Outer Continental Shelf Regulations-Technical Corrections, 20170-20172 [E8-7776]

Download as PDF 20170 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 73 / Tuesday, April 15, 2008 / Rules and Regulations [FR Doc. E8–7777 Filed 4–14–08; 8:45 am] Procedural Matters BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Order (E.O.) 12866) This final rule is not a significant rule as determined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and is not subject to review under E.O. 12866. (1) This final rule will not have an effect of $100 million or more on the economy. It will not adversely affect in a material way the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities. (2) This final rule will not create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency. (3) This final rule will not alter the budgetary effects of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights or obligations of their recipients. (4) This final rule will not raise novel legal or policy issues. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service 30 CFR Parts 250, 270, 281, and 282 [Docket ID: MMS–2007–OMM–0070] RIN 1010–AD49 Outer Continental Shelf Regulations— Technical Corrections Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. ACTION: Final rule. rfrederick on PROD1PC67 with RULES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This document makes minor technical changes to regulations that were published in various Federal Register documents and are codified in the Code of Federal Regulations. These changes will correct various citations and typographical errors in 30 CFR parts 250, 270, 281, and 282. DATES: Effective on April 15, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Blundon, Regulatory Specialist at (703) 787–1607, fax (703) 787–1555, or e-mail cheryl.blundon@mms.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The technical corrections in this document affect all offshore operators, lessees, pipeline right-of-way holders, and permittees. The corrections are necessary to correct citation and typographical errors, and to add or change a few words for clarification. Obsolete information is being removed, since the grace period that was written into the initial rule is no longer valid. Also, when some rules were previously written in ‘‘plain English,’’ words were inadvertently dropped that are now being put back. This will make the regulations easier to read, understand, and follow. This document corrects regulations in 30 CFR parts 250, 270, 281, and 282 to reflect these changes. Because this rule makes no substantive change in any rule or requirement and has no significant impact on industry or the public, MMS, for good cause, finds that notice and public comment are unnecessary pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). Furthermore, MMS, for good cause, finds that no period of time is necessary to enable industry or the public to come into compliance with this rule; and therefore provides that the rule is effective upon this publication pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:34 Apr 14, 2008 Jkt 214001 Regulatory Flexibility Act The Department of the Interior certifies that this final rule will not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). Your comments are important to us. The Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and 10 Regional Fairness Boards were established to receive comments from small business about Federal agency enforcement actions. The Ombudsman will annually evaluate the enforcement activities and rate each agency’s responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on the actions of MMS, call 1–888–734–3247. You may comment to the Small Business Administration without fear of retaliation. Disciplinary action for retaliation by an MMS employee may include suspension or termination from employment with the Department of the Interior. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act This final rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. This final rule: a. Will not have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more. b. Will not cause a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, Federal, State, or local government agencies, or geographic regions. c. Will not have significant adverse effects on competition, employment, PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act This final rule will not impose an unfunded mandate on State, local, or tribal governments or the private sector of more than $100 million per year. This final rule will not have a significant or unique effect on State, local, or tribal governments or the private sector. A statement containing the information required by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) is not required. Takings Implication Assessment (E.O. 12630) Under the criteria in E.O. 12630, this final rule does not have significant takings implications. This rule is not a governmental action capable of interference with constitutionally protected property rights. A Takings Implication Assessment is not required. Federalism (E.O. 13132) Under the criteria in E.O. 13132, this final rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a Federalism Assessment. This rule will not substantially and directly affect the relationship between the Federal and State governments. To the extent that State and local governments have a role in OCS activities, this rule will not affect that role. A Federalism Assessment is not required. Civil Justice Reform (E.O. 12988) This rule complies with the requirements of E.O. 12988. Specifically, this rule: (a) Meets the criteria of section 3(a) requiring that all regulations be reviewed to eliminate errors and ambiguity and be written to minimize litigation; and (b) Meets the criteria of section 3(b)(2) requiring that all regulations be written in clear language and contain clear legal standards. Consultation With Indian Tribes (E.O. 13175) Under the criteria in E.O. 13175, we have evaluated this final rule and determined that it has no potential effects on federally recognized Indian tribes. There are no Indian or tribal lands in the OCS. