Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Central Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198, 7569-7573 [E6-2000]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Notices 7569 Department of Energy—Ms. Janelle Schmidt, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. She can also be reached by telephone at (202) 586–6415 or by electronic mail at Janelle.Schmidt@hq.doe.gov. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management Minerals Management Service (MMS) [ID–410–1610–DQ–006D] Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Central Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198 Section 1813 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109–58) requires the Secretaries of the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy (Departments) to conduct a study of energy related rightsof-way on tribal lands. The Act requires that the study address four subjects: 1. An analysis of historical rates of compensation; 2. Recommendations for appropriate standards to determine fair and appropriate compensation; 3. An assessment of tribal selfdetermination and sovereignty interests implicated by applications for energy rights-of-way on tribal land; and 4. An analysis of relevant national energy transportation policies. The Departments will consider Tribal and interested party’s comments in preparing a final report for delivery to Congress by August 7, 2006. A proposed work plan was presented for comment in the Federal Register on December 29, 2005 (70 FR 77178). To help develop the report to Congress, the Departments will conduct a 2-day scoping and kick-off meeting on March 7 and 8, 2006. The Departments will solicit input on how to proceed with this work in a fair and timely manner. At this meeting, the Departments propose to establish several working groups to solicit and further develop information on each of these subjects. We propose to convene these working groups on the second day of the meeting and will solicit initial substantive comments on study issues at that time. If a Tribe, group, or organization would like to be considered to make a formal presentation at the meeting, please send a written request that includes a subject topic by regular mail or e-mail to the addresses provided above by February 22, 2006. AGENCY: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: February 3, 2006. Michael D. Olsen, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E6–1967 Filed 2–10–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–96–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Feb 10, 2006 Notice of Public Meeting, Coeur d’Alene District Resource Advisory Council Meeting; Idaho Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Coeur d’Alene District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below. DATES: March 9, 2006. The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. and end by 4 p.m. The public comment period will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The meeting will be held in the conference room at the Idaho Commerce and Labor Career Center office located at 1350 Troy Road in Moscow, Idaho. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Snook, RAC Coordinator, BLM Coeur d’Alene District, 1808 N. Third Street, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814 or telephone (208) 769–5004. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 15member Council advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with public land management in Idaho. The agenda will include the following topics: Reviewing and providing comments on the Draft Coeur d’Alene RMP/EIS and the Draft Eastside Township Fuels EIS; status of the Cottonwood RMP; proposed vegetation treatment projects, and RAC Nomination period. All meetings are open to the public. The public may present written comments to the Council in advance of or at the meeting. Each formal Council meeting will also have time allocated for receiving public comments. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should contact the BLM as provided above. Dated: February 7, 2006. Lewis M. Brown, District Manager. [FR Doc. E6–1946 Filed 2–10–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Minerals Management Service, Interior. ACTION: Final Notice of Sale (NOS) 198. AGENCY: SUMMARY: On March 15, 2006, the MMS will open and publicly announce bids received for blocks offered in Central GOM Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198, pursuant to the OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331–1356, as amended), and the regulations issued thereunder (30 CFR part 256). The Final Notice of Sale 198 Package (FNOS 198 Package) contains information essential to bidders, and bidders are charged with the knowledge of the documents contained in the Package. Public bid reading will begin at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, 2006, in the Napoleon Ballroom of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, Two Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. All times referred to in this document are local New Orleans times, unless otherwise specified. ADDRESSES: Bidders can obtain a FNOS 198 Package containing this Notice of Sale and several supporting and essential documents referenced herein from the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region Public Information Unit, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394, (504) 736–2519 or (800) 200–GULF, or via the MMS Internet Web site at http://www.mms.gov. Filing of Bids: Bidders must submit sealed bids to the Regional Director (RD), MMS Gulf of Mexico Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on normal working days, and from 8 a.m. to the Bid Submission Deadline of 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2006. If the bids are mailed, please address the envelope containing all of the sealed bids as follows: Attention: Supervisor, Sales and Support Unit (MS 5422), Leasing Activities Section, MMS Gulf of Mexico Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394. Contains Sealed Bids for Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198 Please Deliver to Ms. Jane Burrell Johnson, Room 311, Immediately. DATES: Please note: Bidders mailing their bid(s) are advised to call Ms. Jane Burrell Johnson (504) 736–2811 immediately after putting their bid(s) in the mail. E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 7570 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Notices rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES If the RD receives bids later than the time and date specified above, he will return those bids unopened to bidders. Bidders may not modify or withdraw their bids unless the RD receives a written modification or written withdrawal request prior to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2006. Should an unexpected event such as flooding or travel restrictions be significantly disruptive to bid submission, the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region may extend the Bid Submission Deadline. Bidders may call (504) 736–0557 for information about the possible extension of the Bid Submission Deadline due to such an event. Areas Offered for Leasing: The MMS is offering for leasing all blocks and partial blocks listed in the document ‘‘Blocks Available for Leasing in Central GOM Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198’’ included in the FNOS 198 Package. All of these blocks are shown on the following Leasing Maps and Official Protraction Diagrams (available for free online in .PDF and .GRA format at http://www.gomr.mms.gov/homepg/ lsesale/map_arc.html or which may be purchased from the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region Public Information Unit): LA6B South Pelto Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA6C Bay Marchand Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA7 Grand Isle Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA7A Grand Isle Area, South Addition (Revised February 17, 2004) LA8 West Delta Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA8A West Delta Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) LA9 South Pass Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA9A South Pass Area, South and East Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) LA10 Main Pass Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA10A Main Pass Area, South and East Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) LA10B Breton Sound Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA11 Chandeleur Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA11A Chandeleur Area, East Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) LA12 Sabine Pass Area (Revised November 1, 2000) Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Maps—Louisiana Map Numbers 1 Through 12 (These 30 Maps Sell for $2.00 Each) LA1 West Cameron Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA1A West Cameron Area, West Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) LA1B West Cameron Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) LA2 East Cameron Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA2A East Cameron Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) LA3 Vermilion Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA3A South Marsh Island Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA3B Vermilion Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) LA3C South Marsh Island Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) LA3D South Marsh Island Area, North Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) LA4 Eugene Island Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA4A Eugene Island Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) LA5 Ship Shoal Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA5A Ship Shoal Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) LA6 South Timbalier Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA6A South Timbalier Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) NG15–03 Green Canyon (Revised November 1, 2000) NG15–06 Walker Ridge (Revised November 1, 2000) NG15–09 Amery Terrace (Revised October 25, 2000) NG16–01 Atwater Valley (Revised November 1, 2000) NG16–04 Lund (Revised November 1, 2000) NG16–07 Lund South (Revised November 1, 2000) NH15–12 Ewing Bank (Revised November 1, 2000) NH16–04 Mobile (Revised November 1, 2000) NH16–07 Viosca Knoll (Revised November 1, 2000) NH16–10 Mississippi Canyon (Revised November 1, 2000) VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Feb 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 Outer Continental Shelf Official Protraction Diagrams (These 10 Diagrams Sell for $2.00 Each) Please note: A CD–ROM (in ARC/INFO and Acrobat (.PDF) format) containing all of the GOM Leasing Maps and Official Protraction Diagrams, except for those not yet converted to digital format, is available from the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region Public Information Unit for a price of $15. For the current status of all Central GOM Leasing Maps and Official Protraction Diagrams, please refer to 66 FR 28002 (published May 21, 2001) and 69 FR 23211 (published April 28, 2004). In addition, Supplemental Official OCS Block Diagrams (SOBDs) for these blocks are available for blocks which contain the ‘‘U.S. 200 Nautical Mile Limit’’ line and the ‘‘U.S.Mexico Maritime Boundary’’ line. These SOBDs are also available from the MMS Gulf PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of Mexico Region Public Information Unit. For additional information, please call Ms. Tara Montgomery (504) 736–5722. All blocks are shown on these Leasing Maps and Official Protraction Diagrams. The available Federal acreage of all whole and partial blocks in this lease sale is shown in the document ‘‘List of Blocks Available for Leasing in Lease Sale 198’’ included in the FNOS 198 Package. Some of these blocks may be partially leased or deferred, or transected by administrative lines such as the Federal/State jurisdictional line. A bid on a block must include all of the available Federal acreage of that block. Also, information on the unleased portions of such blocks is found in the document ‘‘Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 198—Unleased Split Blocks and Available Unleased Acreage of Blocks with Aliquots and Irregular Portions Under Lease or Deferred’’ included in the FNOS 198 Package. Areas Not Available for Leasing: The following whole and partial blocks are not offered for lease in this lease sale: Blocks which are currently under appeal (high bids rejected): South Pelto (Area LA6B) Block 16 West Delta (Area LA8A) Blocks: 129 and 144 Blocks which are beyond the United States Exclusive Economic Zone in the area known as the Northern portion of the Eastern Gap: Lund South (Area NG16–07) Blocks: 172 and 173 213 through 217 252 through 261 through 305 349 Whole and partial blocks which lie within the 1.4 nautical mile buffer zone north of the continental shelf boundary between the United States and Mexico: Amery Terrace (Area NG15–09) Whole Blocks: 280 and 281 318 through 320 355 through 359 Partial Blocks: 235 through 238 273 through 279 309 through 317 Statutes and Regulations: Each lease issued in this lease sale is subject to the OCS Lands Act of August 7, 1953, 67 Stat. 462; 43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq., as amended (92 Stat. 629), hereinafter called ‘‘the Act’’; all regulations issued E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Notices pursuant to the Act and in existence upon the Effective Date of the lease; all regulations issued pursuant to the statute in the future which provide for the prevention of waste and conservation of the natural resources of the OCS and the protection of correlative rights therein; and all other applicable statutes and regulations. Lease Terms and Conditions: Initial period, extensions of initial period, minimum bonus bid amount, rental rates, royalty rates, minimum royalty, and royalty suspension areas are shown on the map ‘‘Lease Terms and Economic Conditions, Lease Sale 198, Final’’ for leases resulting from this lease sale: Initial Period: 5 years for blocks in water depths of less than 400 meters; 8 years for blocks in water depths of 400 to less than 800 meters (pursuant to 30 CFR 256.37, commencement of an exploratory well is required within the first 5 years of the initial 8-year term to avoid lease cancellation); and 10 years for blocks in water depths of 800 meters or deeper; Extensions of Initial Period: Extensions may be granted for eligible leases on blocks in water depths of less than 400 meters as specified in NTL No. 2000–G22; Minimum Bonus Bid Amount: A bonus bid will not be considered for acceptance unless it provides for a cash bonus in the amount of $25 or more per acre or fraction thereof for blocks in water depths of less than 400 meters or $37.50 or more per acre or fraction thereof for blocks in water depths of 400 meters or deeper; to confirm the exact calculation of the minimum bonus bid amount for each block, see ‘‘List of Blocks Available for Leasing’’ contained in the FNOS 198 Package; Rental Rates: $6.25 per acre or fraction thereof for blocks in water depths of less than 200 meters and $9.50 per acre or fraction thereof for blocks in water depths of 200 meters or deeper, to be paid on or before the first day of each lease year until a discovery in paying quantities of oil or gas, then at the expiration of each lease year until the start of royalty-bearing production; Royalty Rates: 162⁄3 percent royalty rate for blocks in water depths of less than 400 meters and a 121⁄2 percent royalty rate for blocks in water depths of 400 meters or deeper, except during periods of royalty suspension, to be paid monthly on the last day of the month next following the month during which the production is obtained; Minimum Royalty: After the start of royalty-bearing production: $6.25 per acre or fraction thereof per year for blocks in water depths of less than 200 meters and $9.50 per acre or fraction VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Feb 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 thereof per year for blocks in water depths of 200 meters or deeper, to be paid at the expiration of each lease year with credit applied for actual royalty paid during the lease year. If actual royalty paid exceeds the minimum royalty requirement, then no minimum royalty payment is due; Royalty Suspension Areas: Royalty suspension, subject to deep gas price thresholds, will apply to blocks in water depths less than 400 meters where deep gas (typically 15,000 feet or greater subsea) is drilled and commences production before May 3, 2009. