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Utah Geothermal Drilling & Well Development(5-UT)

Developers must obtain approval from the Utah Division of Water Rights (Division) before conducting geothermal drilling operations where the geothermal resources are greater than 120°C. Developers must file a Notice of Intent to Drill (NOI) with the Division before drilling, redrilling, deepening, permanently altering the casing of, or abandoning a well. Developers will follow two separate procedures depending on whether the project necessitates drilling a new well or modifying an existing well. All developers will be required to file an application, a surety or cash bond, and a Well Driller’s Permit with the Division. Developers seeking to drill a new well will also be required to file a Plan of Operations. Developers are required to comply with well maintenance and abandonment procedures. If developers meet the requirements of Section 73-3-8, the drilling operations will be approved by the State Engineer on a well-to-well basis or as a group of wells which comprise an operating unit and have like characteristics.

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Drilling & Well Field Permit Agency: Utah Division of Water Rights Bureau of Land Management
Drilling & Well Field Permit: Developers must obtain approval from the Utah Division of Water Rights (Division) before conducting geothermal drilling operations where the geothermal resources are greater than 120°C. Developers must file a Notice of Intent to Drill (NOI) with the Division before drilling, redrilling, deepening, permanently altering the casing of, or abandoning a well. [1] Geothermal Drilling Permit (Form 3260-002)

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List of Reference Sources

  1. UAC Rule R655-1 Wells Used for the Discovery and Production of Geothermal Energy in the State of Utah (2014).
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