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Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Operations; Annual List of Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs)

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Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.




This notice informs the public, industry, and other Government agencies of NTLs that are in effect as of January 15, 2001. It also officially rescinds several regional NTLs and one regional Letter to Lessees and Operators (LTL).


You may obtain copies of NTLs through our website at​ntls/​ or by contacting the MMS National Office or the OCS Region that issued the NTL at the following addresses:

National Office: Minerals Management Service, Engineering and Operations Division, 381 Elden Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817, Attention: Ms. Alexis London; telephone (703) 787-1600.

Alaska OCS Region: Minerals Management Service, 949 East 36th Avenue, Room 308, Anchorage, Alaska 99508-4363, Attention: Ms. Christine Huffaker; telephone (907) 271-6621.

Gulf of Mexico (GOM) OCS Region: Minerals Management Service, 1201 Elmwood Park Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394, Attention: Mr. Michael Dorner; telephone (504) 736-2599.

Pacific OCS Region: Minerals Management Service, 770 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, California 93010-6064, Attention: Ms. Freddie Mason; telephone (805) 389-7566.

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Alexis London, Engineering and Operations Division; telephone (703) 787-1600.

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The MMS is responsible for oil and gas or sulphur operations in the OCS to ensure operational safety and protection of the environment. In addition to our regulations, under the authority of 30 CFR 250.103, we issue NTLs to provide guidance and to further clarify, interpret, or describe regulatory requirements on a national or regional basis.

In the past, we have also issued LTLs for this purpose or to communicate information to OCS lessees and operators. Recently we have rescinded or revised most of the LTLs and reissued them as NTLs. There are still a few active LTLs in the GOM OCS Region that have not yet been superseded by NTLs or rescinded. Although not listed in this Notice, please note that they will remain in effect until they are superseded or rescinded. To obtain a list or copies of the active LTLs, please contact the GOM OCS Region.

For your convenience, the following table lists the current active NTLs issued by the National Office and the OCS Regions. Therefore, if an NTL issued before January 15, 2001, is not listed, it is canceled and no longer in effect. Start Printed Page 7931

