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Meeting today about change in oil and gas regulations

The Bureau of Land Management is holding a public meeting today to discuss updates to orders concerning extraction and measurement of oil and natural gas at 1 p.m. at the Astoria Hotel and Event Center.The meeting is the last of three being held ...

The Bureau of Land Management is holding a public meeting today to discuss updates to orders concerning extraction and measurement of oil and natural gas at 1 p.m. at the Astoria Hotel and Event Center.
The meeting is the last of three being held in different parts to the country to answer questions about the issue, with one held last Thursday in Oklahoma City and another on Dec. 1 in Durango, Colo.
Onshore Order 3 sets standards to ensure oil and gas are not prone to theft and loss, and to enable accurate measurement and production accountability. Orders 4 and 5 establish minimum standards for the accurate measurement of all oil and gas, respectively.
The BLM established the orders in 1989. Since then, technology in oil and gas measurement have changed, leaving the orders antiquated.
In connection with the meetings, the BLM has also reopened a comment period for all the rules, which takes place through Dec. 14.
Beverly Winston of the BLM said one of the main reasons for updating the orders is establishing fairness in measuring the product produced so that royalties are allocated justly.
“We want uniform standards from well to well,” Winston said.
She said these meetings follow expressed concerns over the years about the outdated rules from the Government Accountability Office, the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General and the Secretary’s Subcommittee on Royalty Management.
Wernette is a reporter for The Press.

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