Authority and Definition of Terms
Performance Standards
Gas Storage or Injection
Inspections of Operations
Special Types of Approvals
Naming and Identifying Facilities and Wells (Does Not Include MODUs)
Primary Lease Requirements, Lease Term Extensions, and Lease Cancellations
Information and Reporting Requirements

Terms Used In CFR > Title 30 > Chapter II > Subchapter B > Part 250 > Subpart A

  • Act: means section 552 of Title 5, United States Code, sometimes referred to as the "Freedom of Information Act" and Pub. See 45 CFR 2507.1
  • Act: means the OCS Lands Act, as amended (43 U. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Agency: means any executive department, military department, government corporation, or other establishment in the executive branch of the Federal Government, or any independent regulatory agency. See 45 CFR 2507.1
  • Air pollutant: means any airborne agent or combination of agents for which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established, under section 109 of the Clean Air Act, national primary or secondary ambient air quality standards. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Analyzed geological information: means data collected under a permit or a lease that have been analyzed. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Archaeological interest: means capable of providing scientific or humanistic understanding of past human behavior, cultural adaptation, and related topics through the application of scientific or scholarly techniques, such as controlled observation, contextual measurement, controlled collection, analysis, interpretation, and explanation. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Archaeological resource: means any material remains of human life or activities that are at least 50 years of age and that are of archaeological interest. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Arctic OCS: means the Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas (for more information on these areas, see the Proposed Final OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017 (June 2012) at http://www. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Assistant Attorney General: means the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice. See 45 CFR 2490.103
  • Auxiliary aids: means services or devices that enable persons with impaired sensory, manual, or speaking skills to have an equal opportunity to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of, programs or activities conducted by the agency. See 45 CFR 2490.103
  • Board: means the Board of Directors established pursuant to 42 U. See 45 CFR 2505.2
  • Cap and flow system: means an integrated suite of equipment and vessels, including a capping stack and associated flow lines, that, when installed or positioned, is used to control the flow of fluids escaping from the well by conveying the fluids to the surface to a vessel or facility equipped to process the flow of oil, gas, and water. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Capping stack: means a mechanical device, including one that is pre-positioned, that can be installed on top of a subsea or surface wellhead or blowout preventer to stop the uncontrolled flow of fluids into the environment. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Chairperson: means the Member elected by the Board to serve as Chairperson. See 45 CFR 2505.2
  • Coastal environment: means the physical, atmospheric, and biological components, conditions, and factors that interactively determine the productivity, state, condition, and quality of the terrestrial ecosystem from the shoreline inward to the boundaries of the coastal zone. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Coastal zone: means the coastal waters (including the lands therein and thereunder) and the adjacent shorelands (including the waters therein and thereunder) strongly influenced by each other and in proximity to the shorelands of the several coastal States. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Commercial use request: means a request from, or on behalf of, a person who seeks information for a use or purpose that furthers the commercial, trade, or profit interests of the requester or the person on whose behalf the request is made. See 45 CFR 2507.1
  • Competitive reservoir: means a reservoir in which there are one or more producible or producing well completions on each of two or more leases or portions of leases, with different lease operating interests, from which the lessees plan future production. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Complete complaint: means a written statement that contains the complainant's name and address and describes the agency's alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the agency of the nature and date of the alleged violation of section 504. See 45 CFR 2490.103
  • Containment dome: means a non-pressurized container that can be used to collect fluids escaping from the well or equipment below the sea surface or from seeps by suspending the device over the discharge or seep location. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Corporation: means the Corporation for National and Community Service established pursuant to 42 U. See 45 CFR 2505.2
  • Corporation: means the Corporation for National and Community Service. See 45 CFR 2507.1
  • Correlative rights: when used with respect to lessees of adjacent leases, means the right of each lessee to be afforded an equal opportunity to explore for, develop, and produce, without waste, minerals from a common source. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Data: means facts and statistics, measurements, or samples that have not been analyzed, processed, or interpreted. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Development: means those activities that take place following discovery of minerals in paying quantities, including but not limited to geophysical activity, drilling, platform construction, and operation of all directly related onshore support facilities, and which are for the purpose of producing the minerals discovered. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Director: means the Director of BSEE of the U. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • District Manager: means the BSEE officer with authority and responsibility for operations or other designated program functions for a district within a BSEE Region. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Easement: means an authorization for a nonpossessory, nonexclusive interest in a portion of the OCS, whether leased or unleased, which specifies the rights of the holder to use the area embraced in the easement in a manner consistent with the terms and conditions of the granting authority. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Eastern Gulf of Mexico: means all OCS areas of the Gulf of Mexico the BOEM Director decides are adjacent to the State of Florida. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Exploration: means the commercial search for oil, gas, or sulphur. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Facility: means all or any portion of buildings, structures, equipment, roads, walks, parking lots, rolling stock or other conveyances, or other real or personal property. See 45 CFR 2490.103
  • Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
  • Flaring: means the burning of natural gas as it is released into the atmosphere. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • FOIA request: means a written request for Corporation records, made by any person, including a member of the public (U. See 45 CFR 2507.1
  • Freedom of Information Act: A federal law that mandates that all the records created and kept by federal agencies in the executive branch of government must be open for public inspection and copying. The only exceptions are those records that fall into one of nine exempted categories listed in the statute. Source: OCC
