Title:30 CFR Part 250, subpart L, Oil and Gas Production Measurement, Surface Commingling, and Security.
OMB Control Number:1014-0002.
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 (Secretary) to prescribe rules and regulations necessary for the administration of the leasing provisions of the Act related to the mineral resources on the OCS. Such rules and regulations will apply to all operations conducted under a lease. 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.
The Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (30 U.S.C. 1701,et seq.) at section 1712(b)(2) prescribes that an operator will “develop and comply with such minimum site security measures as the Secretary deems appropriate, to protect oil or gas produced or stored on a lease site or on the Outer Continental Shelf from theft.”
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 (DOI) implementing policy, BSEE is required to charge fees for services that provide special benefits or privileges to an identifiable non-Federal recipient above and beyond those which accrue to the public at large. Applications for surface commingling and measurement applications are subject to cost recovery and BSEE regulations specify service fees for these requests.
Regulations at 30 CFR Part 250, subpart L, implement these statutory requirements. We use the information to ensure that the volumes of hydrocarbons produced are measured accurately, and royalties are paid on the proper volumes. Specifically, we need the information to:
• Determine if measurement equipment is properly installed, provides accurate measurement of production on which royalty is due, and is operating properly;
• Obtain rates of production data in allocating the volumes of production measured at royalty sales meters, which can be examined during field inspections;
• Ascertain if all removals of oil and condensate from the lease are reported;
• Determine the amount of oil that was shipped when measurements are taken by gauging the tanks rather than being measured by a meter;
• Ensure that the sales location is secure and production cannot be removed without the volumes being recorded; and
• Review proving reports to verify that data on run tickets are calculated and reported accurately.
We will protect information from respondents considered proprietary under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2), and under regulations at 30 CFR 250.197,Data and information to be made available to the public or for limited inspection.No items of a sensitive nature are collected. Responses are mandatory.
Frequency:Varies by section, but primarily monthly, or on occasion.
Description of Respondents:Potential respondents comprise Federal oil, gas and sulphur lessees and/or operators.
Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:The currently approved annual reporting burden for this collection is a total of 32,957 hours. The following chart details the individual components and estimated hour burdens. 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.
Citation 30 CFR part 250 subpart L
Reporting or recordkeeping requirement
Non-hour cost burdens
Liquid Hydrocarbon Measurement
1202(a)(1), (b)(1); 1203(b)(1); 1204(a)(1)
Submit application for liquid hydrocarbon or gas measurement procedures or changes; or for commingling of production or changes
$1,271 simple fee
Submit meter status and replacement notifications
Copy & send pipeline (retrograde) condensate volumes upon request
1202(c)(1), (2); 1202(e)(4); 1202(h)(1), (2), (3), (4); 1202(i)(1)(iv), (2)(iii); 1202(j)
Record observed data, correction factors & net standard volume on royalty meter and tank run ticketsRecord master meter calibration runs
Record mechanical-displacement prover, master meter, or tank prover proof runs
Record liquid hydrocarbon royalty meter malfunction and repair or adjustment on proving report; record unregistered production on run ticket
List Cpl and Ctl factors on run tickets
Respondents record these items as part of normal business records & practices to verify accuracy of production measured for sale purposes.
Copy & send all liquid hydrocarbon run tickets monthly
Request approval for proving on a schedule other than monthly; request approval for well testing on a schedule other than every 60 days
Copy & submit liquid hydrocarbon royalty meter proving reports monthly & request waiver as needed
Copy & submit mechanical-displacement prover & tank prover calibration reports
Copy & submit royalty tank calibration charts before using for royalty measurement
Copy & submit inventory tank calibration charts upon request; retain charts for as long as tanks are in use
45 minutes; 10 minutes
1203(b)(6), (8), (9)*
Copy & submit gas quality and volume statements monthly or as requested (most will be routine; few will take longer)
15 minutes; 36 minutes
Request approval for proving on a schedule other than monthly
Copy & submit gas meter calibration reports upon request; retain for 2 years
13 minutes; 7.5 minutes
Copy & submit gas processing plant records upon request
Copy & submit measuring records of gas lost or used on lease upon request
Provide state production volumetric and/or fractional analysis data upon request
Post signs at royalty or inventory tank used in royalty determination process
Report security problems (telephone)
Miscellaneous and Recordkeeping
1200 thru 1205
General departure and alternative compliance requests not specifically covered elsewhere in subpart L
Retain master meter calibration reports for 2 years
Retain liquid hydrocarbon allocation meter proving reports for 2 years
Document & retain measurement records on gas lost or used on lease for 2 years at field location and minimum 7 years at location of respondent's choice
Retain well test data for 2 years
Retain seal number lists for 2 years
*Respondents gather this information as part of their normal business practices. The BSEE only requires copies of readily available documents. There is no burden for testing, meter reading, etc.