Requirements for Measurement Facilities Used for the Royalty Valuation of Processed Natural Gas, 71733-71734 [2010-29641]

Download as PDF WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 226 / Wednesday, November 24, 2010 / Notices early 1980s. Evidence for this time is insufficient to show the existence or evolution of a community distinct from these rancherias and ancestral to the petitioner. Finally, the evidence does not show the petitioner’s membership functioning as a community from 1980 to the present. Petitioner #85 thus did not provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate that its members interact with each other, outside of the organization itself, or that there are significant social relationships within its membership and that its members are differentiated from, and identified as distinct from, nonmembers. A comparison of Petitioner #85’s membership lists shows a high variability and turnover between 1986 and 1996, with the 2009 membership list reflecting a remnant of the 1996 membership. 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[FR Doc. 2010–29585 Filed 11–23–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–G1–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Requirements for Measurement Facilities Used for the Royalty Valuation of Processed Natural Gas Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), Interior. ACTION: Notice summarizing the requirements of royalty measurement equipment at gas plants and other processing facilities. AGENCY: This notice provides information regarding the responsibilities of lessees, operators, and lessees’ representatives with respect to the measurement of Federal production at gas processing plants when royalty is reported and paid on processed gas at or downstream of the plant tailgate under 30 CFR 1206.153. This equipment includes any metering, sampling, or recording devices associated with the measurement of inlet production, residue gas, fuel gas, flare gas, condensate, natural gas liquids, or any other products recovered from Federal production. DATES: Effective Date: This notice becomes effective December 27, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have any questions regarding this Federal Register notice, please contact Mr. Kelly Johnson, Production Development Office, Gulf of Mexico, by telephone at (504) 736–2682 or by email at kelly.johnson@boemre.gov. To obtain copies of the most recent gas plant inspection records in the Gulf of Mexico Region, please contact Ms. Kathy Bell at (504) 736–2838 or by email at kathy.bell@boemre.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 30 CFR 1202.151(a)(1)(ii), pertaining to royalty on processed gas, provides that royalty must be paid on the value of ‘‘residue gas and all gas plant products resulting from processing the gas produced from a lease subject to this subpart.’’ Since the measurement of production at gas plants and separation SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24NON1.SGM 24NON1 WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES 71734 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 226 / Wednesday, November 24, 2010 / Notices facilities has a direct impact on royalty reported and paid under 30 CFR 1206.153, BOEMRE has begun to inspect measurement devices at plants and separation facilities that process production from Federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico Region for compliance with established standards governing gas and liquid hydrocarbon production measurement. We have recently completed the first phase of our inspection program and will share our findings with the operators of the measurement devices at these facilities. The findings will also be made available upon request to lessees and operators who may have interest in one or more specific gas plants. In the future, we will inspect these facilities again to determine if previously observed problems have been rectified. The BOEMRE recognizes that royalty reporting on processed gas volumes at the tailgate of an onshore gas plant is a prevalent practice in the Gulf of Mexico. To better fulfill our statutory duty to accurately determine oil and gas volumes upon which royalties are determined, we issue this notice to remind lessees and operators of their obligations to ensure accurate measurement of processed gas for which royalty is reported under 30 CFR 1206.153. The relevant regulations found in 30 CFR part 250, subpart L, impose responsibility for compliance with gas measurement rules on lessees, operators, and lessees’ representatives, including lessees who process natural gas extracted from a Federal lease in the Gulf of Mexico Region at an onshore gas plant, separation facility, or other processing facility