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AAPL Governmental Affairs Weekly Report - September 21, 2020

  • 1.  AAPL Governmental Affairs Weekly Report - September 21, 2020

    Posted 09-21-2020 09:41
    Following please find highlights from the AAPL Governmental Affairs Weekly Report for the week of September 21, 2020. The next report will be published on October 5, 2020.

    To access a copy of the report, and an archive of past reports, AAPL members may visit: https://www.landman.org/resources/advocacy-and-legal and log in to their member account. For any difficulties logging in, please contact the AAPL Membership Department at membership@landman.org or call 817-847-7000 for immediate assistance. To become an AAPL member and receive a copy of the report, among other benefits, please visit: https://www.landman.org/membership/why-join-and-benefits.

    FEDERAL - REGULATORY: BLM Oil and Gas Site Security, Oil Measurement, and Gas Measurement Regulations. On September 10, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a proposed rule, Oil and Gas Site Security, Oil Measurement, and Gas Measurement Regulations (85 Fed. Reg. 55940) to begin the process of revising the trio of Obama-era onshore operations regulations: (1) Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Site Security (81 Fed. Reg. 81365); (2) Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Measurement of Oil (81 Fed. Reg. 81462); and (3) Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Measurement of Gas (81 Fed. Reg. 81516). Collectively, the BLM refers to these three rules as the "2016 Final Rules." With the Oil and Gas Site Security, Oil Measurement, and Gas Measurement Regulations proposed rule, "the BLM is seeking to reduce the regulatory burdens associated with the 2016 Final Rules while maintaining appropriate safeguards to ensure production accountability. While the proposed revisions would streamline, reduce, or eliminate some of the burdens associated with the 2016 Final Rules, the BLM believes that the […] revisions strike an appropriate balance and would not compromise the government's ability to ensure accurate and reliable royalty collection." The BLM public comment period runs through November 9, 2020. In addition, the BLM will host virtual public information meetings "where the agency will be available to answer clarifying questions regarding the regulations up to four hours per session." Click here for more information and to register for one of the sessions to be held on September 29 and 30, and October 1, 2020. Read more.

    STATE - LEGISLATIVE: Marketable Title – Michigan. (Update to 3/16/20 Weekly Report) On September 10, HB 5611 passed the House and has been transmitted to the Senate. The bill, sponsored by Rep. James Lower (R), would amend the Marketable Record Title Act to extend
    the amount of time under which a claim against a marketable record title could be filed by three years. According to the Michigan House bill report, "Marketable record title generally refers to an ownership interest in land that can be transferred to a new owner without the likelihood that another person can claim an interest in the property. Under the act, a person possesses a marketable record title to an interest in land if he or she has an unbroken chain of title to the interest for 40 years or, for mineral interests, 20 years. 2018 PA 5721 revised the deadline for filing a notice to preserve a claim to two years after that bill took effect, or until March 29, 2021. The bill would extend that deadline to March 29, 2024." Read more.

    INDUSTRY NEWS: Producers race to file permits on federal acreage before election. Last week, Reuters reported that "producers in U.S. shale fields are stockpiling drilling permits on federal land ahead of the presidential election" on November 3 "concerned that a win by Democratic candidate Joe Biden could lead to a clamp-down on oilfield activity." As of August 24, federal permitting in the Permian Basin was up 80 percent in the last three months, which Reuters said "analysts attribute to a hedge against a win by Biden, who currently leads President Donald Trump by several points in national polling" and Biden's "climate plan includes banning new oil and gas permits on public lands." Read more.


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    Russell Cohen
    AAPL Governmental Affairs
    rcohen@landman.org
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