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Oregon Exploration Injection Permit (4-OR-d)


Exploration Injection Permit Process

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4-OR-d.1 - Is this New Injection Activity or a Renewal?

The developer must follow one of two different procedures if the developer is engaging in new injection activities or needs to renew a permit for previously covered injection activity.


4-OR-d.2 - Application for General Permit, Injection Plan, Fees

a) If already operating under permit coverage, the applicant may temporarily inject or temporarily reinject uncontaminated geothermal fluids until the expiration date listed on the cover page, unless DEQ terminates the applicant’s coverage or extend it as described below. If the applicant wants to renew coverage under this permit, the applicant must:

  • i) Submit a completed application form with an Injection Plan to DEQ at least 60 days prior to the expiration date of this permit listed on the cover page; and
  • ii) Submit all fees with the application.


b) If DEQ does not receive a renewal application and fees as described above, coverage under this permit is no longer valid and any injection must stop.

(See Permit Application Guidance Pg. 2)


4-OR-d.3 - Application for General Permit Class V Geothermal Fluids Injection During Geothermal Exploration (1900B), Injection Plan, Fees

If the applicant seeks coverage under this permit for the first time for an injection activity not previously covered by a permit, the applicant must:

a) Submit a completed application form with an Injection Plan to DEQ at least 30 days before applicant plan to inject unless DEQ approves otherwise; and

b) Submit all fees with the application.

(See Permit Application Guidance Pg. 2)


4-OR-d.4 - Is the Well that Has Been Used or Is to Be Used for Injection Older than Five Years?

The developer must submit Mechanical Integrity Test results for wells older than five years.


4-OR-d.5 - Mechanical Integrity Test Submitted to DEQ with Application, Fee

a) For each well older than five years that the applicant wants to use for injection, the applicant must:

  • i) Submit Mechanical Integrity Test results to DEQ for review along with the applicant’s initial or renewal application; and
  • ii) Submit a fee for each Test the applicant wants DEQ to review.


b) If an injection well reaches an age greater than five years during the term of this permit, the applicant must:

  • i) Submit Mechanical Integrity Test results to DEQ along with a permit application and fees at least 30 days before the applicant plans to inject unless DEQ approves otherwise; and
  • ii) Submit a fee for each Test the applicant wants DEQ to review.

(See Permit Application Guidance Pg. 2)


4-OR-d.6 - Is the Application Complete?

4-OR-d.7 - Provide Notice and Comment Period

DEQ will provide public notice of the proposed permit or permit renewal and a minimum of 30 days to submit written comments before DEQ approves or disapproves coverage under this permit. The public review period will begin after DEQ has determined that the application is complete, and DEQ will consider all public comments when formulating a final action on the permit.

(See Permit Application Guidance Pg. 2)


4-OR-d.8 - Is the Permit Application Approved?

The applicant may not begin any injection activities described in this permit until the applicant receives written confirmation from DEQ approving applicant application, Injection Plan, and Test results.

(See Permit Application Guidance Pg. 2)


4-OR-d.9 - Apply for Individual Permit or Authorization by Rule (OAR 340-044-0012)

The applicant may either apply for an Individual Permit or authorization by rule as outlined in Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 340-044-0012 if:

  • a) DEQ denies the applicant’s application;
  • b) The applicant’s injection proposal cannot be covered under this permit; or
  • c) The applicant does not want to be covered under this permit

(See Permit Application Guidance Pg. 3)


4-OR-d.10 - General Permit: Class V Geothermal Fluids Injection During Geothermal Exploration

If DEQ is satisfied with the content of the permit application, the permit will be granted.




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