Surface Use Plan of Operation (SUPO)

Well pad in production stage. Storage Tanks may be used for temporary storage of oil or produced water. Pumping Equipment Oil spill contained in the well pad. Drill rig setup on site in a winter landscape. Storage Tanks for drilling Reclamation and Road construction related to oil and gas activity. Production facility on the well pad.  Drilling rigs in Williston basin during Bakken shale oil boom. Drilling rigs.  Christmas tree. Pumping Equipment Excavation for oil and gas pipelines ruptures and a clean-up.

 

This section of the Forest Service Website was created to help oil and gas operators to submit full and complete SUPO's. A SUPO is divided into a plan that contains 12 points. The following the steps and links will help you to  fill out the proper forms, attach the proper files and consult the appropriate regulations and Conditions of Approval.

Each well is unique and will requirre site-specific maps and narratives. Dakota Prairie Grasslands  current Conditions of Approval (COAs) will help you to minimze your narratives.

To speed the process and save you money, a Preliminary Environmental Review (PER) is helpful.

Note: The Application to Drill process also includes an application that must be filed with the BLM. You can file that application online at the BLM Oil and Gas website

General

The Surface Use Plan of Operations must:

  • Describe the access road(s) and drill pad
  • Describe the construction methods that the operator plans to use
  • Describe the proposed means for containment and disposal of all waste materials
  • Provide for safe operations
  • Provide for adequate protection of surface resources, groundwater, and other environmental components
  • Include adequate measures for stabilization and reclamation of disturbed lands
  • Describe any Best Management Practices the operator plans to use

All maps that are included in the Surface Use Plan of Operations must

  • Be of a scale no smaller than 1:24,000, unless otherwise stated
  • Geospatial vector and raster data must include appropriate attributes and metadata
  • Geo-referenced raster images must be from the same source as hardcopy plats and maps submitted in the APD package

All proposed on-lease surface disturbance must be surveyed and staked as described below in items (a) through (l), including:

  • The well location
  • Two 200-foot (61-meter) directional reference stakes
  • The exterior pad dimensions
  • The reserve pit
  • Cuts and fills
  • Outer limits of the area to be disturbed (catch points)
  • Any off-location facilities

Proposed new roads require:

  • Centerline flagging with stakes clearly visible from one to the next
  • Cut and fill staking and/or slope staking of proposed new access roads and locations for ancillary facilities that may be necessary, as determined by the FS

The onsite inspection will not occur until:

  • The required surveying and staking is complete
  • New access road(s) have been flagged

Information required by the Surface Use Plan of Operations may be shown on the same map if it is appropriately labeled or on separate diagrams or maps and must include the following:

A. Existing Roads: A legible map labeled and showing:

Onshore Order 

Map scale ½ inch = 1 mile Exhibit #1, (See table #1)

The operator must submit a legible map such as highway or county road, United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographic, or other such map that shows the proposed well site and access route to the proposed well in relation to a town or other locatable public access point.

  • The operator must improve or maintain existing roads in a condition the same as or better than before operations began
  • The operator must provide any plans for improvement and/or maintenance of existing roads
  • The information provided by the operator for construction and use of roads will be used for any special use or Right-of-Way application
  • The operator may use existing terrain and two-track trails, where appropriate, to assure environmental protection
  • The operator should consider using Best Management Practices in improving or maintaining existing roads
  • The operator may use existing roads under the jurisdiction of the FS for access if they meet the transportation objectives of the FS
  • When access involves the use of existing roads:
  • The FS may require that the operator contribute to road maintenance
    • This is usually authorized by a Road Use Permit or a joint road use agreement
    • The FS will charge the operator a pro-rata share of the costs of road maintenance and improvement, based upon the anticipated use of the road 

Note:

  • All existing roads will be maintained as per County, State, and Forest Service specifications and standards, See Exhibits for all proposed haul routes for drilling operations and production.
  • All roads are labeled on Exhibit #1, County Access Routes; and Exhibit #2, Quad Access Location.
  • See Point B “New or Reconstructed Access Roads”, for the new access road construction.