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a E:\FR\FM\15APR1.SGM 15APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 73 / Tuesday, April 15, 2008 / Rules and Regulations currently valid OMB control number. Until OMB approves a collection of information and assigns a control number, you are not required to respond to the collection of information. This final rule does not contain any new information collection requirements subject to the PRA, nor does it affect any previously approved collections; therefore, the rule does not require a submittal to OMB for review and approval under section 3507(d) of the PRA. Any information collection burdens referenced in this rulemaking are already approved under OMB Control Numbers 1010–0114, expiration November 30, 2010; 1010–0151, expiration July 31, 2008; 1010–0059, expiration February 28, 2009; 1010– 0149 expiration March 31, 2008; 1010– 0128 expiration August 31, 2009; and 1010–0086 expiration December 31, 2010, respectively. National Environmental Policy Act This rule does not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. The MMS has analyzed this rule under the criteria of the National Environmental Policy Act and 516 Departmental Manual 2, Appendix 1.10. and determined that it falls within the categorical exclusion for ‘‘regulations * * * that are of an administrative, financial, legal, technical, or procedural nature and whose environmental effects are too broad, speculative, or conjectural to lend themselves to meaningful analysis.’’ The MMS completed a Categorical Exclusion Review for this action and concluded that the rulemaking does not represent an exception to the established criteria for categorical exclusion; therefore, preparation of an environmental analysis or environmental impact statement will not be required. Data Quality Act In developing this rule, we did not conduct or use a study, experiment, or survey requiring peer review under the Data Quality Act (Pub. L. 106–554, app. C section 515, 114 Stat. 2763, 2763A– 153–154). rfrederick on PROD1PC67 with RULES Effects on the Energy Supply (E.O. 13211) This rule is not a significant energy action under the definition in E.O. 13211. A Statement of Energy Effects is not required. Determination To Not Issue a Proposed Rule The MMS has determined that the good cause exception in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) applies to this rule. The VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:34 Apr 14, 2008 Jkt 214001 good cause exception allows an agency to dispense with the notice and public procedure when the agency finds for good cause that those requirements are impractical, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. Because this rule merely makes technical changes, it makes an administrative change and public comment is unnecessary. Determination To Make Rule Effective Immediately Because this rule makes technical changes only, MMS has determined it appropriate to make the rule effective immediately, as allowed under 5 U.S.C. 553(d). § 250. 803 20171 [Amended] 4. In § 250.803 the following additions are made: I A. In § 250.803(b)(8), in the first sentence, after the phrase ‘‘API RP 14G’’ add the parenthetical phrase ‘‘(incorporated by reference as specified in § 250.198)’’. I B. In § 250.803(b)(9)(i), in the last sentence, after the phrase ‘‘API RP 500’’ and the phrase ‘‘API RP 505’’ add the parenthetical phrase ‘‘(incorporated by reference as specified in § 250.198)’’. I 5. In § 250.806(c), revise the second sentence to read as follows: I List of Subjects § 250.806 Safety and pollution prevention equipment quality assurance requirements. 30 CFR Part 250 * Administrative practice and procedures, Continental shelf, Environmental protection, Oil and gas exploration, Public lands—minerals resources, Public lands—rights-of-way. 30 CFR Part 270 Continental shelf, Nondiscrimination, Oil and gas exploration. § 250.900 30 CFR Part 281 Administrative practice and procedure, Continental shelf, Mineral royalties, Public lands—mineral resources, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. 30 CFR Part 282 Administrative practice and procedure, Continental shelf, Public lands—mineral resources. Dated: March 28, 2008. C. Stephen Allred, Assistant Secretary—Land and Minerals Management. For the reasons stated above, MMS amends 30 CFR parts 250, 270, 281, and 282 as follows: I PART 250—OIL AND GAS AND SULPHUR OPERATIONS IN THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF 1. The authority citation for part 250 is revised to read as follows: I Authority: 31 U.S.C. 9701, 43 U.S.C. 1334. § 250.107 * * * * (c) * * * If you want MMS to evaluate other quality assurance programs, submit relevant information about the program and reasons for recognition by MMS to the Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs; Minerals Management Service; MS– 4020; 381 Elden Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170–4817. [Amended] [Amended] 6. In § 250.900(a), in the first sentence, after the word ‘‘You,’’ add the word ‘‘must’’. I § 250.1201 [Amended] 7. In § 250.1201, remove the definition of Calibration, revise the definition of Surface commingling, and add in alphabetical order a new definition of Verification/Calibration, to read as follows: I § 250.1201 Definitions. * * * * * Surface commingling—the surface mixing of production from two or more leases and/or unit participating areas prior to royalty measurement. * * * * * Verification/Calibration—testing and correcting, if necessary, a measuring device to ensure compliance with industry accepted, manufacturer’s recommended, or regulatory required standard of accuracy. * * * * * § 250.1202 [Amended] 2. In § 250.107(a)(2), after the word ‘‘equipment’’ add the words ‘‘and work areas’’. 