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25 Pa. Code § 79.21. Application requirements.


§ 79.21. Application requirements.

 (a)  After one or more wells have been drilled, establishing the existence of a pool subject in the act, an application for a spacing order may be filed by the operator of the discovery well or the operator of lands directly and immediately affected by the drilling of the discovery well or subsequent wells, which application shall include the following:

   (1)  The producing horizon in the pool sought to be spaced. The information shall include the depth in the discovery well of the producing zone and the formation from which the production is being obtained.

   (2)  A plat shall be filed indicating the latitude and longitude of each well drilled to the pool sought to be spaced, and the area proposed to be included within the spacing order on a scale of 1,320 feet to an inch.

   (3)  The size of the spacing unit recommended, based on the maximum area which may be drained efficiently and economically by one well.

   (4)  Whether the wells in the field are producing oil or gas. If the wells in the field are producing both oil and gas, evidence showing the gas/oil ratio of the wells shall be required.

 (b)  In addition to the requirements in subsection (a), the following information may be included in the application, at the option of the applicant:

   (1)  A land map outlining the area to be included in each spacing unit in the area covered by the spacing order. If the map is not submitted with the application, or filed by another party at the hearing, unless otherwise determined by the Department, the order will merely set out the approximate amount of acres which will be contained in a drilling unit, and each drilling unit shall be formed prior to the time a well is commenced thereon, as provided in the act.

   (2)  Information regarding the surface topography of the area to be covered by the order.

   (3)  Information regarding reservoir characteristics, such as permeability, porosity, water and so forth.

 (c)  No single application for a spacing order may cover an area exceeding 10 square miles.

 (d)  Each application for a spacing order shall be accompanied by a fee of $1,000; if the spacing plan of a contestant to the application is adopted, all or a portion of the fee may at the discretion of the Department be levied against the contestant, in which event the portion of the fee will be refunded to the applicant.


   The provisions of this §  79.21 adopted August 12, 1971, effective August 13, 1971, 1 Pa.B. 1726; amended November 7, 1980, effective November 8, 1980, 10 Pa.B. 4294. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (4467).

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