Energy Resolution 05/96 - Approve Rules and Procedures for the Abandonment of Hydrocarbon Wells

Last updated: 3 December 2019

The resolution sets forth cementing and plugging requirements for temporary and "definitive" (permanent) abandonment of wells after the effective date (Chapter V).


Chapter I requires wells to be classified and placed on a schedule for plugging as neccessary. Chapter II describes classifications for wells, by location, safety considerations, and risk factors (including "probability of emissions of toxic gas" - C.3.9) and directs operators to prioritize response. Chapter III sets plugging schedules based on priority ranking through the classification process, ranging from 5 to 15 years.


Chapter IV requires annual reporting of a well inventory with classifications and plugging schedules.

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