8. In § 250.1202(k)(3) and (4), in the first sentence, after the word ‘‘Prove’’, add the word ‘‘operating’’. § 250.260 § 250.1204 I [Amended] 3. In § 250.260(a), the citation ‘‘15 CFR 930.76(d)’’ is revised to read ‘‘15 CFR 930.76(c)’’. I PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 I [Amended] 9. In § 250.1204(b)(1), after the word ‘‘months’’ insert the parenthetical phrase ‘‘(1 time every 60 days)’’. I E:\FR\FM\15APR1.SGM 15APR1 20172 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 73 / Tuesday, April 15, 2008 / Rules and Regulations § 250.1301 Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1334. [Amended] 10. Amend § 250.1301 by revising paragraphs (b) and (c) to read as follows: I § 281.0 Notice of temporary deviation from regulations. ACTION: [Amended] § 250.1301 What are the requirements for unitization? 16. In § 281.0, the last sentence is revised to read ‘‘An applicant must respond to obtain or retain a benefit.’’ * § 281.26 * * * * (b) Compulsory unitization. The Regional Supervisor may require you and other lessees to unitize operations of a reasonably delineated and productive reservoir if unitized operations are necessary to: (1) Prevent waste; (2) Conserve natural resources; or (3) Protect correlative rights, including Federal royalty interests. (c) Unit area. The area that a unit includes is the minimum number of leases that will allow the lessees to minimize the number of platforms, facility installations, and wells necessary for efficient exploration, development, and production of mineral deposits, oil and gas reservoirs, or potential hydrocarbon accumulations common to two or more leases. A unit may include whole leases or portions of leases. * * * * * § 250.1502 I [Amended] § 281.26 * * * * (e) * * * The single responsible person shall be designated as the payor for the lease and shall be so identified on the Solid Minerals Production and Royalty Report (P & R) (MMS–4430) in accordance with § 210.201of this title. * * * * * * * * (i) All payors must submit payments and payment forms and maintain auditable records in accordance with 30 CFR Chapter II, Subchapter A—Minerals Revenue Management. PART 282—OPERATIONS IN THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF FOR MINERALS OTHER THAN OIL, GAS, AND SULPHUR 18. The authority citation for part 282 is revised to read as follows: [Amended] 12. In §§ 250.1629(b)(1) and (b)(1)(i), after the phrase ‘‘I, IV, and VIII of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code’’ add the parenthetical phrase ‘‘(incorporated by reference as specified in 30 CFR 250.198)’’. PART 270—NONDISCRIMINATION IN THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF 13. The authority citation for part 270 is revised to read as follows: I Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1863. [Amended] 14. In § 270.6, revise the last sentence to read as follows: I § 270.6 Process. Authority: 43 U.S.C 1334. rfrederick on PROD1PC67 with RULES PART 281—LEASING OF MINERALS OTHER THAN OIL, GAS, AND SULPHUR IN THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF [Amended] 19. Revise § 282.40, paragraph (f), to read as follows: I § 282.40 Bonds. * * * * * (f) For the purposes of this section there are three areas: (1) The Gulf of Mexico and the area offshore the Atlantic Ocean; (2) The area offshore the Pacific Coast States of California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii; and (3) The area offshore the coast of Alaska. * * * * * [FR Doc. E8–7776 Filed 4–14–08; 8:45 am] Jkt 214001 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [USCG–2008–0241] 15. The authority citation for part 281 is revised to read as follows: I 15:34 Apr 14, 2008 § 282.40 BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P * * * If either the complainant or the person(s) alleged to have wrongfully discriminated fail to provide such written notice within a reasonable period of time, the Regional Director must proceed in accordance with the provisions of 30 CFR 250, subpart N. VerDate Aug<31>2005 Payments. * I § 270.6 [Amended] 17. In § 281.26 revise the second sentence of paragraph (e) and revise paragraph (i) to read as follows: I I 11. Remove § 250.1502. § 250.1629 I Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC; Bridge Inspection AGENCY: PO 00000 Coast Guard, DHS. Frm 00024 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 SUMMARY: The Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the Cape Fear River Memorial Bridge, mile 26.8 at Wilmington, NC. Under this deviation, a one-hour advance notice is required for bridge openings, to allow bridge inspectors time to remove test equipment connected to operating components used in bridge openings. DATES: This deviation is effective from 6 a.m. on April 28, 2008, to 11:59 p.m. on May 8, 2008. ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG–2008– 0241 and are available online at www.regulations.gov. They are also available for inspection or copying at two locations: The Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, and the Commander (dpb), Fifth Coast Guard District, Federal Building, 1st Floor, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704–5004 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary S. Heyer, Bridge Management Specialist, Fifth Coast Guard District, at (757) 398– 6629. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: North Carolina Department of Transportation, who owns and operates the Cape Fear River Memorial Bridge, requested a deviation from the operating regulations to facilitate inspection of the bridge. In the closed position to navigation, the drawbridge has a vertical clearance of 65 feet above mean high water. The current operating regulations set out in 33 CFR 117.823 allow the draw need not open for the passage of vessel from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of July of every year, and from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the second Sunday of November of every year; and require the draw to open on signal at all other times in accordance with 33 CFR 117.5. The Cape Fear River Memorial Bridge is inspected annually on varying dates. During this inspection, vessel operators with mast height lower than 65 feet will continue to be able to transit through the drawbridge. There are not alternate routes for vessels with a mast height greater than 65 feet. To allow bridge inspectors time to remove test equipment connected to E:\FR\FM\15APR1.SGM 15APR1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service

