Texas Regulatory Program, 29285-29286 [E6-7735]

Download as PDF 29285 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 98 / Monday, May 22, 2006 / Proposed Rules Dated: May 10, 2006. R.M. ‘‘Johnnie’’ Burton, Acting Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management. PART 250—OIL AND GAS AND SULPHUR OPERATIONS IN THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF 1. The authority citation for part 250 continues to read as follows: § 250.198 Documents incorporated by reference. Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1331, et seq., 31 U.S.C. 9701. For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) proposes to amend 30 CFR part 250 as follows: 2. In § 250.198, the following document incorporated by reference is added to the table in paragraph (e) in alphanumerical order. * * * (e) * * * * * Title of documents Incorporated by reference at * * * * * * API RP 65, Recommended Practice for Cementing Shallow Water Flow Zones in Deep Water Wells, First Edition, September, 2002. Product No. G56001 * § 250.415(e). * * * 3. In § 250.415, add a new paragraph (e) as set forth below. § 250.415 What must my casing and cementing programs include? * * * * * (e) For wells drilled in water depths greater than 500 feet, show how you evaluated the best practices included in API RP 65, Recommended Practice for Cementing Shallow Water Flow Zones in Deep Water Wells (incorporated by reference as specified in § 250.198), to design your cement program to minimize the consequences of encountering a shallow water flow for the following two areas: (1) An ‘‘area with an unknown shallow water flow potential’’ is a zone or geologic formation where neither the presence nor absence of potential for a shallow water flow has been confirmed. (2) An ‘‘area known to contain a shallow water flow hazard’’ is a zone or geologic formation for which drilling has confirmed the presence of shallow water flow. [FR Doc. E6–7792 Filed 5–19–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 30 CFR Part 943 [Docket No. TX–051–FOR] Texas Regulatory Program Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal of proposed amendment. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with PROPOSALS AGENCY: SUMMARY: We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing the withdrawal VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:16 May 19, 2006 Jkt 208001 * * of an amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposed revisions to and additions of regulations regarding coal combustion by-products and coal combustion products. Texas intended to revise its program to clarify how the use and disposal of coal combustion byproducts and coal combustion products are regulated at coal mine sites in Texas. By letter dated April 11, 2006, Texas withdrew the amendment at its own initiative. DATES: This withdrawal is made on May 22, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael C. Wolfrom, Director, Tulsa Field Office. Telephone: (918) 581– 6430. E-mail: mwolfrom@osmre.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background on the Texas Program II. Submission of the Proposed Amendment I. Background on the Texas Program Section 503(a) of the Act permits a State to assume primacy for the regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations on non-Federal and non-Indian lands within its borders by demonstrating that its State program includes, among other things, ‘‘a State law which provides for the regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations in accordance with the requirements of this Act * * *; and rules and regulations consistent with regulations issued by the Secretary pursuant to this Act.’’ See 30 U.S.C. 1253(a)(1) and (7). On the basis of these criteria, the Secretary of the Interior conditionally approved the Texas program effective February 16, 1980. You can find background information on the Texas program, including the PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 * * Secretary’s findings, the disposition of comments, and the conditions of approval, in the February 27, 1980, Federal Register (45 FR 12998). You can find later actions on the Texas program at 30 CFR 943.10, 943.15, and 943.16. II. Submission of the Proposed Amendment By letter dated December 9, 2003 (Administrative Record No. TX–656), Texas sent us an amendment to its program under SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.). Texas sent the amendment at its own initiative. We announced receipt of the proposed amendment in the February 3, 2004, Federal Register (69 FR 5102). In the same document, we opened the public comment period and provided an opportunity for a public hearing or meeting on the adequacy of the amendment. At the request of nine citizen groups and two industry groups, we held a public hearing in Austin, Texas, on March 1, 2004. We entered a transcript of the public hearing into the administrative record (Administrative Record No. TX–656.31). At the request of one citizen group, we extended the public comment period on March 3, 2004 (69 FR 9983). The extended public comment period ended on March 19, 2004. We received comments from four industry groups, two State agencies, one Federal agency, one consulting company, and ten citizen groups. During our review of the amendment, we identified concerns about air pollution control, hydrologic information, performance bond release, recordkeeping and annual reporting, and the definition of ‘‘coal combustion by-products.’’ We notified Texas of these concerns by letters dated February 13, 2004, and May 7, 2004 (Administrative Record Nos. TX–656.04 and TX–656.39). On April 11, 2006 E:\FR\FM\22MYP1.SGM 22MYP1 29286 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 98 / Monday, May 22, 2006 / Proposed Rules rmajette on PROD1PC67 with PROPOSALS (Administrative Record No. TX–656.44), Texas requested that we withdraw the amendment. Texas intends to revise the amendment and submit it at a later date. Therefore, the proposed amendment VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:16 May 19, 2006 Jkt 208001 announced in the February 3, 2004, Federal Register is withdrawn. List of Subjects in 30 CFR Part 943 Intergovernmental relations, Surface mining, Underground mining. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Dated: April 28, 2006. Charles E. Sandberg, Regional Director, Mid-Continent Region [FR Doc. E6–7735 Filed 5–19–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–05–P E:\FR\FM\22MYP1.SGM 22MYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 98 (Monday, May 22, 2006)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 29285-29286]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

