Flare/Vent Meter Installations

This Notice to Lessees and Operators (NTL) offers guidance on the procedures to follow if you are required to install flare/vent meters at your facility under 30 CFR part 250 subpart K, Oil and Gas Production Requirements. This NTL supersedes NTL No. 2011-N04. In addition to that guidance, this update clarifies that current Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations do not mandate metering of lease use gas and that an estimate of lease use gas volume should be reported as such.

As required by 30 CPR 250.1 163(a), you must meter flared and vented gas at your facility if it processes more than an average of 2,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) during a calendar month. If your facility is new or previously processed a lower volume, then under 30 CPR 250.1163( a)( I ), "You must notify the Regional Supervisor when your facility begins to process more than an average of 2,000 bopd in a calendar month." You should make that notification within two weeks after the end of the calendar month in which your facility begins to process more than 2,000 bopd.

This Regulatory Alert was prepared by InterAct, an Acteon company, to advise our clients of impending deadlines and applicable regulatory requirements. No official agency policy is implied.

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