Electronic Commerce (eCommerce) for Operators
Automated Fluid Minerals Support System (AFMSS)
Electronic permitting, or Electronic
Commerce (EC), is a method that an operator or permit
agent can use to send oil and gas permit applications and
reports directly to the BLM via the Internet. This includes:
o Notice of Staking (NOS)
o Application for Permit to Drill (APD)
o Well Completion Report
o Sundry Notice
o Attachments (documents, maps,
drawings, etc.) for a permit or report.
How does an operator get involved
There are two ways an operator can
apply to use electronic permitting:
1. Call Paul Brown,
AFMSS Project Manager, at 303-234-8586, or
2. The operator can send an email request to:
WIS Permits Page
o Click on the "Request a User
Account" button and fill in the information.
Under either option we will need
o The company name and office address
o The name, telephone number and e-mail address of
the person who will be the
BLM point of contact for the
Electronic Permitting in that office
receives a request, the operator will be sent a packet in
the mail that will contain a Trading Partner Agreement which
the operator must review and sign as well as additional
Once an operator request has been approved, a special
ID and password will be issued that will confidentially
identify them. This user ID and password will allow
the operator to start submitting permit applications and any
related reports for their company electronically.
Operator Hardware/Software Requirements
To submit electronic permits the operator will need
a Personal Computer (PC) with a reliable Internet connection.
Minimum PC Requirements:
o Windows 95, Windows 98, NT,
XP, or Windows 2000
o Either Netscape Communicator 4.5 or higher, or
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 (w/SP2) or higher
o Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher
o Permit/report is transmitted for free over the
internet, a savings of fax, postage, and overnight mail costs.
o Operators receive automatic confirmation that
information was delivered, so they don't have to call the BLM
office to check on the permit.
o Operators can print a copy of the electronic
permit/report in the approved BLM format to include in their
files or send to other agencies.
MINERALS SUPPORT SYSTEM (AFMSS)
The AFMSS project was originally sponsored
by Joe Chesser in the BLM New Mexico State Office. AFMSS replaced
two PC-based systems: The Automated Inspection Records system
(AIRS) which contained district office oil and gas information, and
the Monthly Report of Operations (MRO) that contained copies of the
Minerals Management Service's production information. AFMSS also
provides additional functionality not found in either of these two
AFMSS went into production in the BLM field offices in 1997, and
officially entered operations and maintenance status in 1998. The
original versions of AFMSS included an AIX client. However, since
AFMSS v2.3, the client portion of AFMSS only runs on the Windows
AFMSS is used to track oil and gas information on public and Indian
land. It contains data concerning lease and agreement ownership,
well identification, location and history, including casing
information, geologic formations, resource protection, production,
and operator compliance. The system has an electronic commerce
module to interface with the oil and gas industry.
AFMSS is used in all BLM field offices and State Offices which are
involved in supporting the Fluid Minerals Program.