30 CFR 203.0 - What definitions apply to this part?

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§ 203.0 What definitions apply to this part?
Authorized field means a field:
(1) Located in a water depth of at least 200 meters and in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) west of 87 degrees, 30 minutes West longitude;
(2) That includes one or more pre-Act leases; and
(3) From which no current pre-Act lease produced, other than test production, before November 28, 1995.
Certified unsuccessful well means an original well or a sidetrack with a sidetrack measured depth (i.e., length) of at least 10,000 feet, on your lease that:
(1) You begin drilling on or after March 26, 2003, and before May 3, 2009, on a lease that is located in water partly or entirely less than 200 meters deep and that is not a non-converted lease, or on or after May 18, 2007, and before May 3, 2013, on a lease that is located in water entirely more than 200 meters and entirely less than 400 meters deep;
(2) You begin drilling before your lease produces gas or oil from a well with a perforated interval the top of which is at least 18,000 feet true vertical depth subsea (TVD SS), (i.e., below the datum at mean sea level);
(3) You drill to at least 18,000 feet TVD SS with a target reservoir on your lease, identified from seismic and related data, deeper than that depth;
(4) Fails to meet the producibility requirements of 30 CFR part 550, subpart A, and does not produce gas or oil, or meets those producibility requirements and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) agrees it is not commercially producible; and
(5) For which you have provided the notices and information required under § 203.47.
Complete application means an original and two copies of the six reports consisting of the data specified in §§ 203.81, 203.83, and 203.85 through 203.89, along with one set of digital information, which Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has reviewed and found complete.
Deep well means either an original well or a sidetrack with a perforated interval the top of which is at least 15,000 feet TVD SS and less than 20,000 feet TVD SS. A deep well subsequently re-perforated at less than 15,000 feet TVD SS in the same reservoir is still a deep well.
Determination means the binding decision by BSEE on whether your field qualifies for relief or how large a royalty-suspension volume must be to make the field economically viable.
Development project means a project to develop one or more oil or gas reservoirs located on one or more contiguous leases that have had no production (other than test production) before the current application for royalty relief and are either:
(1) Located in a planning area offshore Alaska; or
(2) Located in the GOM in a water depth of at least 200 meters and wholly west of 87 degrees, 30 minutes West longitude, and were issued in a sale held after November 28, 2000.
Draft application means the preliminary set of information and assumptions you submit to seek a nonbinding assessment on whether a field could be expected to qualify for royalty relief.
Eligible lease means a lease that:
(1) Is issued as part of an OCS lease sale held after November 28, 1995, and before November 28, 2000;
(2) Is located in the Gulf of Mexico in water depths of 200 meters or deeper;
(3) Lies wholly west of 87 degrees, 30 minutes West longitude; and
(4) Is offered subject to a royalty suspension volume.
Expansion project means a project that meets the following requirements:
(1) You must propose the project in a (BOEM) Development and Production Plan, a BOEM Development Operations Coordination Document (DOCD), or a BOEM Supplement to a DOCD, approved by the Secretary of the Interior after November 28, 1995.
(2) The project must be located on either:
(i) A pre-Act lease in the GOM, or a lease in the GOM issued in a sale held after November 28, 2000, located wholly west of 87 degrees, 30 minutes West longitude; or
(ii) A lease in a planning area offshore Alaska.
(3) On a pre-Act lease in the GOM, the project:
(i) Must significantly increase the ultimate recovery of resources from one or more reservoirs that have not previously produced (extending recovery from reservoirs already in production does not constitute a significant increase); and
(ii) Must involve a substantial capital investment (e.g., fixed-leg platform, subsea template and manifold, tension-leg platform, multiple well project, etc.).
(4) For a lease issued in a planning area offshore Alaska, or in the GOM after November 28, 2000, the project must involve a new well drilled into a reservoir that has not previously produced.
(5) On a lease in the GOM, the project must not include a reservoir the production from which an RSV under §§ 203.30 through 203.36 or §§ 203.40 through 203.48 would be applied.
