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Application Instructions for Oil and Gas Wells

Instructions for preparing an application for a permit to drill and operate an oil, gas, injection for secondary recovery, injection for brine disposal, or hydrocarbon storage well pursuant Part 615, Supervisor of Wells, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. If you have any questions about the process call 517-284-6826.
  • An application must be administratively complete for it to be processed.  If an application is not administratively complete, the representative of the applicant will be notified and the application period will be tolled, until the application is complete.  An applicant can expect to have a permit decision (issue, deny, or request additional information) within fifty (50) days of receipt at the Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division office.  Timely permit processing is dependent on the submittal of a complete and accurate application.  When an applicant revises a surface location, it is considered a new application and resets the application period.  Please also see "Explanation of the Oil and Gas Permitting Process," for additional information.

  • An administratively complete application includes the following documents. Also refer to "Explanation of the Oil and Gas Permitting Process," for additional information on administratively complete applications

    • a) For potential H2S wells, mail a letter of notification and copy of Part II of the H2S contingency plan to the local emergency preparedness coordinator.  Enclose a copy of the letter of notification to the emergency preparedness coordinator with the permit application.  A list of local emergency coordinators is provided by Michigan State Police,
    • b) Mail a letter of notification and a copy of form EQP 7200-1 to the surface owner and to the clerk of the county in which the well is to be located, pursuant to R324.201(2)(d).  Enclose a copy of the letters of notification to the surface owner and to the county clerk with the permit application.
    • c) If the well is to be located on state owned surface send surface owner notification to:

    Michigan Department of Natural Resources
    Office of Minerals Management
    PO Box 30452
    Lansing, MI 48909-7952. 

    If the well will be located on federally owned surface send notification to:
    USDA-Forest Service
    1755 S. Mitchell Rd.
    Cadillac, MI 49601.

  • Several options are available to provide a conformance bond, call 517-284-6826 for details or go to Bonds for Oil and Gas Permits page.   You may also refer to R324.212 for bond amounts.

    • a) Certified check in the amount of bond, personal checks are not accepted as bonds.
    • b) Certificate of Deposit, use form Acceptance of CD as Performance Bond (EQP 7200-15 single or EQP 7200-16 blanket)
    • c) Letter of Credit, use model document
    • d) Surety Bond, use form EQP 7200-3, Bond for Conformance
    • e) Statement of Financial Responsibility, use form EQP 7200-17, Statement of Financial Responsibility, refer to Rule 324.210.
  • (EQP 7200-1)  Refer to instructions on page 2 (reverse) of EQP 7200-1. Note that if the application is submitted via EFORMS this form will not be necessary, since EFORMS captures the pertinent information documented on this form.

  • (EQP 7200-2)  

    • a) Have the surveyor who staked the well site complete the form.  A registered surveyor must sign and seal the form.
    • b) The surveyor shall also provide an expanded supplemental plat, identifying the distance and direction to any residences, water wells, highways, power lines, or other man-made feature within 600 feet of the well location.  The plat shall also identify any lakes, streams, wetlands, drainageways, floodplains, natural rivers, critical dune areas, environmentally sensitive areas or threatened or endangered species within 1320 feet and the ordinary high water mark of a Great Lake shoreline within 1500 feet of the proposed well location and all type I and IIa public water supply wells within 2,000 feet and type IIb and III public water supply wells within 800 feet of the well location.
  • (EQP 7200-4) Submit form EQP 7200-4, Wellhead Blowout Control Systems, or an equivalent.  Use additional forms if necessary to identify different BOP specifications at different depths.  Identify any requests for exceptions to rules R 324.406.

  • If the well will be directionally drilled, include horizontal and vertical directional plans that identify:

    • a) Deviation kick-off point(s).
    • b) Degree of deviation at critical points.
    • c) Measured depth and true vertical depth of the bottom hole and at critical deviation points.
    • d) The lateral distance and direction from the surface location to the bottom hole location.
    • e) The location of drilling unit “hard lines” with respect to the lateral displacement of the borehole.
    • f) For wells which are completed “open hole” (e.g. horizontal drain holes) indicate where the open hole interval begins with respect to the lateral displacement of the borehole.
  • (EQP 7200-19)  Fill out this form for the well site and for the proposed area for production facilities. Applications for wells in an Antrim project must include a new or updated Antrim Project EIA, form EQP 7200-21.  An application for a drilling permit is incomplete until all relevant portions of the EIA form(s) are completed and all required attachments have been filed.