before paying royalties on said gas. To ensure accurate measurement of processed gas, lessees and operators are responsible for working with the operators of gas plants, separation facilities, or other processing facilities to ensure the maintenance, operation, and site security in accordance with the standards set forth in 30 CFR 250.1202, 250.1203, and 250.1205, of any measurement equipment, irrespective of location or ownership, used for the measurement of production from Federal leases. Title 30 CFR 250.1203(e) provides: If natural gas from a Federal lease on the OCS is transferred to a gas plant before royalty determination: (1) You must provide the following to the Regional Supervisor upon request: (i) A copy of the monthly gas processing plant allocation statement; and VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:30 Nov 23, 2010 Jkt 223001 (ii) Gross heating values of the inlet and residue streams when not reported on the gas plant statement. (2) You must permit BOEMRE to inspect the measurement and sampling equipment of natural gas processing plants that process Federal production. Accordingly, you are given notice that BOEMRE may request assistance from lessees or operators to gain access to any gas plant, separation facility, or other processing facility which initially denies access to BOEMRE inspection personnel, for the purpose of: • Inspecting the measurement and sampling equipment of natural gas processing plants that process Federal production; • Remediating, in a timely manner, any observed inconsistency with gas measurement and site security standards set forth in 30 CFR 250.1202, 250.1203, and 250.1205; and • Maintaining onsite records and providing copies, when requested by BOEMRE, of monthly allocation statements, meter or tank run tickets, gas meter volume statements, meter proving reports, or other documentation related to gas measurement. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 Statement The collections of information referred to in this notice are contained in 30 CFR part 250 subpart L, 30 CFR part 212 subpart B, and 30 CFR part 1206 subpart D. The Office of Management and Budget has approved the information collection requirements in these regulations under Office of Management and Budget Control Numbers 1010–0051, 1010–0136, and 1010–0139. This notice does not impose additional information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1334. Dated: October 22, 2010. Robert P. LaBelle, Acting Associate Director for Offshore Energy and Minerals Management. Dated: October 22, 2010. Greg J. Gould, Director, Office of Natural Resources Revenue. [FR Doc. 2010–29641 Filed 11–23–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Scientific Committee (SC) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), Interior. ACTION: Notice of Vacancies and Request for Nominations. AGENCY: BOEMRE seeks interested and qualified individuals to serve on its OCS SC during the period of June 24, 2011 through June 23, 2014. The initial 3-year term may be renewed for up to one additional term. The OCS SC is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to advise the Secretary of the Interior through the Director of the BOEMRE on the appropriateness, feasibility, and scientific value of the OCS Environmental Studies Program (ESP) and environmental aspects of the offshore energy and marine minerals programs. The ESP, initiated to support the U.S. Department of the Interior’s offshore oil and gas leasing program and authorized by the OCS Lands Act as amended (Section 20), is administered by the BOEMRE. The program covers a wide range of field and laboratory studies in biology, chemistry, and physical oceanography, as well as studies of the social and economic impacts of OCS energy and marine minerals development. Currently, the work is conducted through award of competitive contracts and interagency and cooperative agreements. The OCS SC reviews the relevance of the information being produced by the ESP and may recommend changes in its scope, direction, and emphasis. The OCS SC comprises distinguished scientists in appropriate disciplines of the biological, physical, chemical, and socioeconomic sciences. Currently, the OCS SC has 15 vacancies in the following disciplines: Biological oceanography/marine biology; social science; marine archaeology; and physical oceanography. The selections are based on maintaining disciplinary expertise in all areas of research, as well as geographic balance. Demonstrated knowledge of the scientific issues related to OCS oil and gas development or renewable energy is essential. The Secretary of the Interior makes selections on the basis of these factors. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement


