Mineral Test Hole

Applicants for a Mineral Test Hole permit are required to submit financial assurance of $1,000 per test hole or a blanket plugging bond of $10,000 for all test holes drilled under a blanket permit. For further information on permitting, please contact Geoff Klein in the Division of Mineral & Geologic Resources at Geoff.Klein@tn.gov or (865) 594-5527.

The following instrument type is allowed by the program:

  • Performance Bond
  • Guidance Document for Use of Performance Bonds

The program also allows the use of cash/certified check to satisfy the financial responsibility requirement.

Note: The instrument language is provided here as a convenience. Please consult with your legal counsel and the TDEC Division of Financial Assurance & Business Process Improvement before submitting a financial instrument.