Mineral Mangement Service
Department of the Interior
Within the federal goverment are people who are aware of the oil drought
relationship as there were people aware of the addicting, carcogenic nature
of tobacco. A Congressional or Citiizen commission could establish
this a prioi awareness. If one reviews government documents (changes,
evolutions and devolutions) of the Mineral Management Service (MMS), one
wonders about the origin of the Malthusian Invisible Hand of Market
As shown below, the MMS has reduced controls, documentation and verification
of what oil companies do on drilling rigs. In some cases, not only
is certain data collection not required but the sections describing
the data source are not to be found.
The issue of importance for the oil-drought connection is how the MMS allows
uncontrolled, unsupervised and undocumented flaring of these monster deepwater
oil wells that have more than
the production rate of on-shore wells. And, there
is a smoking gun.
||Comment by author
|EPA Report: The
largest combustion emission source for methane [CO2] ....is offshore platforms
in the Gulf of Mexico ..
||These are at the head of the
Southeast US drought.envelope
|1997 Report: "Extended
or large-volume flaring and oil or condensate burning associated with deepwater
well testing will require full evaluation of impacts to air quality
[by the oil company]..
||This is like letting tobacco companies determine the health
impact of smoking cigarettes.
|1997 Report: "These
extended tests result in requests for larger volumes of gas flaring and burning
of liquid hydrocarbons."
||Call it a test and you don't have to be accountable.
Regulations 1998 (Joke#1): "As part of the initiative to reinvent government
by reducing regulatory burden and providing improved service to our customers,
we have established revised procedures for certain regulatory requirements
.... these new procedures provide equal or better protection of natural resources
.... Effective immediately, you may comply with the revised procedures
described below on a voluntary basis until we complete formal regulatory
revisions. [Italics and bold author, ROFLOL]
The above constitutes giving reprobates a "Get out of jail free" card before
giving them the keys to the kindergarden.
Regulatory burden? No. Regulartory responsibility.
Improved service? No, free lunch.
Revised procedures? No, eliminated oversight.
Equal or better protection? No, null or lesser
Comply ... on voluntary basis? No, comply by doing nothing.
Bill Clinton write these?
Regulations 1998 (Joke#2) "We no longer require you to complete data
element numbers 110 through 114, 119, and 120, and request an
MER rate [Maximum Efficiency Rate].
[Element numbers 110>114 are no longer listed for meaning or review.]
|The elimination of the MER requirement means you can pump away at whatever
rate you want which means you will flare a lot with no records required except
on a "voluntary basis"--previous MMS joke.
|Rules 1998: A revised
MPR (maximum production rate) shall automatically be approved
for each well completion for each well test submitted equal to 110 percent
of the test rate. The revised MPR will be effective on the first day of the
month following the date the well test was conducted.
||This is like the department of transportation putting up
speed signs that read:
You may change the speed limit as long as you request a higher speed limit.
Until we approve your request, you may drive at 110% of the requested speed
Or, consider: If you test the bridge at 100 ton capacity, you can use it
for 110 ton traffic.
|Rules 1998: Temporary production
rates resulting from normal variations and fluctuations exceeding a well
MPR or reservoir MER shall not be considered a violation,
||Who defines normal variations and fluctuaions?
|Flaring Policy 2000:
Flaring oil field gas for up to one year may be permitted for
economic reasons, with justification, if there is an approved plan of action
to eliminate the flare.
||The approved plan of action is to eliminate the flare by burning off
the majority of the gas--NO MER, see above.
|Flaring Policy 2000:
One of the major issues facing deepwater development is the disposition of
produced natural gas.
||This is why the policies were relaxed. It's not economically feasible
to get oil from deep-water wells without flaring the associated gas.
|MMS AWARDS ROYALTY RELIEF
TO SECOND DEEP WATER FIELD IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
Today, the U.S. Department of the Interiors Minerals Management Service
(MMS) announced that deep water royalty relief has been granted to Amoco
for the Mississippi Canyon Block 84 Field. Royalties will be suspended on
the first 87.5 million barrels of oil equivalent produced from the field,
|Royalty Relief? No, royalty theft!
Insult to Injury: Paying oil companies to destroy Florida, Georgia,
Alabama and the Carolinas is a wonderful idea.
In summary, the Mineral Management Service of the Department of Interior
allows all kinds of excuses to flare natural gas and
requires no variafiable record keeping.
If there is a Federal agency criminally culpable in the ecological and economical
devastation from oil droughts, the MMS is the prime culprit. Its policies
on reflect a lack of intelligence or, worse, integrity.
Why this one?
|As a researcher and writer, easily 500,000 webpages have been accessed
and reviewed. Many of these pages were on government sites. Most recently,
investigating the oil drought connection prompted intense search of agencies
responsible for energy management. In discovering the lessening of rules
on reporting the flaring of gas from deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico,
this writer and investigator was surprised and tantalized by the message
on the page that offered this information: $75 to download an ascii file.
First time ever that a fee was listed to get information. Who and why? All
things considered, some people know about the oil-drought connection and
are hiding the indicators and evidence. Ironically, on its webpages, MMS
"brags" about how much money it brings in from oil leases.
Maximum Efficiency Rate (MER) - ASCII File
Includes MER effective date, field name code, operator number, reservoir
name, reservoir discovery year, porosity, permeability range, gas oil interface
depth, water oil interface, gas water interface depth, hydrocarbon acreage,
gas oil contact area, oil acre feet volume, gas acre feet volume, hydrocarbon
total thickness, hydrocarbon net thickness, effective porosity, water saturation,
gas saturation, oil saturation, BOI factor, BGI factor, gas reserves, horizontal
permeability rate, vertical permeability rate, average well depth, oil recovery
fact, gas recovery fact, api gravity, gas/oil ratio, oil viscosity, reservoir
temperature, reservoir pressures, reservoir depth, production gas/oil ratio,
production gas/oil ratio date, water/oil ratio, water/oil ratio date, lease
number, completion name, and API well number. Data collection began in 1974.