Requirements for Measurement Facilities Used for the Royalty 
Valuation of Processed Natural Gas

AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement 
(BOEMRE), Interior.

ACTION: Notice summarizing the requirements of royalty measurement 
equipment at gas plants and other processing facilities.

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SUMMARY: This notice provides information regarding the 
responsibilities of lessees, operators, and lessees' representatives 
with respect to the measurement of Federal production at gas processing 
plants when royalty is reported and paid on processed gas at or 
downstream of the plant tailgate under 30 CFR 1206.153. This equipment 
includes any metering, sampling, or recording devices associated with 
the measurement of inlet production, residue gas, fuel gas, flare gas, 
condensate, natural gas liquids, or any other products recovered from 
Federal production.

DATES: Effective Date: This notice becomes effective December 27, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have any questions regarding 
this Federal Register notice, please contact Mr. Kelly Johnson, 
Production Development Office, Gulf of Mexico, by telephone at (504) 
736-2682 or by e-mail at kelly.johnson@boemre.gov. To obtain copies of 
the most recent gas plant inspection records in the Gulf of Mexico 
Region, please contact Ms. Kathy Bell at (504) 736-2838 or by e-mail at 
kathy.bell@boemre.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 30 CFR 1202.151(a)(1)(ii), 
pertaining to royalty on processed gas, provides that royalty must be 
paid on the value of ``residue gas and all gas plant products resulting 
from processing the gas produced from a lease subject to this 
subpart.'' Since the measurement of production at gas plants and 
separation

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facilities has a direct impact on royalty reported and paid under 30 
CFR 1206.153, BOEMRE has begun to inspect measurement devices at plants 
and separation facilities that process production from Federal leases 
in the Gulf of Mexico Region for compliance with established standards 
governing gas and liquid hydrocarbon production measurement. We have 
recently completed the first phase of our inspection program and will 
share our findings with the operators of the measurement devices at 
these facilities. The findings will also be made available upon request 
to lessees and operators who may have interest in one or more specific 
gas plants. In the future, we will inspect these facilities again to 
determine if previously observed problems have been rectified.
    The BOEMRE recognizes that royalty reporting on processed gas 
volumes at the tailgate of an onshore gas plant is a prevalent practice 
in the Gulf of Mexico. To better fulfill our statutory duty to 
accurately determine oil and gas volumes upon which royalties are 
determined, we issue this notice to remind lessees and operators of 
their obligations to ensure accurate measurement of processed gas for 
which royalty is reported under 30 CFR 1206.153.
    The relevant regulations found in 30 CFR part 250, subpart L, 
impose responsibility for compliance with gas measurement rules on 
lessees, operators, and lessees' representatives, including lessees who 
process natural gas extracted from a Federal lease in the Gulf of 
Mexico Region at an onshore gas plant, separation facility, or other 
processing facility before paying royalties on said gas. To ensure 
accurate measurement of processed gas, lessees and operators are 
responsible for working with the operators of gas plants, separation 
facilities, or other processing facilities to ensure the maintenance, 
operation, and site security in accordance with the standards set forth 
in 30 CFR 250.1202, 250.1203, and 250.1205, of any measurement 
equipment, irrespective of location or ownership, used for the 
measurement of production from Federal leases.
    Title 30 CFR 250.1203(e) provides:
    If natural gas from a Federal lease on the OCS is transferred to a 
gas plant before royalty determination:
    (1) You must provide the following to the Regional Supervisor upon 
request:
    (i) A copy of the monthly gas processing plant allocation 
statement; and
    (ii) Gross heating values of the inlet and residue streams when not 
reported on the gas plant statement.
    (2) You must permit BOEMRE to inspect the measurement and sampling 
equipment of natural gas processing plants that process Federal 
production.
    Accordingly, you are given notice that BOEMRE may request 
assistance from lessees or operators to gain access to any gas plant, 
separation facility, or other processing facility which initially 
denies access to BOEMRE inspection personnel, for the purpose of:
     Inspecting the measurement and sampling equipment of 
natural gas processing plants that process Federal production;
     Remediating, in a timely manner, any observed 
inconsistency with gas measurement and site security standards set 
forth in 30 CFR 250.1202, 250.1203, and 250.1205; and
     Maintaining onsite records and providing copies, when 
requested by BOEMRE, of monthly allocation statements, meter or tank 
run tickets, gas meter volume statements, meter proving reports, or 
other documentation related to gas measurement.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 Statement

    The collections of information referred to in this notice are 
contained in 30 CFR part 250 subpart L, 30 CFR part 212 subpart B, and 
30 CFR part 1206 subpart D. The Office of Management and Budget has 
approved the information collection requirements in these regulations 
under Office of Management and Budget Control Numbers 1010-0051, 1010-
0136, and 1010-0139. This notice does not impose additional information 
collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    Authority:  43 U.S.C. 1334.

    Dated: October 22, 2010.
Robert P. LaBelle,
Acting Associate Director for Offshore Energy and Minerals Management.
    Dated: October 22, 2010.
Greg J. Gould,
Director, Office of Natural Resources Revenue.
[FR Doc. 2010-29641 Filed 11-23-10; 8:45 am]
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