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Permitting An Oil and Gas Well Location

Robert M. Anderson, Land and Permitting II (1996)

Onshore oil and gas operations on federal lands are subject to the provisions of The Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) of 1920 as amended and supplemented and Executive Order 12291 (46 FR 13193), Part 3160, Group 3100, Subchapter C, Chapter II of Title 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The actual approval of oil/gas operations on federal lands is subject to Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1 (43 CFR 3162.3), which establishes the procedural, temporal and informational requirements of the permitting process on the federal mineral estate. Appendix “A” contains a copy of Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1 (Onshore Order #1). Following is a discussion of the step in obtaining an approved Application for Permit to Drill (APD) for operations on federal lands.