The operator may use existing roads under the jurisdiction of the Forest Service (FS) for access if they meet the transportation objectives of the FS.  
 


B. New or Reconstructed Access Roads:

Onshore Order 
  
The operator must identify on a map:

  • All permanent and temporary access roads that it plans to construct or reconstruct in connection with the drilling of the proposed well
  • Locations of all existing and proposed road structures (culverts, bridges, low water crossings, etc.) must be shown
  • The proposed route to the proposed drill site must be shown, including distances from the point where the access route exits established roads
  • All permanent and temporary access roads must be located and designed to meet the applicable standards of the appropriate Surface Managing Agency, and be consistent with the needs of the operator
  • The operator should consider using Best Management Practices in designing and constructing roads

The operator must design roads based upon:

  • The class or type of road
  • The safety requirements
  • Traffic characteristics
  • Environmental conditions
  • The vehicles the road is expected to carry.

The operator must describe for all road construction or reconstruction:

  • Road width
  • Maximum grade
  • Crown design
  • Turnouts
  • Drainage and ditch design
  • On-site and off-site erosion control
  • Revegetation of disturbed areas
  • Location and size of culverts and/or bridges
  • Fence cuts and/or cattleguards
  • Major cuts and fills
  • Source and storage of topsoil
  • Type of surfacing materials, if any that will be used

Note: See Supplemental Direction Point B. "New or Reconstructed Access Roads", (pg. 3 of 12)

Sample B: Complete Survey & Design Required 

"A complete road survey and design, including the well pad has been contracted with:
Accurate Road & Pad Designers 
Box 9999 , Dickinson , North Dakota
Contact: XXXX
Office #: (XXX)-XXX-XXXX. 
Cell Phone # (XXX)-XXX-XXXX.

Insert your contractor's information.
  
They will be submitting a complete set of plans to your office on or near Insert Date Here (dd/mm/yyyy)  . The Road Package Components as agreed upon during the Insert Date Here  Field Review will be incorporated into the plans."

Note: You may use the following narrative as an example when you submit your application to the forest service oil and gas specialist “area manager”

  • Typical Profile 

A plat showing a typical road profile has been contracted with: 
Accurate Road & Pad Designers
Box 9999, Dickinson, North Dakota
Contact: XXXX
Office #: (XXX)-XXX-XXXX. 
Cell Phone # (XXX)-XXX-XXXX.

They will be submitting a typical road profile with quantities sheets to your office.. The Road Package Components as agreed upon during the Field Review will be incorporated into the plans.

See Exhibit #8, Quantities Sheet and Exhibit #13A, Access Road Typical Section Sheet.

See Exhibit #13B, Access Road Layout for an example of an approach.

  •  No Rights-of-Ways or Other Permits Required 

"The proposed access road is located entirely on lease and will not require any additional rights-of-way or other permits. No county permit is required"

  • Need Rights-of-Ways or Other Permits Required 

Approximately 387 feet of the proposed access road are located off lease in the SWSW Quarter of Section 9, T142N, R102W, and will require a special use permit.

See Exhibit #2, Quad Access Location.


C. Location of Existing Wells: 1-mile radius map

Onshore Order 

Map scale 1 inch =2,000 feet, Exhibit #3 and Exhibit #4

The operator must include a map and may include a geospatial database that includes:

  • All known wells, regardless of the well status (producing, abandoned, etc.)
  • Within a one-mile radius of the proposed location

Sample C:

"See Exhibit #6, Well Location Plat, showing the location of the proposed well and center of radius."

"See Exhibit #3, One Mile Radius Map, showing and identifying the following existing wells. See also, Exhibit #4, GIS Well Symbols, for a detailed description of the symbols used."

  • Water wells - 0
  • Disposal wells - 1
  • Drilling wells - 0
  • Producing wells - 5
  • Injection wells - 0
  • Plugged and Abandoned - 2

D. Location of Existing and/or Proposed Production Facilities: A Map or Plat scale of 1":50'

Onshore Order 

Map scale 1 inch = 2,000 feet, Exhibits #5.