NTL No.Effective dateTitle/subject
Current Notices to Lessees and Operators Issued by the National Office
96-7N*12/10/96OCS Civil Penalties Program (*Modified by 97-5N).
97-2N*08/01/97Well Naming and Numbering Standards (*Will be superseded 5/01/2001 by NTL 00-N07).
97-3N08/01/97OCS Program—Annual Performance Review.
97-4N09/01/97Civil Penalties Program Annual Summary to be Published.
97-5N*10/07/97OCS Civil Penalties Program Revised Assessment Matrix (*Modifies 96-7N).
98-1N01/02/98Interim Guidance for Applying Platform Design Criteria from American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practice (RP) 2A, “Planning, Designing, and Constructing Fixed Offshore Platforms,” 19th Edition (8/1/91) and 20th Edition (7/1/93) and its Supplement 1 (2/1/97).
98-4N03/04/98Interim Guidance for Applying “Simplified Fatigue Analysis” Procedure from API RP 2A.
98-5N04/01/98Application and Audit Fees for Requests for Royalty Relief or Adjustment Under 30 CFR Part 203.
98-12N07/01/98Determination of Pollution Inspection Frequencies for Unmanned Facilities.
98-13N07/01/98Use of New or Alternative Technology and Procedures.
98-18N12/28/98Supplemental Bond Procedures.
98-18N Addendum 109/12/00Additional Guidance for Third-Party Guarantees.
99-N0101/06/99Guidelines for Oil Spill Financial Responsibility for Covered Facilities.
99-N0303/01/99Performance Measures for OCS Operators & Form MMS-131.
99-N0403/05/99Revised Guidelines for Royalty Relief Under 30 CFR Part 203.
00-N03*10/13/00Clarification of 30 CFR 250, Subpart O—Well Control & Production Safety Training (*Rescission Date 10/15/2002).
00-N04*09/15/01Guidelines for Crane & Rigging Operations on Fixed Offshore OCS Facilities (*Rescission Date 04/01/2001).
00-N0510/01/00Conservation Information.
00-N0610/01/00Deepwater Operations Plans.
00-N0705/01/01Well Naming and Numbering Standards.
00-N08*12/21/00Synthetic Moorings Workshop (*Rescission Date 01/30/2001).
Current Notices to Lessees and Operators Issued by the Alaska OCS Region
00-A0101/27/00Shallow Hazards Geophysical Survey & Evaluation for OCS Exploration and Development Drilling.
00-A0201/27/00Shallow Hazards Geophysical Survey & Evaluation for OCS Pipeline Routes and Rights-of-Way.
00-A0301/27/00Archaeological Survey & Evaluation for OCS Exploration and Development Activities.
Current Notices to Lessees and Operators Issued by the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region
96-0811/25/96Time Allowed for the Correction of Incidents of Noncompliance (INC's) and for the Return of Notification of INC Forms.
96-1012/05/96Air Emissions Information for Application for Accessory Platforms to Pipeline Rights-of-Way.
97-0603/01/97Timely Submittal of Drilling Well Records in Accordance with 30 CFR 250.66 [Redesignated 30 CFR 250.416].
97-0703/01/97Revised Conditions of Approval to Drill, Sidetrack and/or Complete for Oil and Gas Production.
97-1608/01/97Production Within 500 Feet of a Unit or Lease Line.
97-1708/01/97Containment Requirements for Bolted or Welded Stock Tanks.
97-1808/18/97Timely Submittal of Deepwater Royalty Relief Applications.
98-0507/01/98Confirmation of Deepwater Royalty Relief for Leases Issued After November 28, 1995.
98-0608/10/98Archaeological Requirements.
98-0908/10/98Proposed and As-Built Pipeline Location Data.
98-1008/10/98Best Available Control Technology (Sulphur Dioxide).
98-1208/10/98Implementation of Consistent Biological Stipulation Measures in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico.
98-1308/10/98Minimizing Oil and Gas Structures in the Gulf of Mexico.
98-1608/10/98Hydrogen Sulfide (H2 S) Requirements.
98-1809/01/98Change of Address for the Submittal of Certain Drilling Records in Accordance with 30 CFR 250.416.
98-1909/15/98Temporary Abandonment of Wells and Maintenance, Protection and Removal of Underwater Casing Stubs.
98-2009/15/98Shallow Hazards Requirements.
98-2310/15/98Interim Reporting Requirements for 30 CFR 250, Subpart K, Oil and Gas Production Rates.
98-2410/15/98Rate Control Section Address, Office Hours, and Telephone Procedures.
98-2611/30/98Minimum Interim Requirements for Site Clearance (and Verification) of Abandoned Oil and Gas Structures in the Gulf of Mexico.
98-2712/01/98Guidelines for Eliminating Trash and Debris Resulting from Gulf of Mexico OCS Operations.
98-2912/18/98Announcement of Project to Clean Up Historical Well Data.
98-29 Addendum 103/15/99Well Records for Information Corrected or Completed During Project to Clean Up Historical Well Data Exemption from Incidents of Non-compliance.
98-29 Addendum 202/16/00Wells (holes-in-ground) Without Assigned MMS API Numbers.
98-3003/01/99Regional Oil Spill Response Plans.
