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Title 36Chapter IPart 9

TITLE 36—Parks, Forests, and Public Property





Purpose and scope.
Access permits.
Surface disturbance moratorium.
Transfers of interest.
Assessment work.
Use of water.
Plan of operations.
Plan of operations approval.
Reclamation requirements.
Supplementation or revision of plan of operations.
Performance bond.
Use of roads by commercial vehicles.
Public inspection of documents.
Surface use and patent restrictions.


Purpose and Scope

What is the purpose and scope of this subpart?
When does this subpart apply to me?
What authorization do I need to conduct operations?
If I am already operating under an NPS authorization, what do I need to do?


What do the terms used in this subpart mean?

Previously Exempt Operations

Do I need an operations permit for my previously exempt operations?
How do I apply for my operations permit?
What will the NPS do with my application?
May I continue to operate while the NPS reviews my application?

Temporary Access Permits

When do I need a temporary access permit?
How do I apply for a temporary access permit?
When will the NPS grant a temporary access permit?
How long will I have to conduct my reconnaissance surveys?

Accessing Oil and Gas Rights From a Surface Location Outside the System Unit Boundary

Do I need an operations permit for accessing oil and gas rights from outside the System unit boundary?
What information must I submit to the NPS?
How will the NPS act on my submission?
If I don't need an operations permit, are there still requirements that I must meet?

Operations Permit: Application Contents

Who must apply for an operations permit?
May I use previously submitted information?
What must I include in my application?
What information must be included in all applications?
Existing conditions and proposed area of operations.
Environmental conditions and mitigation actions.
Spill control and emergency preparedness plan.
What additional information must be included if I am proposing geophysical exploration?
What additional information must be included if I am proposing drilling operations?
What additional information must be included if I am proposing well stimulation operations, including hydraulic fracturing?
What additional information must be included if I am proposing production operations?

Operations Permit: Application Review Process

How will NPS process my application?
How will the NPS conduct initial review?
How will the NPS conduct formal review?
What standards must be met to approve my operations permit?
What final actions may the Regional Director take on my operations permit?
What is the approval process for operations in Big Cypress National Preserve?

Operating Standards

What are the purposes and functions of NPS operating standards?
What general facility design and management standards must I meet?
What hydrologic standards must I meet?
What safety standards must I meet?
What lighting and visual standards must I meet?
What noise reduction standards must I meet?
What reclamation and protection standards must I meet?
What additional operating standards apply to geophysical operations?
What additional operating standards apply to drilling, stimulation, and production operations?

General Terms and Conditions

What terms and conditions apply to all operators?
What monitoring and reporting is required for all operators?
What additional reports must I submit if my operation includes hydraulic fracturing?

Access to Oil and Gas Rights

May I cross Federal property to reach the boundary of my oil and gas right?
Will the NPS charge me a fee for access?
Will I be charged a fee for emergency access to my operations?

Financial Assurance

Do I have to provide financial assurance to the NPS?
How does the NPS establish the amount of financial assurance?
Will the NPS adjust my financial assurance?
When will the NPS release my financial assurance?
Under what circumstances will the NPS retain my financial assurance?

Modification to an Operation

How can an approved permit be modified?

Change of Operator

What are my responsibilities if I transfer my operations?
What must I do if operations are transferred to me?

Well Plugging

When must I plug my well?
Can I get an extension to the well plugging requirement?

Prohibitions and Penalties

What acts are prohibited under this subpart?
What enforcement actions can the NPS take?
How do violations affect my ability to obtain a permit?

Reconsideration and Appeals

Can I, as operator, request reconsideration of NPS decisions?
How does the NPS process my request for reconsideration?
Can I appeal the Regional Director's decision?
Will filing a request for reconsideration or appeal stop the NPS from taking action under this subpart?
What if the original decision was made by the Superintendent?

Public Participation

How can the public participate in the approval process?

Information Collection

Has the Office of Management and Budget approved the information collection requirements?


Scope and applicability.
Coordination of AMRAP activities in National Park System units.
Application requirements.
Environmental compliance.
Application review process and approval standards.
Permitting requirements and standards.
Permit modification, suspension, and cancellation.

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