The operator must include a map or diagram that shows:

  • Facilities planned to the extent known or anticipated
    • On the well pad
    • Off the well pad
  • The location of all production facilities and lines likely to be installed if the well is successfully completed for production.

The map or diagram and optional geospatial database must show and differentiate between:

  • Proposed and existing flow lines
  • Overhead and buried power lines
  • Water lines
  • If facilities will be located on the well pad, the information should be consistent with the layout provided in item (i) 9. of this section
  • The dimensions of the facility layouts for all new construction

If the operator has not developed information regarding production facilities, it may defer submission of that information until a production well is completed. For NEPA analysis, the FS will need a reasonable estimate of the facilities to be employed.

  
1.  On well pad:  Show the following existing area facilities and dimensions to be utilized if the well is successfully completed for production (detail painting plans and color if applicable):

Map scale 1 inch = 50 feet, Exhibit #13

Sample : 

See Exhibit #13, Well Production Layout for a diagram showing proposed production facilities.  Actual production may require more/less facilities, which we would finalize during the preparation of the Production Facilities installation.

Tank batteries:  a tank battery and associated facilities consisting of 3 steel 400 bbl oil tanks and 1 fiberglass 400 bbl saltwater tank, all 16 feet tall, and 12 feet in diameter.

Production facilities:  One vertical heater treater and one vertical separator, stack pack, one flare pit approximately 10 feet by 10 feet, with igniter, one main pumping unit, one recycle pump, electric box, cathodic protection, and associated facilities.

Oil gathering lines:  See Point #D.2 for a description of disposal lines to be installed off pad.

Gas gathering lines:  See Point #D.2 for a description of gas lines to be installed off pad.

Injection lines:  No injection lines are planned for this well.

Disposal lines:  See Point #D.2 for a description of disposal lines to be installed off pad.

Surface pits:  None.  (Not allowed on the DPG).

Electric Lines:  See Point #D.2 for a description of electric lines to be installed off pad.  A power box will need to be constructed on the well pad.

All Facilities:  will be constructed, painted, diked, operated, maintained, and reclaimed as per the Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs).

D.2: Off well pad:  Same as above.  Off lease flowlines may require rights-of-way or special use permits, check with the District Office.  Surface ownership, if different from Point #K, should be cited.
 
Sample D.2:  

Oil gathering lines:  construct approximately 2,100 feet of 4 inch steel oil line from the tank battery to existing lines in Section 9.  The lines will be trenched in 4 feet and will parallel the newly constructed road and NFSR #725 on the north and west sides of the roads.  A valve and riser will need to be installed at the point where the proposed lines connect to the existing lines.  See Exhibits #5, Proposed Utilities Maps.

Gas gathering lines:  construct approximately 2,100 feet of 4 inch of buried SDR11 Poly gas line from the tank battery to existing lines in Section 9.  The lines will parallel the newly constructed road and NFSR #725 on the north and west sides of the roads, approximately 10 feet from the oil line and buried 4 feet.  A valve and riser will need to be installed at the point where the proposed lines connect to the existing lines.  See Exhibits #5, Proposed Utilities Maps.

The gas line will require a special use permit to the following gas company.

XXXX Gas Company 
Attn: XXXX
PO Box 321 
Dickinson , ND 58601

Sweet Scent Gas Company has been notified of our need and will contact you for the proper permits and field reviews."

Insert Gas Contractor Information

Injection lines:  No injection lines are planned for this well.

Disposal lines:  construct approximately 2,100 feet of 4 inch Poly saltwater line from the tank battery to existing lines in Section 9.  The lines will parallel the newly constructed road and NFSR #725 on the north and west sides of the roads, approximately 10 feet outside of the gas line and 20 feet outside of the oil line, the line will be trenched in approximately 6 feet deep.  A valve and riser will need to be installed at the point where the proposed lines connect to the existing lines.  See Exhibits 5, Proposed Utilities Maps.

