Electronic Permitting

The GWPC offers RBDMS electronic permitting assistance on multiple platforms, and agencies are using these applications for a variety of purposes.


Photo shows Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission personnel accepting the Innovations in Digital Government award.

eForm is the GWPC's multiple-purpose Web interface. The application is currently being modified from Silverlight to HTML5. This extremely versatile application is being used in a number of states to allow the submission of a variety of oil and gas forms as wells as collecting public input and serving as a workflow device in the agency.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is collecting well permit applications, completion reports, sundry notices, and well inspections through RBDMS eForm. The eForm application has been so successful that industry now submits approximately 96 percent of COGCC's forms with eForm, and the COGCC's internal permit review process is now 100 percent paperless. The COGCC installation of eForm won the 2011 Innovations in Digital Government award from the Council of State Governments.

The Kentucky Division of Oil and Gas, the Alabama Oil and Gas Board, and the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission are developing eForm applications to collect permitting and completion report data. The Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is using eForm to collect oil and gas production and injection reports.

Automated notifications and work flows allow agency staff, industry operators and other users to track regulatory forms and attachments through review and disposition from a filterable dashboard. Client-side data validation flags required fields and prohibits form submittal until complete information is entered. Custom controls allow eForm to accept, display, and edit well path station location data from Excel uploads. The ability to accept public input and to route forms to other regulatory programs assist in providing a complete application review process.

Other Platform Support

Two agencies are now using ePermit applications developed in Cold Fusion. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is using ePermit for oil and gas well permitting, and the Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining is using a Cold Fusion ePermit application for both oil and gas well permitting and pre-drilling site evaluations. By contrast, the North Dakota Industrial Commission uses Adobe Acrobat's PDF Forms technology.