Agencies act on permit fees, stripper wells, floating platforms

08/01/2005
As a House and Senate energy conference tried to resolve differences and produce a final energy bill, the Interior Department and its two main divisions that regulate oil and gas exploration and production took two actions and proposed a third.The Bureau of Land Management revived a proposal to impose new fees and increase others to cover the costs of environmental studies, monitoring activities, and other processes related to its regulation of federal oil, gas, and other mineral resources.The July 19 proposal includes a processing fee for oil and gas drilling permit applications. BLM said that, in reviewing fees that it proposed in 2000 for the latest proposal, it initially determined th...
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