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Transfer of Well Responsibilities

Well Transfer Requirements for Oil, Gas and Solution Mining

The transfer of the legal operatorship of a well to a new entity requires the submission of a Request for Transfer of Well Responsibilities form to the Department. Before the Department can grant approval for any request to transfer well responsibilities, the proposed new operator must submit to the Department:

  1. A complete, signed, and notarized Request for Transfer of Well Responsibilities (PDF, 177 KB) form;
  2. A complete, signed, and notarized Organizational Report, if one is not already on file;
  3. Adequate Financial Security, as required; and
  4. Up-to-date well construction and well production information, if available.

Department staff will conduct a well site inspection prior to approving the transfer of any well responsibilities. Staff will also perform technical and administrative review of the transfer request and the well(s). Depending upon findings, additional testing and/or repairs may be required. Inactive wells and wells that have incomplete or unknown construction and/or completion information may be subject to additional review and/or well testing before any such well transfer approval.


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