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tain sufficient information to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Regional Supervisor that the method of measurement meets the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section.

8 250.297 Site security.

(a) All locations where sulphur is produced, measured, or stored shall be operated and maintained to ensure against the loss or theft of produced sulphur and to assure accurate and complete measurement of produced sulphur for royalty purposes.

(b) Evidence of mishandling of produced sulphur from an offshore lease, or tampering or falsifying any measurement of production for an offshore lease, shall be reported to the Regional Supervisor as soon as possible but no later than the next business day after discovery of the evidence of mishandling.

Sec. 251.6-2 Permit requirements for a deep

stratigraphic test. 251.6-3 Group participation in test drilling

activities. 251.6-4 Bonds. 251.6-5 Duration of exploration activities. 251.7 Inspection and reporting of progress

and results of activities conducted under

permits. 251.7-1 Inspection and observation of ex

ploration activities. 251.7-2 Progress report on activities con

ducted under a permit. 251.7-3 Final report on activities conducted

under a permit. 251.8 Suspension and cancellation of au

thority to conduct activities under

permit. 251.9 Penalties. 251.10 Appeals. 251.11 Inspection, selection, and submis

sion of geological information and data. 251.12 Inspection, selection, and submis

sion of geophysical information and

data. 251.13 Reimbursement to permittees. 251.14 Disclosure of information and data

submitted under permits. 251.14-1 Disclosure of information and

data to the public. 251.14-2 Disclosure to independent con

tractors. 251.14-3 Sharing of information with af

fected States. 251.14-4 Disclosure of information and

data relating to specific contractual

commitments. AUTHORITY: Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq., as amended, 92 Stat. 629; National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332 et seq. (1970).

SOURCE: 45 FR 6344, Jan. 25, 1980, unless otherwise noted.

PART 251-GEOLOGICAL AND GEO

PHYSICAL (G & G) EXPLORATIONS OF THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF

Sec. 251.0 Authority for information collection. 251.1 Purpose. 251.2 Definitions. 251.3 Administrative authority and appli

cability. 251.3-1. Administrative authority. 251.3-2 Functions of Director. 251.3-3 Geological and geophysical activi

ties under a lease. 251.3-4 Geological and geophysical activi

ties not under a lease. 251.3-5 General requirements of notices

and permits. 251.4 Geological and geophysical activities

requiring notices or permits. 251.4-1 Geological and geophysical explo

ration for mineral resources. 251.4-2 Geological or geophysical scientific

research. 251.5 Applying for notices or permits. 251.5-1 Permit forms. 251.5-2 Notices. 251.5-3 Filing locations for permits to con

duct exploration for mineral resources. 251.5-4 Filing locations for notices or per

mits to conduct scientific research. 251.6 Test drilling activities. 251.6-1 Permit or notice requirements for

shallow test drilling.

8 251.0 Authority for information collec

tion. (a) The information collection requirement contained in 30 CFR 251.13 has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3507 and assigned clearance number 1028-0039. The information is being collected and will be used to determine eligibility for reimbursement from the Government for certain costs. The obligation to respond is re. quired to obtain a benefit.

(b) The information collection requirement contained in § 251.7-2 has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C.

Sept. 23, 1983; 48 FR 46026, Oct. 11, 1983; 48 FR 55457, Dec. 13, 1983; 53 FR 24688, June 30, 1988)

3504(h) and assigned clearance number 1010-0036. The information is being collected and will be used to monitor the progress of activities carried out under an offshore permit. The obligation to respond is mandatory.

(c) The information collection requirements contained in § 251.6 of this part do not require approval by the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3504(h) because there are fewer than 10 respondents annually.

(d) The information collection requirements contained in 30 CFR 251.11 and 251.12 have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3504(h) and assigned clearance number 1010-0034. The information is being collected for regulatory compliance. This information will be used to inspect and select geological and geophysical data and information collected under a Federal permit offshore. The obligation to respond is mandatory under section 26 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1352).

(e) The information collection requirements contained in 30 CFR 251.62 have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3507 and assigned clearance number 1010-0049. The information is being collected for regulation compliance. This information will be used to analyze and evaluate planned drilling activities of permittees on the Federal OCS. The obligation to respond is mandatory.

(f) The information collection requirements contained in 30 CFR 251.5 have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq and assigned clearance number 1010-0048. The information is being collected to evaluate permit applications to conduct prelease exploration offshore and to moonitor activities of scientific exploration conducted under notices to ensure there is no environmental deg. radation, personal harm, damage to historical or cultural sites, or interference with other uses. The response is required to obtain a benefit. (47 FR 25331, June 11, 1982, as amended at 48 FR 37968, Aug. 22, 1983; 48 FR 43324,

§ 251.1 Purpose.

