Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 200, 40538-40541 [E6-11246]

Download as PDF 40538 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 136 / Monday, July 17, 2006 / Notices Mailed comments should be enclosed in an envelope labeled, ‘‘Comments on the Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS on the Cape Wind Project.’’ Mail written comments to: Minerals Management Service, 381 Elden Street, MS 4042, Herndon, Virginia 20170. The MMS will also accept written comments submitted on our electronic public commenting system. This system can be accessed at http://www.mms.gov/offshore/ RenewableEnergy/Projects.htm. DATES: Comments must be received no later than July 28, 2006, labeled ‘‘Comments on the Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS for Proposed Cape Wind Project.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Rodney E. Cluck, Project Coordinator at (703) 787-1087 in MMS’s Headquarters office regarding questions on the NOI. Dated: July 7, 2006. Robert P. LaBelle, Acting Associate Director for Offshore Minerals Management. [FR Doc. E6–11259 Filed 7–14–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394, (504) 736–2519 or (800) 200–GULF, or via the MMS Internet Web site at http://www.gomr.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, August 15, 2006. If 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 200. 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. SUMMARY: On August 16, 2006, the MMS will open and publicly announce bids received for blocks offered in Western GOM Oil and Gas Lease Sale 200, 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 200 Package (FNOS 200 Package) contains information essential to bidders, and bidders are charged with the knowledge of the documents contained in the Package. 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, August 15, 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 Western GOM Oil and Gas Lease Sale 200’’ included in the FNOS 200 Package. All of these blocks are shown on the following Leasing Maps and Official Protraction Diagrams: Public bid reading will begin at 9 a.m., Wednesday, August 16, 2006, in the Acadia Ballroom at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal 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 200 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 Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Maps—Texas Map Numbers 1 Through 8 (These 16 Maps Sell for $2.00 Each) TX1 South Padre Island Area (revised November 1, 2000) TX1A South Padre Island Area, East Addition (revised November 1, 2000) TX2 North Padre Island Area (revised November 1, 2000) TX2A North Padre Island Area, East Addition (revised November 1, 2000) DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 200 Minerals Management Service, Interior. ACTION: Final Notice of Sale (FNOS) 200. AGENCY: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:41 Jul 14, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 TX3 Mustang Island Area (revised November 1, 2000) TX3A Mustang Island Area, East Addition (revised September 3, 2002) TX4 Matagorda Island Area (revised November 1, 2000) TX5 Brazos Area (revised November 1, 2000) TX5B Brazos Area, South Addition (revised November 1, 2000) TX6 Galveston Area (revised November 1, 2000) TX6A Galveston Area, South Addition (revised November 1, 2000) TX7 High Island Area (revised November 1, 2000) TX7A High Island Area, East Addition (revised November 1, 2000) TX7B High Island Area, South Addition (revised November 1, 2000) TX7C High Island Area, East Addition, South Extension (revised November 1, 2000) TX8 Sabine Pass Area (revised November 1, 2000) Outer Continental Shelf Official Protraction Diagrams (These 7 Diagrams Sell for $2.00 Each) NG14–03 Corpus Christi (revised November 1, 2000) NG14–06 Port Isabel (revised November 1, 2000) NG15–01 East Breaks (revised November 1, 2000) NG15–02 Garden Banks (revised November 1, 2000) NG15–04 Alaminos Canyon (revised November 1, 2000) NG15–05 Keathley Canyon (revised November 1, 2000) NG15–08 Sigsbee Escarpment (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. These GOM Leasing Maps and Official Protraction Diagrams are also available for free online in .PDF and .GRA format at http://www.gomr.mms.gov/homepg/ lsesale/map_arc.html. For the current status of all Western GOM Leasing Maps and Official Protraction Diagrams, please refer to 66 FR 28002 (published May 21, 2001) and 67 FR 60701 (published September 26, 2002). 