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25 Pa. Code § 78a.17. Permit expiration and renewal.

§ 78a.17. Permit expiration and renewal.

 (a)  A well permit expires 1 year after issuance if drilling has not started. If drilling is started within 1 year after issuance, the well permit expires unless drilling is pursued with due diligence. Due diligence for the purposes of this subsection means completion of drilling the well to total depth within 16 months of issuance. A permittee may request an extension of the 16-month expiration from the Department for good cause. This request shall be submitted electronically to the Department through its web site.

 (b)  An operator may request a single 2-year renewal of an unexpired well permit. The request shall be accompanied by a permit fee, the surcharge required under section 3271 of the act (relating to well plugging funds) and an affidavit affirming that the information on the original application is still accurate and complete, that the well location restrictions are still met and that the entities required to be notified under section 3211(b)(2) of the act (relating to well permits) have been notified of this request for renewal. If new water wells or buildings are constructed that are not indicated on the plat as originally submitted, the attestation shall be updated as part of the renewal request. Any new water well or building owners shall be notified of the renewal request; however, the setbacks outlined in section 3215(a) of the act (relating to well location restrictions) do not apply provided that the original permit was issued prior to the construction of the building or water well. The request shall be received by the Department at least 15 calendar days prior to the expiration of the original permit.

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