(a) The Act authorizes the Secretary to prescribe rules and regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of the Act. The primary purpose of the regulations in this part is to prescribe policies, procedures, and requirements for conducting geological and geophysical activities associated with exploration for oil, gas, or sulphur not authorized under a lease in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). These activi. ties may take place on unleased lands or on lands under lease to a third party. These activities are limited to geological and geophysical exploration for oil, gas, and sulphur and geological and geophysical research related to oil, gas, or sulphur, which involves the use of solid or liquid explosives or drilling activities. The requirements of the regulations in this part implement the provisions of sections 5, 8(g), 11 (a) and (g), 19, 24, and 26 of the Act. Federal Agencies are exempt from the regulations in this part.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provisions of the regulations in this part, geological and geophysical exploration for OCS minerals other than oil, gas, and sulphur and geological and geophysical research associated with OCS minerals other than oil, gas, and sulphur are governed by the provisions of part 280 of this title.

(53 FR 25256, July 5, 1988)

§ 251.2 Definitions.

When used in this part, the following terms shall have the meaning given below:

(a) Act means the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.).

(b) Affected local government means the principal governing body of a locality which is in an affected State and is identified by the Governor of that State as a locality which will be significantly affected by oil and gas activities on the OCS.

(c) Affected State means, with respect to any program, plan, lease sale, or other activity proposed, conducted, or approved pursuant to the provisions of the Act, any State:

(1) The laws of which are declared, pursuant to section 4(a)(2)(A) of the Act, to be the law of the United States for the portion of the OCS on which such activity is, or is proposed to be, conducted;

(2) Which is, or is proposed to be, directly connected by transportation facilities to any artificial island or installation or other device permanently or temporarily attached to the seabed;

(3) Which is receiving, or in accordance with the proposed activity, will receive oil for processing, refining, or transshipment which was extracted from the OCS and transported directly to the State by means of vessels or by a combination of means including vessels;

(4) Which is designated by the Secretary as a State in which there is a substantial probability of significant impact on or damage to the coastal, marine, or human environment or a State in which there will be significant changes in the social, governmental, or economic infrastructure resulting from the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas any. where in the OCS; or

(5) In which the Secretary finds that because of such activity there is, or will be, a significant risk of serious damage, due to factors such as prevailing winds and currents, to the marine or coastal environment in the event of any oil spill, blowout, or release of oil or gas from vessels, pipelines, or other transshipment facilities.

(d) Analyzed geological information means data collected under a permit or a lease which have been analyzed. Analysis may include, but is not limited to, identification of lithologic and fossil content, core analyses, laboratory analyses of physical and chemical properties, well logs or charts, results and data obtained from formation fluid tests, and descriptions of hydrocarbon occurrences or hazardous conditions.

(e) Coastal environment means the physical, atmospheric, and biological components, conditions, and factors which interactively determine the productivity, state, condition, and quality of the terrestrial ecosystem from the

shoreline inward to the boundaries of the coastal zone.

(f) Coastal zone means the coastal waters (including the lands therein and thereunder) and the adjacent shorelands (including the waters therein and thereunder), strongly influenced by each other and in proximity to the shorelines of the several coastal States. The coastal zone includes islands, transition and intertidal areas, salt marshes, wetlands, and beaches. The coastal zone extends seaward to the outer limit of the United States territorial sea and extends inland from the shoreline to the extent necessary to control shorelands, the uses of which have a direct and significant impact on the coastal waters, and the inward boundaries of which may be identified by the several coastal States, pursuant to the authority of section 305(b)(1) of the Coastal Zone Management Act.

(g) Coastal Zone Management Act means the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1451 et seq.).

(h) Cultural resource means a site, structure, or object of historical or archeological significance.

(i) Data means facts and statistics or samples which have not been analyzed or processed.

(j) Deep stratigraphic test means drilling which involves the penetration into the sea bottom of more than 50 feet (15.2 meters) of consolidated rock or a total of more than 300 feet (91.4 meters).

(k) Director means the Director of the Minerals Management Service, U.S. Department of the Interior or a subordinate authorized to act on the Director's behalf.

(1) Exploration means the process of searching for minerals. Exploration activities include but are not limited to: (1) Geophysical surveys where magnetic, gravity, seismic, or other systems are used to detect or imply the presence of minerals, and (2) any drilling, whether on or off a geological structure.

(m) Gas means any fluid, either combustible or noncombustible, which is extracted from a reservoir and which has neither independent shape nor volume, but tends to expand in

definitely; a substance that exists in a gaseous or rarefied state under standard temperature and pressure conditions.

(n) Geological exploration for mineral resources means any operation conducted on the OCS which utilizes geological and geochemical techniques, including, but not limited to, core and test drilling, well logging techniques, and various bottom sampling methods to produce information and data on mineral resources, including information and data in support of possible exploration and development activity. The term does not include scientific research.

(0) Geophysical exploration for mineral resources means any operation conducted on the OCS which utilizes geophysical techniques, including, but not limited to gravity, magnetic, and various seismic methods, to produce information and data in support of possible exploration and development activity. The term does not include scientific research.

(p) Geological or geophysical scientific research means any investigation conducted on the OCS using solid or liquid explosives, or drilling activities for scientific research purposes involving the gathering and analysis of geological or geophysical information and data which are made available to the public for inspection and reproduction at the earliest practicable time.

(q) Governor means the Governor of a State, or the person or entity designated by, or pusuant to, State law to exercise the powers granted to a Governor pursuant to the Act.

