Attachments for New Injection/Disposal Wells
The well log is needed to identify the top and bottom of the proposed injection zone and overlying formations.
- A complete electric log or similar well log of the proposed injection/disposal well is required.
- The log must include a header and show the proposed disposal/injection zone.
- Driller's logs, caliper logs and collar logs are not adequate. If a well log is not available for the proposed injection/disposal well, the applicant may submit a log of a nearby well and identify the logged well on one of the plats submitted with the application.
- If a well log is not available for the proposed injection/disposal well, the applicant may submit a log of a nearby well and identify the logged well on one of the plats submitted with the application.
- If multiple wells are covered by one Form H-1 within the same application, only one well log is required.
- With Forms H-1/H-1A, provide Form GW-2 stating the depth to which usable quality groundwater must be protected is required. This form is commonly referred to as a "surface casing letter" and "water board letter." Information to obtain the RRC Webpage in the Quick Links Section under the Groundwater Advisory Unit.
- With Form W-14, a letter stating that the proposed injection will not endanger usable quality groundwater is required. An applicant may request this letter from the RRC Groundwater Advisory Unit by filing two copies of the Form W-14, a plat showing the location of the well with surveys marked, and a representative electric log.
- A map of all wells of public record within a 1/4-mile radius of the proposed injection/disposal well showing the total depth of each well is required. Click here for an example.
- The RRC Public GIS Map Viewer is the map that RRC staff will use to verify that all wells within a 1/4-mile radius have been examined.
RRC MAPPING DATABASE:
- A table of wells within the 1/4-mile radius that penetrate the top of the injection/disposal zone is required. Click here for an example. For each well, list the well name and number, date drilled, and current status, including the date plugged if applicable.
|TABLE OF WELLS GUIDELINES:
- If space allows, the Map and Table of wells within the 1/4-mile radius can be combined.
- For area permit applications, the Area of Review consists of the entire lease area, plus a 1/4-mile radius outside the lease boundary.
A survey of historical seismic events is a printed copy or screenshot showing the input parameters and results of a survey of information from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) regarding the locations of any historical events within a circular area of 100 square miles (a circle with a radius of 9.08 kilometers) centered around the disposal well location. The USGS Earth Archive Search may be found at the following link: (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/search/).
To use the USGS Earth Archive Search, enter the following parameters:
- DATE & TIME: Start (UTC); 1973-01-01 00:00:00
- MINIMUM MAGNITUDE: 2
- CIRCLE: Center Latitude and Center Longitude; Enter the location of the proposed Disposal Well using a WGS84 or NAD83 datum
- CIRCLE: Inside Radius; Leave blank or enter 0
- CIRCLE: Outside Radius; Enter 9.08
The notification process ensures that all affected parties are informed and have opportunity to protest the permitting of the proposed injection well.
- Map of all wells of public record within the 1/2-mile radius of the proposed injection/disposal well clearly labeled showing each Commission designated operator of any well or active drilling permit location.
- Mail or deliver a copy of the application form(s), both front and back, to:
- the owner "of record" of the surface of the tract on which the well is located.. Owner "of record" is the owner that is listed on deed and tax records
- each Commission designated operator of any well or active drilling location within 1/2-mile of the proposed disposal/injection well (excluding permanently plugged wells)
- the county clerk for the county where the well is located
- the city clerk if the well is located within corporate city limits
If the application is for commercial disposal, notice must also be given in the same manner to owners "of record" of each surface tract that adjoins the proposed disposal tract. If the tract has been subdivided, then notify all surface owners of record within a 1/2-mile radius of the wellbore. Although not required, we recommend that you include a cover letter to briefly explain the nature of the application.
- Provide a signed statement listing name, address, and relation to the application (i.e. offset operator, surface owner, etc.) and the date that a copy of the application (front & back) was mailed or delivered to each of the required recipients. If there is no active operators within the 1/2-mile indicate that on the signed statement.
- Notice of the application must be published once by the applicant in a form approved by the Commission for Form W-14 or Form H-1 in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the well is located. Notice instructions and forms may be obtained from the Commission's Austin office, district offices, or downloaded from this website. The following information must be submitted with the application:
- Affidavit of publication. The affidavit must be notarized and must state that the newspaper has general circulation in the county where the well is located.
- Newspaper clipping.
- For commercial applications, submit a plat showing the legal tract of land on which the well is located and clearly label the adjoining offset landowners.
|LAND OWNERSHIP MAP GUIDELINES:
- Include a list of the names and addresses of the surface owners or record, operators or wells within one-half mile, county clerk, and, if applicable, city clerk.
- Submit a signed statement indicating the date that a copy of the application form(s) was mailed or delivered to each person on the list.
The injection of fresh water as a make-up fluid is restricted to cases where there is no technically or economically viable alternative. This part of the permit review verifies that all alternatives have been investigated.
- Chemical analysis of fresh water to be injected.
- Plat outlining fresh water rights.
If fresh water is purchased, only the fresh water questionnaire is required.
The Commission is required by statute to forward a copy of an application involving injection of fresh water to the RRC Groundwater Advisory Unit for comment. The GAU has up to 30 days to respond.
Requests to construct and operate a well in a manner other than that specified in the rules requires an exception to the specific requirement.
- Tubing and packer - to inject down casing without tubing and packer.
- Packer setting depth - to allow the packer to be set higher than normally allowed.
- Pressure observation valves - to waive the requirement for wellhead pressure valves on the tubing and each annulus.
- Request must be in writing and include the $375 filing fee.
Last Updated: 8/3/2016 1:56:37 PM