30 U.S. Code § 1712 - Duties of lessees, operators, and motor vehicle transporters
(a) Liability for royalty payments
In order to increase receipts and achieve effective collections of royalty and other payments, a lessee who is required to make any royalty or other payment under a lease or under the mineral leasing laws, shall make such payments in the time and manner as may be specified by the Secretary or the applicable delegated State. A lessee may designate a person to make all or part of the payments due under a lease on the lessee’s behalf and shall notify the Secretary or the applicable delegated State in writing of such designation, in which event said designated person may, in its own name, pay, offset or credit monies, make adjustments, request and receive refunds and submit reports with respect to payments required by the lessee. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter to the contrary, a designee shall not be liable for any payment obligation under the lease. The person owning operating rights in a lease shall be primarily liable for its pro rata share of payment obligations under the lease. If the person owning the legal record title in a lease is other than the operating rights owner, the person owning the legal record title shall be secondarily liable for its pro rata share of such payment obligations under the lease.
(b) Development of and compliance with site security plan and minimum site security measures by operators; notification to Secretary of well production
An operator shall—
(1) develop and comply with a site security plan designed to protect the oil or gas produced or stored on an onshore lease site from theft, which plan shall conform with such minimum standards as the Secretary may prescribe by rule, taking into account the variety of circumstances at lease sites;
(2) develop and comply with such minimum site security measures as the Secretary deems appropriate to protect oil or gas produced or stored on a lease site or on the Outer Continental Shelf from theft; and
(3) not later than the 5th business day after any well begins production anywhere on a lease site or allocated to a lease site, or resumes production in the case of a well which has been off of production for more than 90 days, notify the Secretary, in the manner prescribed by the Secretary, of the date on which such production has begun or resumed.
(c) Possession of documentation by transporters of oil or gas by motor vehicle or pipeline
(1) Any person engaged in transporting by motor vehicle any oil from any lease site, or allocated to any such lease site, shall carry, on his person, in his vehicle, or in his immediate control, documentation showing, at a minimum, the amount, origin, and intended first destination of the oil.
Source(Pub. L. 97–451, title I, § 102,Jan. 12, 1983, 96 Stat. 2450; Pub. L. 104–185, § 6(g),Aug. 13, 1996, 110 Stat. 1715.)
1996—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 104–185inserted heading and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “A lessee—
“(1) who is required to make any royalty or other payment under a lease or under the mineral leasing laws, shall make such payments in the time and manner as may be specified by the Secretary; and
“(2) shall notify the Secretary, in the time and manner as may be specified by the Secretary, of any assignment the lessee may have made of the obligation to make any royalty or other payment under a lease or under the mineral leasing laws.”
Effective Date of 1996 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 104–185applicable with respect to the production of oil and gas after the first day of the month following Aug. 13, 1996, see section 11 ofPub. L. 104–185, set out as a note under section 1701 of this title.
Applicability of 1996 Amendment