Minerals Management: Adjustment of Cost Recovery Fees, 57476-57481 [2014-22836]

Download as PDF 57476 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 186 / Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Rules and Regulations on the Federal Contractor Reporting page on the VETS Web site at: http:// www.dol.gov/vets/. (i) Single hiring location. Contractors and subcontractors doing business at one hiring location may complete and submit a single VETS–4212 Report using the web-based filing system. (ii) Multiple hiring locations. Contractors and subcontractors doing business at more than 10 locations must submit their VETS–4212 Reports in the form of an electronic data file in accordance with the instructions for filing the VETS–4212 Report. In these cases, state consolidated reports count as one location each. Contractors and subcontractors may submit VETS–4212 Reports in the form of electronic data files through the web-based filing system. Electronic data files also may be transmitted electronically as an email attachment (if they do not exceed the size stated in the specifications), or submitted on compact discs or other electronic storage media. (2) Alternative filing methods. (i) Contractors and subcontractors with 10 or fewer hiring locations may file their VETS–4212 Report in paper format. Contractors and subcontractors may download a version of the VETS–4212 Report from the VETS Web site or send a written request for the paper version of the VETS–4212 Report to: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S–1325, Washington, DC 20210, Attn: VETS– 4212 Report Form Request. (ii) VETS–4212 Reports in paper format or electronic data files on compact discs or other electronic storage media may be delivered by U.S. mail or courier delivery service to the addresses set forth in the instructions for completing the report. Paper copies of the VETS–4212 Reports and electronic data files (if they do not exceed the size stated in the specifications) also may be sent as email attachments to the address indicated in the instructions. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES § 61–300.20 How will DOL determine whether a contractor or subcontractor is complying with the requirements of this part? § 61–300.99 What is the OMB control number for this part? Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., and its 15:22 Sep 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 [FR Doc. 2014–22818 Filed 9–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–79–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management 43 CFR Part 3000 [L13100000 PP0000 LLWO310000] RIN 1004–AE36 Minerals Management: Adjustment of Cost Recovery Fees Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This final rule amends the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mineral resources regulations to update some fees that cover the BLM’s cost of processing certain documents relating to its minerals programs and some filing fees for mineral-related documents. These updated fees include those for actions such as lease renewals and mineral patent adjudications. DATES: This final rule is effective October 1, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may send inquiries or suggestions to Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, 2134LM, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240; Attention: RIN 1004–AE36. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Wells, Chief, Division of Fluid Minerals, 202–912–7143; Mitchell Leverette, Chief, Division of Solid Minerals, 202–912–7113; or Anna Atkinson, Regulatory Affairs Analyst, 202–912–7438. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may leave a message for these individuals with the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Background During the course of a compliance evaluation, OFCCP may determine whether a contractor or subcontractor has submitted its VETS–4212 Report(s) as required by this part. VerDate Sep<11>2014 implementing regulations at 5 CFR part 1320, the Office of Management and Budget has assigned Control No. 1293– 0005 to the information collection requirements of this part. The BLM has specific authority to charge fees for processing applications and other documents relating to public lands under section 304 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), 43 U.S.C. 1734. In 2005, the BLM published a final cost recovery rule (70 FR 58854) establishing or revising certain fees and service charges, and establishing the method it would PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 use to adjust those fees and service charges on an annual basis. At 43 CFR 3000.12(a), the regulations provide that the BLM will annually adjust fees established in Subchapter C according to changes in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD–GDP), which is published quarterly by the U.S. Department of Commerce. See also 43 CFR 3000.10. This final rule will allow the BLM to update these fees and service charges by October 1 of this year, as required by the 2005 regulation. The fee recalculations are based on a mathematical formula. The public had an opportunity to comment on this procedure during the comment period on the original cost recovery rule, and this new rule administers the procedure set forth in those regulations. Therefore, the BLM has changed the fees in this final rule without providing opportunity for additional notice and comment. Accordingly, the Department of the Interior for good cause finds under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) that notice and public comment procedures are unnecessary and that the rule may be effective less than 30 days after publication. II. Discussion of Final Rule The BLM publishes a fee update rule each year, which becomes effective on October 1 of that year. The fee updates are based on the change in the IPD–GDP from the 4th Quarter of one calendar year to the 4th Quarter of the following calendar year. This fee update rule is based on the change in the IPD–GDP from the 4th Quarter of 2012 to the 4th Quarter of 2013, thus reflecting the rate of inflation over four calendar quarters. The fee is calculated by applying the IPD–GDP to the base value from the previous year’s rule, also known as the ‘‘existing value.’’ This calculation results in an updated base value. The updated base value is then rounded to the closest multiple of $5, or to the nearest cent for fees under $1, to establish the new fee. Under this rule, 31 fees will remain the same and 17 fees will increase. Fourteen of the fee increases will amount to $5 each. The largest increase, $40, will be applied to the fee for adjudicating a mineral patent application containing more than 10 claims, which will increase from $2,995 to $3,035. The fee for adjudicating a patent application containing 10 or fewer claims will increase by $25—from $1,495 to $1,520. The calculations that resulted in the new fees are included in the table below: E:\FR\FM\25SER1.SGM 25SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 186 / Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 57477 FIXED COST RECOVERY FEES [FY15] Existing fee 1 Document/Action Existing value 2 IPDGDP Increase 3 New value 4 New fee 5 Oil & Gas (parts 3100, 3110, 3120, 3130, 3150) Noncompetitive lease application ...................................... Competitive lease application ............................................ Assignment and transfer of record title or operating rights Overriding royalty transfer, payment out of production ..... Name change, corporate merger or transfer to heir/devisee ................................................................................. Lease consolidation ........................................................... Lease renewal or exchange .............................................. Lease reinstatement, Class I ............................................. Leasing under right-of-way ................................................ Geophysical exploration permit application—Alaska ........ Renewal of exploration permit—Alaska ............................ $400 155 90 10 $397.84262 154.39399 89.06505 11.87326 $5.76872 2.23871 1.29144 0.17216 $403.61134 156.63270 90.35649 12.04542 $405 155 90 10 210 440 400 75 400 25 25 207.81845 439.39382 397.84262 77.18139 397.84262 ........................ ........................ 3.01337 6.37121 5.76872 1.11913 5.76872 ........................ ........................ 210.83182 445.76503 403.61134 78.30052 403.61134 ........................ ........................ 210 445 405 80 405 6 25 7 25 Geothermal (part 3200) Noncompetitive lease application ...................................... Competitive lease application ............................................ Assignment and transfer of record title or operating rights Name change, corporate merger or transfer to heir/devisee ................................................................................. Lease consolidation ........................................................... Lease reinstatement .......................................................... Nomination of lands ........................................................... plus per acre nomination fee ..................................... Site license application ...................................................... Assignment or transfer of site license ............................... 400 155 90 397.84262 154.39399 89.06505 5.76872 2.23871 1.29144 403.61134 156.63270 90.35649 405 155 90 210 440 75 110 0.11 60 60 207.81845 439.39382 77.18139 111.15701 0.11116 59.37670 59.37670 3.01337 6.37121 1.11913 1.61178 0.00161 0.86096 0.86096 210.83182 445.76503 78.30052 112.76879 0.11277 60.23766 60.23766 210 445 80 115 0.11 60 60 0.17216 4.73544 0.94727 12.04542 331.31770 66.27621 10 330 65 36.14682 66.27621 108.42990 30.12939 518.06923 30.12939 30.12939 30.12939 30.12939 30.12939 35 65 110 30 520 30 30 30 30 30 12.04542 10 Coal (parts 3400, 3470) License to mine application ............................................... Exploration license application .......................................... Lease or lease interest transfer ........................................ 10 325 65 11.87326 326.58226 65.32894 Leasing of Solid Minerals Other Than Coal and Oil Shale (parts 3500, 3580) Applications other than those listed below ........................ Prospecting permit application amendment ...................... Extension of prospecting permit ........................................ Lease modification or fringe acreage lease ...................... Lease renewal ................................................................... Assignment, sublease, or transfer of operating rights ...... Transfer of overriding royalty ............................................ Use permit ......................................................................... Shasta and Trinity hardrock mineral lease ....................... Renewal of existing sand and gravel lease in Nevada ..... 35 65 105 30 510 30 30 30 30 30 35.63018 65.32894 106.88014 29.69876 510.66459 29.69876 29.69876 29.69876 29.69876 29.69876 0.51664 0.94727 1.54976 0.43063 7.40464 0.43063 0.43063 0.43063 0.43063 0.43063 Public Law 359; Mining in Powersite Withdrawals: General (part 3730) Notice of protest of placer mining operations ................... 10 11.87326 0.17216 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Mining Law Administration (parts 3800, 3810, 3830, 3850, 3860, 3870) Application to open lands to location ................................ Notice of location ............................................................... Amendment of location ...................................................... Transfer of mining claim/site ............................................. Recording an annual FLPMA filing ................................... Deferment of assessment work ......................................... Recording a notice of intent to locate mining claims on Stockraising Homestead Act lands ................................ Mineral patent adjudication: (more than 10 claims) ................................................ (10 or fewer claims) ................................................... Adverse claim .................................................................... Protest ............................................................................... 10 20 10 10 10 105 11.87326 17.80469 11.87326 11.87326 11.87326 106.88014 0.17216 0.25817 0.17216 0.17216 0.17216 1.54976 12.04542 18.06285 12.04542 12.04542 12.04542 108.42990 10 20 10 10 10 110 30 29.69876 0.43063 30.12939 30 2,995 1,495 105 65 2,992.71679 1,496.34279 106.88014 65.32894 43.39439 21.69697 1.54976 0.94727 3,036.11118 1,518.03976 108.42990 66.27621 3,035 1,520 110 65 4.54201 317.78375 320 Oil Shale Management (parts 3900, 3910, 3930) Exploration license application .......................