Electric Lines:  install approximately 2100 feet of 7.2 KV underground electric line, south of the newly constructed road and east of NFSR #705.  A junction box will need to be installed near the intersection of NFSR 725 and the proposed access road.  The line will be plowed in minimum of 42 inches.  A control board will need to be constructed on the well pad.  See Exhibit #’s 5A and 5B, Proposed Utilities Maps.
The electric line will require a special use permit to the following electric company.

XXXX Company
Attn: XXXX
PO Box 123 
Dickinson, ND 5860

Insert your electrical contractor's information

Sure Watt Power Company has been notified of our need and will contact you for the proper permits and field reviews.

All Lines and associated Facilities will be constructed, painted, diked, operated, maintained, and reclaimed as per the Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs).

All lines are on Forest Service lands. All lines within Section 8 are on lease, the lines within Section 9 are off lease and may require a special use permit."


E. Location and Type of Water Supply:

Onshore Order 

Map scale ½ inch = 1 mile, Exhibit #1, (See table #1)  
Map scale 1 inch = 24,000 feet Exhibit #2 and Exhibit #3 (See table #1)

  • Information concerning water supply, such as rivers, creeks, springs, lakes, ponds, and wells, may be shown by quarter-quarter section on a map or plat, or may be described in writing.
  • The operator must identify the source, access route, and transportation method for all water anticipated for use in drilling the proposed well
  • The operator must describe any newly constructed or reconstructed access roads crossing Federal lands that are needed to haul the water as provided in item B. of this section
  • The operator must indicate if it plans to drill a water supply well on the lease and, if so, the operator must:
    • Describe the location
    • Construction details
    • Expected production requirements
      • Including a description of how water will be transported and procedures for well abandonment.

Sample E.1:  Water Source From A Private Source.

Fresh water will be obtained from Precious Water Company wells located in the SE quarter of Section 16, T142N, R102W.  Water will be hauled with semi-truck contracted to

XXXX Company
Box 123, Belfield, North Dakota 
Contact:  XXXX
Office #:  (701)-575-XXXX.
Cell Phone # (701)-290-XXXX.

Insert your water contractor's information

A map showing the source location is included within Exhibit #1, County Access Route." 
  
Sample E.2:  

No new road construction will be needed.

The proposed haul routes and roads of use are included within Exhibit #1, County Access Route.

E.3 The operator must indicate if it plans to drill a water supply well on the lease and, if so, the operator must:

  • Describe the location
  • Construction details
  • Expected production requirements 
    • Including a description of how water will be transported and procedures for well abandonment 

Sample E.3:  Water Well Proposed To Be Drilled On Lease and On Location.

A water source well will be needed for this proposal.  The well will be drilled on location within the lease.  See Exhibit #12, Well Rig Layout and Exhibit #13, Well Production Layout for a location of the proposed well.

A 6 inch, cased fresh water well is scheduled to be drilled to insert water formation; an application for a permit from the North Dakota State Water Commission is approved for 10,000 gals/day.  Upon completion of the oil and gas well the fresh water well will be utilized for fresh water for production purposes for XXXX company use only and the water will not be a commercial well.

The water will be transported thru a 4 inch Poly line located on the well site to a 200 barrel storage tank.

We have contracted with the following company to drill this well.

XXXX Water Drilling Company
Box 123, Fairfield, North Dakota
Contact: XXXX
Office #:  (701)-863-XXXX.
Cell Phone # (701)-290-XXXX

Insert your water hauling contractor information.

They will be submitting a separate plan of operations to your office and we request that the plan be incorporated into our well SUPO.  We will also obtain all the necessary State permits.  Construction and maintenance shall be conducted as specified within Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs).

OR

Sample E.3:  Water Well Proposed To Be Drilled On Lease But Off Location.

A water source well will be needed for this proposal.  The well will be drilled off location within the lease in the SENE quarter of Section 08, T142N, R102W, at our proposed camp facilities.  The footages are 800 Feet from the east line and 2000 feet from the north line.  See Exhibit #2, Quad Access Location showing the proposed location of the camp site.

A 6 inch, cased fresh water well is scheduled to be drilled to insert water formation; an application for a permit from the North Dakota State Water Commission is approved for 10,000 gals/day.  Upon completion of the oil and gas well the fresh water well will be utilized for fresh water for production purposes for XXXX company use only and the water will not be a commercial well.

