Geothermal Well Field in Colorado
At a Glance
|Drilling & Well Field Permit Agency:||Colorado Division of Water Resources|
|Drilling & Well Field Permit||A permit issued by the State Engineer must be obtained prior to construction or use of any geothermal well. According to the Office of the State Engineer's Rules and Regulations for Permitting the Development and Appropriation of Geothermal Resources Through the Use of Wells, “Geothermal Well” means a well that is constructed for the purpose of exploration, use of a geothermal resource, or reinjection of a geothermal fluid.|||
|Contacts/Agencies:||Colorado Division of Water Resources|
State Well Field Process
Developers must obtain a Geothermal Well permit issued by the State Engineer prior to construction or use of any geothermal well, or to increase production, expand use, change producing interval or change type of use (2 CCR 402-10). Prior to obtaining a permit from the State Engineer, developers must complete the environmental review process for drilling activities. If not waived by the State Engineer as a nonconsumptive use, the developer must secure any necessary water rights prior to obtaining a Geothermal Well permit.
The Geothermal Well permitting application process involves notice to landowners of adjacent property, payment of fees, notice to the Colorado Ground Water Commission if within a designated basin, and review by the Colorado Division of Water Resources under C.R.S. 37-90.5-106 and 2 CCR 402-10:6. Developers must follow the conditions of issued permit and minimum well construction standards set forth in 2 CCR 402-10:8 and 10:9).
Local Well Field Process
Policies & Regulations
- Rules and Regulations for Permitting the Development and Appropriation of Geothermal Resources Through the Use of Wells
- Rules and Regulations for Permitting the Development and Appropriation of Geothermal Resources Through the Use of Wells (2004).