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Arizona Oil and Gas Well Performance Surety Bonds

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The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (the Commission) is responsible for the issuing of permits and operator compliance of state laws and regulations for oil and gas new well operations, re-entering an abandoned well, drilling, and production. The Commission conducts inspections for permitting, plugging and restoration of well sites; compiles and tracks active and inactive well data and mapping; manages abandoned well plugging and reclamation; and provides a process in the event an operator fails to perform the duties to meet the performance bond requirement.

Obligee and Bond Conditions

The obligee is the entity that requires the bond or other form of security. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Oil and Gas Conservation Commission requires a performance bond before drilling of new wells, re-entering an abandoned well, or assuming the responsibility of an existing well. The bond ensures compliance of regulations and state laws. Failure to comply or perform the regulations and state laws may result in a claim filed against the bond by the Commission. In the instance of a surety bond, if the Commission files a claim against the surety bond, the owner and/or operator (named as the principal on the bond form) will be responsible for repayment of the claimed amount if the claim is paid out by the surety.

A performance bond is a form of security to meet the permit requirement. There are several options for the performance bond: a certified check, certificate of deposit, or a performance surety bond.

A performance bond must be in place from the time of the initial permit up to completion of the well, and does not have the option to be canceled. The premium will renew on the bond on an annual basis for the life of the well. If the well transfers to new ownership, a new bond is required to fulfill the permit conditions. Failure to maintain a bond will result in a claim by the Office.

A performance bond also ensures the well is properly plugged and the surface restored to its natural space. The plugged well must pass through an inspection process and the surface restored to meet state standards. The Office will release the bond when the plugged well passes inspection and the premium for the bond will no longer be required.

Surety Bond Requirements

A performance surety bond is required based on the number of wells and or depth of the wells. Operators must choose between an individual well performance bond or a blanket performance bond covering multiple wells.

Individual Well Performance Bonds:
  • $10,000 for each well with a total depth of 10,000 feet or less
  • $20,000 for each well with a total depth of 10,000 feet or more
Blanket Performance Bond:
  • $25,000 for 10 or fewer wells
  • $50,000 for 10 to 50 wells
  • $250,000 for 50 or more wells

If an owner of a well plans to transfer or change ownership, the Commission must be informed in writing of the proposed change including the well location, date, name, phone number, and address. The new owner will need to obtain a new bond to replace the existing bond unless a blanket bond was on file for the new owner. Failure to submit a new bond results in the initial owner assuming future liability for the well.

Permit Requirements

  1. Review the application checklist and complete the permit application and pay the application fees. When filing the permit application submit two copies, one by mail and the other one electronically. Mail the original copy to:
    Oil and Gas Program Administrator
    Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
    1110 W. Washington St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
  2. The application requires the location of the well, depth of well, casing and tubing types, operator information.
  3. Provide a well site construction plan
  4. Provide a certified plat
  5. Provide an organizational report
  6. A sample of drill cuttings will need to be provided to the Commission as well as copies of logs, tests, and surveys.

How Much Will This Bond Cost?

The premium that you pay for an Arizona Oil and Gas Well Performance Surety Bond is dependent on credit and the number of wells. Our rates start at $100 for bond amounts $10,000 and under with good credit. Bond amounts over $10,000 start at 1% of the bond amount with good credit. Contact our Surety Bond Specialists for a free quote. For bond amounts over $50,000, personal and business financial statements may be required.

Did You Know?

Operators that plan to drill an oil or gas well must first obtain a lease from the mineral owner. The lease gives the operator the authority to perform well related duties including exploration, drilling, disposing, etc.

Related Links

Arizona Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Arizona Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Forms

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