U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Oil & Gas Inspections and Enforcement
Types of Inspections
Production Inspections--conducted on production facilities to ensure that equipment, practices, and procedures are in accordance with the regulations, orders and any applicable approval documents.
Drilling Inspections--conducted on a well being drilled. The operations are inspected to ensure that equipment, practices, and procedures are in accordance with the approval document.
Abandonment Inspections--conducted during the plugging of an oil and gas wells. These could be depleted producing wells or newly drilled dry holes.
Workover Inspections--of workover operations conducted on an existing producing, depleted producer or service well. The operations are inspected to ensure that equipment, practices, and procedures are in accordance with the approval document.
Environmental Inspections--typically are performed by Natural Resource Specialists (NRS), Environmental Scientists (ES), or other resource program specialists (wildlife biologists, archaeologist, etc.). Environmental inspections include inspection of reclamation, erosion concerns, topsoil stock piling, location, road, and pit construction and use, spills, water disposal methods, tank battery dikes and surface hazards. Inspections to insure abandoned locations are properly reclaimed are included. Post approval inspections that look specifically at surface environmental impacts are also included.
Records Verification Inspections--review production records and compares them to production reports sent to MMS. This type of inspection may not require an onsite visit.
Undesirable Event Inspections--conducted when spills or accidents occurs on an oil and gas lease.
Alleged Theft Inspections--conducted when an alleged theft of production is reported to a BLM Field Office by the operator or the public.
Inspections by State Offices
Below is a chart of BLM inspections by nine BLM state offices. Wyoming topped the list with more than 11,800 inspections in Fiscal Year 2011. The New Mexico State Office handled more than 9,500 inspections. In both states the majority of inspections were environmental inspections.