Commercial Oil Shale Leasing Program, 50378-50379 [06-7136]

Download as PDF 50378 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 165 / Friday, August 25, 2006 / Proposed Rules ANM WY E5 Sheridan, WY [Revised] Sheridan County Airport, WY (Lat. 44°46′09″ N., long. 106°58′49″ W.) Gillette VOR/DME (Lat. 44°20′52″ N., long. 105°32′37″ W.) Crazy Woman VOR/DME (Lat. 43°59′59″ N., long. 106°26′09″ W.) That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7.0 mile radius of Sheridan County Airport; that airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface beginning at lat. 45°15′00″ N., long. 107°30′00″ W.; to lat. 45°15′00″ N., long. 107°00′00″ W.; to lat. 45°00′00″ N., long. 106°40′00″ W.; to Gillette VOR/DME; to Crazy Woman VOR/DME; to lat. 44°00′00″ N., long. 106°45′00″ W.; to lat. 44°30′00″ N., long. 107°00′00″ W.; to lat. 45°00′00″ N., long. 107°30′00″ W.; to point of beginning. * * * * * Issued in Seattle, Washington, on July 19, 2006. John Warner, Manager, Planning and Requirements, Western Service Area. [FR Doc. 06–7130 Filed 8–24–06; 8:45 am] August 29, 2006, at 10 a.m., in the IRS Auditorium (New Carrollton Federal Building), 5000 Ellin Road, Lanham, MD 20706. The subject of the public hearing is under section 199 of the Internal Revenue Code. The public written or electronic comment period for these regulations will expire on August 30, 2006. The outlines of oral comments were due on August 8, 2006. The notice of proposed rulemaking and notice of public hearing instructed those interested in testifying at the public hearing to submit a request to speak and an outline of the topics to be addressed. As of Tuesday, August 15, 2006, no one has requested to speak. Therefore, the public hearing scheduled for August 29, 2006, is cancelled. Guy R. Traynor, Chief, Publications and Regulations Branch, Legal Processing Division, Associate Chief Counsel, (Procedure and Administration). [FR Doc. E6–14090 Filed 8–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P BILLING CODE 4910–13–M DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Bureau of Land Management Internal Revenue Service 43 CFR Part 3900 26 CFR Part 1 [WO–3201310–PP–OSHL] [REG–111578–06] RIN 1004–AD90 RIN 1545–BF56 Commercial Oil Shale Leasing Program Computer Software Under Section 199(c)(5)(B); Hearing Cancellation This document cancels a public hearing on proposed regulations concerning the application of section 199 of the Internal Revenue Code, which provides a deduction for income attributable to domestic production activities, to certain transactions involving computer software. DATES: The public hearing, originally scheduled for August 29, 2006, at 10 a.m., is cancelled. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard A. Hurst of the Publications and Regulations Branch, Legal Processing Division, Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration), at Richard.A.Hurst@irscounsel.treas.gov. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: A notice of proposed rulemaking and notice of public hearing that appeared in the Federal Register on Thursday, June 1, 2006, (71 FR 31128), announced that a public hearing was scheduled for SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:53 Aug 24, 2006 Jkt 208001 Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Cancellation of notice of public hearing on proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requests comments and suggestions to assist in the writing of a proposed rule to establish a commercial leasing program for oil shale. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 directs the Secretary of the Interior to: (1) Complete a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for a commercial leasing program for oil shale and tar sands resources on public lands, with emphasis on the most geologically prospective lands within Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, and (2) Publish a final rule establishing such program, not later than 180 days after completion of the PEIS. On May 18, 2006, BLM published a final rule for the leasing of tar sands. As an aid in preparing the proposed rule to establish an oil shale commercial leasing system and regulate oil shale mining operations, we encourage members of the public to provide PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 comments and suggestions on the following key components; royalty rate; fair market value for conversion of preference right acreage and for commercial leasing; diligence; royalty determination point; and small tract leasing. See Section III for a list of specific questions relating to these topics. DATES: We will accept comments and suggestions on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking until September 25, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: Mail: Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, Administrative Record, Room 401 LS, Eastern States Office, 7450 Boston Boulevard, Springfield, Virginia 22153. Personal or messenger delivery: Room 401, 1620 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. E-mail: Comments_washington@blm.gov. (Include ‘‘Attn: 1004–AD90’’) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the substance of the Advance Notice, please contact Ted Murphy at (202) 452–0350. For information on procedural matters, please contact Kelly Odom at (202) 452– 5028. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8339, to contact the above individuals during business hours. FIRS is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Public Comment Procedures Commenting on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Written comments or suggestions should: —Be specific; —Explain the reasoning behind your comments and suggestions; and —Address the issues outlined in the Notice. For comments and recommendations to be the most useful, and most likely to influence decisions on the content of the proposed rule, they should: —Be substantive; —Facilitate the development and implementation of an environmentally-responsible commercial leasing system for Federally owned oil shale resources located on Federal lands. The BLM is particularly interested in receiving comments and suggestions E:\FR\FM\25AUP1.SGM 25AUP1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 165 / Friday, August 25, 2006 / Proposed Rules about the topics listed in SECTION III of this Notice. All communication on these topics should refer to RIN 1004– AD90 and may be submitted by several methods listed under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Comments received after the close of the comment period (see DATES) may not necessarily be considered or included in the Administrative Record for the proposed rule. Likewise, comments delivered to an address other than those listed above (see ADDRESSES) need not be considered or included in the Administrative Record for the proposed rule. