Bureau of Land Management Application for Permit to Drill Documents
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Over the past several months, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been working with representatives from NMOGA member companies to standardize the Application for Permit to Drill (APD) in an effort to make the APD process both more objective and efficient for both the BLM and operators.
The APD Drilling Plan Template is the product of meetings between the BLM and representatives from NMOGA member companies. The template is currently in Microsoft Word to allow for flexibility; however, the BLM is working towards a .pdf form or Microsoft Access program that would be more standardized but still offer the necessary flexibility. Attached are both an example of a completed template as well as a blank template.
Surface Use Plan of Operations
The BLM has created a Microsoft Access program that produces a Surface Use Plan of Operations (SUPO) utilizing responses to a series of queries.
Master Development Plans
Master Development Plans (MDP’s) are discussed in the CFR and have often been talked about as a means to expedite APD processing for wells in a concentrated area or with similar downhole characteristics, but few, if any, have ever actually been submitted and approved in Southeast New Mexico. We asked the BLM to come up with some guidelines and they came through. Below are a Power Point presentation put together by the BLM discussing the advantages of using MDP’s where possible as well as a set of guidelines for MDP submission. In the future we hope to have a template for what a submitted MDP will actually look like in this space.
Carlsbad Field Office Documents Concerning Third Party Contractors for NEPA
Under the direction of BLM New Mexico State Office Instruction Memorandum NO. NM-2015-015 National Environmental Policy Act Third Party Contracting Protocol, the Carlsbad Field Office (CFO) has developed a Memorandum of Understanding that operators must sign if they wish to use a third party contractor for the NEPA process. Additionally, in an effort to improve the efficiency of the permitting process and the quality of NEPA documents produced for projects within the CFO, the CFO has developed guidelines and standards that will apply to all NEPA documents produced by 3rd party contractors for projects occurring within the CFO. Any questions regarding this process should be directed to the Planning and Environmental Coordinator department at the CFO.