By - Jon Brown

Application for Permit to Drill 101
November 4, 2019 | Houston, TX

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BLM approval of an Application for Permit to Drill (APD) is a requirement before an E&P company may begin drilling on a federal oil and gas lease. This course will provide practical, “boots on the ground” expertise focused on how to apply for an APD. It will cover notices of staking, the onsite meeting, and detail important information for completing the APD process. The instructors will discuss the surface use plan of operations as well as the drilling plan. Attendees will walk away from the course with tips on how to expedite the permitting process.  

Often, including particular information and working closely with government representatives can help move the permitting process forward.  This course will include information about proper siting and construction for wells, roads, pipelines, and power lines. Attendees will receive instruction and pertinent handouts that they will be able to apply as soon as they leave the classroom.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees to this course will

  • Examine the voluntary pre-APD process
  • Analyze drilling and subsurface use plans
  • Examine the APD submission process
  • Assess the APD approval process
  • Evaluate the impact of the Endangered Species Act on the APD process
  • Identify the stages of the NEPA process
  • Analyze the appeal and administrative review processes



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.8 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.


Monday, November 4, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Do You Have Rights to Drill

  • BIA Leases
  • BLM Leases
  • Unleased Minerals

Planning Your APD

  • Notice of Staking
  • Siting
  • Staking
  • Environmental Troubleshooting

Drilling Program

  • Directional Drilling
  • Directional Plan
  • Waivers
  • Completion Procedures

Surface Use Plans

  • SUPO
  • Certification
  • Plats

Biological Evaluation/Assessment

  • Endangered Species Act
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act
  • Wetlands
  • Floodplains
  • NEPA Review Period

Cultural Resources Survey

  • BLM Prepared v. 3rd Party Consultant
  • SHPO Consultation
  • Tribal Consultation
  • 106 Review Process

APD Submission

  • On-Site
  • 10-Day Letter
  • 30-Day Letter

Drill Without Approval

  • Biological Damage Assessment Report
  • Archaeological Damage Assessment Report
  • Fines

Surface Managing Agency

  • Corps of Engineers
  • US Forest Service
  • Tribal/Bureau of Indian Affairs

Following APD Approval

  • Conditions of Approval
  • Communitization Agreement
  • Office of Natural Resource Revenue Reporting


Monica Smith Griffin/President & CEO/Reagan Smith Energy Solutions, Inc.

Prior to the formation for Reagan Smith Energy Solutions, Inc., Monica Smith Griffin was a petroleum landman for five years. During that time she gained valuable experience in dealing with various regulatory agencies such as the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She has used this experience to create a company that allows operators to navigate complicated regulations and procedures.

With her extensive knowledge of Federal and State regulations and leasing procedures, she is the backbone of Reagan Smith, providing assistance in all aspects of the company. Monica works closely with all the departments of Reagan Smith ensuring efficient and accurate work product for all clients. As the President, she is responsible for guiding the company through the ever-changing energy sector and spearheading new endeavors. 

Monica has a background in Contracts, Environmental Law, International Law, and Petroleum Transactions. Monica is also a senior partner at St. John, Griffin & Krieg, P.L.L.C. which focuses on Native American and natural resource law. Monica received her B.A. in History and Anthropology from University of Oklahoma. She also attended University of Maryland in Caesarea, Israel as well as Oxford University. She received her Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University.

Scott St. John, JD/Vice President of Environmental Compliance and Engineering/Reagan Smith Energy Solutions

Scott St. John has a background in engineering and years of experience in the oil industry. He worked as an Engineering Project Manager for CITGO Petroleum Corporation in Tulsa, Chicago, and Oklahoma City where he gained extensive knowledge of regulations and the oil and gas industry. 

In 2005, Scott joined Reagan Smith bringing his years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Scott is well versed in county, state and Federal regulations. He specializes in preparing complete drilling permits and working as a liaison between government entities and operators. Scott deals directly with the Bureau of Land Management on a daily basis to ensure operators are compliant with regulations.

Scott is also specialized in federal environmental law and regulations. He leads the environmental, wildlife and permitting departments in providing regulatory permits to a variety of industries. 

Scott is also a senior partner at St. John, Griffin & Krieg, P.L.L.C. which focuses on Native American and natural resource law. Scott received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University as well as his JD from Oklahoma City University.


Doubletree by Hilton Houston by the Galleria

5353 Westheimer Rd

Houston, TX 77056

Reserve your room:

please call 1-713-961-9000

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of November 3 – 4, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$$129.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to October 3, 2019.


Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, October 18, 2019
Standard RateAttendees
Application for Permit to Drill 101US $ 895.00 US $ 995.00

Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before October 04, 2019 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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