States' Decisions on Participating in Accounting and Auditing Relief for Federal Oil and Gas Marginal Properties, 70978 [E6-20708]

Download as PDF 70978 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 235 / Thursday, December 7, 2006 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service States’ Decisions on Participating in Accounting and Auditing Relief for Federal Oil and Gas Marginal Properties sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: Minerals Management Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of states’ decisions to participate or not participate in accounting and auditing relief for Federal oil and gas marginal properties located in their state for calendar year 2007. SUMMARY: The Minerals Management Service (MMS) published final regulations on September 13, 2004 (69 FR 55076), codified at 30 CFR 204.200– 215, to provide accounting and auditing relief for marginal Federal oil and gas properties. The rule requires MMS to publish in the Federal Register the decisions of the States concerned to allow or not to allow one or both forms of relief in their State. As required in the rule, MMS provided states receiving a portion of the Federal royalties with a list of qualifying marginal Federal oil and gas properties located in their State so that each affected State could decide whether to participate in one or both relief options. This notice provides the decisions by the States concerned to allow one or both types of relief. DATES: Effective January 1, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Williams, Manager, Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Compliance and Asset Management, telephone (303) 231–3403, FAX (303) 231–3744, e-mail to mary.williams@mms.gov, or mail to P.O. Box 25165, MS 392B2, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado 80225–0165. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The rule implemented certain provisions of Section 7 of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act of 1996 and provides two options for relief: (1) Notification-based relief for annual reporting, and (2) other requested relief, as proposed by industry and approved by MMS and the State concerned. The rule requires that MMS publish by December 1 of each year, a list of the States and their decisions regarding marginal property relief. To qualify for the first option of relief (notification-based relief) for calendar year 2007, properties must have produced less than 1,000 barrels-of-oilequivalent (BOE) per year for the base period (July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006). Annual reporting relief will begin on VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:29 Dec 06, 2006 Jkt 211001 January 1, 2007, with the annual report and payment due February 29, 2008 (unless an estimated payment is on file, which will move the due date to March 31, 2008). To qualify for the second option of relief (other requested relief), properties must have produced less than 15 BOE per well per day for the base period. The following table shows the States that have marginal properties, where a portion of the royalties are shared between the state and MMS, and the States’ decisions to allow one or both forms of relief. State Alabama ....... Arkansas ...... California ...... Colorado ...... Kansas ......... Louisiana ..... Michigan ...... Mississippi ... Montana ....... Nebraska ..... Nevada ........ New Mexico North Dakota Oklahoma .... South Dakota Utah ............. Wyoming ...... Notificationbased relief (less than 1,000 boe per year) Requestbased relief (less than 15 boe per well per day) No ................ Yes ............... No ................ No ................ No ................ Yes ............... Yes ............... No ................ Yes ............... Yes ............... No ................ No ................ No ................ No ................ Yes ............... No ................ Yes ............... No. Yes. No. No. No. Yes. No. Yes. No. Yes. No. No. No. No. Yes. No. No. Federal oil and gas properties located in all other States, where a portion of the royalties are not shared with the State, are eligible for relief if they qualify as marginal under this rule. For information on how to obtain relief, please refer to the rule, which can be viewed on the MMS Web site at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/ FRNotices/AC30.htm. All correspondence, records, or information received in response to this notice are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. All information provided will be made public unless the respondent identifies which portions are proprietary. Please highlight the proprietary portions, including any supporting documentation, or mark the page(s) that contain proprietary data. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service


States' Decisions on Participating in Accounting and Auditing 
Relief for Federal Oil and Gas Marginal Properties

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of states' decisions to participate or not participate 
in accounting and auditing relief for Federal oil and gas marginal 
properties located in their state for calendar year 2007.

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SUMMARY: The Minerals Management Service (MMS) published final 
regulations on September 13, 2004 (69 FR 55076), codified at 30 CFR 
204.200-215, to provide accounting and auditing relief for marginal 
Federal oil and gas properties. The rule requires MMS to publish in the 
Federal Register the decisions of the States concerned to allow or not 
to allow one or both forms of relief in their State. As required in the 
rule, MMS provided states receiving a portion of the Federal royalties 
with a list of qualifying marginal Federal oil and gas properties 
located in their State so that each affected State could decide whether 
to participate in one or both relief options. This notice provides the 
decisions by the States concerned to allow one or both types of relief.

DATES: Effective January 1, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Williams, Manager, Federal 
Onshore Oil and Gas Compliance and Asset Management, telephone (303) 
231-3403, FAX (303) 231-3744, e-mail to mary.williams@mms.gov, or mail 
to P.O. Box 25165, MS 392B2, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado 
80225-0165.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The rule implemented certain provisions of 
Section 7 of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and 
Fairness Act of 1996 and provides two options for relief: (1) 
Notification-based relief for annual reporting, and (2) other requested 
relief, as proposed by industry and approved by MMS and the State 
concerned. The rule requires that MMS publish by December 1 of each 
year, a list of the States and their decisions regarding marginal 
property relief.
    To qualify for the first option of relief (notification-based 
relief) for calendar year 2007, properties must have produced less than 
1,000 barrels-of-oil-equivalent (BOE) per year for the base period 
(July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006). Annual reporting relief will begin on 
January 1, 2007, with the annual report and payment due February 29, 
2008 (unless an estimated payment is on file, which will move the due 
date to March 31, 2008). To qualify for the second option of relief 
(other requested relief), properties must have produced less than 15 
BOE per well per day for the base period.
    The following table shows the States that have marginal properties, 
where a portion of the royalties are shared between the state and MMS, 
and the States' decisions to allow one or both forms of relief.

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                                                         Request-based
                                  Notification-based   relief (less than
             State                relief (less than     15 boe per well
                                 1,000 boe per year)       per day)
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Alabama........................  No.................  No.
Arkansas.......................  Yes................  Yes.
California.....................  No.................  No.
Colorado.......................  No.................  No.
Kansas.........................  No.................  No.
Louisiana......................  Yes................  Yes.
Michigan.......................  Yes................  No.
Mississippi....................  No.................  Yes.
Montana........................  Yes................  No.
Nebraska.......................  Yes................  Yes.
Nevada.........................  No.................  No.
New Mexico.....................  No.................  No.
North Dakota...................  No.................  No.
Oklahoma.......................  No.................  No.
South Dakota...................  Yes................  Yes.
Utah...........................  No.................  No.
Wyoming........................  Yes................  No.
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    Federal oil and gas properties located in all other States, where a 
portion of the royalties are not shared with the State, are eligible 
for relief if they qualify as marginal under this rule.
    For information on how to obtain relief, please refer to the rule, 
which can be viewed on the MMS Web site at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/
Laws_R_D/FRNotices/AC30.htm.
    All correspondence, records, or information received in response to 
this notice are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information 
Act. All information provided will be made public unless the respondent 
identifies which portions are proprietary. Please highlight the 
proprietary portions, including any supporting documentation, or mark 
the page(s) that contain proprietary data. Proprietary information is 
protected by the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (30 
U.S.C. 1733), the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552 (b)(4), the 
Indian Mineral Development Act of 1982 (25 U.S.C. 2103), and Department 
regulations (43 CFR part 2).

    Dated: November 8, 2006.
Lucy Querques Denett,
Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management.
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