US regulatory group the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) has decided that XML is an ideal format for sharing data with oil and gas industry operators. The GWPC believes that XML data transfer offers a cost advantage over ‘traditional’ EDI. Also, XML development tools are now widely available.
The GWPC has coordinated the development of an XML schema for oil and gas production and injection. This two-year effort has included meetings with representatives of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Minerals Management Service (MMS), workshops, state agency conferences, and pilot studies funded through grants from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the participating states.
Electronic reporting initiatives based on this schema are now being launched in Colorado, New York, Montana, Alaska, Utah, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. The XML schema gives agencies a common syntax and format for their data reporting elements even though implementations may differ from state to state. A certification process is currently underway through API and POSC. The schema can be downloaded from www.virtuales.com/xml/schemaVer3_5Doc/ereport3_5.html.
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