Fabrication (or start of construction) means evidence of an irreversible commitment to a concept and scale of development. Evidence includes copies of a binding contract between you (as applicant) and a fabrication yard, a letter from a fabricator certifying that continuous construction has begun, and a receipt for the customary down payment.
Field means an area consisting of a single reservoir or multiple reservoirs all grouped on, or related to, the same general geological structural feature or stratigraphic trapping condition. Two or more reservoirs may be in a field, separated vertically by intervening impervious strata or laterally by local geologic barriers, or both.
Lease means a lease or unit.
New production means any production from a current pre-Act lease from which no royalties are due on production, other than test production, before November 28, 1995. Also, it means any additional production resulting from new lease-development activities on a lease issued in a sale after November 28, 2000, or a current pre-Act lease under a BOEM DOCD or a BOEM Supplement approved by the Secretary of the Interior after November 28, 1995.
Nonbinding assessment means an opinion by BSEE of whether your field could qualify for royalty relief. It is based on your draft application and does not entitle the field to relief.
Non-converted lease means a lease located partly or entirely in water less than 200 meters deep issued in a lease sale held after January 1, 2001, and before January 1, 2004, whose original lease terms provided for an RSV for deep gas production and the lessee has not exercised the option under § 203.49 to replace the lease terms for royalty relief with those in § 203.0 and §§ 203.40 through 203.48.
Original well means a well that is drilled without utilizing an existing wellbore. An original well includes all sidetracks drilled from the original wellbore either before the drilling rig moves off the well location or after a temporary rig move that BSEE agrees was forced by a weather or safety threat and drilling resumes within 1 year. A bypass from an original well (e.g., drilling around material blocking the hole or to straighten crooked holes) is part of the original well.
Participating area means that part of the unit area that BSEE determines is reasonably proven by drilling and completion of producible wells, geological and geophysical information, and engineering data to be capable of producing hydrocarbons in paying quantities.
Performance conditions mean minimum conditions you must meet, after we have granted relief and before production begins, to remain qualified for that relief. If you do not meet each one of these performance conditions, we consider it a change in material fact significant enough to invalidate our original evaluation and approval.
Phase 1 ultra-deep well means an ultra-deep well on a lease that is located in water partly or entirely less than 200 meters deep for which drilling began before May 18, 2007, and that begins production before May 3, 2009, or that meets the requirements to be a certified unsuccessful well.
Phase 2 ultra-deep well means an ultra-deep well for which drilling began on or after May 18, 2007; and that either meets the requirements to be a certified unsuccessful well or that begins production:
(1) Before the date which is 5 years after the lease issuance date on a non-converted lease; or
(2) Before May 3, 2009, on all other leases located in water partly or entirely less than 200 meters deep; or
(3) Before May 3, 2013, on a lease that is located in water entirely more than 200 meters and entirely less than 400 meters deep.
Phase 3 ultra-deep well means an ultra-deep well for which drilling began on or after May 18, 2007, and that begins production:
(1) On or after the date which is 5 years after the lease issuance date on a non-converted lease; or
(2) On or after May 3, 2009, on all other leases located in water partly or entirely less than 200 meters deep; or
(3) On or after May 3, 2013, on a lease that is located in water entirely more than 200 meters and entirely less than 400 meters deep.
Pre-Act lease means a lease that:
(1) Results from a sale held before November 28, 1995;
(2) Is located in the GOM in water depths of 200 meters or deeper; and
(3) Lies wholly west of 87 degrees, 30 minutes West longitude.
Production means all oil, gas, and other relevant products you save, remove, or sell from a tract or those quantities allocated to your tract under a unitization formula, as measured for the purposes of determining the amount of royalty payable to the United States.
Project means any activity that requires at least a permit to drill.
Qualified deep well means:
(1) On a lease that is located in water partly or entirely less than 200 meters deep that is not a non-converted lease, a deep well for which drilling began on or after March 26, 2003, that produces natural gas (other than test production), including gas associated with oil production, before May 3, 2009, and for which you have met the requirements prescribed in § 203.44;
