Persons who drill any hole in excess of one hundred (100) feet for the specific purpose of exploring for minerals, excluding oil and gas, must obtain a permit from the Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control (WPC), Oil and Gas Section.
Applicants must submit the following items with the proper fees before starting any activity:
» A notarized Application For Permit To Drill (Form CN-0695) which requires the name, address and telephone number of the well owner and operator, farm owner or unit name, well number, county, name of the U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 topographic quadrangle, location and type of drilling.
» An Organization Report (Form CN-0219) which identifies the company, organization, individual or group for whom the benefit of the project is being conducted.
» A test hole location plat showing the location of all planned test holes on the appropriate topographic map or maps.
» Evidence of a $1,000 plugging bond per test hole or a blanket plugging bond of $10,000 for all test holes drilled under a blanket permit (contact the Division of Water Pollution Control for instructions)
|Organization Report||CN-0219 (R-O-1)|
|Application for Permit to Drill Mineral Test Hole||CN-0695|
The application, required forms and proper fees should be submitted to the Division of Water Pollution Control, Oil and Gas Well Section. A detailed review of the application is conducted and the review process may take up to 15 days. No public review is required.
Permit fee: $10
The applicant may proceed with the approved activities as stated on the permit. The permit is non-transferable. The applicant is responsible for complying with testing, monitoring, prevention of hazards and pollution, and all other requirements pertaining to the drilling, coring, and plugging and abandoning of mineral test holes. Work performed under the permit must be reported to the Division in the Plug and Abandon Report (Form M-P&A, obtainable from the Division) within ninety (90) days after completion of the work.
The Division has the right to inspect the site when deemed necessary. Penalties for violations can reach to a maximum of $10,000 per day per violation. The Oil and Gas Board, is responsible for preventing waste and protecting the waters and natural resources of the state from any adverse effects associated with drilling or coring mineral test holes.
Applicants may obtain applications and information from:
Division of Water Pollution Control, Oil and Gas Section
13th Floor, L & C Tower
401 Church Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0445