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with PROPOSALS Reviewing Comments Submitted by Others Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the address listed under ADDRESSES Personal or messenger delivery during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality, which will be honored to the extent allowable by law. Those wishing to withhold their name or address (except for the city or town) must state this prominently at the beginning of their comment, and state a reason for the request. Submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety. II. Background On December 13, 2005, BLM published in the Federal Register (70 FR 73791) a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a PEIS for Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources Leasing on public lands administered by the BLM in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The NOI announced that the PEIS will support amendment of existing BLM Resource Management Plans to provide for oil share leasing in each of the three states, and tar sands in Utah. Additionally, the NOI identified preliminary planning criteria, initiated the public scoping process, and invited interested members of the public to provide comments on the scope and objectives of the PEIS. As part of the public scoping process identified in the NOI, public scoping meetings were held in January 2006 at seven western locations. Through the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources Leasing PEIS, the BLM will evaluate decisions regarding which public lands will be open for leasing in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming and under what constraints. The PEIS will VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:53 Aug 24, 2006 Jkt 208001 analyze and document the environmental, social, and economic issues associated with alternative approaches for leasing oil shale and tar sands resources. Information about all opportunities for public involvement in the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Leasing PEIS, including releases of documents for review, is available at the project Web site: http://ostseis.anl.gov. Comments received on the ANPR and the PEIS will be considered in shaping the rule as well as land use planning decisions, both of which are prerequisites to a commercial leasing program. NEPA requirements for the rulemaking will be determined after considering information received in response to this notice and identifying the regulatory issues to be addressed. The proposed rule that BLM is currently developing constitutes the second step of the Department of the Interior’s efforts to initiate a phased or staged approach to oil shale development—the first step being a research, development, and demonstration project (RF&D) authorized dated June 5, 2005 (70 FR 33753), BLM solicited nominations of parcels to be leased for RD&D of oil shale recovery technologies in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. III. Description of Information Requested The BLM is particularly interested in receiving comments on the following questions relating to regulations it is developing for an oil shale commercial leasing program: 1. What should be the royalty rate and point of royalty determination? 2. Should the regulations establish a process for bid adequacy evaluation, i.e., Fair Market Value determination, or should the regulations establish a minimum acceptable lease bonus bid? 3. How should diligent development be determined? 4. What should be the minimum production requirement? 5. Should there be provisions for small tract leasing? The BLM is also interested in receiving any other comments regarding contents and structure of the oil shale leasing program, including the management of mining operations. Comments focused on environmental issues should be directed to those preparing the Programmatic EIS. For information on how to submit such comments, see http://ostseis.anl.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 50379 Dated: August 16, 2006. Chad Calvert, Acting Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management. [FR Doc. 06–7136 Filed 8–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–84–M FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Part 1 [WT Docket No. 05–211; DA 06–1617] Implementation of the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act and Modernization of the Commission’s Competitive Bidding Rules and Procedures Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period and reply comment period. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This document extends the time for filing comments and reply comments in response to the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making in WT Docket No. 05–211, FCC 06–52. DATES: Comments are due September 20, 2006; Reply Comments are due October 20, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by WT Docket No. 05–211, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Federal Communications Commission’s Web Site: http:// www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • People with Disabilities: Contact the FCC to request reasonable accommodations (accessible format documents, sign language interpreters, CART, etc.) by e-mail: FCC504@fcc.gov or phone: 202–418–0530 or TTY: 202– 418–0432. In addition to filing comments with the Secretary, a copy of any comments on the Paperwork Reduction Act information collection requirements contained in the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making should be submitted to Judith B. Herman, Federal Communications Commission, Room 1– C804, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554, or via the Internet to PRA@fcc.gov, and to Kristy L. LaLonde, OMB Desk Officer, Room 10234 NEOB, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, via the Internet to Kristy_L. LaLonde@omb.eop.gov, or via fax at 202–395–5167. For detailed instructions for submitting comments and additional E:\FR\FM\25AUP1.SGM 25AUP1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 165 (Friday, August 25, 2006)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 50378-50379]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-7136]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