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 provided additional royalty relief for ultra deep gas wells and extended the water depth to less than 400 meters for deep gas wells. In addition, subject to both oil and gas price thresholds, royalty suspension will apply in water depths of 400 meters or deeper. See the map ‘‘Lease Terms and Economic Conditions, Lease Sale 198, Final’’ for specific areas and the ‘‘Royalty Suspension Provisions, Lease Sale 198, Final’’ document contained in the FNOS 198 Package for specific details regarding royalty suspension eligibility, applicable price thresholds and implementation. Lease Stipulations: The map ‘‘Stipulations and Deferred Blocks, Lease Sale 198, Final’’ depicts the blocks on which one or more of ten lease stipulations apply: (1) Topographic Features; (2) Live Bottoms; (3) Military Areas; (4) Blocks South of Baldwin County, Alabama; (5) Law of the Sea Convention Royalty Payment; (6) Protected Species; (7) Limitation on Use of Seabed and Water Column in the Vicinity of the Approved Port Pelican Offshore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Deepwater Port Receiving Terminal, Vermilion Area, Blocks 139 and 140; (8) Below Seabed Operations on Mississippi Canyon Area, Block 920; (9) Limitation on Use of Seabed and Water Column in the Vicinity of the Approved Research Facility for Gas Hydrates, Mississippi Canyon Area, Block 118; and (10) Limitation on Use of Seabed and Water Column in the Vicinity of the Approved Gulf Landing Offshore LNG Deepwater Port Receiving Terminal, West Cameron Area, Block 213. The texts of the lease stipulations are contained in the document ‘‘Lease Stipulations for Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198, Final’’ included in the FNOS 198 Package. In addition, the ‘‘List of Blocks Available for Leasing’’ contained in the FNOS 198 Package identifies for each block listed the lease stipulations applicable to that block. Information to Lessees: The FNOS 198 Package contains an ‘‘Information To PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7571 Lessees’’ document which provides detailed information on certain specific issues pertaining to this oil and gas lease sale. Method of Bidding: For each block bid upon, a bidder must submit a separate signed bid in a sealed envelope labeled ‘‘Sealed Bid for Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198, not to be opened until 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, 2006.’’ The submitting company’s name, its GOM Company number, the map area, map number, and block number should be clearly identified on the outside of the envelope. Please refer to the sample bid envelope included within the FNOS 198 Package. Please also refer to the Telephone Numbers/Addresses of Bidders Form included within the FNOS 198 Package. We are requesting that you provide this information in the format suggested for each lease sale. Please provide this information prior to or at the time of bid submission. Do not enclose this form inside the sealed bid envelope. The total amount of the bid must be in a whole dollar amount; any cent amount above the whole dollar will be ignored by the MMS. Details of the information required on the bid(s) and the bid envelope(s) are specified in the document ‘‘Bid Form and Envelope’’ contained in the FNOS 198 Package. A blank bid form, which is provided for your convenience, may be copied and filled in. The MMS published in the Federal Register a list of restricted joint bidders, which applies to this lease sale, at 70 FR 67499 on November 7, 2005. Bidders must execute all documents in conformance with signatory authorizations on file in the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region Adjudication Unit. Partnerships also must submit or have on file a list of signatories authorized to bind the partnership. Bidders submitting joint bids must include on the bid form the proportionate interest of each participating bidder, stated as a percentage, using a maximum of five decimal places, e.g., 33.33333 percent. The MMS may require bidders to submit other documents in accordance with 30 CFR 256.46. The MMS warns bidders against violation of 18 U.S.C. 1860 prohibiting unlawful combination or intimidation of bidders. Bidders are advised that the MMS considers the signed bid to be a legally binding obligation on the part of the bidder(s) to comply with all applicable regulations, including payment of the one-fifth bonus bid amount on all high bids. A statement to this effect must be included on each bid (see the document ‘‘Bid Form and Envelope’’ contained in the FNOS 198 Package). E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 7572 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Notices Rounding: The following procedure must be used to calculate the minimum bonus bid, annual rental, and minimum royalty: Round up to the next whole dollar amount if the calculation results in a decimal figure (see next paragraph). Please note: The minimum bonus bid calculation, including all rounding, is shown in the document ‘‘List of Blocks Available for Leasing in Lease Sale 198’’ included in the FNOS 198 Package. Bonus Bid Deposit: Each bidder submitting an apparent high bid must submit a bonus bid deposit to the MMS equal to one-fifth of the bonus bid amount for each such bid. Under the authority granted by 30 CFR 256.46(b), the MMS requires bidders to use electronic funds transfer procedures for payment of one-fifth bonus bid deposits for Lease Sale 198, following the detailed instructions contained in the document ‘‘Instructions for Making EFT Bonus Payments’’ which can be found on the MMS Web site at http:// www.gomr.mms.gov/homepg/lsesale/ 198/cgom198.html. All payments must be electronically deposited into an interest-bearing account in the U.S. Treasury (account specified in the EFT instructions) by 11 a.m. Eastern Time the day following bid reading. Such a deposit does not constitute and shall not be construed as acceptance of any bid on behalf of the United States. If a lease is awarded, however, MMS requests that only one transaction be used for payment of the four-fifths bonus bid amount and the first year’s rental. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Please note: Certain bid submitters (i.e., those that are NOT currently an OCS mineral lease record title holder or designated operator OR those that have ever defaulted on a one-fifth bonus bid payment (EFT or otherwise)) are required to guarantee (secure) their one-fifth bonus bid payment prior to the submission of bids. For those who must secure the EFT one-fifth bonus bid payment, one of the following options may be used: (1) Provide a third-party guarantee; (2) Amend development bond coverage; (3) Provide a letter of credit; or (4) Provide a lump sum payment in advance via EFT. The EFT instructions specify the requirements for each option. Withdrawal of Blocks: The United States reserves the right to withdraw any block from this lease sale prior to issuance of a written acceptance of a bid for the block. Acceptance, Rejection, or Return of Bids: The United States reserves the right to reject any and all bids. In any case, no bid will be accepted, and no lease for any block will be awarded to any bidder, unless the bidder has complied with all requirements of this Notice, including the documents VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Feb 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 contained in the associated FNOS 198 Package and applicable regulations; the bid is the highest valid bid; and the amount of the bid has been determined to be adequate by the authorized officer. Any bid submitted which does not conform to the requirements of this Notice, the Act, and other applicable regulations may be returned to the person submitting that bid by the RD and not considered for acceptance. The Attorney General may also review the results of the lease sale prior to the acceptance of bids and issuance of leases. To ensure that the Government receives a fair return for the conveyance of lease rights for this lease sale, high bids will be evaluated in accordance with MMS bid adequacy procedures. A copy of current procedures, ‘‘Modifications to the Bid Adequacy Procedures’’ at 64 FR 37560 on July 12, 1999, can be obtained from the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region Public Information Unit or via the MMS Internet Web site at http:// www.gomr.mms.gov/homepg/lsesale/ bidadeq.html. Successful Bidders: As required by the MMS, each company that has been awarded a lease must execute all copies of the lease (Form MMS–2005 (March 1986) as amended), pay by EFT the balance of the bonus bid amount and the first year’s rental for each lease issued in accordance with the requirements of 30 CFR 218.155, and satisfy the bonding requirements of 30 CFR part 256, subpart I, as amended. Also, in accordance with regulations at 43 CFR, part 42, subpart C, the lessee shall comply with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s nonprocurement debarment and suspension requirements and agrees to communicate this requirement to comply with these regulations to persons with whom the lessee does business as it relates to this lease by including this term as a condition to enter into their contracts and other transactions. Affirmative Action: The MMS requests that, prior to bidding, Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Representation Form MMS 2032 (June 1985) and Equal Opportunity Compliance Report Certification Form MMS 2033 (June 1985) be on file in the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region Adjudication Unit. This certification is required by 41 CFR part 60 and Executive Order No. 11246 of September 24, 1965, as amended by