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Shut-In or Temporary Abandonment

Shut In

Well owners or operators proposing to extend the one year shut-in period provided by 6 NYCRR 555.2, must submit a written application to the Department requesting specific permission and be able to demonstrate sufficient good cause.

Extended shut-in permissions are administratively granted by the Department for a period of not more than one year, but shall be renewable for additional successive periods of equivalent length upon receipt of successive petitions from the owner or operator and the demonstration of continued sufficient good cause.

Upon termination of the period of lawful shut-in, the owner or operator must begin producing the well or permanently plug and abandon the well as provided for by NYSDEC Oil and Gas Rules and Regulation.

Temporary Abandonment

Well owners or operators shall not be lawfully allowed to temporarily abandon any well for more than 90 days without having been granted specific permission from the Department.

Permission for an extension of the time period during which temporary abandonment is permitted shall be granted administratively by the Department upon receipt and approval of a written application by the owner or operator and the demonstration of sufficient good cause.

Such extension shall be granted for a reasonable time period and shall be renewable for additional reasonable time periods upon receipt of successive petitions from the owner or operator and the demonstration of continued good cause.

Upon termination of the period of lawful temporary abandonment, the owner or operator must either resume operations or permanently plug and abandon the well as provided for by the NYSDEC Oil and Gas Rules and Regulations.

Download the Shut-In or Temporary Abandonment form.(PDF) (45 kB)


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