43 CFR Part 3900

[WO-3201310-PP-OSHL]
RIN 1004-AD90


Commercial Oil Shale Leasing Program

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION:  Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requests comments and 
suggestions to assist in the writing of a proposed rule to establish a 
commercial leasing program for oil shale.
    The Energy Policy Act of 2005 directs the Secretary of the Interior 
to: (1) Complete a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) 
for a commercial leasing program for oil shale and tar sands resources 
on public lands, with emphasis on the most geologically prospective 
lands within Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, and (2) Publish a final rule 
establishing such program, not later than 180 days after completion of 
the PEIS. On May 18, 2006, BLM published a final rule for the leasing 
of tar sands.
    As an aid in preparing the proposed rule to establish an oil shale 
commercial leasing system and regulate oil shale mining operations, we 
encourage members of the public to provide comments and suggestions on 
the following key components; royalty rate; fair market value for 
conversion of preference right acreage and for commercial leasing; 
diligence; royalty determination point; and small tract leasing. See 
Section III for a list of specific questions relating to these topics.

DATES: We will accept comments and suggestions on the Advance Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking until September 25, 2006.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
    Mail: Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, Administrative 
Record, Room 401 LS, Eastern States Office, 7450 Boston Boulevard, 
Springfield, Virginia 22153.
    Personal or messenger delivery: Room 401, 1620 L Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20036.
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    E-mail: Comments_washington@blm.gov. (Include ``Attn: 1004-AD90'')

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the substance of 
the Advance Notice, please contact Ted Murphy at (202) 452-0350. For 
information on procedural matters, please contact Kelly Odom at (202) 
452-5028. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-
877-8339, to contact the above individuals during business hours. FIRS 
is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Public Comment Procedures

Commenting on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

    Written comments or suggestions should:

--Be specific;
--Explain the reasoning behind your comments and suggestions; and
--Address the issues outlined in the Notice.

    For comments and recommendations to be the most useful, and most 
likely to influence decisions on the content of the proposed rule, they 
should:

--Be substantive;
--Facilitate the development and implementation of an environmentally-
responsible commercial leasing system for Federally owned oil shale 
resources located on Federal lands.

    The BLM is particularly interested in receiving comments and 
suggestions

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about the topics listed in SECTION III of this Notice. All 
communication on these topics should refer to RIN 1004-AD90 and may be 
submitted by several methods listed under the ADDRESSES section of this 
notice.
    Comments received after the close of the comment period (see DATES) 
may not necessarily be considered or included in the Administrative 
Record for the proposed rule. Likewise, comments delivered to an 
address other than those listed above (see ADDRESSES) need not be 
considered or included in the Administrative Record for the proposed 
rule.

Reviewing Comments Submitted by Others

    Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will 
be available for public review at the address listed under ADDRESSES 
Personal or messenger delivery during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. 
to 4:15 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays. Individual 
respondents may request confidentiality, which will be honored to the 
extent allowable by law. Those wishing to withhold their name or 
address (except for the city or town) must state this prominently at 
the beginning of their comment, and state a reason for the request. 
Submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals 
identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations 
or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their 
entirety.

II. Background

    On December 13, 2005, BLM published in the Federal Register (70 FR 
73791) a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a PEIS for Oil Shale and Tar 
Sands Resources Leasing on public lands administered by the BLM in 
Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The NOI announced that the PEIS will 
support amendment of existing BLM Resource Management Plans to provide 
for oil share leasing in each of the three states, and tar sands in 
Utah. Additionally, the NOI identified preliminary planning criteria, 
initiated the public scoping process, and invited interested members of 
the public to provide comments on the scope and objectives of the PEIS. 
As part of the public scoping process identified in the NOI, public 
scoping meetings were held in January 2006 at seven western locations.
    Through the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources Leasing PEIS, the BLM 
will evaluate decisions regarding which public lands will be open for 
leasing in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming and under what constraints. The 
PEIS will analyze and document the environmental, social, and economic 
issues associated with alternative approaches for leasing oil shale and 
tar sands resources. Information about all opportunities for public 
involvement in the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Leasing PEIS, including 
releases of documents for review, is available at the project Web site: 
http://ostseis.anl.gov.
    Comments received on the ANPR and the PEIS will be considered in 
shaping the rule as well as land use planning decisions, both of which 
are prerequisites to a commercial leasing program. NEPA requirements 
for the rulemaking will be determined after considering information 
received in response to this notice and identifying the regulatory 
issues to be addressed.
    The proposed rule that BLM is currently developing constitutes the 
second step of the Department of the Interior's efforts to initiate a 
phased or staged approach to oil shale development--the first step 
being a research, development, and demonstration project (RF&D) 
authorized dated June 5, 2005 (70 FR 33753), BLM solicited nominations 
of parcels to be leased for RD&D of oil shale recovery technologies in 
Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.

III. Description of Information Requested

    The BLM is particularly interested in receiving comments on the 
following questions relating to regulations it is developing for an oil 
shale commercial leasing program:
    1. What should be the royalty rate and point of royalty 
determination?
    2. Should the regulations establish a process for bid adequacy 
evaluation, i.e., Fair Market Value determination, or should the 
regulations establish a minimum acceptable lease bonus bid?
    3. How should diligent development be determined?
    4. What should be the minimum production requirement?
    5. Should there be provisions for small tract leasing?
    The BLM is also interested in receiving any other comments 
regarding contents and structure of the oil shale leasing program, 
including the management of mining operations. Comments focused on 
environmental issues should be directed to those preparing the 
Programmatic EIS. For information on how to submit such comments, see 
http://ostseis.anl.gov.

    Dated: August 16, 2006.
Chad Calvert,
Acting Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management.
[FR Doc. 06-7136 Filed 8-24-06; 8:45 am]
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