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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 25. Department of Energy
Chapter 160. Virginia Gas and Oil Board Regulations
12/6/2021

4VAC25-160-110. Recordkeeping.

A. Each unit operator shall maintain records of production, income, payments made to lessors and escrow agents, any suspended payments, and other information prescribed by the board until the later of:

1. When the permits for all wells in the unit have been released by the department;

2. Twenty-four months after all escrowed funds for competing claims to ownership of coalbed methane gas in the unit have been paid out under order of the board; or

3. When so ordered by the board.

B. Each unit operator shall maintain itemized records of all costs charged to participating or nonparticipating operators until the later of:

1. Twenty-four months after all costs attributable to participating or nonparticipating operators have been settled and paid; or

2. When so ordered by the board.

C. Upon transfer of the right to conduct operations in a pooled drilling unit to a new unit operator, the old unit operator shall transfer all records required to be maintained in accordance with this section to the new unit operator. The old unit operator will not be released from responsibility as the unit operator until he has submitted, to the board, an affidavit that the records have been received by the new unit operator.

D. In the event a unit operator wishes to terminate its legal existence and the unit is not transferred to a new unit operator, or when the permit for any well in the unit has been revoked and the bond forfeited by the department, the unit operator shall transfer, to the board, all records required to be maintained in accordance with this section.

Statutory Authority

§ 45.1-361.15 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR480-05-22.2 § 11, eff. October 23, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 22, eff. August 20, 1997; Volume 33, Issue 21, eff. July 27, 2017.

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