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(a) Unless authorized under 11 AAC 87.030, a drilling permit is required before the drilling, redrilling, or deepening of any well and before the reentry of an abandoned well. However, in an emergency, oral approval by the commissioner of any operation covered by 11 AAC 87.070 - 11 AAC 87.190 is sufficient.
(b) The application fee prescribed by 11 AAC 05.010 must accompany each application for a drilling permit. The application must include the following:
(1) the name and address of the landowner or lessee;
(2) a legal description and map of the parcel and well location;
(3) the name and address of the operator;
(4) the well name and number;
(5) the proposed bottom-hole coordinates for a directionally drilled well;
(6) the datum elevation or elevation of the derrick floor, rotary table, or kelly bushing, relative to surface level;
(7) the elevation of the ground, relative to sea level;
(8) the estimated depth of the intended zone of completion, relative to datum;
(9) the estimated planned total depth, relative to datum;
(10) a description of the proposed casing program as required in 11 AAC 87.120;
(11) a description of the blowout prevention equipment to be used and the information required by 11 AAC 87.130;
(12) a description of the proposed sump plan and method of sump abandonment;
(13) an indemnity bond as required by 11 AAC 87.080; and
(14) any other relevant information the commissioner determines necessary.
(c) For a well which is to be intentionally deviated, the application for the drilling permit must also include
(1) the surface and proposed producing interval locations;
(2) a plat drawn to an appropriate scale showing the path of the proposed wellbore in relation to all other vertical and deviated wellbores which are within a distance of 2000 feet from the proposed wellbore; the true vertical depths must be shown at frequent intervals along each wellbore; and
(3) a neat and accurate plat of the lease and all affected leases, showing the names of all affected owners and the surface and proposed producing interval locations of the well and all other wells within one-half mile of any portion of the new well; the plat must be drawn to a scale which will permit easy observation of all pertinent data.
(d) If drilling is not commenced within 24 months after approval, the drilling permit expires.
(e) Any proposed changes to the drilling permit must be approved by the commissioner.
History: Eff. 5/8/83, Register 86; am 1/1/86, Register 96
Authority: AS 38.05.035
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