We have a well pad on our family property. We are in the process of dividing the property between the heirs. If I want to have a permanent structure built, how far do I have to build from the well pad?
You need to ask the operator of the well first and see if they have a problem with you building a structure. You will need a copy of the oil lease the operator is working under and check for distance restrictions. You will also need to check for government restrictions. Consultation with a good oil and gas attorney might be needed.
I second TD'P's advise as to the council of an experienced O&G attorney. The LA state set back regulations are applicable for setbacks for a well from an existing structure as opposed to the reverse, your situation. However the state set backs are reasonable bench marks for what I think is usual and acceptable. The question to me is more so, how close do you want to live to a well pad? It should be noted that a surface location is really only a well pad when there is a rig present. The rest of the time the day to day operations of one or more wells is not that intrusive on a residence. For your review of the state set back requirements (Haynesville wells), use the following link and see Section 2. Well Setbacks.
I live next to a well site. My home was there before the wells. Suffice it to say, build as far away as possible. It has been a nightmare living next to a well site. Constant noise. Trucks in and out all day.
The well heads are about 80 yards away but the 10 tanks where the trucks drive in and out are only about 50 yards and they are loud, ugly and ruin the beautiful landscape.
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