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Permits, Completions and Inspections

2016

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Drilling Permits

DEC issued 55 drilling permits; down 6.8% from 2015:

  • 40 oil
  • 8 brine
  • 4 stratigraphic
  • 2 geothermal
  • 1 injection

In 2016, DMN issued permits for wells in six counties; the top three based on total permits were Cattaraugus (36), Wyoming (8), Chautauqua (4).

  • Oil well drilling permits were issued for Cattaraugus (35), Chautauqua (4), and Steuben (1) counties.
  • Brine well drilling permits were issued for Wyoming County (8).
  • Stratigraphic well drilling permits were issues for Westchester County (4).
  • Geothermal well drilling permits were issued for Bronx County (2).
  • An injection well drilling permit was issued for Cattaraugus County (1)
  • There were no gas well drilling permits issued.

Well Spuds and Completions

  • The number of wells spud (started) in 2016 was 47.
  • The total number of completions increased 6% from 49 in 2015 to 52 in 2016.
  • Gas well completions decreased 100% from 1 in 2015 to 0 in 2016.
  • Oil well completions decreased 26% from 39 in 2015 to 29 in 2016.
  • Completions for other regulated well types in 2015 totaled 23.

Inspections

In 2016, Oil and Gas staff performed 4,184 inspections, up 5.8% from 2015. The increase of 229 inspections from the previous year was due to:

  • Orphaned and abandoned well plugging activity by DEC and EPA;
  • Shut-In/Temporary Abandonment compliance efforts associated with inactive wells;
  • Requests for transfer of well operatorship and plugging responsibility; and
  • A decrease in the number of drilling applications received.

Additional Information

Permits Issued by County and Town (PDF) (35 KB)


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