The water will be transported by truck on Forest Service Road # 712, to the well site.

We have contracted with the following company to drill this well.

XXXX Water Drilling Company
Box 123, Fairfield, North Dakota 
Contact: XXXX
Office #:  (701)-863-XXXX.
Cell Phone # (701)-290-XXXX

They will be submitting a separate plan of operations to your office on or near XXXXX and we request that the plan be incorporated into our well SUPO.  We will also obtain all the necessary State permits.  Construction and maintenance shall be conducted as specified within Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs) .

 
Sample 5C, 3: Water Well Proposed To Be Drilled On Lease But Off Location. 

"A water source well will be needed for this proposal. The well will be drilled off location within the lease in the SENE quarter of Section 08, T142N, R102W, at our proposed camp facilities. The footages are 800 Feet from the east line and 2000 feet from the north line. See Exhibit #2, Quad Access Location showing the proposed location of the camp site.

We have contracted with the following company to drill this well.

XXXX Water Drilling Company 
Box 123 , Fairfield , North Dakota
Contact: XXXX
Office #: (701)-863-XXXX. 
Cell Phone # (701)-290-XXXX

They will be submitting a separate plan of operations to your office  and we request that the plan be incorporated into our well SUPO. We will also obtain all the necessary State permits. Construction and maintenance shall be conducted as specified within Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs).


F. Construction Materials: Show information either on a map or written description

Onshore Order 

Map scale 1 inch = 50 feet, Exhibit #8 (See table #1)

  • The operator must state the character and intended use of all construction materials, such as sand, gravel, stone, and soil material
  • The proposed source must be shown on a quarter-quarter section of a map or plat or in a written description.

Sample F.1, A:  All Construction Material Originates From Existing Materials 

All construction materials shall originate from existing materials located within the designed road and pad.  These materials will be used as specified within the road construction designs and pad plats.  (Select Either Scoria or Gravel) will be used as road surfacing and will originate as specified in F.2.

Sample F.1, B:  Additional Construction Material Required 

The existing materials located within the road and pad is in insufficient quantities to complete this project.  All existing material will be utilized as specified within the road construction designs and pad plats.  Additional subsurface materials will be necessary to complete the access road.  This material will originate from a private source located in the Insert Quarter/Quarter, Section, Township, and Range Here.  The quantities are listed in the Estimate of Quantities Sheet within the road design, See Exhibit #8, Quantities Sheet.

Sample F.1, C:  Additional Construction Material Required (Borrow Pits) 

The existing materials located within the road and pad is in insufficient quantities to complete this project.  All existing material will be utilized as specified within the road construction designs and pad plats.  Additional subsurface materials will be necessary to complete the access road.  This material will originate from borrow pits, as agreed to during the field review, next to the proposed access road located in the Insert Quarter/Quarter, Section, Township, and Range Here.  The borrow pits will be included within the road designs, constructed and reclaimed as part of the road and per Forest Service COAs.  The quantities are listed in the Estimate of Quantities Sheet within the road design,

See Exhibit #8, Quantities Sheet.  
 
Sample F.2: 

All (Select one: Scoria or Gravel) road surfacing will be acquired from a private source located in Quarter/Quarter, Section X, Township , and Range X.


G. Methods for Handling Waste

Onshore Order 

The Surface Use Plan of Operations must contain:

  • A written description of the methods and locations proposed for safe containment and disposal of each type of waste material that results from drilling the proposed well.
    • Cuttings
    • Garbage
    • Salts
    • Chemicals
    • Sewage
    • (Etc.)

The narrative must include plans for the eventual disposal of:

  • Drilling fluids
  • Any produced oil or water recovered during testing operations
  • The operator must describe plans for the construction and lining, if necessary, of the reserve pit

Sample G.1: 

A written description describing the methods and locations proposed for safe containment and disposal of each type of waste material that results from drilling the proposed well including:

All wastes will be contained and disposed of as per the Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs) .
 
