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Well Decommissioning Services

Well Decommissioning Requirements

Wells that are no longer used, needed, or have reached the end of their serviceable life, are required by Washington state law, to be decommissioned by a licensed drilling contractor. Well decommissioning requirements apply to all types of wells including water wells, wells drilled for geotechnical purposes, and wells drilled for environmental testing, monitoring, etc. Well decommissioning requirements apply in all urban, suburban, and rural areas of Washington including Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Yakima, and Spokane.

Stiff Penalties for Ignoring Well Decommissioning Requirements

Promptly and properly decommissioning wells protects people, animals, and aquifers. Because of the significant hazards posed by abandoned wells, heavy fines have been levied against individuals and companies who did not promptly decommission their wells. In 2015, the Washington State Department of Ecology imposed a $90,000 fine against a contractor for failing to properly decommission wells. The state sent a clear message to contractors and well owners that ignoring well decommissioning responsibilities can be costly.

It's Easy to Have Your Wells Promptly Decommissioned

In addition to efficiently decommissioning your wells, we take care of all of the related permitting and paperwork and provide you with important documentation for your records. In the event that you receive a well decommissioning inquiry by the Department of Ecology, your office will have complete documentation of your compliance, including well logs and DOE well tags, at your fingertips. Having your own copies of these important documents can help you avoid tedious searches or, worse yet, being required to drill out a decommissioned well in the event that State's records are incomplete.

Getting Started

We make it easy for you to decommission water wells, geotechnical, environmental, and other wells. As soon as you contact us to schedule, we apply for all the necessary permits and schedule our equipment and crews in order to promptly complete your well decommissioning. Well decommissioning can often be completed within five business days in urban, suburban, and rural areas in and around Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Tacoma, Olympia, Bellingham, and Yakima.

We provide well decommissioning services in: Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon.

Contact us today to talk with a well decommissioning specialist and schedule your well decommissioning projects.



Well Decommissioning Information
  WAC 173-160-460 relating to geotechnical and environmental wells
  WAC 173-160-381 relating to water wells and dug wells
  Dept. of Ecology - Decommissioning of Abandoned Wells
  Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Practice Standard - Water Well Decommissioning Code 351

 

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