H-15 Program - Testing of Older Inactive Wells Over 25 Years Old
Where do I send the test reports?
What if I do not turn in a test?
What if my wells are unable to be tested as described in the rules?
What if the well has already been plugged?
What if my well fails the H-15 test?
Can I get more time to file a test, plug or repair the well?
What if my well was returned to production?
To return an inactive well to “active” status a Well Status Report (Form W-10 or Form G-10, RETEST) must be filed and the well must produce either 10 barrels of oil per month (BOPM) or 100 mcf of gas per month (MCFPM) for three (3) consecutive months. If sufficient production cannot be accomplished prior to the test due date, contact the Austin Field Operations section.
What happens if my well is not capable of producing either the 5 BOPM or 50 MCFPM for 3 months?
What if my well was re-completed to another interval?
What if I do not conduct the tests?
Failure to conduct the required test could result in a referral for Legal Enforcement action. This legal action may result in administrative penalties, a Commission order to plug the wells, collection against your financial assurance and cancellation of your authority to operate oil and gas leases within the State of Texas. Please contact the Austin Field Operations section if you have questions.
Austin Field Operations: H-15
Telephone: (512) 463-6830
Facsimile: (512) 463-7328
Why do the H-15 test?
When is the test required?
The test notice is sent when Commission records identify a well more than 25 years old that is inactive or has not reported production during the previous twelve-month period. The testing schedule is based on the annual field-testing schedule for the well’s completion field.
Click here to find the schedule for well testing.