The Division of Mineral Resources regulates the drilling, construction, operation and plugging of stratigraphic wells drilled deeper than five hundred feet below the earth's surface [Environmental Conservation Law Section 23-0305(14)].
Operators may drill stratigraphic wells for a variety of purposes, including to evaluate subsurface rock formations for suitability for oil and/or gas production, mining, solution mining, underground gas storage, geothermal resources or brine disposal; investigate subsurface conditions in problem areas; or gather information for research or construction projects. In recent years wells of this type have been drilled in Chenango, Livingston, New York, Onondaga, Orange and Steuben Counties.
Persons proposing to drill stratigraphic wells in New York State are subject to the same well permitting and reporting requirements required from owners of other wells regulated by the Division of Mineral Resources. 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 stratigraphic wells in New York.