Executive Order No. 11375 of October 13, 1967. In any event, prior to the execution of any lease contract, both forms are required to be on file in the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region Adjudication Unit. PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Geophysical Data and Information Statement: Pursuant to 30 CFR 251.12, the MMS has a right to access geophysical data and information collected under a permit in the OCS. Every bidder submitting a bid on a block in Sale 198, or participating as a joint bidder in such a bid, must submit a Geophysical Data and Information Statement identifying any processed or reprocessed pre- and post-stack depth migrated geophysical data and information in its possession or control and used in the evaluation of that block. The existence, extent (i.e., number of line miles for 2D or number of blocks for 3D) and type of such data and information must be clearly identified. The statement must include the name and phone number of a contact person, and an alternate, knowledgeable about the depth data sets (that were processed or reprocessed to correct for depth) used in evaluating the block. In the event such data and information includes data sets from different timeframes, you should identify only the most recent data set used for block evaluations. The statement must also identify each block upon which a bidder participated in a bid but for which it does not possess or control such depth data and information. Every bidder must submit a separate Geophysical Data and Information Statement in a sealed envelope. The envelope should be labeled ‘‘Geophysical Data and Information Statement for Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198’’ and the bidder’s name and qualification number must be clearly identified on the outside of the envelope. This statement must be submitted to the MMS at the Gulf of Mexico Regional Office, Attention: Resource Evaluation (1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394) by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2006. The statement may be submitted in conjunction with the bids or separately. Do not include this statement in the same envelope containing a bid. These statements will not be opened until after the public bid reading at Lease Sale 198 and will be kept confidential. An Example of Preferred Format for the Geophysical Data and Information Statement is included in the FNOS 198 Package. Please also refer to a sample of the Geophysical Envelope—Preferred Format included within the FNOS 198 Package. Please refer to NTL No. 2003–G05 for more detail concerning submission of the Geophysical Data and Information Statement, making the data available to the MMS following the lease sale, E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Notices Louisiana preferred format, reimbursement for costs, and confidentiality. Orleans Parish New Orleans Lower Central Business District (Boundary Increase), Approx. Rampart, Tulane, Loyola, Gravier, O’Keefe and Common, New Orleans, 06000110 Dated: February 7, 2006. R.M. ‘‘Johnnie’’ Burton, Director, Minerals Management Service. [FR Doc. E6–2000 Filed 2–10–06; 8:45 am] Massachusetts BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P Essex County Frank A. Palmer and Louis B. Crary (Shipwreck), Address Restricted, Gloucester vicinity, 06000107 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Nevada National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions Churchill County Federal Building and Post Office (U.S. Post Offices in Nevada MPS), 90 N. Maine St., Fallon, 06000109 Nominations for the following properties being considered for listing or related actions in the National Register were received by the National Park Service before January 28, 2006. Pursuant to § 60.13 of 36 CFR Part 60 written comments concerning the significance of these properties under the National Register criteria for evaluation may be forwarded by United States Postal Service, to the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C St., NW., 2280, Washington, DC 20240; by all other carriers, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service,1201 Eye St., NW., 8th floor, Washington DC 20005; or by fax, 202–371–6447. Written or faxed comments should be submitted by February 28, 2006. John W. Roberts, Acting Chief, National Register/National Historic Landmarks Program. Nye County Manhattan School, Gold St. bet. Mineral St. and Sexter Ave., Manhattan, 06000108 Oklahoma Carter County Ardmore Municipal Auditorium, 220 West Broadway, Ardmore, 06000117 Hardy Murphy Coliseum, 600 Lake Murray Dr. S, Ardmore, 06000118 Jackson County Cross S Ranch Headquarters, 1.3 mi. W and 4 mi. N of jct. of Cty Rds N199 and E1750, Olustee, 06000119 Olustee Public Library and Park, S side 4th St. bet. C & D Sts., Olustee, 06000116 Virginia Emporia Independent City Greensville County Training School (Rosenwald Schools in Virginia MPS), 105 Ruffin St., Emporia (Independent City), 06000122 King and Queen County Northbank, 453 N. Bank Rd., Walkerton, 06000121 California San Diego County Gregory Mountain (Chokia), Address Restricted, Pauma, 06000106 Kansas Portsmouth Independent City Circle, The, 3010 High St., Portsmouth (Independent City), 06000120 Ellis County [FR Doc. E6–1922 Filed 2–10–06; 8:45 am] Krueger Building, 811 Fort St., Hays, 06000111 BILLING CODE 4312–51–P McPherson County DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Kuns-Collier House, 302 S. Walnut St., McPherson, 06000114 Bureau of Reclamation Montgomery County Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG), Notice of Meeting Nemaha County rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Cook’s Hotel, 113 West Myrtle, Independence, 06000115 AGENCY: Prairie Grove School (Public Schools of Kansas MPS), Township Rd., ‘‘H’’, SE of int with Township Rd. 232, Seneca, 06000113 Russell County Dream Theater (Theaters and Opera Houses of Kansas MPS), 629 N. Main St., Russell, 06000112 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Feb 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. SUMMARY: The Adaptive Management Program (AMP) was implemented as a result of the Record of Decision on the Operation of Glen Canyon Dam Final Environmental Impact Statement to PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7573 comply with consultation requirements of the Grand Canyon Protection Act (Pub. L. 102–575) of 1992. The AMP includes a Federal advisory committee (AMWG), a technical work group (TWG), a monitoring and research center, and independent review panels. The AMWG makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior concerning Glen Canyon Dam operations and other management actions to protect resources downstream of Glen Canyon Dam consistent with the Grand Canyon Protection Act. The TWG is a subcommittee of the AMWG and provides technical advice and recommendations to the AMWG. Date and Location: The AMWG will conduct the following public meeting: Phoenix, Arizona—March 7–8, 2006. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. on the first day and will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. on the second day. The meeting will be held at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2 Arizona Center, 400 N. 5th Street, 12th Floor, Conference Rooms A&B, in Phoenix, Arizona. Agenda: The purpose of the meeting will be to review the Fiscal Year 2005 budget expenditures and proposed FY06 budget modifications and draft FY07–08 budget and workplan proposals, and to receive updates on science plans currently in development along with other monitoring and research reports. Additional topics of discussion will include status of humpback chub efforts, basin hydrology, public outreach, and other administrative and resource issues pertaining to the AMP. Time will be allowed for any individual or organization wishing to make formal oral comments (limited to 5 minutes) at the meeting. To allow full consideration of information by the AMWG members, written notice must be provided to Dennis Kubly, Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Regional Office, 125 South State Street, Room 6107, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84138; telephone (801) 524–3715; faxogram (801) 524–3858; e-mail at dkubly@uc.usbr.gov at least five (5) days prior to the meeting. Any written comments received will be provided to the AMWG and TWG members. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis Kubly, telephone (801) 524– 3715; faxogram (801) 524–3858; or via email at dkubly@uc.usbr.gov. E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 29 (Monday, February 13, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7569-7573]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-2000]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service (MMS)


Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Central Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Oil 
and Gas Lease Sale 198

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service, Interior.

ACTION: Final Notice of Sale (NOS) 198.

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SUMMARY: On March 15, 2006, the MMS will open and publicly announce 
bids received for blocks offered in Central GOM Oil and Gas Lease Sale 
198, pursuant to the OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331-1356, as amended), 
and the regulations issued thereunder (30 CFR part 256).
    The Final Notice of Sale 198 Package (FNOS 198 Package) contains 
information essential to bidders, and bidders are charged with the 
knowledge of the documents contained in the Package.

DATES: Public bid reading will begin at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, 
2006, in the Napoleon Ballroom of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside 
Hotel, Two Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. All times referred 
to in this document are local New Orleans times, unless otherwise 
specified.

ADDRESSES: Bidders can obtain a FNOS 198 Package containing this Notice 
of Sale and several supporting and essential documents referenced 
herein from the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region Public Information Unit, 1201 
Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394, (504) 736-
2519 or (800) 200-GULF, or via the MMS Internet Web site at http://
www.mms.gov.
    Filing of Bids: Bidders must submit sealed bids to the Regional 
Director (RD), MMS Gulf of Mexico Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, 
New Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on normal 
working days, and from 8 a.m. to the Bid Submission Deadline of 10 a.m. 
on Tuesday, March 14, 2006. If the bids are mailed, please address the 
envelope containing all of the sealed bids as follows: Attention: 
Supervisor, Sales and Support Unit (MS 5422), Leasing Activities 
Section, MMS Gulf of Mexico Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New 
Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394.

Contains Sealed Bids for Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198

    Please Deliver to Ms. Jane Burrell Johnson, Room 311, Immediately.


    Please note: Bidders mailing their bid(s) are advised to call 
Ms. Jane Burrell Johnson (504) 736-2811 immediately after putting 
their bid(s) in the mail.



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    If the RD receives bids later than the time and date specified 
above, he will return those bids unopened to bidders. Bidders may not 
modify or withdraw their bids unless the RD receives a written 
modification or written withdrawal request prior to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 
March 14, 2006. Should an unexpected event such as flooding or travel 
restrictions be significantly disruptive to bid submission, the MMS 
Gulf of Mexico Region may extend the Bid Submission Deadline. Bidders 
may call (504) 736-0557 for information about the possible extension of 
the Bid Submission Deadline due to such an event.
    Areas Offered for Leasing: The MMS is offering for leasing all 
blocks and partial blocks listed in the document ``Blocks Available for 
Leasing in Central GOM Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198'' included in the 
FNOS 198 Package. All of these blocks are shown on the following 
Leasing Maps and Official Protraction Diagrams (available for free 
online in .PDF and .GRA format at http://www.gomr.mms.gov/homepg/
lsesale/map_arc.html or which may be purchased from the MMS Gulf of 
Mexico Region Public Information Unit):

Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Maps--Louisiana Map Numbers 1 Through 
12 (These 30 Maps Sell for $2.00 Each)

