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Energy Policy and Conservation Act Reauthorization Scientific Inventory of Oil and Gas Reserves (P.L.106-469 §604) and Resources on Federal Lands.

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1 Energy Policy and Conservation Act Reauthorization Scientific Inventory of Oil and Gas Reserves (P.L §604) and Resources on Federal Lands

2 Energy Policy and Conservation Act Amendments of 2000 SEC SCIENTIFIC INVENTORY OF OIL AND GAS RESERVES. (a) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretaries of Agriculture and Energy, shall conduct an inventory of all onshore Federal lands. The inventory shall identify-- (1) the United States Geological Survey reserve estimates of the oil and gas resources underlying these lands; and (2) the extent and nature of any restrictions or impediments to the development of such resources.

3 Energy Policy and Conservation Act Amendments of 2000 (b) REGULAR UPDATE- Once completed, the USGS reserve estimates and the surface availability data as provided in subsection (a)(2) shall be regularly updated and made publically available. (c) INVENTORY- The inventory shall be provided to the Committee on Resources of the House of Representatives and to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate within 2 years after the date of the enactment of this section. (d) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to implement this section.

4 EPCA Strategy  Department of the Interior  Bureau of Land Management – Restrictions and Impediments  Geological Survey – Undiscovered Resources  Department of Agriculture  Forest Service – Restrictions and Impediments  Department of Energy  Energy Information Administration – Reserves Coordination and Responsibilities

5 Priority Areas Montana Thrust Belt San Juan/Paradox Basin Powder River Basin Uinta/Piceance Basin (Ferron Coal Fairway) Greater Green River Basin

6 EPCA Field Briefings For BLM and USFS January 7 – 18, 2002

7 Contractors Advanced Resources International Premier Data Services

8 Hierarchy of Restrictions and Impediments (Land Categorization and Stipulations) –No Access (Statutory), (NAS) –No Access (Administrative), (NAA) –No Access (Administrative, pending NEPA/LUP) –No Surface Occupancy, (NSO) –Cumulative Timing Limitations (TLs) Max >9 Months (TLs >9) Max 6-9 Months (TLs 6-9) Max 3-6 Months (TLs 3-6) Max <3 Months (TLs <3) –Controlled Surface Use (CSU) Standard Lease Terms (SLTs) Increasingly Restrictive

9 NSO Extended Drilling Zone To account for industry’s ability to reach subsurface targets by directional drilling, an “extended drilling zone” of ¼ mile (or other appropriate distance) is used. 1/4 Mile EDZ Drilling Location Unreachable Subsurface Target Stream NSO Reachable Subsurface Target With extended drilling zone: Location of reachable subsurface target defaults to co-located stipulation (if any). Unreachable subsurface target is under NSO. Narrow, linear features will be transparent to the analysis

10 Practical Implementation of Stipulations Study inventories significant lease stipulations that from an implementation point-of-view: –are not in force in all instances/seasons –and for what portion of the instances/time exemptions are granted. For example in the Green River Basin study, Big Game Winter Range stipulations were “discounted” (assumed to be granted exemptions) 20% of the time.


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