Regulatory report

RRC’s IT modernization. PPDM’s regulatory data standards committee gains new members. ExxonMobil ducks Canadian reserves reporting. API jubilant as new administration clips EPA’s wings.

The Railroad Commission of Texas has modernized its IT systems. Producers can now file well log data electronically in both .TIFF and .LAS formats via the L-1 e-log status report form on the Commission’s website. Previously, operators had to print and submit paper logs.

At a recent meeting, the PPDM regulatory data standards (RDS) committee welcomed new members from BP, Oklahoma and Colorado State regulators. They join representatives from US (Bureau of land management and States), Australia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. An RDS survey on ‘well milestones disambiguation’ has found that ‘semantic confusion on dates is widespread.’ PPDM invites others to take the survey. RDS has also initiated contact with the API on its RP78 well directional survey data standard and with PODS. Energistics will be pleased to note that henceforth, PPDM RDS committee members will ‘mention the work underway at the National Data Repository meeting in Norway.’

Exxon Mobil reports that by agreement with the Alberta and Ontario authorities is no longer needs to comply with Canadian standards for reserves reporting. From now on, compliance with US reporting rules will suffice.

Meanwhile in US, the American Petroleum Institute is celebrating the new administration’s clipping of the US Environmental protection agency’s wings. The API downstream group welcomes the administrative stay on the EPA’s risk management plan rule while its upstream unit applauded the Senate vote to disapprove the Bureau of land management’s proposed new rules for domestic oil and gas development on public lands.

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