30 CFR Parts 250, 270, 281, and 282

[Docket ID: MMS-2007-OMM-0070]
RIN 1010-AD49


Outer Continental Shelf Regulations--Technical Corrections

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This document makes minor technical changes to regulations 
that were published in various Federal Register documents and are 
codified in the Code of Federal Regulations. These changes will correct 
various citations and typographical errors in 30 CFR parts 250, 270, 
281, and 282.

DATES: Effective on April 15, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Blundon, Regulatory Specialist 
at (703) 787-1607, fax (703) 787-1555, or e-mail 
cheryl.blundon@mms.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Background: The technical corrections in this document affect all 
offshore operators, lessees, pipeline right-of-way holders, and 
permittees. The corrections are necessary to correct citation and 
typographical errors, and to add or change a few words for 
clarification. Obsolete information is being removed, since the grace 
period that was written into the initial rule is no longer valid. Also, 
when some rules were previously written in ``plain English,'' words 
were inadvertently dropped that are now being put back. This will make 
the regulations easier to read, understand, and follow.
    This document corrects regulations in 30 CFR parts 250, 270, 281, 
and 282 to reflect these changes. Because this rule makes no 
substantive change in any rule or requirement and has no significant 
impact on industry or the public, MMS, for good cause, finds that 
notice and public comment are unnecessary pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(B). Furthermore, MMS, for good cause, finds that no period of 
time is necessary to enable industry or the public to come into 
compliance with this rule; and therefore provides that the rule is 
effective upon this publication pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d).

