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Minor Permits, Hydrostatic Test Discharges, Domestic Wastewater, and Other Permits
Rule 8 minor permits are authorities that are issued by the appropriate District Office for a duration of no longer than 60 days and are limited in scope. Typically, these permits authorize a "one time" disposal of oil and gas waste. Minor permits are commonly issued for:
One time, off-lease landfarming of water-based drilling fluid.
One time, on-lease landtreatment of oily waste.
Disposal of basic sediment by burial, or for reuse.
Permits to discharge hydrostatic test water (HT) are a minor permit processed by the Commission office in Austin. Pipelines must be tested to ensure safety. One method to ensure safety is to fill the pipe with water to see if it can handle the hydrostatic load. Once the water enters the pipe, it is considered oil and gas waste and so it cannot be discharged without a permit. Apply here for a HT permit.
NOTICE: There is a 150 percent surcharge in addition to the $300 fee normally associated with applying for a permit to discharge hydrostatic test water to surface waters. Total charge for a permit to discharge hydrostatic test water is $750.
Oil and gas waste disposal methods that are not authorized by Commission rules and do not have a permit application form or permit application outlined in the Surface Waste Management Manual may be applied for by submitting a letter of request. It is recommended that the applicant review the SWMM to find an application that most closely resembles the disposal method that they want permitted and use that application as a template. A general outline of permit applications can be found on the Permit Types and Information page.