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DOI/BLM RIN: 1004-AE54 Publication ID: Spring 2017 
Title: ●Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation; Delay and Suspension of Implementation Dates for Certain Requirements 

This proposed rule would temporarily suspend and delay certain requirements contained in a final rule that published in the Federal Register on November 18, 2016 (81 FR 83008).  The final rule went into effect on January 17, 2017.  Some of its provisions have delayed implementation dates that have not yet gone into effect.  The delays and suspensions are consistent with the President's March 28, 2017, Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth and its requirement that the BLM review the previous, related final rule to determine whether revisions, rescissions, or suspensions are appropriate.  The proposed rule would suspend until July 17, 2019, provisions pertaining to: waste minimization plans; flaring and venting of gas during drilling and production operations, and during well completions and related operations; determining the emissions levels of storage vessels; and minimizing gas vented during downhole well maintenance and liquids unloading.  The proposed rule would delay until July 17, 2019 (or by 18 months) provisions pertaining to: gas capture; measuring and reporting gas volumes vented and flared; existing approvals to flare royalty free; replacing pneumatic controllers; and leak detection and repair.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 43 CFR 3164.1    43 CFR subpart 3170    43 CFR subpart 3179     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 25 U.S.C. 396d    25 U.S.C. 2107    30 U.S.C. 189    30 U.S.C. 306    30 U.S.C. 359    30 U.S.C. 1751    43 U.S.C. 1732(b)    43 U.S.C. 1733    43 U.S.C. 1740   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/00/2017 
Final Action  11/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1004-AE53 
Agency Contact:
Steven Wells
Division Chief, Fluid Minerals Division
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
Room 2134 LM, 20 M Street SE,
Washington, DC 20003
Phone:202 912-7143
Fax:202 912-7194