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EIA Proposes Changes to Monthly Oil and NatGas Production Surveys

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is proposing to add stabilizer activity to its Monthly Crude Oil, Lease Condensate and Natural Gas Production Report and survey, and increase the number of states/areas for which production will be separately collected and reported, the agency said in a notice published recently in the Federal Register.

EIA is proposing to add Part 5 to Form EIA-914, which would collect state-level volumes of crude oil and lease condensate going into stabilizer units. The requested data would be reported as three new data elements -- volume of oil and condensate as inputs to a stabilizer, outlet volumes of stabilized oil, and outlet volume of natural gas liquids.

"The increase in the production of light crude oils and condensate in the crude oil production industry is the main reason that EIA is proposing changes to Form EIA-914 to include the collection of state-level volumes of crude oil and lease condensate going into stabilizer units," EIA said.

The agency is also proposing to increase from 17 to 22 the number of states/areas for which production will be separately collected and reported. EIA proposed adding Alabama, federal offshore Pacific, Michigan, Mississippi and Virginia as separate reporting states/areas, and removing them from the "Other States" category. As a result, the "Other States" category would see about a 75% reduction in oil production and an 80% reduction in natural gas production.

EIA said it is also proposing a permanent change in the confidentiality pledge to respondents of Form EIA-914. If approved, the agency would continue permanently a change to the pledge made in an emergency Federal Registernotice released last January that was required by provisions of the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015.

Comments on the proposed changes should be sent by June 5 to Jessica Biercevicz, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Energy Information Administration, EI–24, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20585, or by e-mail to jessica.biercevicz@eia.gov.

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