(2) On a non-converted lease, a deep well that produces natural gas (other than test production) before the date which is 5 years after the lease issuance date from a reservoir that has not produced from a deep well on any lease; or
(3) On a lease that is located in water entirely more than 200 meters but entirely less than 400 meters deep, a deep well for which drilling began on or after May 18, 2007, that produces natural gas (other than test production), including gas associated with oil production before May 3, 2013, and for which you have met the requirements prescribed in § 203.44.
Qualified ultra-deep well means:
(1) On a lease that is located in water partly or entirely less than 200 meters deep that is not a non-converted lease, an ultra-deep well for which drilling began on or after March 26, 2003, that produces natural gas (other than test production), including gas associated with oil production, and for which you have met the requirements prescribed in § 203.35 or § 203.44, as applicable; or
(2) On a lease that is located in water entirely more than 200 meters and entirely less than 400 meters deep, or on a non-converted lease, an ultra-deep well for which drilling began on or after May 18, 2007, that produces natural gas (other than test production), including gas associated with oil production, and for which you have met the requirements prescribed in § 203.35.
Qualified well means either a qualified deep well or a qualified ultra-deep well.
Redetermination means our reconsideration of our determination on royalty relief because you request it after:
(1) We have rejected your application;
(2) We have granted relief but you want a larger suspension volume;
(3) We withdraw approval; or
(4) You renounce royalty relief.
Renounce means action you take to give up relief after we have granted it and before you start production.
Reservoir means an underground accumulation of oil or natural gas, or both, characterized by a single pressure system and segregated from other such accumulations.
Royalty suspension (RS) lease means a lease that:
(1) Is issued as part of an OCS lease sale held after November 28, 2000;
(2) Is in locations or planning areas specified in a particular Notice of OCS Lease Sale offering that lease; and
(3) Is offered subject to a royalty suspension specified in a Notice of OCS Lease Sale published in the Federal Register.
Royalty suspension supplement (RSS) means a royalty suspension volume resulting from drilling a certified unsuccessful well that is applied to future natural gas and oil production generated at any drilling depth on, or allocated under a BSEE-approved unit agreement to, the same lease.
Royalty suspension volume (RSV) means a volume of production from a lease that is not subject to royalty under the provisions of this part.
Sidetrack means, for the purpose of this subpart, a well resulting from drilling an additional hole to a new objective bottom-hole location by leaving a previously drilled hole. A sidetrack also includes drilling a well from a platform slot reclaimed from a previously drilled well or re-entering and deepening a previously drilled well. A bypass from a sidetrack (e.g., drilling around material blocking the hole, or to straighten crooked holes) is part of the sidetrack.
Sidetrack measured depth means the actual distance or length in feet a sidetrack is drilled beginning where it exits a previously drilled hole to the bottom hole of the sidetrack, that is, to its total depth.
Sunk costs for an authorized field means the after-tax eligible costs that you (not third parties) incur for exploration, development, and production from the spud date of the first discovery on the field to the date we receive your complete application for royalty relief. The discovery well must be qualified as producible under 30 CFR part 550, subpart A. Sunk costs include the rig mobilization and material costs for the discovery well that you incurred before its spud date.
Sunk costs for an expansion or development project means the after-tax eligible costs that you (not third parties) incur for only the first well that encounters hydrocarbons in the reservoir(s) included in the application and that meets the producibility requirements under 30 CFR part 550, subpart A on each lease participating in the application. Sunk costs include rig mobilization and material costs for the discovery wells that you incurred before their spud dates.
Ultra-deep well means either an original well or a sidetrack completed with a perforated interval the top of which is at least 20,000 feet TVD SS. An ultra-deep well subsequently re-perforated less than 20,000 feet TVD SS in the same reservoir is still an ultra-deep well.
Withdraw means action we take on a field that has qualified for relief if you have not met one or more of the performance conditions.

