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Categorical Exclusion Determinations: B3.7

Existing Regulations

B3.7: New terrestrial infill exploratory and experimental wells
Siting, construction, and operation of new terrestrial infill exploratory and experimental (test) wells, for either extraction or injection use, in a locally characterized geological formation in a field that contains existing operating wells, properly abandoned wells, or unminable coal seams containing natural gas, provided that the site characterization has verified a low potential for seismicity, subsidence, and contamination of freshwater aquifers, and the actions are otherwise consistent with applicable best practices and DOE protocols, including those that protect against uncontrolled releases of harmful materials. Such wells may include those for brine, carbon dioxide, coalbed methane, gas hydrate, geothermal, natural gas, and oil. Uses for carbon sequestration wells include, but are not limited to, the study of saline formations, enhanced oil recovery, and enhanced coalbed methane extraction.

Previous Regulations

Categorical Exclusion Determinations dated before November 14th, 2011 were issued under previous DOE NEPA regulations. See the Notice of Final Rulemaking (76 FR 63763, 10/13/2011) for information changes to this categorical exclusion.

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  • April 15, 2014

    Field Demonstration of a Novel Eco-Friendly Production Enhancement Process
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.7
    Date: 04/15/2014
    Location(s): Texas
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • April 15, 2014

    Field Demonstration of a Novel Eco-Friendly Production Enhancement Process
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.7
    Date: 04/15/2014
    Location(s): Texas
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • April 15, 2014

    Smart Cementing Materials and Drilling Muds for Real-Time Monitoring of Deepwater Wellbore Enhancement
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.6, B3.7
    Date: 04/15/2014
    Location(s): Texas
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • January 22, 2014

    Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Phase III - Subtask 1.7
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.7
    Date: 01/22/2014
    Location(s): Ohio
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • December 3, 2013

    Hyper Scratcher Tool: A Patented Oil, Gas, Disposal, & Injection Well Tool for Enhancing Production…
    CX(s) Applied: B3.7
    Date: 12/03/2013
    Location(s): Illinois
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • October 31, 2013

    Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership - Subtask 1.7
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.7
    Date: 10/31/2013
    Location(s): Ohio
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • June 19, 2013

    Hyper Scratcher Tool: A Patented Oil, Gas, Disposal, & Injection Well Tool for Enhancing Production...
    CX(s) Applied: B3.7
    Date: 06/19/2013
    Location(s): California
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • April 18, 2013

    Reduction of Uncertainty in Surfactant-Flooding Pilot Design using Multiple Single Well Tests
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1, B3.6, B3.7
    Date: 04/18/2013
    Location(s): Oklahoma
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • April 3, 2013

    Hyper Scratcher Tool: A Patented Oil, Gas, Disposal and Injection Well Tool for Enhancing Production
    CX(s) Applied: B3.7
    Date: 04/03/2013
    Location(s): Alabama
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • February 22, 2013

    Tuscarora Phase II Geothermal Observation Wells
    CX(s) Applied: B3.7
    Date: 02/22/2013
    Location(s): Nevada
    Offices(s): Loan Guarantee Program Office

  • January 14, 2013

    Seismic Stimulation for Enhanced Oil Recovery
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.6, B3.7
    Date: 01/14/2013
    Location(s): California
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • January 14, 2013

    Seismic Stimulation for Enhanced Oil Recovery
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.6, B3.7
    Date: 01/14/2013
    Location(s): Texas
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 21, 2012

    Cost-Effective Treatment of Produced Water Using Co-Produced Energy Sources Phase II: Field Scale Demonstration and Commercialization
    CX(s) Applied: B3.6, B3.7, B5.16
    Date: 09/21/2012
    Location(s): New Mexico
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • June 26, 2012

    Modeling Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in Saline Aquifer and Depleted Oil Reservoir (Task 17 - Borehole)
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B1.13, B3.1, B3.7
    Date: 06/26/2012
    Location(s): Kansas
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • June 4, 2012

    Small Scale Field Test Demonstrating Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in the Arbuckle Saline Aquifer
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.7, B5.3, B5.13
    Date: 06/04/2012
    Location(s): Kansas
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • June 4, 2012

    Small Scale Field Test Demonstrating Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in the Arbuckle Saline Aquifer
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B1.15, B3.1, B3.7, B5.3, B5.13
    Date: 06/04/2012
    Location(s): Kansas
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • June 4, 2012

    Small Scale Field Test Demonstrating Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in the Arbuckle Saline Aquifer
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B3.7, B5.3
    Date: 06/04/2012
    Location(s): Kansas
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • May 22, 2012

    New River Geothermal Research Project
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.7
    Date: 05/22/2012
    Location(s): California
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • April 25, 2012

    Characterization of the Triassic Newark Basin of New York and New Jersey for Geologic Storage
    CX(s) Applied: B3.1, B3.7
    Date: 04/25/2012
    Location(s): New York
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • November 28, 2011

    ThruBit OH Logging
    CX(s) Applied: B2.6, B3.1, B3.7
    Date: 11/28/2011
    Location(s): Wyoming
    Offices(s): RMOTC

  • October 3, 2011

    Predicting Log Porosity and Saturations from Mud Logs and Drilling Rates Using Artificial Intelligence
    CX(s) Applied: B3.7
    Date: 10/03/2011
    Location(s): Lea County, New Mexico
    Office(s): Fossil Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 13, 2011

    Evaluating and Commercializing a Solvent Based Enhanced Oil Recovery Technology
    CX(s) Applied: B3.7
    Date: 09/13/2011
    Location(s): Smiley, Texas
    Office(s): Fossil Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 13, 2011

    Evaluating and Commercializing a Solvent Based Enhanced Oil Recovery Technology
    CX(s) Applied: B3.7
    Date: 09/13/2011
    Location(s): Stairtown, Texas
    Office(s): Fossil Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 13, 2011

    Evaluating and Commercializing a Solvent Based Enhanced Oil Recovery Technology
    CX(s) Applied: B3.7
    Date: 09/13/2011
    Location(s): Bastrop County, Texas
    Office(s): Fossil Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 11, 2011

    Advanced Formation Evaluator Tools (Haliburton)
    CX(s) Applied: B3.7
    Date: 09/11/2011
    Location(s): Wyoming
    Offices(s): RMOTC