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 E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 136 / Monday, July 17, 2006 / Notices 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 200’’ included in the FNOS 200 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 ‘‘Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 200—Unleased Split Blocks and Available Unleased Acreage of Blocks with Aliquots and Irregular Portions Under Lease or Deferred’’ included in the FNOS 200 Package. Areas Not Available for Leasing: The following whole and partial blocks are not offered for lease in this lease sale: Whole blocks and portions of blocks which lie within the boundaries of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary at the East and West Flower Garden Banks and Stetson Bank (the following list includes all blocks affected by the Sanctuary boundaries): High Island, East Addition, South Extension (Map Number TX7C) Whole Blocks: A–375, A–398. Portions of Blocks: A–366, A–367, A– 374, A–383, A–384, A–385, A–388, A–389, A–397, A–399, A–401. High Island, South Addition (Map Number TX7B) Portions of Blocks: A–502, A–513. Garden Banks (Map Number NG15–02) Portions of Blocks: 134, 135. Whole blocks and portions of blocks which lie within the former Western Gap portion of the 1.4 nautical mile buffer zone north of the continental shelf boundary between the United States and Mexico: Keathley Canyon (Map Number NG15– 05) Portions of Blocks: 978 through 980. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Sigsbee Escarpment (Map Number NG15–08) Whole Blocks: 11, 57, 103, 148, 149, 194, 239, 284, 331 through 341. Portions of Blocks: 12 through 14, 58 through 60, 104 through 106, 150, 151, 195, 196, 240, 241, 285 through 298, 342 through 349. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:41 Jul 14, 2006 Jkt 208001 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 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 periods, minimum bonus bid amounts, rental rates, royalty rates, minimum royalty, and royalty suspension areas are shown on the map ‘‘Lease Terms and Economic Conditions, Lease Sale 200, Final’’ for leases resulting from this lease sale: Initial Periods: 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. Minimum Bonus Bid Amounts: 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 200 Package. Please note that bonus bids must be in whole dollar amounts (i.e., any cents will be disregarded by the MMS). 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. PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40539 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: (Leases With Royalty Suspension Volumes Are Authorized Under Existing MMS Rules at 30 CFR Part 260) Deep Gas Royalty Suspensions Royalty suspension volumes, subject to price thresholds, will apply to certain gas production from wells completed to depths of at least 15,000 feet true vertical depth subsea (TVD SS) on leases located in water depths less than 400 meters, in accordance with regulations in effect at the time of production. Currently, the regulations are at 30 CFR 203.41–203.47, but these will be revised pursuant to section 344 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, 42 U.S.C. 15904. Deep Water Royalty Suspensions Royalty suspension volumes, subject to price thresholds for both oil and gas, will apply to leases located in water depths of at least 400 meters, as prescribed in section 345 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, 42 U.S.C. 15905, and applicable MMS rules. See the map ‘‘Lease Terms and Economic Conditions, Lease Sale 200, Final’’ for specific areas and the ‘‘Royalty Suspension Provisions, Lease Sale 200, Final’’ document contained in the FNOS 200 Package for specific details regarding royalty suspension eligibility, applicable price thresholds and implementation. Lease Stipulations: The map ‘‘Stipulations and Deferred Blocks, Lease Sale 200, Final’’ depicts the blocks on which one or more of five lease stipulations apply: (1) Topographic Features; (2) Military Areas; (3) Operations in the Naval Mine Warfare Area; (4) Law of the Sea Convention Royalty Payment; and (5) Protected Species. The texts of the stipulations are contained in the document ‘‘Lease Stipulations for Oil and Gas Lease Sale 200, Final’’ included in the FNOS 200 Package. In addition, the ‘‘List of Blocks Available for Leasing’’ contained in the FNOS 200 Package identifies for each block listed E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 40540 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 136 / Monday, July 17, 2006 / Notices the lease stipulations applicable to that block. Information to Lessees: The FNOS 200 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 200, not to be opened until 9 a.m., Wednesday, August 16, 2006.’’ The submitting company’s name, its GOM Company number, the map name, 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 200 Package. Please also refer to the Telephone Numbers/Addresses of Bidders Form included within the FNOS 200 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 200 Package. A blank bid form has been provided for your convenience which 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 71 FR 25227 on April 28, 2006. Please also refer to joint bidding provisions at 30 CFR 256.41 for additional information. 