Procedural Matters

Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Order (E.O.) 12866)

    This final rule is not a significant rule as determined by the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and is not subject to review 
under E.O. 12866.
    (1) This final rule will not have an effect of $100 million or more 
on the economy. It will not adversely affect in a material way the 
economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public 
health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or 
communities.
    (2) This final rule will not create a serious inconsistency or 
otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency.
    (3) This final rule will not alter the budgetary effects of 
entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights or 
obligations of their recipients.
    (4) This final rule will not raise novel legal or policy issues.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Department of the Interior certifies that this final rule will 
not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small 
entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.).
    Your comments are important to us. The Small Business and 
Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and 10 Regional Fairness 
Boards were established to receive comments from small business about 
Federal agency enforcement actions. The Ombudsman will annually 
evaluate the enforcement activities and rate each agency's 
responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on the actions 
of MMS, call 1-888-734-3247. You may comment to the Small Business 
Administration without fear of retaliation. Disciplinary action for 
retaliation by an MMS employee may include suspension or termination 
from employment with the Department of the Interior.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

    This final rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), the 
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. This final rule:
    a. Will not have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or 
more.
    b. Will not cause a major increase in costs or prices for 
consumers, individual industries, Federal, State, or local government 
agencies, or geographic regions.
    c. Will not have significant adverse effects on competition, 
employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of 
U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    This final rule will not impose an unfunded mandate on State, 
local, or tribal governments or the private sector of more than $100 
million per year. This final rule will not have a significant or unique 
effect on State, local, or tribal governments or the private sector. A 
statement containing the information required by the Unfunded Mandates 
Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) is not required.

Takings Implication Assessment (E.O. 12630)

    Under the criteria in E.O. 12630, this final rule does not have 
significant takings implications. This rule is not a governmental 
action capable of interference with constitutionally protected property 
rights. A Takings Implication Assessment is not required.

Federalism (E.O. 13132)

    Under the criteria in E.O. 13132, this final rule does not have 
sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a 
Federalism Assessment. This rule will not substantially and directly 
affect the relationship between the Federal and State governments. To 
the extent that State and local governments have a role in OCS 
activities, this rule will not affect that role. A Federalism 
Assessment is not required.

Civil Justice Reform (E.O. 12988)

    This rule complies with the requirements of E.O. 12988. 
Specifically, this rule:
    (a) Meets the criteria of section 3(a) requiring that all 
regulations be reviewed to eliminate errors and ambiguity and be 
written to minimize litigation; and
    (b) Meets the criteria of section 3(b)(2) requiring that all 
regulations be written in clear language and contain clear legal 
standards.

Consultation With Indian Tribes (E.O. 13175)

    Under the criteria in E.O. 13175, we have evaluated this final rule 
and determined that it has no potential effects on federally recognized 
Indian tribes. There are no Indian or tribal lands in the OCS.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) provides that an agency may not 
conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a

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currently valid OMB control number. Until OMB approves a collection of 
information and assigns a control number, you are not required to 
respond to the collection of information. This final rule does not 
contain any new information collection requirements subject to the PRA, 
nor does it affect any previously approved collections; therefore, the 
rule does not require a submittal to OMB for review and approval under 
section 3507(d) of the PRA. Any information collection burdens 
referenced in this rulemaking are already approved under OMB Control 
Numbers 1010-0114, expiration November 30, 2010; 1010-0151, expiration 
July 31, 2008; 1010-0059, expiration February 28, 2009; 1010-0149 
expiration March 31, 2008; 1010-0128 expiration August 31, 2009; and 
1010-0086 expiration December 31, 2010, respectively.

