Kan. Admin. Regs. § 82-3-103 - Notice of intention to drill; penalty

Current through Register Vol. 40, No. 39, September 30, 2021

(a) Notice required.
(1) Intent to drill. Unless otherwise provided by K.A.R. 82-3-115a or K.A.R. 82-3-701, the owner, operator, or any other person responsible for a drilling operation shall submit written notice of the intention to drill to the conservation division for permit approval before the commencement of drilling operations for any of the following:
(A) Exploratory holes;
(B) a well to be drilled for the discovery or production of oil, gas, or other minerals, including reentry of a previously plugged and abandoned well;
(C) a service well;
(D) a storage well; or
(E) a stratigraphic or core hole.
(2) Form and contents. The notice shall be submitted on a form prescribed by the commission. The notice shall be filled in completely and shall contain the following:
(A) The operator's name, address, and commission license number;
(B) the contractor's name, address, and commission license number;
(C) the date on which drilling is anticipated to begin;
(D) the lease name, quarter section, section, range, township, county, and the distance of the proposed drilling location from the section's nearest corner, in exact footages;
(E) the distance to the nearest lease or unit boundary line;
(F) the estimated total depth of the well;
(G) the type of drilling equipment to be used;
(H) the depth to the bottom of the deepest freshwater at the drill site;
(I) the depth to the bottom of the deepest usable water formation at the drill site;
(J) for each exploratory hole, the estimated depth to water in each hole and to the top of the uppermost confined aquifer;
(K) for each well to be drilled into a common source of supply subject to a basic proration order of the commission, a plat map showing that the well will be located as specified in the basic proration order in relationship to other wells producing from the common source of supply, both within the area subject to proration and within one mile of the boundaries of the prorated area for gas wells and within one-half mile of the boundaries of the prorated area for oil wells;
(L) for each well to be drilled in locations not subject to a basic proration order, a plat map showing the well location; and
(M) any other relevant information that may be requested by the commission.
(b) District office notification. Before spudding the well, the operator shall notify the appropriate district office. Failure to notify the appropriate district office before spudding the well shall be punishable by a penalty of not less than $250 and not more than $1000.
(c) Surface casing and cementing. The conservation division shall give surface casing and cementing requirements to the operator along with the approved notice of the intention to drill. Unless otherwise provided, inadequate installation of or failure to install surface casing or failure to complete alternate II cementing pursuant to K.A.R. 82-3-106 shall each be punishable by a penalty of up to $5000.
(d) Commencement of drilling. Drilling shall not commence until after commission approval has been received. The operator shall post a copy of the approved notice of intent to drill on each drilling rig. Drilling before receiving commission approval or drilling without an approved notice of intent to drill posted on the drilling rig shall be punishable by a $1000 penalty.
(e) Plugging instructions. The conservation division shall give preliminary plugging instructions to the operator along with the approved notice of intention to drill.
(f) Expiration of approval. The approval of the notice of intent to drill shall expire one year from the date of approval.
(g) Extension. No extension of the one-year period shall be granted.
(h) Division of water resources information. The operator may be required by the commission to designate, on the written notice of intention to drill, the source of drilling water and the vested right or permit file number assigned by the division of water resources of the state department of agriculture.

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Kan. Admin. Regs. § 82-3-103
Authorized by K.S.A. 55-152; implementing K.S.A. 55-151, 55-152, 55-164; effective, T-83-44, Dec. 8, 1982; effective May 1, 1983; amended May 1, 1985; amended May 1, 1987; amended May 1, 1988; amended April 23, 1990; amended Feb. 24, 1992; amended March 20, 1995; amended Oct. 25, 1996; amended Oct. 26, 2007.

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