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:41 Jul 14, 2006 Jkt 208001 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 200 Package). Rounding: The following procedure must be used to calculate the minimum bonus bid, annual rental, and minimum royalty: Round up to the next whole acreage amount if the tract acreage contains a decimal figure prior to calculating the minimum bonus bid, annual rental, and minimum royalty amounts. The appropriate rate per acre is applied to the whole non-decimal (rounded up) acreage figure, and the resultant calculation is rounded 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 200’’ included in the FNOS 200 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 200, 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/ 200/wgom200.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. PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 200 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 E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 136 / Monday, July 17, 2006 / Notices 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 200, 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 200’’ 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, August 15, 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 200 and will be kept confidential. An Example of VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:41 Jul 14, 2006 Jkt 208001 Preferred Format for the Geophysical Data and Information Statement is included in the FNOS 200 Package. Please also refer to a sample of the Geophysical Envelope—Preferred Format included within the FNOS 200 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, preferred format, reimbursement for costs, and confidentiality. Dated: July 11, 2006. R.M. ‘‘Johnnie’’ Burton, Director, Minerals Management Service. [FR Doc. E6–11246 Filed 7–14–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Data Collection Submission. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below (OMB No. 1006–0015) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before August 16, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may send comments regarding the burden estimate, or any other aspect of the information collection, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, via facsimile at 202–395–6566 or via e-mail at OIRAlDocket@omb.eop.gov. A copy of your comments should also be directed to the Bureau of Reclamation, Attention Ms. Nancy DiDonato, Contract and Repayment Specialist, Lower Colorado Regional Office, P.O. Box 61470, Boulder City, NV 89006–1470. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information or a copy of the proposed collection of information, contact Ms. Nancy DiDonato at 702– 293–8532. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40541 collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of Reclamation, including whether the information shall have practical use; (b) the accuracy of Reclamation’s estimated burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, use, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their home address from public disclosures, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which we would withhold a respondent’s identity from public disclosure, as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public disclosure in their entirety. Title: Diversions, Return Flows, and Consumptive Use of Colorado River Water in the Lower Colorado River Basin. OMB No.: 1006–0015. Abstract: Reclamation delivers Colorado River water to water users for diversion and beneficial consumptive use in the States of Arizona, California, and Nevada. Under Supreme Court order, the United States is required, at least annually, to prepare and maintain complete, detailed, and accurate records of diversions of water, return flow, and consumptive use. This information is needed to ensure that a State or a water user within a State does not exceed its authorized use of Colorado River water. Water users are obligated by provisions in their water delivery contracts to provide Reclamation information on diversions and return flows. Reclamation determines the consumptive use by subtracting return flow from diversions or by other engineering means. Without the information collected, Reclamation could not comply with the order of the United States Supreme Court to prepare and maintain detailed and accurate records of diversions, return flow, and consumptive use. Description of respondents: The Lower Basin States (Arizona, California, E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 136 (Monday, July 17, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 40538-40541]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-11246]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service


Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Oil 
and Gas Lease Sale 200

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service, Interior.

ACTION: Final Notice of Sale (FNOS) 200.

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SUMMARY: On August 16, 2006, the MMS will open and publicly announce 
bids received for blocks offered in Western GOM Oil and Gas Lease Sale 
200, 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 200 Package (FNOS 200 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, August 16, 
2006, in the Acadia Ballroom at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 
Canal 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 200 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.gomr.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, August 15, 2006. If 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 200.  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.


    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, 
August 15, 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 Western GOM Oil and Gas Lease Sale 200'' included in the 
FNOS 200 Package. All of these blocks are shown on the following 
Leasing Maps and Official Protraction Diagrams:

Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Maps--Texas Map Numbers 1 Through 8 
(These 16 Maps Sell for $2.00 Each)

TX1 South Padre Island Area (revised November 1, 2000)
TX1A South Padre Island Area, East Addition (revised November 1, 2000)
TX2 North Padre Island Area (revised November 1, 2000)
TX2A North Padre Island Area, East Addition (revised November 1, 2000)
TX3 Mustang Island Area (revised November 1, 2000)
TX3A Mustang Island Area, East Addition (revised September 3, 2002)
TX4 Matagorda Island Area (revised November 1, 2000)
TX5 Brazos Area (revised November 1, 2000)
TX5B Brazos Area, South Addition (revised November 1, 2000)
TX6 Galveston Area (revised November 1, 2000)
TX6A Galveston Area, South Addition (revised November 1, 2000)
TX7 High Island Area (revised November 1, 2000)
TX7A High Island Area, East Addition (revised November 1, 2000)
TX7B High Island Area, South Addition (revised November 1, 2000)
TX7C High Island Area, East Addition, South Extension (revised November 
1, 2000)
TX8 Sabine Pass Area (revised November 1, 2000)

Outer Continental Shelf Official Protraction Diagrams (These 7 Diagrams 
Sell for $2.00 Each)

NG14-03 Corpus Christi (revised November 1, 2000)
NG14-06 Port Isabel (revised November 1, 2000)
NG15-01 East Breaks (revised November 1, 2000)
NG15-02 Garden Banks (revised November 1, 2000)
NG15-04 Alaminos Canyon (revised November 1, 2000)
NG15-05 Keathley Canyon (revised November 1, 2000)
NG15-08 Sigsbee Escarpment (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. These GOM Leasing Maps and Official Protraction 
Diagrams are also available for free online in .PDF and .GRA format at 
http://www.gomr.mms.gov/homepg/lsesale/map_arc.html.
    For the current status of all Western GOM Leasing Maps and Official 
Protraction Diagrams, please refer to 66 FR 28002 (published May 21, 
2001) and 67 FR 60701 (published September 26, 2002). 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

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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 200'' included in the FNOS 200 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 ``Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 200--
Unleased Split Blocks and Available Unleased Acreage of Blocks with 
Aliquots and Irregular Portions Under Lease or Deferred'' included in 
the FNOS 200 Package.
    Areas Not Available for Leasing: The following whole and partial 
blocks are not offered for lease in this lease sale:
    Whole blocks and portions of blocks which lie within the boundaries 
of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary at the East and 
West Flower Garden Banks and Stetson Bank (the following list includes 
all blocks affected by the Sanctuary boundaries):

High Island, East Addition, South Extension (Map Number TX7C)

Whole Blocks: A-375, A-398.
Portions of Blocks: A-366, A-367, A-374, A-383, A-384, A-385, A-388, A-
389, A-397, A-399, A-401.

High Island, South Addition (Map Number TX7B)

Portions of Blocks: A-502, A-513.

Garden Banks (Map Number NG15-02)

Portions of Blocks: 134, 135.

    Whole blocks and portions of blocks which lie within the former 
Western Gap portion of the 1.4 nautical mile buffer zone north of the 
continental shelf boundary between the United States and Mexico:

Keathley Canyon (Map Number NG15-05)

Portions of Blocks: 978 through 980.

Sigsbee Escarpment (Map Number NG15-08)

Whole Blocks: 11, 57, 103, 148, 149, 194, 239, 284, 331 through 341.
Portions of Blocks: 12 through 14, 58 through 60, 104 through 106, 150, 
151, 195, 196, 240, 241, 285 through 298, 342 through 349.