LA1 West Cameron Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA1A West Cameron Area, West Addition (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA1B West Cameron Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA2 East Cameron Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA2A East Cameron Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA3 Vermilion Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA3A South Marsh Island Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA3B Vermilion Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA3C South Marsh Island Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA3D South Marsh Island Area, North Addition (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA4 Eugene Island Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA4A Eugene Island Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA5 Ship Shoal Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA5A Ship Shoal Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA6 South Timbalier Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA6A South Timbalier Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA6B South Pelto Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA6C Bay Marchand Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA7 Grand Isle Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA7A Grand Isle Area, South Addition (Revised February 17, 2004)
LA8 West Delta Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA8A West Delta Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA9 South Pass Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA9A South Pass Area, South and East Addition (Revised November 1, 
2000)
LA10 Main Pass Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA10A Main Pass Area, South and East Addition (Revised November 1, 
2000)
LA10B Breton Sound Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA11 Chandeleur Area (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA11A Chandeleur Area, East Addition (Revised November 1, 2000)
LA12 Sabine Pass Area (Revised November 1, 2000)

Outer Continental Shelf Official Protraction Diagrams (These 10 
Diagrams Sell for $2.00 Each)

NG15-03 Green Canyon (Revised November 1, 2000)
NG15-06 Walker Ridge (Revised November 1, 2000)
NG15-09 Amery Terrace (Revised October 25, 2000)
NG16-01 Atwater Valley (Revised November 1, 2000)
NG16-04 Lund (Revised November 1, 2000)
NG16-07 Lund South (Revised November 1, 2000)
NH15-12 Ewing Bank (Revised November 1, 2000)
NH16-04 Mobile (Revised November 1, 2000)
NH16-07 Viosca Knoll (Revised November 1, 2000)
NH16-10 Mississippi Canyon (Revised November 1, 2000)


    Please note: A CD-ROM (in ARC/INFO and Acrobat (.PDF) format) 
containing all of the GOM Leasing Maps and Official Protraction 
Diagrams, except for those not yet converted to digital format, is 
available from the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region Public Information Unit 
for a price of $15. For the current status of all Central GOM 
Leasing Maps and Official Protraction Diagrams, please refer to 66 
FR 28002 (published May 21, 2001) and 69 FR 23211 (published April 
28, 2004). In addition, Supplemental Official OCS Block Diagrams 
(SOBDs) for these blocks are available for blocks which contain the 
``U.S. 200 Nautical Mile Limit'' line and the ``U.S.-Mexico Maritime 
Boundary'' line. These SOBDs are also available from the MMS Gulf of 
Mexico Region Public Information Unit. For additional information, 
please call Ms. Tara Montgomery (504) 736-5722.


    All blocks are shown on these Leasing Maps and Official Protraction 
Diagrams. The available Federal acreage of all whole and partial blocks 
in this lease sale is shown in the document ``List of Blocks Available 
for Leasing in Lease Sale 198'' included in the FNOS 198 Package. Some 
of these blocks may be partially leased or deferred, or transected by 
administrative lines such as the Federal/State jurisdictional line. A 
bid on a block must include all of the available Federal acreage of 
that block. Also, information on the unleased portions of such blocks 
is found in the document ``Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 198--
Unleased Split Blocks and Available Unleased Acreage of Blocks with 
Aliquots and Irregular Portions Under Lease or Deferred'' included in 
the FNOS 198 Package.
    Areas Not Available for Leasing: The following whole and partial 
blocks are not offered for lease in this lease sale:
    Blocks which are currently under appeal (high bids rejected):

South Pelto (Area LA6B)

Block 16

West Delta (Area LA8A)

Blocks:
129 and 144

    Blocks which are beyond the United States Exclusive Economic Zone 
in the area known as the Northern portion of the Eastern Gap:

Lund South (Area NG16-07)

Blocks:

172 and 173
213 through 217
252 through 261
 through 305 349

    Whole and partial blocks which lie within the 1.4 nautical mile 
buffer zone north of the continental shelf boundary between the United 
States and Mexico:

Amery Terrace (Area NG15-09)

Whole Blocks:

280 and 281
318 through 320
355 through 359

Partial Blocks:

235 through 238
273 through 279
309 through 317

    Statutes and Regulations: Each lease issued in this lease sale is 
subject to the OCS Lands Act of August 7, 1953, 67 Stat. 462; 43 U.S.C. 
1331 et seq., as amended (92 Stat. 629), hereinafter called ``the 
Act''; all regulations issued