  • Gas reservoir: means a reservoir that contains hydrocarbons predominantly in a gaseous (single-phase) state. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Gas-well completion: means a well completed in a gas reservoir or in the associated gas-cap of an oil reservoir. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • General Counsel: means the Corporation's principal legal officer or other attorney acting at the designation of the Corporation's principal legal officer. See 45 CFR 2505.2
  • Governor: means the Governor of a State, or the person or entity designated by, or under, State law to exercise the powers granted to such Governor under the Act. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Historic preservation programs: means programs conducted by the agency that have preservation of historic properties as a primary purpose. See 45 CFR 2490.103
  • Historic properties: means those properties that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or properties designated as historic under a statute of the appropriate State or local government body. See 45 CFR 2490.103
  • Human environment: means the physical, social, and economic components, conditions, and factors that interactively determine the state, condition, and quality of living conditions, employment, and health of those affected, directly or indirectly, by activities occurring on the OCS. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Individual with handicaps: means any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. See 45 CFR 2490.103
  • Interpreted geophysical information: means geophysical knowledge, often in the form of schematic cross sections, 3-dimensional representations, and maps, developed by determining the geological significance of geophysical data and analyzed geophysical information. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Joint committee: Committees including membership from both houses of teh legislature. Joint committees are usually established with narrow jurisdictions and normally lack authority to report legislation.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: means an agreement that is issued under section 8 or maintained under section 6 of the Act and that authorizes exploration for, and development and production of, minerals. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Lessee: means a person who has entered into a lease with the United States to explore for, develop, and produce the leased minerals. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Meeting: means the deliberations of at least a quorum of the Corporation's Board of Directors where such deliberations determine or result in the joint conduct or disposition of official Corporation business. See 45 CFR 2505.2
  • Member: means a current member of the Corporation's Board of Directors. See 45 CFR 2505.2
  • Minerals: include oil, gas, sulphur, geopressured-geothermal and associated resources, and all other minerals that are authorized by an Act of Congress to be produced. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Non-commercial scientific institution: means an institution that is not operated substantially for purposes of furthering its own or someone else's business trade, or profit interests, and that is operated for purposes of conducting scientific research whose results are not intended to promote any particular product or industry. See 45 CFR 2507.1
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Oil reservoir: means a reservoir that contains hydrocarbons predominantly in a liquid (single-phase) state. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Oil reservoir with an associated gas cap: means a reservoir that contains hydrocarbons in both a liquid and gaseous (two-phase) state. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Operator: means the person the lessee(s) designates as having control or management of operations on the leased area or a portion thereof. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Person: includes a natural person, an association (including partnerships, joint ventures, and trusts), a State, a political subdivision of a State, or a private, public, or municipal corporation. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Production: means those activities that take place after the successful completion of any means for the removal of minerals, including such removal, field operations, transfer of minerals to shore, operation monitoring, maintenance, and workover operations. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Public interest: means the interest in obtaining official information that sheds light on an agency's performance of its statutory duties because the information falls within the statutory purpose of the FOIA to inform citizens about what their government is doing. See 45 CFR 2507.1
  • Quorum: means the number of Members authorized to conduct Corporation business pursuant to the Board's bylaws. See 45 CFR 2505.2
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Record: includes books, brochures, electronic mail messages, punch cards, magnetic tapes, cards, discs, paper tapes, audio or video recordings, maps, pamphlets, photographs, slides, microfilm, and motion pictures, or other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received by the Corporation pursuant to Federal law or in connection with the transaction of public business and preserved by the Corporation as evidence of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, programs, or other activities. See 45 CFR 2507.1
  • Regional Director: means the BSEE officer with responsibility and authority for a Region within BSEE. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Regional Supervisor: means the BSEE officer with responsibility and authority for operations or other designated program functions within a BSEE Region. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Representative of the news media: means a person who is actively gathering information for an entity organized to publish, broadcast or otherwise disseminate news to the public. See 45 CFR 2507.1
  • Review: means the process of examining records located in response to a request to determine whether any record or portion of a record is permitted to be withheld. See 45 CFR 2507.1
  • Right-of-use: means any authorization issued under 30 CFR Part 550 to use OCS lands. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Search: means looking for records or portions of records responsive to a request. See 45 CFR 2507.1
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Substantial impairment: means a significant loss of the integrity of finished materials, design quality, or special character resulting from a permanent alteration. See 45 CFR 2490.103
  • Surface devices: refers to equipment mounted or staged on a barge, vessel, or facility to separate, treat, store and/or dispose of fluids conveyed to the surface by the cap and flow system or the containment dome. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Suspension: means a granted or directed deferral of the requirement to produce (Suspension of Production (SOP)) or to conduct leaseholding operations (Suspension of Operations (SOO)). See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Welding: means all activities connected with welding, including hot tapping and burning. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • Western Gulf of Mexico: means all OCS areas of the Gulf of Mexico except those the BOEM Director decides are adjacent to the State of Florida. See 30 CFR 250.105
  • You: means a lessee, the owner or holder of operating rights, a designated operator or agent of the lessee(s), a pipeline right-of-way holder, or a State lessee granted a right-of-use and easement. See 30 CFR 250.105