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:22 Sep 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00049 315 Fmt 4700 313.24175 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\25SER1.SGM 25SER1 57478 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 186 / Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Rules and Regulations FIXED COST RECOVERY FEES—Continued [FY15] Existing fee 1 Document/Action Application for assignment or sublease of record title or overriding royalty ............................................................ Existing value 2 IPDGDP Increase 3 63.71601 0.92388 65 New value 4 New fee 5 64.63989 65 1 The Existing Fee was established by the 2013 (Fiscal Year 2014) cost recovery fee update rule published August 16, 2013 (78 FR 49945), effective October 1, 2013. 2 The Existing Value is the figure from the New Value column in the previous year’s rule. 3 From 4th Quarter 2012 to 4th Quarter 2013, the IPD–GDP increased by 1.45 percent. The value in the IPD–GDP Increase column is 1.45 percent of the Existing Value. 4 The sum of the Existing Value and the IPD–GDP Increase is the New Value. 5 The New Fee for Fiscal Year 2015 is the New Value rounded to the nearest $5 for values equal to or greater than $1, or to the nearest penny for values under $1. 6 Section 365 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109–58) directed in subsection (i) that ‘‘the Secretary shall not implement a rulemaking that would enable an increase in fees to recover additional costs related to processing drilling-related permit applications and use authorizations.’’ In the 2005 cost recovery rule, the BLM interpreted this prohibition to apply to geophysical exploration permits. 70 FR 58854–58855. While the $25 fees for geophysical exploration permit applications for Alaska and renewals of exploration permits for Alaska pre-dated the 2005 cost recovery rule and were not affected by the Energy Policy Act prohibition, the BLM interprets the Energy Policy Act provision as prohibiting it from increasing this $25 fee. 7 The BLM interprets the Energy Policy Act prohibition discussed in footnote 6, above, as prohibiting it from increasing this $25 fee, as well. Source for Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product data: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (April 25, 2014). III. How Fees Are Adjusted Each year, the figures in the Existing Value column in the table above (not those in the Existing Fee column) are used as the basis for calculating the adjustment to these fees. The Existing Value is the figure from the New Value column in the previous year’s rule. In this year’s published table we have expanded the Existing Value, IPD–GDP Increase, and New Value columns to five decimal places to more accurately reflect the actual values from the calculation spreadsheets. In the case of fees that were not in the table the previous year, or that had no figure in the New Value column the previous year, the Existing Value is the same as the Existing Fee. Because the new fees are derived from the new values— rounded to the nearest $5 or the nearest penny for fees under $1—adjustments based on the figures in the Existing Fee column would lead to significantly over- or under-valued fees over time. Accordingly, fee adjustments are made by multiplying the annual change in the IPD–GDP by the figure in the Existing Value column. This calculation defines the New Value for this year, which is then rounded to the nearest $5 or the nearest penny for fees under $1, to establish the New Fee. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES IV. Procedural Matters Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Order 12866) This document is not a significant rule and the Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed this rule under Executive Order 12866. The BLM has determined that the rule will not have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more. It will VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:22 Sep 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 not adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities. The changes in today’s rule are much smaller than those in the 2005 final rule, which did not approach the threshold in Executive Order 12866. For instructions on how to view a copy of the analysis prepared in conjunction with the 2005 final rule, please contact one of the persons listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above. This rule will not create inconsistencies or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency. This rule does not change the relationships of the onshore minerals programs with other agencies’ actions. These relationships are included in agreements and memoranda of understanding that would not change with this rule. In addition, this final rule does not materially affect the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, or loan programs, or the rights and obligations of their recipients. This rule applies an inflation factor that increases some existing user fees for processing documents associated with the onshore minerals programs. However, most of these fee increases are less than 2 percent and none of the increases materially affect the budgetary impact of user fees. Finally, this rule will not raise novel legal issues. As explained above, this rule simply implements an annual process to account for inflation that was adopted by and explained in the 2005 cost recovery rule. PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 The Regulatory Flexibility Act This final rule will not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities as defined under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). A Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is not required. Accordingly, a Small Entity Compliance Guide is not required. For the purposes of this section, a small entity is defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for mining (broadly inclusive of metal mining, coal mining, oil and gas extraction, and the mining and quarrying of nonmetallic minerals) as an individual, limited partnership, or small company considered to be at arm’s length from the control of any parent companies, with fewer than 500 employees. The SBA defines a small entity differently, however, for leasing Federal land for coal mining. A coal lessee is a small entity if it employs not more than 250 people, including people working for its affiliates. The SBA would consider many, if not most, of the operators the BLM works with in the onshore minerals programs to be small entities. The BLM notes that this final rule does not affect service industries, for which the SBA has a different definition of ‘‘small entity.’’ The final rule may affect a large number of small entities since 17 fees for activities on public lands will be increased. However, the BLM has concluded that the effects will not be significant. Most of the fixed fee increases will be less than 2 percent as a result of this final rule. The adjustments result in no increase in the fee for the processing of 31 documents relating to the BLM’s minerals programs. The highest adjustment, in E:\FR\FM\25SER1.SGM 25SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 186 / Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Rules and Regulations dollar terms, is for adjudications of mineral patent applications involving more than 10 mining claims, which will be increased by $40. For the 2005 final rule, the BLM completed a threshold analysis, which is available for public review in the administrative record for that rule. For instructions on how to view a copy of that analysis, please contact one of the persons listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above. The analysis for the 2005 rule concluded that the fees would not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities. The fee increases implemented in today’s rule are substantially smaller than those provided for in the 2005 rule. The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act This final rule is not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined at 5 U.S.C. 804(2). The final rule will not have an annual effect on the economy greater than $100 million; it will not result in major cost or price increases for consumers, industries, government agencies, or regions; and it 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. For the 2005 final rule, which established the fee adjustment procedure that this rule implements, the BLM completed a threshold analysis, which is available for public review in the administrative record for that rule. The fee increases implemented in today’s rule are substantially smaller than those provided for in the 2005 rule. Executive Order 13132, Federalism This final rule will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. In accordance with Executive Order 13132, therefore, we find that the final rule does not have significant federalism effects. A federalism assessment is not required. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 These regulations contain information collection requirements. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the BLM submitted a copy of the proposed information collection requirements to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The OMB approved the information collection requirements under the following Control Numbers: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:22 Sep 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 Oil and Gas (1) 1004–0034 which expires July 31, 2015; (2) 1004–0137 which expires October 31, 2014; (3) 1004–0162 which expires July 31, 2015; (4) 1004–0185 which expires December 31, 2015; Geothermal (5) 1004–0132 which expires December 31, 2016; Coal (6) 1004–0073 which expires August 31, 2016; Mining Claims (7) 1004–0025 which expires March 31, 2016; (8) 1004–0114 which expires October 31, 2016; and Leasing of Solid Minerals Other Than Oil Shale (9) 1004–0121 which expires March 31, 2016. Takings Implication Assessment (Executive Order 12630) As required by Executive Order 12630, the BLM has determined that this rule will not cause a taking of private property. No private property rights will be affected by a rule that merely updates fees. The BLM therefore certifies that this final rule does not represent a governmental action capable of interference with constitutionally protected property rights. Civil Justice Reform (Executive Order 12988) In accordance with Executive Order 12988, the BLM finds that this final rule will not unduly burden the judicial system and meets the requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of the Executive Order. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) The BLM has determined that this final rule is administrative and involves only procedural changes addressing fee requirements. In promulgating this rule, the government is conducting routine and continuing government business of an administrative nature having limited context and intensity. Therefore, it is categorically excluded from environmental review under Section 102(2)(C) of NEPA, pursuant to 43 CFR 46.205 and 46.210(c) and (i). The final rule does not meet any of the 12 criteria for exceptions to categorical exclusions listed at 43 CFR 46.215. Pursuant to Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 57479 regulations and the environmental policies and procedures of the Department of the Interior, the term ‘‘categorical exclusions’’ means categories of actions ‘‘which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment and which have been found to have no such effect in procedures adopted by a Federal agency in implementation of [CEQ] regulations (§ 1507.3) and for which, therefore, neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement is required.’’ 40 CFR 1508.4; see also BLM National Environmental Policy Act Handbook H–1790–1, Ch. 4, at 17 (Jan. 2008). The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 The BLM has determined that this final rule is not significant under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq., because it will not result in State, local, private sector, or tribal government expenditures of $100 million or more in any one year, 2 U.S.C. 1532. This rule will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, the BLM is not required to prepare a statement containing the information required by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments (Executive Order 13175) In accordance with Executive Order 13175, the BLM has determined that this final rule does not include policies that have tribal implications. A key factor is whether the rule would have substantial direct effects on one or more Indian tribes. The BLM has not found any substantial direct effects. Consequently, the BLM did not utilize the consultation process set forth in Section 5 of