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Georgia Oil and Gas Deep Drilling act of 1975 (Georgia)

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Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Georgia's Oil and Gas and Deep Drilling Act regulates oil and gas drilling activities to provide protection of underground freshwater supplies and certain "environmentally sensitive" areas. The Board of Natural Resources has the authority to implement this Act. The Act establishes requirements for drilling, casing, and plugging of wells for oil, gas, or mineral exploration: (1) to alleviate escape of gas or oil from one stratum to another; (2) to prevent the pollution of freshwater by oil, gas, salt water or other contaminants; (3) to prevent drowning of any stratum that might reduce the total ultimate recovery of gas or oil; and, (4) to prevent fires, waste, and spillage of contaminants such as oil. The Director of the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is responsible for issuing Permits to Drill. Applications must contain details about the plans for drilling to the satisfaction of the director. After discovery of an oil and gas pool and for the prevention of waste, to avoid the drilling of an excessive number of wells and to assure the ultimate maximum recovery of gas or oil, the Director shall, after due investigation and a hearing, establish drilling and/or operation units. The director also, after investigation and a hearing, shall make such special orders as will give to each producer the opportunity to use his just and equitable share of the maximum reservoir energy of any pool. The permittee must submit a well completion report within 45 days of well completion.