National Environmental Policy Act

    This rule does not constitute a major Federal action significantly 
affecting the quality of the human environment. The MMS has analyzed 
this rule under the criteria of the National Environmental Policy Act 
and 516 Departmental Manual 2, Appendix 1.10. and determined that it 
falls within the categorical exclusion for ``regulations * * * that are 
of an administrative, financial, legal, technical, or procedural nature 
and whose environmental effects are too broad, speculative, or 
conjectural to lend themselves to meaningful analysis.'' The MMS 
completed a Categorical Exclusion Review for this action and concluded 
that the rulemaking does not represent an exception to the established 
criteria for categorical exclusion; therefore, preparation of an 
environmental analysis or environmental impact statement will not be 
required.

Data Quality Act

    In developing this rule, we did not conduct or use a study, 
experiment, or survey requiring peer review under the Data Quality Act 
(Pub. L. 106-554, app. C section 515, 114 Stat. 2763, 2763A-153-154).

Effects on the Energy Supply (E.O. 13211)

    This rule is not a significant energy action under the definition 
in E.O. 13211. A Statement of Energy Effects is not required.

Determination To Not Issue a Proposed Rule

    The MMS has determined that the good cause exception in 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(3)(B) applies to this rule. The good cause exception allows an 
agency to dispense with the notice and public procedure when the agency 
finds for good cause that those requirements are impractical, 
unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. Because this rule 
merely makes technical changes, it makes an administrative change and 
public comment is unnecessary.

Determination To Make Rule Effective Immediately

    Because this rule makes technical changes only, MMS has determined 
it appropriate to make the rule effective immediately, as allowed under 
5 U.S.C. 553(d).

List of Subjects

30 CFR Part 250

    Administrative practice and procedures, Continental shelf, 
Environmental protection, Oil and gas exploration, Public lands--
minerals resources, Public lands--rights-of-way.

30 CFR Part 270

    Continental shelf, Nondiscrimination, Oil and gas exploration.

30 CFR Part 281

    Administrative practice and procedure, Continental shelf, Mineral 
royalties, Public lands--mineral resources, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

30 CFR Part 282

    Administrative practice and procedure, Continental shelf, Public 
lands--mineral resources.

    Dated: March 28, 2008.
C. Stephen Allred,
Assistant Secretary--Land and Minerals Management.

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For the reasons stated above, MMS amends 30 CFR parts 250, 270, 281, 
and 282 as follows:

PART 250--OIL AND GAS AND SULPHUR OPERATIONS IN THE OUTER 
CONTINENTAL SHELF

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1. The authority citation for part 250 is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 31 U.S.C. 9701, 43 U.S.C. 1334.


Sec.  250.107  [Amended]

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2. In Sec.  250.107(a)(2), after the word ``equipment'' add the words 
``and work areas''.


Sec.  250.260  [Amended]

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3. In Sec.  250.260(a), the citation ``15 CFR 930.76(d)'' is revised to 
read ``15 CFR 930.76(c)''.


Sec.  250. 803  [Amended]

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4. In Sec.  250.803 the following additions are made:
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A. In Sec.  250.803(b)(8), in the first sentence, after the phrase 
``API RP 14G'' add the parenthetical phrase ``(incorporated by 
reference as specified in Sec.  250.198)''.
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B. In Sec.  250.803(b)(9)(i), in the last sentence, after the phrase 
``API RP 500'' and the phrase ``API RP 505'' add the parenthetical 
phrase ``(incorporated by reference as specified in Sec.  250.198)''.

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5. In Sec.  250.806(c), revise the second sentence to read as follows:


Sec.  250.806  Safety and pollution prevention equipment quality 
assurance requirements.

* * * * *
    (c) * * * If you want MMS to evaluate other quality assurance 
programs, submit relevant information about the program and reasons for 
recognition by MMS to the Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory 
Programs; Minerals Management Service; MS-4020; 381 Elden Street, 
Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817.


Sec.  250.900  [Amended]

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6. In Sec.  250.900(a), in the first sentence, after the word ``You,'' 
add the word ``must''.


Sec.  250.1201  [Amended]

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7. In Sec.  250.1201, remove the definition of Calibration, revise the 
definition of Surface commingling, and add in alphabetical order a new 
definition of Verification/Calibration, to read as follows:


Sec.  250.1201  Definitions.

