applications, the Department shall use the following criteria:
Roads, including road extensions.
1. No road construction or improvement shall
begin prior to obtaining a permit to drill.
2. Existing roads shall be used wherever
3. Existing roads, if
improved, or new roads where constructed, shall be from trucked-in fill material
or from material taken from approved borrow pits. There shall be no parallel
borrow canals along roads.
roads shall be culverted and maintained to prevent degradation by industry
vehicles. The size and number of culverts shall be determined so that the natural
flow of water is not impeded and the resource is protected.
5. All roads shall be only wide enough to
accommodate one lane of traffic, but shall have at least one turn-out every mile
6. All roads shall be
high enough to assure year round usage, except where otherwise expressly required
to be lower.
7. All roads shall
follow the best practical route suited to protect the natural environment. Where
feasible, roads and road extensions should follow existing woods roads.
8. Roads shall be constructed to avoid serious
damage or enduring scars to land and wildlife, and to avoid obstructing the
natural movement of water and wildlife.
All roads shall be restored as specified in
10. All new
access roads authorized to serve the needs of the exploration activities shall be
limited in use to the permitted purpose. For these limited use access roads, the
applicant shall submit as a part of the permit application the means to
accomplish the limited use, including the control of unauthorized vehicles, for
the life of the permitted purpose of the road.
11. Access corridors and drilling pads shall
not be constructed into or through sensitive resources such as cypress-mixed
forest swamps, hardwood hammocks, mangrove forests, archeological sites, native
ceremonial grounds and those zones which are documented and/or confirmed by the
Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission as areas of high level Florida
panther activity unless reasonable and prudent alternatives are not available.
Known red-cockaded woodpecker colonies, rookeries, alligator holes, research
sites, pine uplands, and threatened or endangered species habitats shall be
avoided where possible.
corridors (including pipelines) shall be contiguous where possible and corridors
emanating from new entry points shall be prohibited unless demonstrated to be the
more prudent and reasonable alternative.
1. Drilling sites shall be located to minimize
negative impacts on the vegetation and wildlife, including rare and endangered
species, and the surface water resources.
2. Topographical and engineering surveys of the
drill site shall be prepared and together with an aerial photograph of the drill
site at a large scale, which can be obtained from existing governmental
photographs with the well spotted thereupon, shall be made a part of the
Application to Drill (Form 3).
site preparation shall begin prior to obtaining a permit to drill except as
specified in subsection 62C-30.005(1), F.A.C., above.
4. Every effort shall be made to limit the
impact upon the environment of the Big Cypress Watershed by using areas covered
by prairies, limited forest growth, grazing, farming, or cleared lands where
5. Drilling pads shall be
constructed from trucked-in fill material or from material taken from approved
6. Drilling pads shall
be constructed to a height to assure year round usage.
7. A protective levee of sufficient height and
impermeability to prevent the escape of pad fluids shall be constructed around
the drilling site and storage tank areas.
8. Directional (slant) drilling shall be
utilized from existing drilling pads where technically feasible and when it will
have a beneficial effect upon maintaining the quality of the
All drilling sites
shall be restored as specified in Rule 62C-29.009
1. The operating company shall submit to the
Department a field development plan as soon as practical for each new field. All
transportation of oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve and wetlands within
the Big Cypress Watershed shall be by pipeline.
If the oil from a producing well is to be
removed by pipeline, the pipeline shall be equipped with automatic shut-down
valves. All storage and loading facilities shall be located within impervious
dikes as required by subsection
3. All flowlines and utilities
shall be contained within the rights- of-way secured for road
4. The operating
company shall develop an emergency and contingency plan and shall have standby
equipment consistent to meet the requirements of the area in which the operations
are being conducted.
5. The operating
company shall clean the site of any oil or other contaminants spilled in
conjunction with the drilling, production, and transportation