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(a) To establish priority as to time and date of discovery of oil or gas in a pool described in 11 AAC 83.1000, the lessee shall file a nonconfidential sworn statement with the commissioner claiming to be the first to have drilled a well making the discovery.
(b) The lessee shall file the statement described in (a) of this section within 30 days after the date of discovery. The statement must include:
(1) the time and date of discovery;
(2) the surface and bottomhole location of the discovery well;
(3) the location, measured depth, and subsea depth of the wellbore penetration of the top and base of the pool;
(4) the name of the geologic formation containing the pool; and
(5) the Alaska lease number and American Petroleum Institute well number of the discovery well.
(c) Within 10 days of receipt of the statement described in (b) of this section, the commissioner will publish notice of the statement in a newspaper of general statewide circulation and the division's world wide web page on the Internet.
History: Eff. 2/21/98, Register 145
Authority: AS 38.05.020
AS 38.05.180 (f)
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