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Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation; Delay and Suspension of Certain RequirementsProposed Rule2017-2129410/05/2017DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOn November 18, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published in the Federal Register a final rule entitled, ``Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation'' (2016 final rule). The BLM is now propo … On November 18, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published in the Federal Register a final rule entitled, ``Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation'' (2016 final rule). The BLM is now proposing to temporarily suspend or delay certain requirements contained in the 2016 final rule until January 17, 2019. The BLM is currently reviewing the 2016 final rule and wants to avoid imposing temporary or permanent compliance costs on operators for requirements that may be rescinded or significantly revised in the near future.waste-prevention-production-subject-to-royalties-and-resource-conservation-delay-and-suspension-ofFR-Doc-2017-21294
Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands; Rescission of a 2015 RuleProposed Rule2017-1569607/25/2017DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentOn March 26, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published in the Federal Register a final rule entitled, ``Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands'' (2015 final rule). The BLM is now proposing to rescind … On March 26, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published in the Federal Register a final rule entitled, ``Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands'' (2015 final rule). The BLM is now proposing to rescind the 2015 final rule because we believe it is unnecessarily duplicative of state and some tribal regulations and imposes burdensome reporting requirements and other unjustified costs on the oil and gas industry. This proposed rule would return the affected sections of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to the language that existed immediately before the published effective date of the 2015 final rule.oil-and-gas-hydraulic-fracturing-on-federal-and-indian-lands-rescission-of-a-2015-ruleFR-Doc-2017-15696
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Lease Continuation Through OperationsRule2017-1198506/09/2017DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentAs specifically mandated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, this final rule revises the requirements contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement regulations relating to maintaining a lease beyond its p … As specifically mandated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, this final rule revises the requirements contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement regulations relating to maintaining a lease beyond its primary term through continuous operations by changing all of the references to the period of time before which a lease expires due to cessation of operations from ``180 days'' and ``180th day'' to a ``year'' and from ``180-day period'' to a ``1-year period.''oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-lease-continuation-throughFR-Doc-2017-11985
Repeal of Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation ReformProposed Rule2017-0661704/04/2017DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) proposes to repeal the Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule that was published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2016 (``2017 Valuation Rule''). … The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) proposes to repeal the Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule that was published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2016 (``2017 Valuation Rule''). Repeal of the 2017 Valuation Rule would maintain the current regulatory status quo by keeping the longstanding pre-existing regulations in effect.repeal-of-consolidated-federal-oil-and-gas-and-federal-and-indian-coal-valuation-reformFR-Doc-2017-06617
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Civil Penalties Inflation AdjustmentsRule2017-0298302/15/2017DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThis rule adopts and finalizes the interim final rule which adjusted the level of the maximum civil monetary penalties contained in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands … This rule adopts and finalizes the interim final rule which adjusted the level of the maximum civil monetary penalties contained in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (FCPIA of 2015), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance. This rule also implements the 2017 adjustment of the level of the maximum civil monetary penalties contained in the BOEM regulations pursuant to OCSLA, OPA, FCPIA of 2015 and OMB guidance. The 2017 adjustment of 1.01636 percent accounts for one year of inflation spanning from October 2015 to October 2016.oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-civil-penalties-inflationFR-Doc-2017-02983
Civil Penalty Inflation AdjustmentRule2017-0232602/03/2017DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThis final rule adjusts the level of the maximum civil monetary penalty contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Federal Civil … This final rule adjusts the level of the maximum civil monetary penalty contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance. The civil penalty inflation adjustment using a 1.01636 multiplier accounts for one year of inflation spanning from October 2015 to October 2016.civil-penalty-inflation-adjustmentFR-Doc-2017-02326
Onshore Oil and Gas Operations-Annual Civil Penalties Inflation AdjustmentsRule2017-0072701/19/2017DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThis rule adjusts the level of civil monetary penalties contained in the Bureau of Land Management's regulations governing onshore oil and gas operations as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements … This rule adjusts the level of civil monetary penalties contained in the Bureau of Land Management's regulations governing onshore oil and gas operations as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (the ``Act''). The adjustments made by this final rule constitute the annual inflation adjustments contemplated by the Act, and are consistent with applicable Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance.onshore-oil-and-gas-operations-annual-civil-penalties-inflation-adjustmentsFR-Doc-2017-00727
Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1, Approval of OperationsRule2016-3175201/10/2017DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hereby amends its existing Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1 (Onshore Order 1) to require the electronic filing (or e-filing) of all Applications for Permit to Drill (APD) and Notices of Staking … The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hereby amends its existing Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1 (Onshore Order 1) to require the electronic filing (or e-filing) of all Applications for Permit to Drill (APD) and Notices of Staking (NOS). Previously, Onshore Order 1 stated that an ``operator must file an APD or any other required documents in the BLM Field Office having jurisdiction over the lands described in the application,'' but allowed for e-filing of such documents as an alternative. This change makes e-filing the required method of submission, subject to limited exceptions. The BLM is making this change to improve the efficiency and transparency of the APD and NOS processes.onshore-oil-and-gas-operations-federal-and-indian-oil-and-gas-leases-onshore-oil-and-gas-orderFR-Doc-2016-31752
Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource ConservationRule2016-2763711/18/2016DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is promulgating new regulations to reduce waste of natural gas from venting, flaring, and leaks during oil and natural gas production activities on onshore Federal and Indian (other than Osage … The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is promulgating new regulations to reduce waste of natural gas from venting, flaring, and leaks during oil and natural gas production activities on onshore Federal and Indian (other than Osage Tribe) leases. The regulations also clarify when produced gas lost through venting, flaring, or leaks is subject to royalties, and when oil and gas production may be used royalty-free on-site. These regulations replace the existing provisions related to venting, flaring, and royalty-free use of gas contained in the 1979 Notice to Lessees and Operators of Onshore Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases, Royalty or Compensation for Oil and Gas Lost (NTL- 4A), which are over 3 decades old.waste-prevention-production-subject-to-royalties-and-resource-conservationFR-Doc-2016-27637
Civil Penalty Inflation AdjustmentRule2016-2750311/17/2016DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThis final rule adjusts the level of the civil monetary penalty contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Federal Civil Penalties I … This final rule adjusts the level of the civil monetary penalty contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance.civil-penalty-inflation-adjustmentFR-Doc-2016-27503
Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Site SecurityRule2016-2540711/17/2016DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThis final rule replaces Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 3, Site Security (Order 3), with new regulations codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The final rule establishes minimum standards for oil and gas facility site sec … This final rule replaces Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 3, Site Security (Order 3), with new regulations codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The final rule establishes minimum standards for oil and gas facility site security, and includes provisions to ensure that oil and gas produced from Federal and Indian (except Osage Tribe) oil and gas leases are properly and securely handled, so as to ensure accurate measurement, production accountability, and royalty payments, and to prevent theft and loss. The BLM developed this rule based on the proposed rule that was published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2015, and tribal and public comments the BLM received on the proposed rule. This rule strengthens the BLM's policies governing production verification and accountability by updating and replacing the existing requirements of Order 3 to address changes in technology and industry practices that have occurred in the 25 years since Order 3 was issued, and to respond to recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) with respect to the BLM's production verification efforts. Like the proposed rule, the final rule addresses Facility Measurement Points (FMPs), site facility diagrams, the use of seals, bypasses around meters, documentation, recordkeeping, commingling, off- lease measurement, the reporting of incidents of unauthorized removal or mishandling of oil and condensate, and immediate assessments for certain acts of noncompliance. The final rule also establishes a process for the BLM to consider variances from the requirements of the final regulation. Some of the key changes from the proposed rule that are incorporated into the final rule include: Additional exemptions from the final rule's commingling requirements; a streamlined FMP application and approval process; simplified site facility diagram submissions; and clarifications to tank gauging procedures and frequency. The BLM believes that this final rule, as well as the final rules to update and replace Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 4 (Order 4), related to measurement of oil, and Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 5 (Order 5), related to measurement of gas enhance the BLM's overall production verification and accountability program.onshore-oil-and-gas-operations-federal-and-indian-oil-and-gas-leases-site-securityFR-Doc-2016-25407
Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Measurement of OilRule2016-2540511/17/2016DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThis final rule updates and replaces Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 4, Measurement of Oil (Order 4) with new regulations codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It establishes minimum standards for the measurement of oil p … This final rule updates and replaces Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 4, Measurement of Oil (Order 4) with new regulations codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It establishes minimum standards for the measurement of oil produced from Federal and Indian (except Osage Tribe) leases to ensure that production is accurately measured and properly accounted for.onshore-oil-and-gas-operations-federal-and-indian-oil-and-gas-leases-measurement-of-oilFR-Doc-2016-25405
Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Measurement of GasRule2016-2541011/17/2016DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThis final rule updates and replaces Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 5 (Order 5) with a new regulation codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Like Order 5, this rule establishes minimum standards for accurate measurement and … This final rule updates and replaces Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 5 (Order 5) with a new regulation codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Like Order 5, this rule establishes minimum standards for accurate measurement and proper reporting of all gas removed or sold from Federal and Indian (except the Osage Tribe) leases, units, unit participating areas (PAs), and areas subject to communitization agreements (CAs). It provides a system for production accountability by operators, lessees, purchasers, and transporters. This rule establishes overall gas measurement performance standards and includes, among other things, requirements for the hardware and software related to gas metering equipment and reporting and recordkeeping. This rule also identifies certain specific acts of noncompliance that may result in an immediate assessment and provides a process for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to consider variances from the requirements of this rule.onshore-oil-and-gas-operations-federal-and-indian-oil-and-gas-leases-measurement-of-gasFR-Doc-2016-25410