  • (EQP 7200-24 and EQP 7200-26) For any well where hydraulic fracturing well completions are intended to be utilized, it must be indicated on the EIA form (EQP 7200-19), along with proposed hydraulic fracturing fluid volumes.  For hydraulic fracturing completions with greater than 100,000 gallons primary carrier fluid volumes, the HVHF EIA (EQP 7200-24) and the HVHF Chemical Additive Pre-Disclosure form (EQP 7200-26) must be included

  • (EQP 7200-14)  Include this form for any injection wells (brine disposal, secondary recovery, gas storage).  Follow the instructions on the form, an additional area of review supplemental plat is required.  The application requirements for an injection well can be found in rule R324.201(2)(j).

  • Consult R324.1110 for requirements on preparing H2S contingency plans for drilling.

  • (EQP 7200-18)  For earth changes associated with well site, access road, and flowline construction a soil erosion and sedimentation control form (EQP 7200-18) is required. Follow all the instructions on this form and mail a copy of it please any supplemental attachments to the county or local enforcement agent (CEA) for informational purposes only.  For a list of CEAs by county see the Part 91 Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Permitting Agencies. It should be noted that the OGMD's Part 615 permit covers the SESC obligations under Part 91, therefore no additional permitting will be necessary on the local level.

  • Submit all documents identified in instruction No. 3a, b, c, d, and f to deepen an existing well below the permitted stratigraphic or producing horizon where a well has been completed.  A $300 fee IS required.  Deepening a well may affect the bonding amounts for the well.   Note: To drill a well below the permitted depth but within the permitted stratigraphic or producing horizon where a well completion or drilling completion has occurred, file an Application to Change Well Status form (EQP 7200-6) at the District Office, no fee is required.

  • The pilot hole and each horizontal drainhole leg authorized under a single drilling permit will receive individual API numbers.

    • a) To apply to drill one or more horizontal drainholes (HD) from a new well, submit form EQP 7200-1 for the original pilot hole and for each HD leg.  Also submit a Survey Record of Well Location, EQP 7200-2, for the pilot hole and each HD leg.
    • b) If a single HD will be drilled as part of a new well without a pilot hole, only one form EQP 7200-1 is needed.  The application is completed the same as for a conventional directional well.
    • c) To drill a horizontal well from an existing wellbore, while remaining in the producing horizon, file an Application to Change Well Status, form EQP 7200-6, at the District Office.  Include forms EQP 7200-1 and EQP 7200-2 for each HD leg identifying the distances of the surface and bottom hole location of each HD from the section lines, quarter section lines and drilling unit boundaries.  No fee is required.   For all HDs, include a directional survey for each leg as in instruction No 9.  If a well is plugged back above the producing horizon to drill a horizontal well, it is considered a directional redrill and requires a new permit and fee.

Payment methods

Online credit card payment

(Preferred method)

EGLE
Revenue Control/Cashier's Office
PO Box 30657
Lansing, Michigan 48909-8157

MDOT
Accounting Services Center
425 West Ottawa Street
Lansing, Michigan 48933

Online submittal methods

(Preferred method)

Note: requires obtaining login information

Returning EForm users

New EForm user instructions

Send electronic scanned copy of all permit application materials, plus online payment receipt to:

EGLE-OGMDPermitApplications@Michigan.gov

Paper submittal methods

If payment is made by check and application is being submitted via overnight/express delivery

Send one original copy of all permit application materials to:

MDOT
Accounting Services
425 West Ottawa Street
Lansing, Michigan 48933

If payment is made by check and application is being submitted via US mail

Send one original paper copy of all permit application materials to:

EGLE
Office of Financial Management
Revenue Control/Cashier's Office
PO Box 30657
Lansing, Michigan 48909-8157

If payment was made online

Send one original paper copy of all permit application materials including online payment receipt to:

EGLE
Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division
Permits and Bonding Unit
PO Box 30256
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7756