Sample G.2: 

Written description of plans for eventual disposal of drilling fluids and any produced oil or water recovered during testing operations.  Most reserve pits will be required to be fenced on the 3 nonworking sides during drilling and on the remaining side after rig release, until closed.

All drilling fluids will be removed from the reserve pit, and hauled by truck to a state approved disposal facility located in the SE quarter of Section 16, T142N, R102W, See Exhibit #2, Quad Access Location and Exhibit #3, One Mile Radius Map.  The facility is:

XXX Trucking & Disposal
Box 234, Dickinson, North Dakota 
Contact: XXX
Office #:  (701)-225-XXXX.
Cell Phone # (701)-260-XXXX.
 
 
Sample G.3: 

A reserve pit will be constructed in the cut portion of the pad, identified in exhibits.  The pit will be 60 feet wide by 160 feet long and 14 feet deep.  The pit will be constructed and operated, per Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs).


H. Ancillary Facilities

Onshore Order 

The operator must identify on a map:

  • The location and construction methods and materials for all anticipated ancillary facilities such as camps, airstrips, and staging areas
  • The operator must stake on the ground the approximate center of proposed camps and the centerline of airstrips
  • If the ancillary facilities are located off-lease, the FS may require the operator to obtain an additional authorization, such as a Right-of-Way or Special Use Authorization

Sample H.1:  Camp Facilities 

"Camp facilities are proposed in the SENE quarter of Section 08, T142N, R102W, away from the drilling site to stage crews while the well is being drilled. See Exhibit #2, Quad Access Location and Exhibit #3, One Mile Radius Map.

Sample H.2:  Airstrip

"There are very few places on the District to land an airplane and it is highly unlikely that an airstrip would ever be approved."

Sample H.3:  Helipad Facilities 

"A helipad is proposed in the NESE quarter of Section 8, T142N, R102W, southeast of the proposed camp facilities. See Exhibit #2, Quad Access Location and Exhibit #3, One Mile Radius Map.


I. Wellsite Layout: A diagram of the well site layout must have: (plats not less than 1"=50' showing

Onshore Order 

Map Scale 1 inch = 50 feet, Exhibit #’s 9, 10, 11, 12.

 A diagram of the well site layout must have:

  • An arrow indicating the north direction
  • Diagrams with cuts and fills must be surveyed, designed, drawn, digitized, and certified by licensed professional surveyors or engineers
  • The operator must submit a plat of a scale of not less than 1 inch =50 feet showing the location and orientation of:
    • The proposed drill pad
    • Reserve pit location
    • Blooie line location
    • Flare pit location
    • Access road entry points and their approximate location with respect to topographic features and with cross section diagrams of the drill pad
    • The reserve pit showing all cuts and fills and the relation to topography
    • The plat must also include the approximate proposed location and orientation of the:
      • Drilling rig
      • Dikes and ditches to be constructed
      • Topsoil and/or spoil material stockpiles

Sample I.1:  diagrams

See Exhibit #9, Original Contours showing the original contours of the well pad area.
See Exhibit #10, Pad Cut & Fill Diagram showing all Cuts and Fills of the well pad.
See Exhibit #11, Pad Cross Section showing the well pad cross sections and pit(s).

Sample I.2:  diagrams

See Exhibit #10 Pad Cut & Fill Diagram with Reserve pit, access road entry and flare pit
See Exhibit #12 Well Rig Layout

I.3. Rig orientation, parking areas, Topsoil and Reserve Pit stockpile.

Sample I.3: diagrams 

See Exhibit #12, Well Rig Layout.

The flare pit will be constructed as specified within Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs).


J. Plans for Surface Reclamation

Onshore Order 

A diagram of the well site layout must have:

  • An arrow indicating the north direction
  • Diagrams with cuts and fills must be surveyed, designed, drawn, digitized, and certified by licensed professional surveyors or engineers
  • The operator must submit a plat of a scale of not less than 1 inch =50 feet showing the location and orientation of:
    • The proposed drill pad
    • Reserve pit location
    • Blooie line location
    • Flare pit location
    • Access road entry points and their approximate location with respect to topographic features and with cross section diagrams of the drill pad
    • The reserve pit showing all cuts and fills and the relation to topography
    • The plat must also include the approximate proposed location and orientation of the:
      • Drilling rig
      • Dikes and ditches to be constructed
      • Topsoil and/or spoil material stockpiles

See Exhibit #13, Well Production Layout showing proposed facilities with interim reclamation.

