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The Division of Mineral Resources regulates the drilling, construction, operation and plugging of geothermal wells drilled deeper than five hundred feet below the earth's surface [Environmental Conservation Law Article 23-0305(14)].

Geothermal wells include wells for finding or producing hot water or steam, and for injecting fluids to recover heat from the surrounding geologic materials. Geothermal heat pump wells are included in this well category. Geothermal well owners are subject to the same well permitting and reporting requirements as owners of the other wells we regulate. Please contact the Bureau of Oil & Gas Permitting and Management in the Division's Albany office if you have any questions or comments regarding regulation of geothermal wells in New York.

The Department's Division of Water (DOW) regulates geothermal wells up to five hundred feet deep.