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Technical Guidance Memorandum 95-1 Inactive Drilling Permit Applications

November 21, 1988

To: Regional Supervisors of Natural Resources

From: Gregory H. Sovas, Director, Division of Mineral Resources

Subject: Technical Guidance Memorandum 95-1
Inactive Drilling Permit Applications

Recently a question arose regarding the status of an unissued drilling permit application received in 1987.

The Division of Mineral Resources' procedure will be that, in circumstances where the Department is holding incomplete drilling permit applications for over one year from the date of first submittal to the appropriate regional office and the applicant has failed to provide necessary information in order for the application to be processed to issuance, the application may be deemed withdrawn. The applicant should be notified, in writing, of the pending action, provided an opportunity to complete the application, and advised that if the additional information is not provided within 30 days, the application will be deemed withdrawn and the permit fee will not be returned.

In the event the processing of a drilling permit application is delayed pending a Commissioner's Decision on a variance request from well spacing or unitization provisions, the Division will consider the permit application incomplete and inactive after a period of one year from the signing of the Department's Commissioner's Decision. At that time the applicant should be notified, following the procedure described above.

If the applicant subsequently wishes to drill that location, they must resubmit an application with permit fees.

Please note this memorandum supersedes and revises the previous procedure given in Technical Guidance Memo #94-1 dated January 19, 1994.


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