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pursuant to the Act and in existence upon the Effective Date of the 
lease; all regulations issued pursuant to the statute in the future 
which provide for the prevention of waste and conservation of the 
natural resources of the OCS and the protection of correlative rights 
therein; and all other applicable statutes and regulations.
    Lease Terms and Conditions: Initial period, extensions of initial 
period, minimum bonus bid amount, rental rates, royalty rates, minimum 
royalty, and royalty suspension areas are shown on the map ``Lease 
Terms and Economic Conditions, Lease Sale 198, Final'' for leases 
resulting from this lease sale:
    Initial Period: 5 years for blocks in water depths of less than 400 
meters; 8 years for blocks in water depths of 400 to less than 800 
meters (pursuant to 30 CFR 256.37, commencement of an exploratory well 
is required within the first 5 years of the initial 8-year term to 
avoid lease cancellation); and 10 years for blocks in water depths of 
800 meters or deeper;
    Extensions of Initial Period: Extensions may be granted for 
eligible leases on blocks in water depths of less than 400 meters as 
specified in NTL No. 2000-G22;
    Minimum Bonus Bid Amount: A bonus bid will not be considered for 
acceptance unless it provides for a cash bonus in the amount of $25 or 
more per acre or fraction thereof for blocks in water depths of less 
than 400 meters or $37.50 or more per acre or fraction thereof for 
blocks in water depths of 400 meters or deeper; to confirm the exact 
calculation of the minimum bonus bid amount for each block, see ``List 
of Blocks Available for Leasing'' contained in the FNOS 198 Package;
    Rental Rates: $6.25 per acre or fraction thereof for blocks in 
water depths of less than 200 meters and $9.50 per acre or fraction 
thereof for blocks in water depths of 200 meters or deeper, to be paid 
on or before the first day of each lease year until a discovery in 
paying quantities of oil or gas, then at the expiration of each lease 
year until the start of royalty-bearing production;
    Royalty Rates: 16\2/3\ percent royalty rate for blocks in water 
depths of less than 400 meters and a 12\1/2\ percent royalty rate for 
blocks in water depths of 400 meters or deeper, except during periods 
of royalty suspension, to be paid monthly on the last day of the month 
next following the month during which the production is obtained;
    Minimum Royalty: After the start of royalty-bearing production: 
$6.25 per acre or fraction thereof per year for blocks in water depths 
of less than 200 meters and $9.50 per acre or fraction thereof per year 
for blocks in water depths of 200 meters or deeper, to be paid at the 
expiration of each lease year with credit applied for actual royalty 
paid during the lease year. If actual royalty paid exceeds the minimum 
royalty requirement, then no minimum royalty payment is due;
    Royalty Suspension Areas: Royalty suspension, subject to deep gas 
price thresholds, will apply to blocks in water depths less than 400 
meters where deep gas (typically 15,000 feet or greater subsea) is 
drilled and commences production before May 3, 2009. The Energy Policy 
Act of 2005 provided additional royalty relief for ultra deep gas wells 
and extended the water depth to less than 400 meters for deep gas 
wells. In addition, subject to both oil and gas price thresholds, 
royalty suspension will apply in water depths of 400 meters or deeper. 
See the map ``Lease Terms and Economic Conditions, Lease Sale 198, 
Final'' for specific areas and the ``Royalty Suspension Provisions, 
Lease Sale 198, Final'' document contained in the FNOS 198 Package for 
specific details regarding royalty suspension eligibility, applicable 
price thresholds and implementation.
    Lease Stipulations: The map ``Stipulations and Deferred Blocks, 
Lease Sale 198, Final'' depicts the blocks on which one or more of ten 
lease stipulations apply: (1) Topographic Features; (2) Live Bottoms; 
(3) Military Areas; (4) Blocks South of Baldwin County, Alabama; (5) 
Law of the Sea Convention Royalty Payment; (6) Protected Species; (7) 
Limitation on Use of Seabed and Water Column in the Vicinity of the 
Approved Port Pelican Offshore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Deepwater 
Port Receiving Terminal, Vermilion Area, Blocks 139 and 140; (8) Below 
Seabed Operations on Mississippi Canyon Area, Block 920; (9) Limitation 
on Use of Seabed and Water Column in the Vicinity of the Approved 
Research Facility for Gas Hydrates, Mississippi Canyon Area, Block 118; 
and (10) Limitation on Use of Seabed and Water Column in the Vicinity 
of the Approved Gulf Landing Offshore LNG Deepwater Port Receiving 
Terminal, West Cameron Area, Block 213. The texts of the lease 
stipulations are contained in the document ``Lease Stipulations for Oil 
and Gas Lease Sale 198, Final'' included in the FNOS 198 Package. In 
addition, the ``List of Blocks Available for Leasing'' contained in the 
FNOS 198 Package identifies for each block listed the lease 
stipulations applicable to that block.
    Information to Lessees: The FNOS 198 Package contains an 
``Information To Lessees'' document which provides detailed information 
on certain specific issues pertaining to this oil and gas lease sale.
    Method of Bidding: For each block bid upon, a bidder must submit a 
separate signed bid in a sealed envelope labeled ``Sealed Bid for Oil 
and Gas Lease Sale 198, not to be opened until 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 
15, 2006.'' The submitting company's name, its GOM Company number, the 
map area, map number, and block number should be clearly identified on 
the outside of the envelope. Please refer to the sample bid envelope 
included within the FNOS 198 Package. Please also refer to the 
Telephone Numbers/Addresses of Bidders Form included within the FNOS 
198 Package. We are requesting that you provide this information in the 
format suggested for each lease sale. Please provide this information 
prior to or at the time of bid submission. Do not enclose this form 
inside the sealed bid envelope. The total amount of the bid must be in 
a whole dollar amount; any cent amount above the whole dollar will be 
ignored by the MMS. Details of the information required on the bid(s) 
and the bid envelope(s) are specified in the document ``Bid Form and 
Envelope'' contained in the FNOS 198 Package. A blank bid form, which 
is provided for your convenience, may be copied and filled in.
    The MMS published in the Federal Register a list of restricted 
joint bidders, which applies to this lease sale, at 70 FR 67499 on 
November 7, 2005. Bidders must execute all documents in conformance 
with signatory authorizations on file in the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region 
Adjudication Unit. Partnerships also must submit or have on file a list 
of signatories authorized to bind the partnership. Bidders submitting 
joint bids must include on the bid form the proportionate interest of 
each participating bidder, stated as a percentage, using a maximum of 
five decimal places, e.g., 33.33333 percent. The MMS may require 
bidders to submit other documents in accordance with 30 CFR 256.46. The 
MMS warns bidders against violation of 18 U.S.C. 1860 prohibiting 
unlawful combination or intimidation of bidders. Bidders are advised 
that the MMS considers the signed bid to be a legally binding 
obligation on the part of the bidder(s) to comply with all applicable 
regulations, including payment of the one-fifth bonus bid amount on all 
high bids. A statement to this effect must be included on each bid (see 
the document ``Bid Form and Envelope'' contained in the FNOS 198 
Package).

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    Rounding: The following procedure must be used to calculate the 
minimum bonus bid, annual rental, and minimum royalty: Round up to the 
next whole dollar amount if the calculation results in a decimal figure 
(see next paragraph).


    Please note: The minimum bonus bid calculation, including all 
rounding, is shown in the document ``List of Blocks Available for 
Leasing in Lease Sale 198'' included in the FNOS 198 Package.


