Responsible party, for purposes of subparts B through F, has the following meanings:
(1) For a COF that is a pipeline, responsible party means any person owning or operating the pipeline;
(2) For a COF that is not a pipeline, responsible party means either the lessee or permittee of the area in which the COF is located, or the holder of a right-of-use and easement granted under applicable State law or the OCSLA (43 U.S.C. 1301-1356) for the area in which the COF is located (if the holder is a different person than the lessee or permittee). A Federal agency, State, municipality, commission, or political subdivision of a State, or any interstate body that as owner transfers possession and right to use the property to another person by lease, assignment, or permit is not a responsible party; and
(3) For an abandoned COF, responsible party means any person who would have been a responsible party for the COF immediately before abandonment.
30 CFR § 553.3
Terms used in this part have the following meaning: