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Policy 2-5 OIL AND GAS PERMIT PROCEDURES
DISTRIBUTION: ALL DEPARTMENTS
DATE: October 31, 1987
SUBJECT: OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMIT PROCEDURES AND
ENFORCEMENT OF CITY CODE PROVISIONS
PURPOSE: To set forth procedures for submission of and staff review of
permits to drill and
operate oil and gas wells, and to provide guidelines for the enforcement of Lawton City Code
requirements as to the drilling, operation, and maintenance of oil and gas wells.
BACKGROUND: The City has adopted an ordinance which regulates the drilling
extraction of oil and gas within the city limits and within City-owned property surrounding Lake
Ellsworth and Lake Lawtonka. Said ordinance provides for a permit procedure and inspection of
wells and enforcement of the ordinance by the City.
1. Permit procedures
a. Application packets for permits to drill and operate
an oil or gas well shall be kept by
the Finance Department, and applicants shall be able to obtain such application packets
License and Permits.
b. An application, once completed by an applicant, shall be returned to License
and the permit fee shall be paid. The application shall be immediately forwarded to the Right-of-Way
Agent. Upon determining that the application is complete, the Right-of-Way Agent shall
route the application through the following departments for approval or disapproval: Planning,
Engineering, Parks and Recreation, Finance and the City Attorney. Once the Right-of-Way
Agent determines the application is complete, the approval or disapproval procedures shall be
completed within forty-five (45) days. Any delays shall be reported to the City Manager.
c. Each department shall review said application and approve or disapprove it
based on the
(1) Right-of-Way Agent: Shall approve the application if the documents set forth
application have been attached.
(2) Planning: Shall approve an application if the proposed oil or gas well site
complies with all
well location requirements.
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(3) Engineering: Shall approve an application if the proposed oil and gas well
complies with all
casing, retaining wall, berm and tank battery enclosure requirements and complies with good
(4) Parks and Recreation: Shall approve an application if the proposed oil or
gas well site
complies with all well location requirements for the Lake areas and the proposed well site does
not pose an imminent threat to the Lake Ellsworth or Lake Lawtonka water supply.
(5) Finance: Shall approve an application if the permit fee has been paid. Further,
applicant has requested use of City water for the drilling operations, Finance shall not approve an
application unless the applicant has obtained a meter from and opened a water account with the
(6) City Attorney: Shall approve an application if it complies with all City
and is legal as to form.
d. Upon approval of an application by the City Attorney, the Right-of-Way Agent
shall assign a
permit number and notify the applicant of approval.
e. If the application is disapproved, the Right-of-Way Agent shall notify the
the permit fee, less one hundred dollars ($100.00) shall be refunded when the denial becomes
f. The Right-of-Way Agent shall be responsible for keeping all applications on
g. The City Manager shall be informed of approval of all applications.
2. Enforcement procedures:
a. The lake patrolmen shall have primary responsibility for enforcement of the
ordinance in the
Lake Ellsworth and Lake Lawtonka areas.
b. Building and Safety shall have primary responsibility for enforcement of the
within the city limits.
c. The lake patrolmen and Building and Safety shall coordinate with any other
employee necessary to enforce the ordinance. For example, the Engineering Department,
Planning Department, Fire Department or Health Department may be required to assist in
inspection of a well and enforcement of this ordinance, depending on the situation.
d. Any complaints in regard to any oil or gas well in the Lake Ellsworth and
areas shall be referred to the Parks and Recreation Department. Any complaints in regard to any
well within the City limits shall be referred to Building and Safety.
e. Inspections of each oil or gas well may be conducted at any time, but shall
be conducted at
least once every three months. During drilling operations, inspections shall occur on a frequent
basis. A written inspection report shall be submitted every three months to the Right-of-Way
f. Lake patrolmen and Building and Safety inspectors shall have the authority
to issue a citation
for any violation of the ordinance.
g. Lake patrolmen, Building and Safety inspectors, or other appropriate City
have the authority to order immediate remedial action if a hazard to life, natural resources or
property exists. The lake patrolmen, Building and Safety inspectors, or other appropriate City
employees shall immediately report said situation to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission
representative for Comanche County and to the City Manager.
h. (1) If a lake patrolmen or other appropriate City
employee determines that the situation
constitutes an imminent threat to safety and that prompt cessation of all activity at the well site
necessary, he shall immediately report said situation to:
(a) The Oklahoma Corporation Commission representative for Comanche County;
(b) The City Manager; and
(c) The permit holder.
(2) An order to cease operations, if necessary, shall be drafted by the City
approved by the City Manager or designated employee.
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REFERENCES: Lawton City Ordinance No. 87-31
RESCISSION: This policy becomes effective October 1, 1987, and will remain
in effect until
MELISSA BYRNE VOSSMER