Title:30 CFR Part 250, Subpart K, Oil and Gas Production Requirements.
OMB Control Number:1014-0019.
Form(s):BSEE-0126 and BSEE-0128.
Abstract:The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1331et seq.and 43 U.S.C. 1801et seq.), authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to prescribe rules and regulations to administer leasing of mineral resources on the OCS. Such rules and regulations will apply to all operations conducted under a lease, right-of-way, or a right-of-use and easement. Operations on the OCS must preserve, protect, and develop oil and natural gas resources in a manner that is consistent with the need to make such resources available to meet the Nation's energy needs as rapidly as possible; to balance orderly energy resource development with protection of human, marine, and coastal environments; to ensure the public a fair and equitable return on the resources of the OCS; and to preserve and maintain free enterprise competition.
Section 5(a) of the OCS Lands Act requires the Secretary to prescribe rules and regulations “to provide for the prevention of waste, and conservation of the natural resources of the Outer Continental Shelf, and the protection of correlative rights therein” and to include provisions “for the prompt and efficient exploration and development of a lease area.”
Section 1334(g)(2) states “* * * the lessee shall produce such oil or gas, or both, at rates * * * to assure the maximum rate of production which may be sustained without loss of ultimate recovery of oil or gas, or both, under sound engineering and economic principles, and which is safe for the duration of the activity covered by the approved plan.”
The Independent Offices Appropriations Act (31 U.S.C. 9701), the Omnibus Appropriations Bill (Pub. L. 104-133, 110 Stat. 1321, April 26, 1996), and OMB Circular A-25, authorize Federal agencies to recover the full cost of services that confer special benefits. Under the Department of the Interior's implementing policy, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is required to charge the full cost for services that provide special benefits or privileges to an identifiable non-Federal recipient above and beyond those that accrue to the public at large. Several requests for approval required in Subpart K are subject to cost recovery, and BSEE regulations specify service fees for these requests.
This ICR addresses our current regulations governing oil and gas production at 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart K, associated forms, and related Notices to Lessees (NTLs) and Operators. The BSEE issued several NTLs to clarify and provide additional guidance on some aspects of the current Subpart K regulations. This collection of information will renew the approved information collection for the current Subpart K regulations (1014-0019).
Regulations at 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart K, implement these statutory requirements. We use the information in our efforts to conserve natural resources, prevent waste, and protect correlative rights, including the Government's royalty interest. Specifically, BSEE uses the information to:
• Evaluate requests to burn liquid hydrocarbons and vent and flare gas to ensure that these requests are appropriate;
• Determine if a maximum production or efficient rate is required; and,
• Review applications for downhole commingling to ensure that action does not result in harm to ultimate recovery.
However, in this ICR, we have also clarified some sections of Form BSEE-0126. These clarifications pose minor edits and they are as follows:
In Block No. 88, TYPE OF REQUEST, we added the word “Reestablish”; in Block No. 108, we revised the block that read “API @ 60° F” to now read as “API @ 14.73 PSI & 60° F” and in Block No. 109, we revised the block from “SP GR GAS” to now read as “SP GR GAS @ 14.73 PSI &60°F”.
We use the information in Form BSEE-0126, Well Potential Test Report, for reservoir, reserves, and conservation analyses, including the determination of maximum production rates (MPRs) when necessary for certain oil and gas completions. The information obtained from the well potential test is essential to determine if an MPR is necessary for a well and to establish the appropriaterate. The information in Form BSEE-0128, Semiannual Well Test Report, is used to evaluate the results of well tests to determine if reservoirs are being depleted in a manner that will lead to the greatest ultimate recovery of hydrocarbons. This information is collected to determine the capability of hydrocarbon wells and to evaluate and verify an operator's approved maximum production rate if assigned.
We protect proprietary information according to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR 2), and 30 CFR 250.197,Data and information to be made available to the public or for limited inspection, 30 CFR part 252,OCS Oil and Gas Information Program.Proprietary information concerning geological and geophysical data will be protected according to 43 U.S.C. 1352. Responses are mandatory or are required to obtain or retain a benefit.
Frequency:On occasion, monthly, semi-annually, annually, and as a result of situations encountered depending upon the requirements.
Description of Respondents:Potential respondents comprise Federal oil, gas, or sulphur lessees and/or operators.
Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:The currently approved annual reporting burden for this collection is 43,396 hours. The following chart details the individual components and respective hour burden estimates of this ICR. In calculating the burdens, we assumed that respondents perform certain requirements in the normal course of their activities. We consider these to be usual and customary and took that into account in estimating the burden.
30 CFR Part 250 Subpart K and related NTLs
Reporting & recordkeeping requirement
Non-hour cost $ burden
WELL TESTS/SURVEYS and CLASSIFYINGRESERVOIRS
1151(a)(1), (c); 1167
Conduct well production test; submit Form BSEE-0126 (Well Potential Test Report) and supporting information within 15 days after end of test period
1151(a)(2), (c); 1167
Conduct well production test; submit Form BSEE-0128 (Semiannual Well Test Report) and supporting information within 45 days after end of calendar half-year
0.1 to 3.*
Request extension of time to submit results of semi-annual well test
Request approval to conduct well testing using alternative procedures
Provide advance notice of time and date of well tests
APPROVALS PRIOR TO PRODUCTION
Request approval to produce within 500 feet of a unit or lease line; submit supporting information/documentation; notify adjacent operators and provide BSEE proof of notice date
5.$3,608 per request.
Notify adjacent operators submit letters of acceptance or objection to BSEE within 30 days after notice; include proof of notice date
Request approval to produce gas-cap gas in an oil reservoir with an associated gas cap, or to continue producing an oil well showing characteristics of a gas well with an associated gas cap; submit producing an oil well showing characteristics of a gas well with an associated gas cap; submit supporting information
12$4,592 per request.
Request approval to downhole commingle hydrocarbons; submit supporting information; notify operators and provide proof of notice date
6.$5,357 per request.
FLARING, VENTING, and BURNING HYDROCARBONS
1160; 1161; 1163(e)
Request approval to flare or vent natural gas or exceed specified time limits/volumes; submit evaluation/documentation; report flare/vent information due to blow down of transportation pipelines within 72 hours after incident
1160(b); 1164(b)(1), (2)
H2S Contingency, Exploration, or Development and Production Plans and, Development Operations Coordination Documents—burdens covered under 1014-0018 and BOEM's 1010-0151. Monitor air quality and report—burdens covered under BOEM's 1010-0057.
Request approval to burn produced liquid hydrocarbons; demonstrate no risk and/or submit documentation re transport. If approval needed, submit documentation with relevant information re hydrocarbons burned under the approval
Initial purchase and installation of gas meters to measure the amount of gas flared or vented
$77,000 per meter.
Notify BSEE when facility begins to process more than an average of 2,000 bopd per month.
Report to ONRR hydrocarbons produced, including measured gas flared/vented and liquid hydrocarbon burned—burden covered under 1012-0004.