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The Railroad Commission of Texas has adopted amendments to 3.16, relating to Log and Completion or Plugging Report, and 3.26 and 3.27, relating to Separating Devices, Tanks and Surface Commingling of Oil; and Gas To Be Measured and Surface Commingling of Gas, respectively. The adopted amendments will be published April 24 in the Texas Register and will become effective on April 28. The adopted amendment on completion reports "requires that the operator of a well file with the commission the appropriate completion report within 90 days after completion of the well or within 150 days after the date on which the drilling operation is completed, whichever is earlier. Currently, the operator...must file the completion report...within 30 days after completion of the well or within 90 days after the date on which the drilling operation is completed, whichever is earlier." The change is intended to address difficulties in compliance caused by increased drilling efficiencies. The adopted amendment on separating devices and tanks is intended to give operators more flexibility in the use of metering devices.

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