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Onshore and Offshore Upstream Oil and Gas Operations: Federal Auditing Guide
Onshore and Offshore Upstream Oil and Gas Operations: Federal Auditing Guide is designed to be used to ensure effective regulatory compliance with the hundreds of complex Federal Department of Interior (DOI) environmental, health and safety (EHS) regulatory requirements facing businesses that explore for and extract oil and natural gas (referred to as upstream oil and gas operations\). 

This Oil and Gas Audit Guide has two primary purposes. First, the Guide provides subscribers with a comprehensive protocol that can be used to ensure that audits and internal assessments thoroughly identify all the federal regulatory compliance challenges facing upstream oil and gas operations. Second, the Guide also serves as a concise reference source for information on oil and gas safety, DOI regulatory issues, agency interpretations and guidance, facility compliance responsibilities and good management practices all resources that can be used to help your facility efficiently and effectively maintain ongoing environmental compliance.

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Topic Area

The two modules in the Guide address the following sections of DOI regulations: 

Outer Continental Shelf

  • General Obligations (30 CFR 250.1 250.199)
  • Exploration Development and Operations Plans (30 CFR 250.111 250. 299)
  • Exploration Development and Operations Plans (30 CFR 250.111 250. 299)
  • Pollution Prevention and Control (30 CFR 250.300 250.304)
  • Drilling Operations (30 CFR 250.400 250.490)
  • Well Completion (30 CFR 250.500 250.530)
  • Well Workovers (30 CFR 250.600 250.618)
  • Production Safety Systems (30 CFR 250.800 250.808)
  • Platforms and Structures (30 CFR 250.900 250.921)
  • Pipelines and Pipeline Rights-of-Way (30 CFR 250.1000 250.1019)
  • Production and Operations (30 CFR 250.1150 250.1167)
  • Well Control and Production Safety Training (30 CFR 250.1500 250.1510)
  • Decommissioning Activities (30 CFR 250.1700 250.1754)
  • Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) (30 CFR 250.1900 250.1929)

Bureau of Land Management

  • Geophysical Exploration (43 CFR 3150.0-1 - 3154.1)
  • Onshore Oil and Gas Operations (43 CFR 3160.0-1 3164.3)
Introduction            Summarizes federal regulations on that topic; assesses how these requirements interact; presents key compliance definitions and important reference materials
Pre-Audit Preparation Lists materials to be reviewed before conducting an audit or self-assessment
Rulebook Summarizes each regulatory requirement and presents detailed guide notes for the auditor or self-assessment specialist to use to determine all aspects of compliance or non-compliance
Scoresheet Enables quick recording of a facility s compliance status for each requirement. Additional features include customizable scoresheets