The well will be recontoured to accommodate only as much as needed for the production phase of the well site.  The site will be re-contoured, stabilized, with drainage established and seeded with native seed mixture.  The entire disturbed area will be fenced until adequate vegetation is established and may be reduced with Forest Service approval.

See Exhibit #9, Original Contours, for Final reclamation.

During final reclamation all facilities will be removed, including flowlines and risers, the road surfacing will be removed and relocated to another site, and all topsoil will be segregated and protected.  The entire well pad and access road templates will be obliterated and reclaimed back to near natural conditions, recontouring all cut and fills slopes, and reestablishing natural drainages and the site stabilized and seeded with native seed mixture. The entire disturbed area will be fenced until adequate vegetation is established.  Describe erosion control measures and drainages.

Revegetation methods and techniques including use of native seed and/or plant materials. 

Sample J.2:

We will notify the Forest Service for preparation of a Reclamation Addendum as specified within Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs) to establish the needs, methods, treatments, and conditions for both production and final reclamation.

Only native grass seed mixtures, as specified by the Forest Service will be used for all planting.  Seeding will be accomplished as specified within Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs).

J.3. Waste disposal including reserve closure, pit fluids and other wastes.

Sample J.3: 

The reserve pit will be drained of all fluids and solidified with either approved Class C Fly Ash or cement.  All fluids will be disposed of in a state approved facility.

All pits will be constructed, closed, and reclaimed as specified within Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs).

All wastes will be contained and disposed of as specified within Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs)..

Special soil treatments. 

Sample J.4: 

Any area impacted by spills and/or other undesirable events will be promptly treated and tested as specified within Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs).

J.5. Other practices necessary to reclaim disturbed areas, including any access roads, pipelines, or portions of well pads when no longer needed.

Sample J.5: 

Reference Point J.2 above.  Access road will be reclaimed when the well is plugged and the site no longer needed.  Any flowlines or Pipelines will be have erosion controlled and stabilized according to the Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs).


K. Surface Ownership

The operator must indicate (in a narrative) the surface ownership at the well location, and of all lands crossed by roads that the operator plans to construct or upgrade, including, if known:

  • The name of the agency or owner
  • Phone number
  • Address

Sample K.1: Entirely on USFS Surface 

"The well pad and access road are both located on USFS lands in the SW quarter of Section 9 and the SE quarter of Section 8. See Exhibit #2, Quad Access Map, Exhibit #6, Well Location Plat, and Exhibit #7, Horizontal Section Plat."

Sample K.2: Well and Portion of Access Road On USFS Surface 

"The well pad and a portion of the access road are located on USFS and on private surface lands in Quarter Quarter, Section XX, TownshipXX, and RangeXX H . The remaining portions of the access road off lease are located in the Insert Quarter QuarterXX, Section,XX TownshipXX, and RangeXX . See Exhibit #2, Quad Access Map, Exhibit #6, Well Location Plat, and Exhibit #7, Horizontal Section Plat."


L. Other Information

  • When an integrated pest management program is needed for weed or insect control, the operator must coordinate plans with state or local management agencies and include the pest management program in the Surface Use Plan of Operations
  • The FS also encourages the operator to submit any additional information that may be helpful in processing the application

Optional information not required to be filed by operators under 00#1, but which may be useful to Forest Service in permit processing, and may be supplied at the operators option.

  • Statement as to whether pits are to be lined or unlined, If lined, detail plans.
  • The certification is no longer required as part of the Federal SUPO.  However, the certification is required as part of the private mineral operating plan.

L.2. Operator Certification

Note:  The operator must include its name, address, and telephone number, and the same information for its field representative, in the Plan of Operations. The certification must carry the Operator’s original signature.