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 25 - INDIANS

§ 396 - Leases of allotted lands for mining purposes

§ 396a - Leases of unallotted lands for mining purposes; duration of leases

§ 396b - Public auction of oil and gas leases; requirements

§ 396c - Lessees of restricted lands to furnish bonds for performance

§ 396d - Rules and regulations governing operations; limitations on oil or gas leases

§ 396e - Officials authorized to approve leases

§ 396f - Lands excepted from leasing provisions

§ 396g - Subsurface storage of oil or gas

§ 397 - Leases of lands for grazing or mining

§ 398 - Leases of unallotted lands for oil and gas mining purposes

§ 398a - Leases of unallotted lands for oil and gas mining purposes within Executive order Indian reservations

§ 398b - Proceeds from rentals, royalties, and bonuses; disposition

§ 398c - Taxes

§ 398d - Changes in boundaries of Executive order reservations

§ 398e - Applications for permits to prospect for oil and gas filed under other statutes; disposition

§ 399 - Leases of unallotted mineral lands withdrawn from entry under mining laws

§ 400 - Leases for mining purposes of reserved and unallotted lands in Fort Peck and Blackfeet Indian Reservations

§ 400a - Lease for mining purposes of land reserved for agency or school; disposition of proceeds; royalty

§ 401 - Leases for mining purposes of unallotted lands in Kaw Reservation

§ 402 - Leases of surplus lands

§ 402a - Lease of unallotted irrigable lands for farming purposes

§ 403 - Leases of lands held in trust

§ 403a - Lease of lands on Port Madison and Snohomish or Tulalip Indian Reservations in Washington

25 U.S. Code § 332, 333 - Repealed.

25 U.S. Code § 332, 333 - Repealed.

§ 403b - Lease of restricted lands in State of Washington

§ 403c - Identity of lessor; period of lease

§ 404 - Sale on petition of allottee or heirs

§ 405 - Sale of allotment of noncompetent Indian

§ 406 - Sale of timber on lands held under trust

§ 407 - Sale of timber on unallotted lands

§ 407a to 407c - Omitted

§ 407d - Charges for special services to purchasers of timber

§ 408 - Surrender of allotments by relinquishment for benefit of children

§ 409 - Sale of lands within reclamation projects

§ 409a - Sale of restricted lands; reinvestment in other restricted lands

§ 410 - Moneys from lease or sale of trust lands not liable for certain debts

§ 411 - Interest on moneys from proceeds of sale

§ 412 - Payment of taxes from share of allottee in tribal funds

§ 412a - Exemption from taxation of lands subject to restrictions against alienation; determination of homestead

§ 413 - Fees to cover cost of work performed for Indians

§ 414 - Reservation of minerals in sale of Choctaw-Chickasaw lands

§ 415 - Leases of restricted lands

§ 415a - Lease of lands of deceased Indians for benefit of heirs or devisees

§ 415b - Advance payment of rent or other consideration

§ 415c - Approval of leases

§ 415d - Lease of restricted lands under other laws unaffected

§ 416 - Leases of trust or restricted lands on San Xavier and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservations for public, religious, educational, recreational, residential, business, farming or grazing purposes

§ 416a - Lease provisions

§ 416b - Development pursuant to lease

§ 416c - Lease of lands of deceased Indians for benefit of heirs or devisees

§ 416d - Advance payment of rent or other consideration

§ 416e - Approval of leases

§ 416f - Dedication of land for public purposes

§ 416g - Contract for water, sewerage, law enforcement, or other public services

§ 416h - Zoning, building, and sanitary regulations

§ 416i - Restrictions

§ 416j - Mission San Xavier del Bac

§ 2101 - Definitions

§ 2102 - Minerals Agreements

§ 2103 - Secretary’s determination on Minerals Agreements

§ 2104 - Secretary’s review of prior Minerals Agreements

§ 2105 - Effect of other provisions

§ 2106 - Assistance to tribes or individuals during Minerals Agreement negotiations

§ 2107 - Regulations; consultation with Indian organizations; pending agreements

§ 2108 - Tribal right to develop mineral resources

U.S. Code: Title 30 - MINERAL LANDS AND MINING

§ 181 - Lands subject to disposition; persons entitled to benefits; reciprocal privileges; helium rights reserved

§ 182 - Lands disposed of with reservation of deposits of coal, etc.

§ 183 - Cancellation of prospecting permits

§ 184 - Limitations on leases held, owned or controlled by persons, associations or corporations

§ 184a - Authorization of States to include in agreements for conservation of oil and gas resources lands acquired from United States

§ 185 - Rights-of-way for pipelines through Federal lands

§ 186 - Reservation of easements or rights-of-way for working purposes; reservation of right to dispose of surface of lands; determination before offering of lease; easement periods

§ 187 - Assignment or subletting of leases; relinquishment of rights under leases; conditions in leases for protection of diverse interests in operation of mines, wells, etc.; State laws not impaired

§ 187a - Oil or gas leases; partial assignments

§ 187b - Oil or gas leases; written relinquishment of rights; release of obligations

§ 188 - Failure to comply with provisions of lease

§ 188a - Surrender of leases

§ 189 - Rules and regulations; boundary lines; State rights unaffected; taxation

§ 190 - Oath; requirement; form; blanks

§ 191 - Disposition of moneys received

§ 191a - Late payment charges under Federal mineral leases

§ 191b - Collection of unpaid and underpaid royalties and late payment interest owed by lessees

§ 192 - Payment of royalties in oil or gas; sale of such oil or gas

§ 192a - Cancellation or modification of contracts

§ 192b - Application to contracts

§ 192c - Rules and regulations governing issuance of certain leases; disposition of receipts

§ 193 - Disposition of deposits of coal, and so forth

§ 193a - Preference right of United States to purchase coal for Army and Navy; price for coal; civil actions; jurisdiction

§ 194 - Repealed.

