NTL No. 2003-G17 clarifies the guidelines for submitting these documents, and streamlines what has to be filed by:
The OCS Lands Act requires lessees to file and MMS to approve EP's and DOCD's describing their proposed exploration, development, and production activities. MMS sends these plans to State and Federal agencies for regulatory review.
MMS Gulf of Mexico Regional Director Chris Oynes explained, "This NTL provides details on all the required information that lessees and operators must provide, and furnishes format examples, thereby reducing the need for additional plan filings or costly delays. This NTL makes some minor changes in details based on comments that we have received as suggestions from state agencies and oil and gas companies."
The new NTL is effective August 27, 2003, and supersedes an earlier NTL No. 2002-G08, issued in August 2002.
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