    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 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 periods, minimum bonus bid 
amounts, rental rates, royalty rates, minimum royalty, and royalty 
suspension areas are shown on the map ``Lease Terms and Economic 
Conditions, Lease Sale 200, Final'' for leases resulting from this 
lease sale:
    Initial Periods: 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.
    Minimum Bonus Bid Amounts: 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 200 Package. 
Please note that bonus bids must be in whole dollar amounts (i.e., any 
cents will be disregarded by the MMS).
    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: (Leases With Royalty Suspension Volumes Are 
Authorized Under Existing MMS Rules at 30 CFR Part 260)

Deep Gas Royalty Suspensions

    Royalty suspension volumes, subject to price thresholds, will apply 
to certain gas production from wells completed to depths of at least 
15,000 feet true vertical depth subsea (TVD SS) on leases located in 
water depths less than 400 meters, in accordance with regulations in 
effect at the time of production. Currently, the regulations are at 30 
CFR 203.41-203.47, but these will be revised pursuant to section 344 of 
the Energy Policy Act of 2005, 42 U.S.C. 15904.

Deep Water Royalty Suspensions

    Royalty suspension volumes, subject to price thresholds for both 
oil and gas, will apply to leases located in water depths of at least 
400 meters, as prescribed in section 345 of the Energy Policy Act of 
2005, 42 U.S.C. 15905, and applicable MMS rules.
    See the map ``Lease Terms and Economic Conditions, Lease Sale 200, 
Final'' for specific areas and the ``Royalty Suspension Provisions, 
Lease Sale 200, Final'' document contained in the FNOS 200 Package for 
specific details regarding royalty suspension eligibility, applicable 
price thresholds and implementation.
    Lease Stipulations: The map ``Stipulations and Deferred Blocks, 
Lease Sale 200, Final'' depicts the blocks on which one or more of five 
lease stipulations apply: (1) Topographic Features; (2) Military Areas; 
(3) Operations in the Naval Mine Warfare Area; (4) Law of the Sea 
Convention Royalty Payment; and (5) Protected Species. The texts of the 
stipulations are contained in the document ``Lease Stipulations for Oil 
and Gas Lease Sale 200, Final'' included in the FNOS 200 Package. In 
addition, the ``List of Blocks Available for Leasing'' contained in the 
FNOS 200 Package identifies for each block listed

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the lease stipulations applicable to that block.
    Information to Lessees: The FNOS 200 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 200, not to be opened until 9 a.m., Wednesday, 
August 16, 2006.'' The submitting company's name, its GOM Company 
number, the map name, 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 200 Package. Please also refer to 
the Telephone Numbers/Addresses of Bidders Form included within the 
FNOS 200 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 200 Package. A blank 
bid form has been provided for your convenience which 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 71 FR 25227 on 
April 28, 2006. Please also refer to joint bidding provisions at 30 CFR 
256.41 for additional information. 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 200 Package).
    Rounding: The following procedure must be used to calculate the 
minimum bonus bid, annual rental, and minimum royalty: Round up to the 
next whole acreage amount if the tract acreage contains a decimal 
figure prior to calculating the minimum bonus bid, annual rental, and 
minimum royalty amounts. The appropriate rate per acre is applied to 
the whole non-decimal (rounded up) acreage figure, and the resultant 
calculation is rounded 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 200'' included in the FNOS 200 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 
200, 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/200/
wgom200.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 200 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

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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 200, 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 200'' 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, August 15, 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 200 and will be kept confidential. An 
Example of Preferred Format for the Geophysical Data and Information 
Statement is included in the FNOS 200 Package. Please also refer to a 
sample of the Geophysical Envelope--Preferred Format included within 
the FNOS 200 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, preferred 
format, reimbursement for costs, and confidentiality.

    Dated: July 11, 2006.
R.M. ``Johnnie'' Burton,
Director, Minerals Management Service.
 [FR Doc. E6-11246 Filed 7-14-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-MR-P