    Bonus Bid Deposit: Each bidder submitting an apparent high bid must 
submit a bonus bid deposit to the MMS equal to one-fifth of the bonus 
bid amount for each such bid. Under the authority granted by 30 CFR 
256.46(b), the MMS requires bidders to use electronic funds transfer 
procedures for payment of one-fifth bonus bid deposits for Lease Sale 
198, following the detailed instructions contained in the document 
``Instructions for Making EFT Bonus Payments'' which can be found on 
the MMS Web site at http://www.gomr.mms.gov/homepg/lsesale/198/
cgom198.html. All payments must be electronically deposited into an 
interest-bearing account in the U.S. Treasury (account specified in the 
EFT instructions) by 11 a.m. Eastern Time the day following bid 
reading. Such a deposit does not constitute and shall not be construed 
as acceptance of any bid on behalf of the United States. If a lease is 
awarded, however, MMS requests that only one transaction be used for 
payment of the four-fifths bonus bid amount and the first year's 
rental.


    Please note: Certain bid submitters (i.e., those that are NOT 
currently an OCS mineral lease record title holder or designated 
operator OR those that have ever defaulted on a one-fifth bonus bid 
payment (EFT or otherwise)) are required to guarantee (secure) their 
one-fifth bonus bid payment prior to the submission of bids. For 
those who must secure the EFT one-fifth bonus bid payment, one of 
the following options may be used: (1) Provide a third-party 
guarantee; (2) Amend development bond coverage; (3) Provide a letter 
of credit; or (4) Provide a lump sum payment in advance via EFT. The 
EFT instructions specify the requirements for each option.


    Withdrawal of Blocks: The United States reserves the right to 
withdraw any block from this lease sale prior to issuance of a written 
acceptance of a bid for the block.
    Acceptance, Rejection, or Return of Bids: The United States 
reserves the right to reject any and all bids. In any case, no bid will 
be accepted, and no lease for any block will be awarded to any bidder, 
unless the bidder has complied with all requirements of this Notice, 
including the documents contained in the associated FNOS 198 Package 
and applicable regulations; the bid is the highest valid bid; and the 
amount of the bid has been determined to be adequate by the authorized 
officer. Any bid submitted which does not conform to the requirements 
of this Notice, the Act, and other applicable regulations may be 
returned to the person submitting that bid by the RD and not considered 
for acceptance. The Attorney General may also review the results of the 
lease sale prior to the acceptance of bids and issuance of leases. To 
ensure that the Government receives a fair return for the conveyance of 
lease rights for this lease sale, high bids will be evaluated in 
accordance with MMS bid adequacy procedures. A copy of current 
procedures, ``Modifications to the Bid Adequacy Procedures'' at 64 FR 
37560 on July 12, 1999, can be obtained from the MMS Gulf of Mexico 
Region Public Information Unit or via the MMS Internet Web site at 
http://www.gomr.mms.gov/homepg/lsesale/bidadeq.html.
    Successful Bidders: As required by the MMS, each company that has 
been awarded a lease must execute all copies of the lease (Form MMS-
2005 (March 1986) as amended), pay by EFT the balance of the bonus bid 
amount and the first year's rental for each lease issued in accordance 
with the requirements of 30 CFR 218.155, and satisfy the bonding 
requirements of 30 CFR part 256, subpart I, as amended.
    Also, in accordance with regulations at 43 CFR, part 42, subpart C, 
the lessee shall comply with the U.S. Department of the Interior's 
nonprocurement debarment and suspension requirements and agrees to 
communicate this requirement to comply with these regulations to 
persons with whom the lessee does business as it relates to this lease 
by including this term as a condition to enter into their contracts and 
other transactions.
    Affirmative Action: The MMS requests that, prior to bidding, Equal 
Opportunity Affirmative Action Representation Form MMS 2032 (June 1985) 
and Equal Opportunity Compliance Report Certification Form MMS 2033 
(June 1985) be on file in the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region Adjudication 
Unit. This certification is required by 41 CFR part 60 and Executive 
Order No. 11246 of September 24, 1965, as amended by Executive Order 
No. 11375 of October 13, 1967. In any event, prior to the execution of 
any lease contract, both forms are required to be on file in the MMS 
Gulf of Mexico Region Adjudication Unit.
    Geophysical Data and Information Statement: Pursuant to 30 CFR 
251.12, the MMS has a right to access geophysical data and information 
collected under a permit in the OCS. Every bidder submitting a bid on a 
block in Sale 198, or participating as a joint bidder in such a bid, 
must submit a Geophysical Data and Information Statement identifying 
any processed or reprocessed pre- and post-stack depth migrated 
geophysical data and information in its possession or control and used 
in the evaluation of that block. The existence, extent (i.e., number of 
line miles for 2D or number of blocks for 3D) and type of such data and 
information must be clearly identified. The statement must include the 
name and phone number of a contact person, and an alternate, 
knowledgeable about the depth data sets (that were processed or 
reprocessed to correct for depth) used in evaluating the block. In the 
event such data and information includes data sets from different 
timeframes, you should identify only the most recent data set used for 
block evaluations.
    The statement must also identify each block upon which a bidder 
participated in a bid but for which it does not possess or control such 
depth data and information.
    Every bidder must submit a separate Geophysical Data and 
Information Statement in a sealed envelope. The envelope should be 
labeled ``Geophysical Data and Information Statement for Oil and Gas 
Lease Sale 198'' and the bidder's name and qualification number must be 
clearly identified on the outside of the envelope. This statement must 
be submitted to the MMS at the Gulf of Mexico Regional Office, 
Attention: Resource Evaluation (1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New 
Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394) by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2006. 
The statement may be submitted in conjunction with the bids or 
separately. Do not include this statement in the same envelope 
containing a bid. These statements will not be opened until after the 
public bid reading at Lease Sale 198 and will be kept confidential. An 
Example of Preferred Format for the Geophysical Data and Information 
Statement is included in the FNOS 198 Package. Please also refer to a 
sample of the Geophysical Envelope--Preferred Format included within 
the FNOS 198 Package.
    Please refer to NTL No. 2003-G05 for more detail concerning 
submission of the Geophysical Data and Information Statement, making 
the data available to the MMS following the lease sale,

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preferred format, reimbursement for costs, and confidentiality.

    Dated: February 7, 2006.
R.M. ``Johnnie'' Burton,
Director, Minerals Management Service.
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