The Secretary shall make a grant to an organization of oil and gas producing States, specifically those containing significant numbers of marginal oil and natural gas wells, for conducting an annual study of low-volume natural gas reservoirs. Such organization shall work with the State geologist of each State being studied.
42 U.S. Code § 16522. Low-volume gas reservoir study
(b) ContentsThe studies under this section shall—
determine the status and location of marginal wells and gas reservoirs;
gather the production information of these marginal wells and reservoirs;
estimate the remaining producible reserves based on variable pipeline pressures;
locate low-pressure gathering facilities and pipelines;
recommend incentives which will enable the continued production of these resources;
produce maps and literature to disseminate to States to promote conservation of natural gas reserves; and
evaluate the amount of natural gas that is being wasted through the practice of venting or flaring of natural gas produced in association with crude oil well production.
(c) Data analysisData development and analysis under this section shall be performed by an institution of higher education with GIS capabilities. If the organization receiving the grant under subsection (a) does not have GIS capabilities, such organization shall contract with one or more entities with—
(2) the ability to—
process remotely sensed imagery with high spatial resolution;
(d) Authorization of appropriationsThere are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary for carrying out this section—
$1,500,000 for fiscal year 2006; and
$450,000 for each of the fiscal years 2007 through 2010.