99-G0102/12/99Deepwater Emergency Well Control Operations.
99-G0504/26/99Submittal of Documents for Platforms and Structures.
99-G0605/01/99Economic Assumptions for RSVP Deepwater Royalty Relief Model.
99-G0705/03/99U.S. Air Force Communication Towers.
99-G0805/10/99Removing Underwater Casing Stubs.
99-G0905/10/99Location of Choke and Kill Lines on BOP Stacks. Start Printed Page 7932
99-G1005/11/99Designated Safe Welding and Burning Areas on Rigs.
99-G1106/07/99Approval of Acidizing Operations.
99-G1206/07/99Increased Level II Underwater Structural Inspection Intervals.
99-G15*06/30/99Production Activities Information Collection and Reporting (Western Gulf of Mexico) (*Rescission Date 1/31/2001).
99-G1607/08/99Live-Bottom Surveys and Reports.
99-G1707/08/99North American Datum 83 Implementation Plan for the GOM.
99-G1909/07/99Downhole Commingling Policies.
99-G2009/07/99Downhole Commingling Applications.
99-G2109/13/99Platform Removal Applications.
99-G2209/24/99Guidelines for Subsea Disposal & Offshore Storage of Solid Wastes.
00-G0201/25/00Deepwater Experimental Oil Release Study.
00-G0301/28/00Functional Responsibilities of MMS Regulations.
00-G0401/28/00Well Producibility Determinations.
00-G0602/04/00Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems.
00-G0702/22/00Accidental Disconnect of Marine Drilling Risers.
00-G08*03/01/00Drilling Windows, Eastern Gulf of Mexico (*Expires 3/1/2001).
00-G1105/12/00Pollution Inspection Intervals for Unmanned Facilities.
00-G1305/25/00Production Safety Systems Requirements.
00-G1408/29/00Contact with District Offices and the Pipeline section Outside Regular Work Hours.
00-G1509/06/00Hurricane and Tropical Storm Evacuation and Production Curtailment Procedures.
00-G1609/07/00Guidelines for General Lease Surety Bonds.
00-G1709/01/00Suspension of Production/Operations Overview.
00-G18*11/21/00Meteorological Data Collection and Reporting (Breton National Wildlife Refuge/Wilderness Area) (*Rescission Date 11/30/2001).
00-G1911/21/00Production Activities Information Collection and Reporting (Breton National Wildlife Refuge/Wilderness Area) (*Rescission Date 11/30/2001).
00-G2012/06/00Deepwater Chemosynthetic Communities.
00-G2112/26/00Information Requirements for Exploration Plans and Development Operations Coordination Documents.
00-G2212/22/00Subsalt Lease Term Extension.
Current Notices to Lessees and Operators Issued by the Pacific OCS Region
92-0103/24/92Warning Signs: Pipelines and Power Cables.
98-0103/05/98Santa Maria District Office Phone Call Procedures and Hours.
98-0203/05/98Camarillo District Office Phone Call Procedures and Hours.
98-0407/01/98Gas Volume Statement Requirements.
98-0508/04/98Archaeological Survey and Report Requirements.
98-0608/04/98Change of Ownership/Operatorship of Leases and Pipelines.
98-0708/04/98Helideck Closures.
98-0908/11/98Hydrogen Sulfide (H2 S) Requirements.
98-1008/21/98Liquid Royalty Measurement Facilities.
98-1108/31/98Submission of Digitized Well Log Data on Magnetic Tape.
98-1208/11/98Guidelines for Shallow Hazards and Report Requirements for Exploration Drilling.
98-1308/11/98Guidelines for Shallow Hazards and Report Requirements for OCS Development Operations.
98-1411/04/98Cooperative Drilling Rig (Only Non-Producing Lease Operators).
99-P0107/15/99Oil Spill Response Plans.
99-P0411/04/99Flaring and Venting Gas.
99-P0512/10/99Decommissioning of Pacific OCS Facilities.
00-P0101/20/00Standby Testing During Air Pollution Emergency Episodes.
00-P0204/17/00Sustained Casing Pressure.
00-P0411/01/00Biological Survey Criteria.

Effective with the publication of this Notice, we are rescinding the following National NTL, two NTLs issued by the GOM OCS Region, and one LTL issued by the Pacific OCS Region:

  • NTL 98-2N, Guidance Regarding API Specification 14A, “Specification for Subsurface Safety Valve Equipment,” Ninth Edition (7/1/94) and Supplement 1. This NTL is superseded by the final rule published December 8, 2000 (65 FR 76933).
  • NTL 86-05, New Form for Designated Operators. This NTL has served its purpose and is no longer needed. The form MMS-1123 used to designate operators is available on the MMS website at:​homepg/​mmsforms/​frmindx.html.
  • NTL 98-15, Time Allowed Between Lease Holding Operations (30 CFR 250.13 [Redesignated 30 CFR 250.113]). This NTL is superseded by the final rule revising the 30 CFR 250, Subpart A regulations, at 250.180.
  • LTL dated August 28, 1992, subject: NAD 27 & NAD 83.
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Dated: January 8, 2001.

Carolita U. Kallaur,

Associate Director for Offshore Minerals Management.

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