Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Plans and Information, 56853 [05-19532]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 188 / Thursday, September 29, 2005 / Rules and Regulations (2) If MMS notifies a lessee or operator that MMS does not accept the lessee’s or operator’s certification under paragraph (e)(2) of this section, the due date for the Oil and Gas Operations Report or Monthly Report of Operations will be the date specified in the notice. PART 218—COLLECTION OF ROYALTIES, RENTALS, BONUSES AND OTHER MONIES DUE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 3. The authority for part 218 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 25 U.S.C. 396 et seq., 396a et seq., 2101 et seq.; 30 U.S.C. 181 et seq., 351 et seq., 1001 et seq., 1701 et seq.; 31 U.S.C. 3335; 43 U.S.C. 1301 et seq., 1331 et seq., and 1801 et seq. 4. In § 218.50, paragraphs (d) and (e) are added to read as follows: I § 218.50 Minerals Revenue Management, P.O. Box 25165, MS 350B1, Denver, CO 80225–0165, or (ii) By e-mail to Robert.Prael@mms.gov. (e)(1) A lessee or royalty payor who submits a certification required under paragraph (d)(2) of this section may rely on the extended due dates prescribed in paragraph (d)(1) of this section unless and until MMS notifies the lessee or royalty payor or operator that MMS does not accept the certification. (2) If MMS notifies the lessee or royalty payor that MMS does not accept the lessee’s or royalty payor’s certification under paragraph (d)(2) of this section, the due date for royalty payments and Reports of Sales and Royalty Remittance will be the date specified in the notice. [FR Doc. 05–19533 Filed 9–28–05; 8:45 am] Timing of payment. BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P * * * * * (d)(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) of this section and corresponding lease terms and 30 CFR 210.52, the due date for submittal of royalty payments and Reports of Sales and Royalty Remittance (Form MMS– 2014) for the production months of July, August, September, and October 2005 for Federal offshore and onshore oil and gas leases by oil and gas lessees or royalty payors who make the certification required under paragraph (d)(2) of this section is extended until January 3, 2006. (2) The extended due dates in paragraph (d)(1) of this section will apply to royalty payments and Reports of Sales and Royalty Remittance (Form MMS–2014) by any lessee or royalty payor who certifies that a hurricane that struck the Gulf of Mexico coast of the United States in August or September 2005 disrupted the lessee’s or payor’s operations to the extent that it prevented the lessee or royalty payor from making an accurate royalty payment or submitting an accurate Form MMS–2014. (3) A lessee’s or royalty payor’s certification under paragraph (d)(2) of this section that it is unable to generate and submit either an accurate royalty report or an accurate royalty payment will extend the due date for both royalty reporting and royalty payment. (4) Paragraphs (d)(1) through (d)(3) of this section do not apply to Indian leases or to Federal leases for minerals other than oil and gas. (5) Certifications under paragraph (d)(2) of this section should be submitted either: (i) By mail to: Robert Prael, Financial Manager, Minerals Management Service, VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:57 Sep 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service 30 CFR Parts 250 and 282 RIN 1010–AC47 Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf—Plans and Information Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. ACTION: Final rule; delay of effective date. AGENCY: MMS is delaying until January 1, 2006, the effective date of a rule that regulates plans and information that lessees and operators must submit in connection with oil and gas exploration, development and production on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This delay is necessary because of damage in the New Orleans area caused by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding. This temporary delay will provide relief to the government and the oil and gas industry as they recover from this disaster. EFFECTIVE DATE: The effective date of the rule amending 30 CFR Parts 250 and 282 published at 70 FR 51478, August 30, 2005, is delayed until January 1, 2006. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kumkum Ray, Offshore Regulatory Programs (703) 787–1604. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The rule on Plans and Information that was published in the Federal Register on August 30, 2005 (70 FR 51478) provides that MMS will also publish a Notice to PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 56853 Lessees (NTL) to provide further guidance. The primary office responsible for developing the NTL, the MMS Gulf of Mexico Regional Office in New Orleans, Louisiana, has been temporarily moved since Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed that disaster. While critical functions have been continuously maintained, a portion of the associated staff and systems are expected to require two months to become fully functional. Moreover, many of the lessees and operators subject to the rule are similarly engaged in the restoration of normal operations following Hurricane Katrina. Lessees and operators will be making changes in their own procedures to comply with the rule. Lessees and operators whose operations have been interrupted as a result of the hurricane may not be able to make these changes until normal operations resume. Accordingly, the Department of the Interior is postponing the effective date of the final rule and the accompanying NTL until January 1, 2006. Dated: September 23, 2005. Chad Calvert, Assistant Secretary—Land and Minerals Management. [FR Doc. 05–19532 Filed 9–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 62 [RO4–OAR–2005–NC–0003–200532(a); FRL– 7976–5] Approval and Promulgation of State Plan for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; North Carolina Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ACTION: Direct final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: EPA is approving the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d)/129 State Plan submitted by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (North Carolina DENR) for the State of North Carolina on August 7, 2002, and subsequently revised on December 14, 2004 (State Plan). The State Plan is for implementing and enforcing the Emissions Guidelines (EG) applicable to existing Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incineration (CISWI) Units that commenced construction on or before November 30, 1999. DATES: This direct final rule will be effective November 28, 2005 unless EPA receives adverse comments by October E:\FR\FM\29SER1.SGM 29SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service

30 CFR Parts 250 and 282

RIN 1010-AC47


Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental 
Shelf--Plans and Information

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION: Final rule; delay of effective date.

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SUMMARY: MMS is delaying until January 1, 2006, the effective date of a 
rule that regulates plans and information that lessees and operators 
must submit in connection with oil and gas exploration, development and 
production on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This delay is 
necessary because of damage in the New Orleans area caused by Hurricane 
Katrina and subsequent flooding. This temporary delay will provide 
relief to the government and the oil and gas industry as they recover 
from this disaster.

EFFECTIVE DATE: The effective date of the rule amending 30 CFR Parts 
250 and 282 published at 70 FR 51478, August 30, 2005, is delayed until 
January 1, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kumkum Ray, Offshore Regulatory 
Programs (703) 787-1604.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The rule on Plans and Information that was 
published in the Federal Register on August 30, 2005 (70 FR 51478) 
provides that MMS will also publish a Notice to Lessees (NTL) to 
provide further guidance. The primary office responsible for developing 
the NTL, the MMS Gulf of Mexico Regional Office in New Orleans, 
Louisiana, has been temporarily moved since Hurricane Katrina and the 
flooding that followed that disaster. While critical functions have 
been continuously maintained, a portion of the associated staff and 
systems are expected to require two months to become fully functional. 
Moreover, many of the lessees and operators subject to the rule are 
similarly engaged in the restoration of normal operations following 
Hurricane Katrina. Lessees and operators will be making changes in 
their own procedures to comply with the rule. Lessees and operators 
whose operations have been interrupted as a result of the hurricane may 
not be able to make these changes until normal operations resume. 
Accordingly, the Department of the Interior is postponing the effective 
date of the final rule and the accompanying NTL until January 1, 2006.

    Dated: September 23, 2005.
Chad Calvert,
Assistant Secretary--Land and Minerals Management.
[FR Doc. 05-19532 Filed 9-28-05; 8:45 am]
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