Alaska Statutes.
Title 41. Public Resources
Chapter 6. Geothermal Resources
Section 40. Drilling Regulations.
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AS 41.06.040. Drilling Regulations.

(a) The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act) relating to the siting, spacing, drilling, casing, cementing, testing, logging, operating, producing, and abandonment of geothermal wells so as to prevent

(1) geothermal resources, water or other fluids, and gases from escaping into strata other than that in which they are found, unless in accordance with an approved reinjection program;

(2) contamination of surface and groundwater;

(3) premature degradation of a geothermal system by water encroachment or otherwise;

(4) blowouts, cavings, and seepage; and

(5) unreasonable disturbance or injury to neighboring properties, prior water rights, human life, health, and the natural environment.

(b) The commissioner shall cause the operator of a geothermal well or wells to file adequate individual or blanket surety bonds to ensure compliance with regulations adopted under this section.

(c) The commissioner shall require a geothermal operator to notify the department if the operator discovers significant quantities of hydrocarbon substances, helium, or fissionable materials.

(d) The commissioner may enter upon any property, public or private, to inspect a geothermal operation for compliance with regulations adopted under this section.

(e) Geothermal fluid and water of sufficient heat or pressure to constitute a threat to human life or health that are regulated by the commissioner under this chapter are exempt from the jurisdiction of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission under AS 31.05.030 (g).

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