§ 195 - Enforcement

§ 196 - Cooperative agreements; delegation of authority

§ 351 - Definitions

§ 352 - Deposits subject to lease; consent of department heads; lands excluded

§ 353 - Sale of lands unaffected; reservation of mineral rights; sale subject to prior lease; naval petroleum reserves unaffected

§ 354 - Lease of partial or future interests in deposits

§ 355 - Disposition of receipts

§ 356 - Furnishing description of lands and title documents; recordation of documents; authenticated copies

§ 357 - State or local government rights; taxation

§ 358 - Rights under prior leases; priority of pending applications; exchange of leases

§ 359 - Rules and regulations

§ 360 - Authority to manage certain mineral leases

§ 1001 - Definitions

§ 1002 - Lands subject to geothermal leasing

§ 1002a - Repealed.

§ 1003 - Leasing procedures

§ 1004 - Rents and royalties

§ 1005 - Lease term and work commitment requirements

§ 1006 - Acreage limitations

§ 1007 - Readjustment of lease terms and conditions

§ 1008 - Byproducts

§ 1009 - Relinquishment of geothermal rights

§ 1010 - Suspension of operations and production

§ 1011 - Termination of leases

§ 1012 - Waiver, suspension, or reduction of rental or royalty

§ 1013 - Surface land use

§ 1014 - Lands subject to geothermal leasing

§ 1015 - Requirement for lessees

§ 1016 - Administration

§ 1017 - Unit and communitization agreements

§ 1018 - Data from Federal agencies

§ 1019 - Disposal of moneys from sales, bonuses, rentals, and royalties

§ 1020 - Publication in Federal Register; reservation of mineral rights

§ 1021 - Federal exemption from State water laws

§ 1022 - Prevention of waste; exclusivity

§ 1023 - Rules and regulations

§ 1024 - Inclusion of geothermal leasing under certain other laws

§ 1025 - Federal reservation of certain mineral rights

§ 1026 - Significant thermal features

§ 1027 - Land subject to prohibition on leasing

§ 1028 - Hot dry rock geothermal energy

§ 1701 - Congressional statement of findings and purposes

§ 1702 - Definitions

U.S. Code: Title 31 - MONEY AND FINANCE
U.S. Code: Title 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
U.S. Code: Title 43 - PUBLIC LANDS

§ 1301 - Definitions

§ 1302 - Resources seaward of Continental Shelf

§ 1303 - Amendment, modification, or repeal of other laws

§ 1331 - Definitions

§ 1332 - Congressional declaration of policy

§ 1333 - Laws and regulations governing lands

§ 1334 - Administration of leasing

§ 1335 - Validation and maintenance of prior leases

§ 1336 - Controversies over jurisdiction; agreements; payments; final settlement or adjudication; approval of notice concerning oil and gas operations in Gulf of Mexico

§ 1337 - Leases, easements, and rights-of-way on the outer Continental Shelf

§ 1338 - Disposition of revenues

§ 1338a - Moneys received as a result of forfeiture by Outer Continental Shelf permittee, lessee, or right-of-way holder; return of excess amounts

§ 1339 - Repealed.

§ 1340 - Geological and geophysical explorations

§ 1341 - Reservation of lands and rights

§ 1342 - Prior claims as unaffected

§ 1343 - Repealed.

§ 1344 - Outer Continental Shelf leasing program

§ 1345 - Coordination and consultation with affected State and local governments

§ 1346 - Environmental studies

§ 1347 - Safety and health regulations

§ 1348 - Enforcement of safety and environmental regulations

§ 1349 - Citizens suits, jurisdiction and judicial review

§ 1350 - Remedies and penalties

§ 1351 - Oil and gas development and production

§ 1352 - Oil and gas information program

§ 1353 - Federal purchase and disposition of oil and gas

§ 1354 - Limitations on export of oil or gas

§ 1355 - Restrictions on employment of former officers or employees of Department of the Interior

§ 1356 - Documentary, registry and manning requirements

§ 1356a - Coastal impact assistance program

§ 1801 - Congressional findings

§ 1802 - Congressional declaration of purposes