Sample L.1

Noxious weeds will be controlled with approved chemical, biological treatments, for facilities flowlines and access roads according to the Forest Service Conditions of Approval (COAs)..

L.2. Topography, soil characteristics, geologic features, flora and fauna (check with district wildlife biologist for any special requirements).

Sample L.2:  Botanical Survey 

A botanical survey has been contracted with the following company and they will send the survey results directly to the Forest Service upon completion.

Green Things Surveyed
Box 123, Fairfield, North Dakota 
Contact: XXXX
Office #:  (701)-863-XXXX.
Cell Phone # (701)-290-XXXX

Enter botanical contractor information.

Sample L.2B: Wildlife Survey 

A Wildlife survey has been contracted with the following company and they will send the survey results directly to the Forest Service upon completion.

Raptors & Other Critters Inc. 
Box 123 , Fairfield , North Dakota
Contact: XXXX
Office #: (701)-863-XXXX. 
Cell Phone # (701)-290-XXXX

Enter wildlife contractor information.

*12B. Other surface-use activities and surface ownership of all involved lands.

Sample L.3: 

"All activities with the exception of the following are located on USFS lands in Sections 8 and 9. The exceptions are:

Water supply and disposal on private lands located in Section 16, T142N, R102W.

Scoria or gravel from private lands located in (Quarter/quarter, Section, Township, Range)"

*12C. Proximity of water, occupied dwelling, archeological, historical or cultural sites (check with district archeologist for cultural resource report requirements).

Sample L.4: 

A cultural survey has been contracted with the following company and they will send the survey results directly to the Forest Service upon completion.

Ye Olde Stuff Archaeologist 
Box 123 , Fairfield , North Dakota 
Contact: XXXX

Office #: (701)-863-XXXX. 
Cell Phone # (701)-290-XXXX. 
 
Insert Archeologist information.

*12D. Photograph(s) of proposed well site.

Sample L.5: 

"None requested by the Forest Service."


Table # 1: Summary of the SUPO 12 points and required proper attachments, maps, and map scales to use.


Referenfed Sections 

Subsequent Operations and Sundry Notices 
 
Subsequent operations must follow 43 CFR part 3160, applicable lease stipulations, and APD Conditions of Approval. The operator must file the Sundry Notice in the BLM Field Office having jurisdiction over the lands described in the notice or the operator may file it using the BLM’s electronic commerce system.
If, at the time the original APD was filed, the lessee or operator elected to defer submitting information under Section III.E.3.d. (Location of Existing and/or Proposed Facilities) of this Order, the lessee or operator must:

  • Supply this information before construction and installation of the facilities
  • The FS may require a field inspection before approving the proposal
  • The lessee or operator may not begin construction until the BLM/FS approves the proposed plan in writing

Reclamation

  • Plans for surface reclamation must be designed to return the disturbed area to productive use and to meet the objectives of the land and resource management plan (LRMP)
  • If the operator proposes to modify the plans for surface reclamation approved at the APD stage, the operator must attach these modifications to the Subsequent Report of Plug and Abandon using Sundry Notices and Reports on Wells, Form 3160–5
  • Earthwork for interim and final reclamation must be completed within 6 months of well completion or well plugging (weather permitting)
  • All pads, pits, and roads must be reclaimed to a satisfactorily revegetated, safe, and stable condition, unless an agreement is made with the FS to keep the road or pad in place.
  • Pits containing fluid must not be breached (cut) and pit fluids must be removed or solidified before backfilling.
  • Pits may be allowed to air dry subject to FS approval, but the use of chemicals to aid in fluid evaporation, stabilization, or solidification must have prior FS approval.
  • Seeding or other activities to reestablish vegetation must be completed within the time period approved by the FS
  • Upon completion of reclamation operations, the lessee or operator must notify the BLM or the FS using Form 3160–5, Final Abandonment Notice, when the location is ready for inspection
  • Final abandonment will not be approved until the surface reclamation work required in the Surface Use Plan of Operations or Subsequent Report of Plug and Abandon has been completed to the satisfaction of the FS

 





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