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Minerals Management Service (MMS) – Corrections to abandonment regulations

On October 30, 2002, the MMS published corrections to the final regulations decommissioning activities, and included requirements for plugging a well, decommissioning a platform and pipeline, and clearing a lease site, originally published on Friday, May 17, 2002 (67 FR 35398). The final regulations that are the subject of these corrections add a new subpart Q to the 30 CFR Part 250 regulations. They update decommissioning requirements to reflect changes in technology to ensure that lessees and pipeline right-of-way holders conduct decommissioning operations safely and effectively. The new subpart Q supersedes subpart G (Abandonment of Wells) in its entirety and selected sections of subpart J (Pipeline and Pipeline Rights-of-Way), and subpart I (Platforms and Other Facilities). The effective date of the regulations is July 17, 2002, and they affect all operators, lessees, and pipeline right-of-way holders on the Outer Continental Shelf.

The corrections being made are non-substantive and are necessary for clarification purposes only. They are effective July 16, 2002. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharon Buffington, (703) 787-1147.

Editor’s note: The specific section of interest to the pipeline industry is that “the introductory text in � 250.1726 is clarified to include “pipeline rights-of-way” as well as leases”. The rule revisions can be downloaded from RCP’s website here.