The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has transferred the permit evaluation process for certain Oil Field Development General Permits (OFD GP) to the Texas General Land Office. The Corps currently has eight OFD GPs that authorize oil field related activities in the bays and Gulf of Mexico. This agreement assists in streamlining the permitting process, minimizing the time it takes to get authorizations to explore for state minerals on specific acreage in the bays and Gulf.
These permits are: SWG-2006-00517, SWG-2002-02391, SWG-2002-02393 SWG-2002-02397, SWG-2002-02400, SWG-2002-02401, SWG-2002-02406, SWG-2002-02404.
The Land Office will receive all applications requesting verification for authorization, and will review the application for completeness and verification of a specific OFD GP. The applicant will be notified of authorization, in writing, by the Land Office within thirty days of the receipt of a complete application. The Corps will retain compliance and enforcement responsibilities. The Land Office and the Corps may require special conditions on OFD GP verifications during the permit evaluation process.