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North Dakota Field Office
Release Date: 11/26/13

BLM workshop for industry deemed a success

DICKINSON, N.D. ---- Bureau of Land Management oil and gas experts held a workshop for industry in Dickinson, Sept. 11 as part of a proactive approach to information sharing and education regarding energy production inspection and enforcement procedures.

The workshop was led by the BLM’s Great Falls Field Office Manager Don Judice, who coordinated the program and arranged instructors for this day-long event. Topics focused on the most common violations found under government inspections on Bakken production facilities.

BLM specialists from the three Montana/Dakotas field offices with oil and gas responsibilities applied their expertise and experiences to help 162 attendees –representing 33 companies-- understand compliance issues and the proper remedies that will assist production crews in operating within the framework of the law.

The BLM coordinated with the North Dakota Petroleum Council to invite their members to participate in the workshop prior to the event. The invitation was also extended to operators on the Montana side of the border.

September’s workshop curriculum included an orientation on the BLM’s jurisdiction and structure; details of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty management act of 1982; Onshore Orders dealing with site security, oil and gas measurement; electronic flow computer operation requirements, and Oil and Gas Operations Reports.

Instructors focused on the regulations while highlighting areas of concern and defining the BLM’s expectations.

Several attendees expressed appreciation for the session and the time spent by presenters. Printed and electronic materials from the course were made available to industry reps, and feedback from individuals noted how useful those documents would be to their operators in the field.

“The BLM has worked closely with the NDPC in planning and scheduling workshops that will benefit the industry, as well as the BLM,” said BLM Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Manager Diane Friez. “The first workshop held in coordination with NDPC was related to submission of Applications for Permit to Drill. That workshop was also a huge success with valuable information shared and Operators understanding the requirements for submitting a complete APD package.” 

The next planned get together is an Environmental Workshop, which is being scheduled for February, 2014.

“These workshops benefit the BLM and industry and we plan to continue to present them on different topics in the future. They give us an opportunity to interact with company representatives on the ground, and explain why we require the things we do,” said Friez. “We are also happy to share the information from the workshops so as new employees are hired, the information can also be shared with them.”

The workshop curriculum was based in part by a bureau-wide presentation used in the Inspection and Enforcement Program. The presentation has been refined; an abbreviated presentation is used in the field and a more in depth presentation is tailored for the specific BLM Field Office and used for workshops and industry management presentations, said Judice.

“We are able to reach the pumpers working on site, reach the new hire and provide them the training, it really helps,” said BLM Petroleum Engineer Technician Brian Nansel regarding the mobile training program. “When we are proactive and talk to them, let them know what they need to do and know out there; in the end it saves us time and money.”

This approach is producing significant results, he said.

“Last year, training was provided for one company that had hundreds of violations,” said Nansel. “This year, that same company had zero violations.”

For more information on future workshops contact the BLM North Dakota Field Office at (701)227-7700.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 12-12-2013