Department of Natural Resources - Plugging of Wells - Cutting off conductor pipe or surface casing below grade; identification tag.

Published: 2020-08-10

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(A) When the plugging operations have been completed, a person has to cut off the remaining casing in the well to a minimum of thirty inches below the surface of the grade. The chief may grant exceptions to this rule including allowing the person to delay cutoff until all wells on a horizontal well site have been plugged.

(B) No sooner than three business days after emplacing the uppermost plug, a plate with an identification tag has to be tack-welded or attached on the top of the remaining casing. If the landowner signs a waiver, casing may be left in place, not less than thirty inches above grade, with an identification tag.