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1. Types of Protestants
Affected person. The rules define an affected person as "a person who has suffered or will suffer actual injury or economic damage other than as a member of the general public, and includes surface owners of record of property on which the well is located and adjoining offset operators."
2. Time Limits for Protesting
The rules provide a minimum fifteen-day opportunity for protest. The fifteen-day period begins on the latest of three dates:
the date the application is received by the Commission with the appropriate fee;
the date notice is mailed or delivered to the surface owner, offset operators, and city/county clerks; and
the date notice is published.
A protest may be filed anytime before the permit is issued.
3. Options for Applicant
Withdraw the application.
Obtain a letter from the protestant withdrawing the protest.
Request a hearing.
An application must be administratively complete before it may be set for hearing.