While states like North Dakota may have received a lot of attention in recent years when it comes to domestic oil production, the fact remains that the state of California continues to be a major player in this market. If you are involved in this industry, you will know just how regulated this business can be and how important it is that your company follow appropriate laws and guidelines. For this reason, it is important to have a good understanding of what the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources is and what its scope is relative to your activities.
As explained by the California Department of Conservation, the DOGGR was first established more than 100 years ago to promote safe operation and extraction of natural resources from California's land and ocean bounty. The agency has responsibility for all onshore wells statewide as well as all wells in the Pacific Ocean located within three miles of the California coastline.
Any request for approval to drill in the DOGGR's area must be initiated by filing a Notice of Intent to Drill. This may be done confidentially but requires a company to provide the rationale for keeping this information confidential. Once a notice has been filed, the business has two calendar years to initiate the actions before the notice expires.
If you would like to learn more about how to work effectively with the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources when managing your oil and gas business, please feel free to visit the DOGGR compliance page of our California oil and gas law website.