Environmental Permits Handbook
Mineral Test Hole Permit
Who Needs A Mineral Test Hole Permit?
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.
What Information Must I Provide?
Applicants must submit the following items with the proper fees before starting any activity:
How Will My Application Be Processed?
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.
What Fees Are Required?
Permit fee: $10
What Are My Rights And Responsibilities After The Permit Is Approved?
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.
What Are The Division's Rights And Responsibilities After The Permit Is Approved?
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.
Whom Do I Contact For Applications, Assistance And Other Information?
Applicants may obtain applications and information from:
Division of Water Pollution Control, Oil and Gas Section
Applicants may refer to the following publications for further information:
Prudent Site Checks
TDEC Rule Chapter 0950-1-1 to -1-6 Rules of Tennessee State Mineral Test Hole Board
TCA § 60-1-501 to -511Mineral Test Hole Regulatory Act