The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil and Gas Program processes applications for oil and gas permits for the drilling of new wells, geophysical exploration and operational permits in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, F.S.
Once an oil and gas application is received, the department has up to 30 days to determine if the application is complete or to issue a Request for Additional Information (RAI) if more information is needed.
As part of the initial application completeness review process, the department sends copies of oil and gas applications to potentially interested governmental agencies for review and comment.
When the application is deemed complete, the department then evaluates the permit for compliance with Chapter 377, F.S., which regulates oil and gas resources. The department assesses a permit application based on Florida statutes and rules to ensure that all aspects of the proposed operation follow Florida law and are protective of the environment and human health and safety. The department does not issue any permit that does not comply with Florida law.
Upon receipt of a completed application, the department must take final agency action – approve or deny the permit – within 90 days. All comments from interested agencies, as well as the general public, received prior to the department taking final agency action on the application will be considered.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.