Adjustments to Cost Recovery Fees Relating to the Regulation of Oil, Gas, and Sulfur Activities on the Outer Continental ShelfProposed Rule2016-2750011/17/2016DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) currently charges a fee for 31 different services (hereafter ``cost recovery fees'') it provides to non-Federal recipients. The services were identified by BSEE's predecessor a … The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) currently charges a fee for 31 different services (hereafter ``cost recovery fees'') it provides to non-Federal recipients. The services were identified by BSEE's predecessor agency, the Minerals Management Service (MMS). This proposed rule would revise and clarify the existing fees; add new fees for certain services; revise and codify the existing conditions for refunding fees; and clarify the acceptable methods of fee payment. This proposed rule would enable BSEE to recover its full costs associated with providing these services to recipients of special benefits beyond those accruing to the general public.adjustments-to-cost-recovery-fees-relating-to-the-regulation-of-oil-gas-and-sulfur-activities-on-theFR-Doc-2016-27500
Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Decommissioning Costs for PipelinesRule2016-2741611/16/2016DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThis rule amends Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations requiring lessees and owners of operating rights to submit summaries of actual decommissioning expenditures incurred for certain decommissioning activi … This rule amends Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations requiring lessees and owners of operating rights to submit summaries of actual decommissioning expenditures incurred for certain decommissioning activities related to oil and gas and sulfur operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The amendment requires lessees, owners of operating rights, and right- of-way (ROW) holders to submit summaries of actual expenditures incurred for pipeline decommissioning activities.oil-and-gas-and-sulfur-operations-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-decommissioning-costs-for-pipelinesFR-Doc-2016-27416
Management of Non-Federal Oil and Gas RightsRule2016-2721811/14/2016DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWe, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are finalizing regulations governing the exercise of non-Federal oil and gas rights outside of Alaska in order to improve our ability to protect refuge resources, visitors, and the gene … We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are finalizing regulations governing the exercise of non-Federal oil and gas rights outside of Alaska in order to improve our ability to protect refuge resources, visitors, and the general public's health and safety from potential impacts associated with non-Federal oil and gas operations located within refuges. The exercise of non-Federal oil and gas rights refers to oil and gas activities associated with any private, State, or tribally owned mineral interest where the surface estate above such rights is administered by the Service as part of the Refuge System. The existing non-Federal oil and gas regulations have remained unchanged for more than 50 years and provide only vague guidance to staff and operators. This rule will make the regulations more consistent with existing laws, policies, and industry practices. It is designed to provide regulatory clarity and guidance to oil and gas operators and refuge staff, provide a simple process for compliance, incorporate technological improvements in exploration and drilling technology, and ensure that non-Federal oil and gas operations are conducted in a manner that avoids or minimizes impacts to refuge resources.management-of-non-federal-oil-and-gas-rightsFR-Doc-2016-27218
General Provisions and Non-Federal Oil and Gas RightsRule2016-2648911/04/2016DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentWe are updating our service-wide regulations governing the exercise of non-federal oil and gas rights, to improve our ability to protect park resources, values, and visitors from potential impacts associated with nonfederal oil and gas … We are updating our service-wide regulations governing the exercise of non-federal oil and gas rights, to improve our ability to protect park resources, values, and visitors from potential impacts associated with nonfederal oil and gas operations located within National Park Service units outside Alaska. The rule also makes the regulations consistent with existing policies and practices, and updates the format to improve clarity and simplify application and compliance for oil and gas operators and our employees.general-provisions-and-non-federal-oil-and-gas-rightsFR-Doc-2016-26489
Leasing of Sulfur or Oil and Gas in the Outer Continental Shelf MMAA104000Rule2016-2458610/12/2016DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThis final rule clarifies the language in one section of a final rule that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2016, and that became effective on May 31, 2016.This final rule clarifies the language in one section of a final rule that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2016, and that became effective on May 31, 2016.leasing-of-sulfur-or-oil-and-gas-in-the-outer-continental-shelf-mmaa104000FR-Doc-2016-24586
Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf-Oil and Gas Production Safety SystemsRule2016-2096709/07/2016DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThe Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is amending and updating the regulations regarding oil and natural gas production safety on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) by addressing issues such as: Safety and pollution … The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is amending and updating the regulations regarding oil and natural gas production safety on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) by addressing issues such as: Safety and pollution prevention equipment design and maintenance, production safety systems, subsurface safety devices, and safety device testing. The rule differentiates the requirements for operating dry tree and subsea tree production systems and divides the current BSEE regulations regarding oil and gas production safety systems into multiple sections to make the regulations easier to read and understand. The changes in this rule are necessary to improve human safety, environmental protection, and regulatory oversight of critical equipment involving production safety systems.oil-and-gas-and-sulfur-operations-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-oil-and-gas-production-safetyFR-Doc-2016-20967
BLM Internet-Based AuctionsRule2016-2094308/31/2016DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThis procedural rule amends certain provisions of the oil and gas regulations administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to recognize that the BLM is authorized to use either oral or internet- based auction procedures to condu … This procedural rule amends certain provisions of the oil and gas regulations administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to recognize that the BLM is authorized to use either oral or internet- based auction procedures to conduct oil and gas lease sales under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended (MLA). The changes made by this rule update the BLM's regulations to be consistent with the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (NDAA), which specifically granted the BLM the authority to use internet-based bidding for its competitive oil and gas lease sales.blm-internet-based-auctionsFR-Doc-2016-20943
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