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operations coordination documents
(DOCDs). Interior notes this update will
not lead to a change in practice because
BOEM always has applied its
regulations on air quality to both DPPs
and DOCDs.
Interior notes its air quality jurisdiction
is limited to activities authorized under
the OCS Lands Act in the Central and
Western Gulf of Mexico and in waters off
the North Slope Borough, with the EPA
retaining similar jurisdiction over all other
parts of the OCS.
"Since the last update to the
offshore air quality rule, the offshore
operating environment has changed
dramatically, serving to protect coastal
air quality," Erik G. Milito, president
of the National Ocean Industries
Association says. "Continuous
advancements in technology by the
industry have resulted in greater
operational efficiencies and
corresponding emissions reductions.
Interior's update of the rule is the
necessary modernization of an
important regulation." ❒

North Dakota Prepares
Well-Plugging Program
To Aid Industry, State
BISMARCK, N.D.-North Dakota's
abandoned well population may be
shrinking dramatically soon, thanks to
federal dollars.
The North Dakota Emergency
Commission and legislative budget
section approved allocating $33.1
million in federal CARES Act aid to the
state's oil and gas sector, the North
Dakota Petroleum Council says. The
North Dakota Industrial Commission
will provide the funding for well
plugging, which NDPC points out also
will help sustain North Dakota oil and
gas service companies in a time of
diminished field activity.
The program is the idea of the
Bakken Restart Taskforce. In mid-May
the group noted drilling activity in
North Dakota had dropped to 12 rigs
and one fracture crew, with most frac
supply contracts cancelled through the

end of 2020.
The state has no orphan wells, but
NDPC warns more than 549 abandoned
wells that have not produced in more
than 12 months may move into orphan
status because of the COVID-19
pandemic.
NDPC says North Dakota now has
790 abandoned wells and sites, with
241 considered viable candidates for
returning to production. The remaining
549 wells need to be plugged and the
sites reclaimed, a two step-process
with an average cost of $150,000. The
state's Abandoned Well Plugging and
Surface Reclamation Fund has $25
million on hand.
The program began June 10 with a
meeting to consider state confiscation of
abandoned wells, NDPC reports. Those
wells to be acquired will be packaged
for bidding by service companies.
"NDPC applauds the NDIC for its
initiative in addressing a potential longterm state liability while making the oil
and gas workforce of the state a priority
as the nationwide economy stabilizes

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