Well Abandonment and Well Construction Site Review

Production and Operations

Training Course Description

1. California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources: Well Abandonment Regulations, Well Abandonment Standards, Well Statewide Tracking and Reporting Systems (WellSTAR), Web-based.

2. Where to Begin: meet with developer and find out what their vision of the development will be; Where are they in the process, just starting and well along.

3. What does the developer know or understand about the process? The individual cities and county have the land use rights; the DOGGR is concerned with the well bores; the Division will only to a
Construction Site Review only if the developer has a permitting engineer assigned to the project; Does the developer have to be the operator of record to complete the Construction Site Review? What is the current version of Construction Site Review document? Performing a leak test on a well. What happens if it passes verses what happens if it fails?.

4. What happens before the abandonment begins? Before the abandonment of wells can begin the developer needs submit DOGGR form; OG30A – Notification of Well and/or Facility Disposition. OG160A – Individual Oil and Gas Well Indemnity Bond.; OG134A/OG134B – Oil and Gas Designation of Agent; OGD7 – “Point of Contact” Questionnaire; OG108 NOI to Abandon/Re-Abandon Well.

5. The permitted work may not necessarily mean work is to current standards: Over the years the regulations have not changed, but the interpretation of the regulations has changed.; In some cities will accept a “Non-approved” DOGGR letter and proceed with the development.

6. What is it going to cost/how long will it take? I wish I knew… Re-Abandoning old wells; Issues – All you know is what is in the DOGGR history and it may not include everything …

7. Once the abandonment is complete. Submitted documents to the DOGGR, OG100 – Well Summary Report, OG103 – History of Oil and Gas Well, New well survey documentation.

Learning Level

Beginner to Intermediate

Course Length

0.5 days

Who Should Attend

This course is for anyone that would like to expand their knowledge and skill-set in well abandonment regulations and paperwork.


0.2 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 0.5- day course.

Special Requirements

None. Knowledge of basic petroleum engineering and terminology will be useful. 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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Brad Pierce is the founder of Pierce Energy Management Company (PEMCo). He has a MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from USC; BS degree, Chemical Engineering, from California State University at Long Beach, and a BS degree, Biology, from California Baptist College. Brad has over 43 years of oil and gas experience in facility design, well work and drilling operations. He began his career as a roustabout for THUMS, and has held professional positions as an Engineering Manager - Los Angeles Basin Operations, Senior Staff Drilling Engineer, Asset Manager, Environmental Health and Safety Manager and Production Engineer. He has also has worked with Breitburn Management Company, Plains Exploration and Production Company – California, THUMS Long Beach Company, Louis Dreyfus Natural Gas, and Oryx Energy Company.

Brad founded Pierce Energy Management Company (PEMCo) in 2015 to pass along his many years of experience. He also taught undergraduate and graduate level classes at USC as an adjunct professor. Brad is a member of SPE and a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.