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Letter to Lessees - Provide Clarification, Description, and Interpretation with Regard to Pipeline Requirements

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The purpose of this letter is to provide clarification, description, and interpretation of the requirements contained in 30 CFR 250.150 through 30 CFR 250.164 (Federal Register, April 1, 1988, 53 FR 10756-10761) which pertain to the approval, installation, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of lease term and right-of-way (ROW) pipelines and to the granting, modification, and relinquishment of pipeline ROW's in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Accordingly, those regulations and this letter supersede all previous pipeline regulations and Minerals Management Service (MMS) Report No. 84-0015, Pipeline Guidelines and Procedures. The MMS GOM OCS Region has developed the following guidance listed by regulatory reference:

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