30 CFR Part 943

[Docket No. TX-051-FOR]


Texas Regulatory Program

AGENCY: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal of proposed amendment.

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SUMMARY: We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 
(OSM), are announcing the withdrawal of an amendment to the Texas 
regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and 
Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposed revisions to 
and additions of regulations regarding coal combustion by-products and 
coal combustion products. Texas intended to revise its program to 
clarify how the use and disposal of coal combustion by-products and 
coal combustion products are regulated at coal mine sites in Texas. By 
letter dated April 11, 2006, Texas withdrew the amendment at its own 
initiative.

DATES: This withdrawal is made on May 22, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael C. Wolfrom, Director, Tulsa 
Field Office. Telephone: (918) 581-6430. E-mail: mwolfrom@osmre.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background on the Texas Program
II. Submission of the Proposed Amendment

I. Background on the Texas Program

    Section 503(a) of the Act permits a State to assume primacy for the 
regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations on non-
Federal and non-Indian lands within its borders by demonstrating that 
its State program includes, among other things, ``a State law which 
provides for the regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation 
operations in accordance with the requirements of this Act * * *; and 
rules and regulations consistent with regulations issued by the 
Secretary pursuant to this Act.'' See 30 U.S.C. 1253(a)(1) and (7). On 
the basis of these criteria, the Secretary of the Interior 
conditionally approved the Texas program effective February 16, 1980. 
You can find background information on the Texas program, including the 
Secretary's findings, the disposition of comments, and the conditions 
of approval, in the February 27, 1980, Federal Register (45 FR 12998). 
You can find later actions on the Texas program at 30 CFR 943.10, 
943.15, and 943.16.

II. Submission of the Proposed Amendment

    By letter dated December 9, 2003 (Administrative Record No. TX-
656), Texas sent us an amendment to its program under SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 
1201 et seq.). Texas sent the amendment at its own initiative.
    We announced receipt of the proposed amendment in the February 3, 
2004, Federal Register (69 FR 5102). In the same document, we opened 
the public comment period and provided an opportunity for a public 
hearing or meeting on the adequacy of the amendment. At the request of 
nine citizen groups and two industry groups, we held a public hearing 
in Austin, Texas, on March 1, 2004. We entered a transcript of the 
public hearing into the administrative record (Administrative Record 
No. TX-656.31). At the request of one citizen group, we extended the 
public comment period on March 3, 2004 (69 FR 9983). The extended 
public comment period ended on March 19, 2004. We received comments 
from four industry groups, two State agencies, one Federal agency, one 
consulting company, and ten citizen groups.
    During our review of the amendment, we identified concerns about 
air pollution control, hydrologic information, performance bond 
release, recordkeeping and annual reporting, and the definition of 
``coal combustion by-products.'' We notified Texas of these concerns by 
letters dated February 13, 2004, and May 7, 2004 (Administrative Record 
Nos. TX-656.04 and TX-656.39). On April 11, 2006

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(Administrative Record No. TX-656.44), Texas requested that we withdraw 
the amendment. Texas intends to revise the amendment and submit it at a 
later date. Therefore, the proposed amendment announced in the February 
3, 2004, Federal Register is withdrawn.

List of Subjects in 30 CFR Part 943

    Intergovernmental relations, Surface mining, Underground mining.

    Dated: April 28, 2006.
Charles E. Sandberg,
Regional Director, Mid-Continent Region
 [FR Doc. E6-7735 Filed 5-19-06; 8:45 am]
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