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Utah Geothermal Exploration Permitting(4-UT)

In Utah, no exploration permit is required for non-invasive explorations activities, i.e., activities that fall short of drilling for the discovery or production of geothermal resources. Developers must obtain approval from the Utah Division of Water Rights (the “Division”) before conducting geothermal exploration drilling where the geothermal resource is greater than 120°C. Low temperature geothermal, less than 120°C, is not considered a geothermal resource and thus does not require a permit. Developers seeking to drill a temperature gradient well will have to follow specific requirements outlined in R655-1-8.2. Developers must submit a Notice of Intent with the Division for review before drilling, redrilling, deepening, permanently altering the casing of, or abandoning a well. UC 73-22-6. The Division may approve or deny a request to conduct exploratory drilling. Developers will also be required to comply with drilling record and plan of operations requirements.

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Permitting at a Glance

Utah Federal

Pre-Drilling Exploration Permit Agency: Utah Division of Water Rights Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service
Pre-Drilling Exploration Permit: In Utah, no exploration permit is required for non-invasive exploration activities, i.e., activities that fall short of drilling for the discovery or production of geothermal resources. Notice of Intent to Conduct Geothermal Resource Exploration Operations (Form 3200-009)
Drilling Exploration Permit Agency: Utah Division of Water Rights Bureau of Land Management
Drilling Exploration Permit: Developers must submit a Notice of Intent with the Division for review before drilling, redrilling, deepening, permanently altering the casing of, or abandoning a well. [1] Notice of Intent to Conduct Geothermal Resource Exploration Operations (Form 3200-009) (Temperature Gradient Well); Geothermal Drilling Permit (Form 3260-002) (All other drilling activities)

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  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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