(r) Human environment means the physical, social, and economic components, conditions, and factors which interactively determine the state, condition, and quality of living conditions, employment, and health of those affected, directly or indirectly, by activities occurring on the OCS.

(s) Hydrocarbon occurrences means the direct or indirect detection during drilling operations of any liquid or gaseous hydrocarbons by examination of well cuttings, cores, gas detector readings, formation fluid tests, wireline logs, or by any other means. The term does not include background gas,

minor accumulations of gas, or heavy oil residues on cuttings and cores.

(t) Information, when used without a qualifying adjective, includes analyzed geological information, processed geophysical information, interpreted geological information, and interpreted geophysical information.

(u) Interpreted geological information means knowledge, often in the form of schematic cross sections and maps, developed by determining the geological significance of data and analyzed geological information.

(v) Interpreted geophysical information means knowledge, often in the form of seismic cross sections and maps, developed by determining the geological significance of geophysical data and processed geophysical information.

(w) Lease means (1) any form of authorization which is issued under section 8 or maintained under section 6 of the Act and which authorizes exploration for, and development and production of, minerals, or (2) the area covered by such authorization, whichever is required by the context.

(x) Lessee means the party authorized by a lease, or an approved assignment thereof, to explore for, develop, and produce the leased deposits in accordance with the regulations in part 250 of this chapter. The term includes all parties holding such authority by or through the lessee.

(y) Marine environment means the physical, atmospheric, and biological components, conditions, and factors which interactively determine the productivity, state, condition, and quality of the marine ecosystem, including the waters of the high seas, the contiguous zone, transitional and intertidal areas, salt marshes, and wetlands within the coastal zone and on the OCS.

(2) Minerals includes oil, gas, sulphur, geopressured-geothermal and associated resources, and all other minerals which are authorized by an Act of Congress to be produced from "public lands” as defined in section 103 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1702).

(aa) National Environmental Policy Act means the National Environmen

or approved pursuant to the provisions of the Act, any State:

(1) The laws of which are declared, pursuant to section 4(a)(2)(A) of the Act, to be the law of the United States for the portion of the OCS on which such activity is, or is proposed to be, conducted;

(2) Which is, or is proposed to be, directly connected by transportation facilities to any artificial island or installation or other device permanently or temporarily attached to the seabed;

(3) Which is receiving, or in accordance with the proposed activity, will receive oil for processing, refining, or transshipment which was extracted from the OCS and transported directly to the State by means of vessels or by a combination of means including vessels;

(4) Which is designated by the Secretary as a State in which there is a substantial probability of significant impact on or damage to the coastal, marine, or human environment or a State in which there will be significant changes in the social, governmental, or economic infrastructure resulting from the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas anywhere in the OCS; or

(5) In which the Secretary finds that because of such activity there is, or will be, a significant risk of serious damage, due to factors such as prevailing winds and currents, to the marine or coastal environment in the event of any oil spill, blowout, or release of oil or gas from vessels, pipelines, or other transshipment facilities.

(d) Analyzed geological information means data collected under a permit or a lease which have been analyzed. Analysis may include, but is not limited to, identification of lithologic and fossil content, core analyses, laboratory analyses of physical and chemical properties, well logs or charts, results and data obtained from formation fluid tests, and descriptions of hydrocarbon occurrences or hazardous conditions.

shoreline inward to the boundaries : the coastal zone.

(f) Coastal zone means the coar waters (including the lands there! and thereunder) and the adjace shorelands (including the water therein and thereunder), strongly z fluenced by each other and in proxim ty to the shorelines of the severa coastal States. The coastal zone i cludes islands, transition and intert dal areas, salt marshes, wetlands, an beaches. The coastal zone extends ses ward to the outer limit of the Unite States territorial sea and extens inland from the shoreline to the extent necessary to control share lands, the uses of which have a direc and significant impact on the coasta waters, and the inward boundaries d which may be identified by the sever coastal States, pursuant to the author ity of section 305(b)(1) of the Coasta Zone Management Act.

(g) Coastal Zone Management Ac means the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C 1451 et seq.).

(h) Cultural resource means a site structure, or object of historical or ar cheological significance.

(i) Data means facts and statistics or samples which have not been analyzed or processed.

(j) Deep stratigraphic test means drilling which involves the penetration into the sea bottom of more than 50 feet (15.2 meters) of consolidated rock or a total of more than 300 feet (91.4 meters).

(k) Director means the Director of the Minerals Management Service, U.S. Department of the Interior or a subordinate authorized to act on the Director's behalf.

(1) Exploration means the process of searching for minerals. Exploration activities include but are not limited to: (1) Geophysical surveys where magnetic, gravity, seismic, or other systems are used to detect or imply the presence of minerals, and (2) any drilling, whether on or off a geological structure.

(e) Coastal environment means the physical, atmospheric, and biological components, conditions, and factors which interactively determine the productivity, state, condition, and quality of the terrestrial ecosystem from the

(m) Gas means any fluid, either combustible or noncombustible, which is extracted from a reservoir and which has neither independent shape nor volume, but tends to expand in

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