Geothermal Well Field in Texas
At a Glance
|Drilling & Well Field Permit Agency:||Railroad Commission of Texas|
|Drilling & Well Field Permit||The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) requires the appropriate drilling permits and supporting documentation for exploratory wells, commercial drilling operations, geothermal wells, and co-production wells. .|||
|Contacts/Agencies:||Railroad Commission of Texas|
State Well Field Process
Developers must obtain a Drilling Permit from the RRC for exploratory wells, commercial drilling operations, geothermal wells, and co-production wells. A geothermal well is a well drilled within the established limits of a designated geothermal field. 16 TAC 3.79. If the proposed well is located in a Texas Groundwater Conservation District, then special procedures or restrictions may apply. Developers should consult with the applicable district to determine extra procedures that may be required. The RRC uses an Online Drilling Permits System that allows developers to complete the Application for Permit to Drill, Recomplete or Re-Enter form online. Developers may be required to obtain special permission for wells which will not comply with Texas spacing and well density rules in 16 TAC 3.
Local Well Field Process
Policies & Regulations
- 16 TAC, part 1, chapter 3, rule 3.7 Strata to be sealed off
- RRC - Drilling Permits Online Filing User's Guide webpage
- RRC - Online Drilling Permit System Login webpage
- TCEQ - Map of Texas Groundwater Conservation Districts
- TAC Title 16 Rule 3.79 (2012).