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Onshore Oil and Gas Orders/Notices to Lessees


Welcome to the BLM website for Onshore Oil and Gas Orders and Notices to Lessees. This website provides access to current Onshore Oil and Gas Orders and Notices to Lessees. The Orders contain the requirements necessary for operations (production, exploration, development) of oil and gas resources on all Federal and Indian onshore oil and gas leases (other than those of the Osage Tribe), including leases where the surface is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
 

Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 1, Approval of Operations:  Provides standards and requirements for submitting and processing of “Notice of Staking (NOS), Application for Permit to Drill (APD) and related operations.

Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 2, Drilling Operations:  This Order details the Bureau's uniform national standards for the minimum levels of performance expected from lessees and operators when conducting drilling operations and for abandonment immediately following drilling. The purpose also is to identify the enforcement actions that will result when violations of the minimum standards are found, and when those violations are not abated in a timely manner. 

Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 3, Site Security:  The purpose of this Order is to implement and supplement the regulations in 43 CFR 3162.7-1 and 3162.7-5. This Order establishes the minimum standards for site security by providing a system for production accountability and covers the use of seals, by-passes around meters, self-inspection, transporters' documentation, reporting of incidents of unauthorized removal or mishandling of oil and condensate, facility diagrams, recordkeeping, and site security plans.
 
Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 4, Measurement of Oil:  The purpose of this Order is to establish requirements and minimum standards for the measurement of oil, and to provide standard operating practices for lease oil storage and handling facilities, by the methods authorized in 43 CFR 3162.7-2, i.e., measurement by tank gauging, positive displacement metering, or other methods acceptable to the authorized officer. Proper oil measurement ensures that the Federal Government and Indian mineral owners receive the royalties due, as specified in the governing oil and gas leases.
 
Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 5, Measurement of Gas:  The purpose of this Order is to establish requirements and minimum standards for the measurement of gas by the methods authorized in 43 CFR 3162.7-3, i.e., measurement by orifice meter or other methods acceptable to the authorized officer. Proper gas measurement ensures that the Federal Government, the general public, State Governments which share in the proceeds, and Indian mineral owners receive the royalties due, as specified in the governing oil and gas leases.
 
Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 6, Hydrogen Sulfide Operations:  The purpose of this Order is to protect public health and safety and those personnel essential to maintaining control of the well. This Order identifies the Bureau of Land Management's uniform national requirements and minimum standards of performance expected from operators when conducting operations involving oil or gas that is known or could reasonably be expected to contain hydrogen sulfide (H2S) or which results in the emission of sulfur dioxide (SO2) as a result of flaring H2S.
 
Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 7, Disposal of Produced Water:  The purpose of this Order is to specify informational and procedural requirements for submitted of an application for the disposal of produced water, and the design, construction and maintenance requirements for pits as well as the minimum standards necessary to satisfy the requirements and procedures for seeking a variance from the minimum standards.
 
Notice to Lessee 3A, Reporting of Undesirable Events:  The purpose of this NTL is to specify informational and procedural requirements for report all spills, discharges, or other undesirable events.
 
Notice to Lessee 4A, Royalty or Compensation for Oil and Gas Lost:  The purpose of this NTL is to specify when royalty or compensation is due on oil or gas that is avoidable lost.

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