- 43 CFR Parts 3100, 3110, 3120, 3130, 3140, 3150, 3160, 3170, and 3180--Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing and Operations [pdf]-- RIN 1004-AC94 (Federal Register, 12/3/98, 63 FR 66839-66937). The extended comment period closed on July 19, 1999 (Federal Register, 6/1/99, 64 FR 29256-29257). This proposed rule would revise BLM's current Federal oil and gas leasing and operations regulations, except those concerning drainage, combined hydrocarbon leasing (part 3140), and oil and gas leasing in the National Petroleum Reserve--Alaska (part 3130) and would--
- Use performance standards in certain places instead of prescriptive requirements, to allow more flexibility for operators and protect the environment and Federal royalty interests;
- Cite industry standards and incorporate them by reference rather than repeating those standards in the rule itself;
- Incorporate the requirements of the Onshore Oil and Gas Orders and national notices to lessees into the regulations to eliminate their overlap with the current regulations;
- Increase bonding for statewide and lease bonding;
- Add a fair market value user fee for geophysical exploration;
- Revise and replace BLM's current unitization regulations with a more flexible unit agreement process; and
- Eliminate redundancies, clarify procedures and regulatory requirements and streamline procedures.
43 CFR Part 2610Carey Act--RIN 1004-AC80 (Federal Register, 9/10/96, 61 FR 47725-47726). The public comment period closed on October 10, 1996. This rule would remove these regulations because the provisions are obsolete. Since 1980 when regulations were issued, only one
public land State has applied for a grant of desert lands under the Carey Act.