* * * * *
    Surface commingling--the surface mixing of production from two or 
more leases and/or unit participating areas prior to royalty 
measurement.
* * * * *
    Verification/Calibration--testing and correcting, if necessary, a 
measuring device to ensure compliance with industry accepted, 
manufacturer's recommended, or regulatory required standard of 
accuracy.
* * * * *


Sec.  250.1202  [Amended]

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8. In Sec.  250.1202(k)(3) and (4), in the first sentence, after the 
word ``Prove'', add the word ``operating''.


Sec.  250.1204  [Amended]

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9. In Sec.  250.1204(b)(1), after the word ``months'' insert the 
parenthetical phrase ``(1 time every 60 days)''.

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Sec.  250.1301  [Amended]

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10. Amend Sec.  250.1301 by revising paragraphs (b) and (c) to read as 
follows:


Sec.  250.1301  What are the requirements for unitization?

* * * * *
    (b) Compulsory unitization. The Regional Supervisor may require you 
and other lessees to unitize operations of a reasonably delineated and 
productive reservoir if unitized operations are necessary to:
    (1) Prevent waste;
    (2) Conserve natural resources; or
    (3) Protect correlative rights, including Federal royalty 
interests.
    (c) Unit area. The area that a unit includes is the minimum number 
of leases that will allow the lessees to minimize the number of 
platforms, facility installations, and wells necessary for efficient 
exploration, development, and production of mineral deposits, oil and 
gas reservoirs, or potential hydrocarbon accumulations common to two or 
more leases. A unit may include whole leases or portions of leases.
* * * * *


Sec.  250.1502  [Amended]

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11. Remove Sec.  250.1502.


Sec.  250.1629  [Amended]

0
12. In Sec. Sec.  250.1629(b)(1) and (b)(1)(i), after the phrase ``I, 
IV, and VIII of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 
Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code'' add the parenthetical phrase 
``(incorporated by reference as specified in 30 CFR 250.198)''.

PART 270--NONDISCRIMINATION IN THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF

0
13. The authority citation for part 270 is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1863.


Sec.  270.6  [Amended]

0
14. In Sec.  270.6, revise the last sentence to read as follows:


Sec.  270.6  Process.

    * * * If either the complainant or the person(s) alleged to have 
wrongfully discriminated fail to provide such written notice within a 
reasonable period of time, the Regional Director must proceed in 
accordance with the provisions of 30 CFR 250, subpart N.

PART 281--LEASING OF MINERALS OTHER THAN OIL, GAS, AND SULPHUR IN 
THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF

0
15. The authority citation for part 281 is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1334.


Sec.  281.0  [Amended]

0
16. In Sec.  281.0, the last sentence is revised to read ``An applicant 
must respond to obtain or retain a benefit.''


Sec.  281.26  [Amended]

0
17. In Sec.  281.26 revise the second sentence of paragraph (e) and 
revise paragraph (i) to read as follows:


Sec.  281.26  Payments.

* * * * *
    (e) * * * The single responsible person shall be designated as the 
payor for the lease and shall be so identified on the Solid Minerals 
Production and Royalty Report (P & R) (MMS-4430) in accordance with 
Sec.  210.201of this title. * * *
* * * * *
    (i) All payors must submit payments and payment forms and maintain 
auditable records in accordance with 30 CFR Chapter II, Subchapter A--
Minerals Revenue Management.

PART 282--OPERATIONS IN THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF FOR MINERALS 
OTHER THAN OIL, GAS, AND SULPHUR

0
18. The authority citation for part 282 is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 43 U.S.C 1334.


Sec.  282.40  [Amended]

0
19. Revise Sec.  282.40, paragraph (f), to read as follows:


Sec.  282.40  Bonds.

* * * * *
    (f) For the purposes of this section there are three areas:
    (1) The Gulf of Mexico and the area offshore the Atlantic Ocean;
    (2) The area offshore the Pacific Coast States of California, 
Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii; and
    (3) The area offshore the coast of Alaska.
* * * * *

 [FR Doc. E8-7776 Filed 4-14-08; 8:45 am]
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