  The fee can be sent separately via U.S. mail, along with a paper copy of the application materials.

The application is reviewed for completeness and then proposed permit conditions are sent, with the application materials, to the other natural resource agencies for their review.  They have 45 days to respond to us.

After the 45-day comment period…
Reclamation security must be submitted before the permit can be issued.
The purpose of the reclamation security is to insure that reclamation is completed.

The permit must be renewed every year.
The permit must be renewed every year until reclamation is complete. Your renewal anniversary date is determined by the month of the issuance date of each active permit and falls on the last day of that month. (For example, if your permit is issued on May 6, your anniversary date will be every May 31.)

Permit to Drill a Geothermal Well

To obtain a permit to drill a geothermal well, the following items must be submitted to the Department of Geology's Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation office:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Application fee (see Geothermal Fee Schedule).
  3. $25,000 drilling bond.
  4. Operating and Reclamation Plan for the well pad.
  5. Location map.

Permit to Drill a Geothermal Prospect Well

To obtain a permit to drill a geothermal prospect well, the following items must be submitted to the Department of Geology's Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation office:

  1. Completed application form. Limit FIVE wells per application.
  2. Application fee (see Geothermal Fee Schedule).
  3. $10,000 bond or security, per hole.
  4. Evidence of mineral rights ownership or lease.

Contact:
Bob Houston
Petroleum-Geothermal Geologist
Natural Resource Specialist
(541) 967-2080
robert.a.houston "at" mlrr.oregongeology.com

 
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