the Executive Order. Information Quality Act In developing this rule, the BLM did not conduct or use a study, experiment, or survey requiring peer review under the Information Quality Act (Public Law 106–554). Effects on the Nation’s Energy Supply (Executive Order 13211) In accordance with Executive Order 13211, the BLM has determined that this final rule is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. The distribution of or use of energy would not be unduly affected by this final rule. It merely adjusts certain administrative cost recovery fees to account for inflation. E:\FR\FM\25SER1.SGM 25SER1 57480 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 186 / Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Rules and Regulations Author The principal author of this rule is Anna Atkinson of the Division of Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Land Management. § 3000.12 What is the fee schedule for fixed fees? PART 3000—MINERALS MANAGEMENT: GENERAL 1. The authority citation for part 3000 continues to read as follows: ■ List of Subjects in 43 CFR Part 3000 Public lands—mineral resources, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.; 30 U.S.C. 181 et seq., 301–306, 351–359, and 601 et seq.; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 40 U.S.C. 471 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. 6508; 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.; and Pub. L. 97–35, 95 Stat. 357. Janice M. Schneider, Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management. Subpart 3000—General For reasons stated in the preamble, the Bureau of Land Management amends 43 CFR Chapter II as follows: 2. Amend § 3000.12 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: ■ (a) The table in this section shows the fixed fees that you must pay to the BLM for the services listed for Fiscal Year 2015. These fees are nonrefundable and must be included with documents you file under this chapter. Fees will be adjusted annually according to the change in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD–GDP) by way of publication of a final rule in the Federal Register and will subsequently be posted on the BLM Web site (http: //www.blm.gov) before October 1 each year. Revised fees are effective each year on October 1. FY 2015 PROCESSING AND FILING FEE TABLE Document/Action FY 2015 Fee Oil & Gas (parts 3100, 3110, 3120, 3130, 3150) Noncompetitive lease application ..................................................................................... Competitive lease application ........................................................................................... Assignment and transfer of record title or operating rights .............................................. Overriding royalty transfer, payment out of production .................................................... Name change, corporate merger or transfer to heir/devisee ........................................... Lease consolidation .......................................................................................................... Lease renewal or exchange .............................................................................................. Lease reinstatement, Class I ............................................................................................ Leasing under right-of-way ............................................................................................... Geophysical exploration permit application—Alaska ........................................................ Renewal of exploration permit—Alaska ............................................................................ $405. 155. 90. 10. 210. 445 405. 80. 405. 25. 25. Geothermal (part 3200) Noncompetitive lease application ..................................................................................... Competitive lease application ........................................................................................... Assignment and transfer of record title or operating rights .............................................. Name change, corporate merger or transfer to heir/devisee ........................................... Lease consolidation .......................................................................................................... Lease reinstatement .......................................................................................................... Nomination of lands .......................................................................................................... plus per acre nomination fee ..................................................................................... Site license application ..................................................................................................... Assignment or transfer of site license .............................................................................. 405. 155. 90. 210. 445. 80. 115. 0.11. 60. 60. Coal (parts 3400, 3470) License to mine application .............................................................................................. Exploration license application .......................................................................................... Lease or lease interest transfer ........................................................................................ 10. 330. 65. Leasing of Solid Minerals Other Than Coal and Oil Shale (parts 3500, 3580) tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Applications other than those listed below ....................................................................... Prospecting permit application amendment ...................................................................... Extension of prospecting permit ....................................................................................... Lease modification or fringe acreage lease ...................................................................... Lease renewal ................................................................................................................... Assignment, sublease, or transfer of operating rights ...................................................... Transfer of overriding royalty ............................................................................................ Use permit ......................................................................................................................... Shasta and Trinity hardrock mineral lease ....................................................................... Renewal of existing sand and gravel lease in Nevada .................................................... 35. 65. 110. 30. 520. 30. 30. 30. 30. 30. Public Law 359; Mining in Powersite Withdrawals: General (part 3730) Notice of protest of placer mining operations ................................................................... 10. Mining Law Administration (parts 3800, 3810, 3830, 3850, 3860, 3870) Application to open lands to location ................................................................................ VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:22 Sep 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 10. E:\FR\FM\25SER1.SGM 25SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 186 / Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 57481 FY 2015 PROCESSING AND FILING FEE TABLE—Continued Document/Action FY 2015 Fee Notice of location* ............................................................................................................. Amendment of location ..................................................................................................... Transfer of mining claim/site ............................................................................................. Recording an annual FLPMA filing ................................................................................... Deferment of assessment work ........................................................................................ Recording a notice of intent to locate mining claims on Stockraising Homestead Act lands. Mineral patent adjudication ............................................................................................... Adverse claim .................................................................................................................... Protest ............................................................................................................................... 20. 10. 10. 10. 110. 30. 3,035 (more than 10 claims). 1,520 (10 or fewer claims). 110. 65. Oil Shale Management (parts 3900, 3910, 3930) Exploration license application .......................................................................................... Application for assignment or sublease of record title or overriding royalty .................... 320. 65. *To record a mining claim or site location, you must pay this processing fee along with the initial maintenance fee and the one-time location fee required by statute. 43 CFR part 3833. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2014–22836 Filed 9–24–14; 8:45 am] tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 4310–84–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:22 Sep 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\25SER1.SGM 25SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

43 CFR Part 3000

[L13100000 PP0000 LLWO310000]
RIN 1004-AE36


Minerals Management: Adjustment of Cost Recovery Fees

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule amends the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
mineral resources regulations to update some fees that cover the BLM's 
cost of processing certain documents relating to its minerals programs 
and some filing fees for mineral-related documents. These updated fees 
include those for actions such as lease renewals and mineral patent 
adjudications.

DATES: This final rule is effective October 1, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may send inquiries or suggestions to Director (630), 
Bureau of Land Management, 2134LM, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 
20240; Attention: RIN 1004-AE36.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Wells, Chief, Division of Fluid 
Minerals, 202-912-7143; Mitchell Leverette, Chief, Division of Solid 
Minerals, 202-912-7113; or Anna Atkinson, Regulatory Affairs Analyst, 
202-912-7438. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD) may leave a message for these individuals with the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, 7 
days a week.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The BLM has specific authority to charge fees for processing 
applications and other documents relating to public lands under section 
304 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), 43 
U.S.C. 1734. In 2005, the BLM published a final cost recovery rule (70 
FR 58854) establishing or revising certain fees and service charges, 
and establishing the method it would use to adjust those fees and 
service charges on an annual basis.
    At 43 CFR 3000.12(a), the regulations provide that the BLM will 
annually adjust fees established in Subchapter C according to changes 
in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD-GDP), 
which is published quarterly by the U.S. Department of Commerce. See 
also 43 CFR 3000.10. This final rule will allow the BLM to update these 
fees and service charges by October 1 of this year, as required by the 
2005 regulation. The fee recalculations are based on a mathematical 
formula. The public had an opportunity to comment on this procedure 
during the comment period on the original cost recovery rule, and this 
new rule administers the procedure set forth in those regulations. 
Therefore, the BLM has changed the fees in this final rule without 
providing opportunity for additional notice and comment. Accordingly, 
the Department of the Interior for good cause finds under 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(B) that notice and public comment procedures are unnecessary and 
that the rule may be effective less than 30 days after publication.

II. Discussion of Final Rule

    The BLM publishes a fee update rule each year, which becomes 
effective on October 1 of that year. The fee updates are based on the 
change in the IPD-GDP from the 4th Quarter of one calendar year to the 
4th Quarter of the following calendar year. This fee update rule is 
based on the change in the IPD-GDP from the 4th Quarter of 2012 to the 
4th Quarter of 2013, thus reflecting the rate of inflation over four 
calendar quarters.
    The fee is calculated by applying the IPD-GDP to the base value 
from the previous year's rule, also known as the ``existing value.'' 
This calculation results in an updated base value. The updated base 
value is then rounded to the closest multiple of $5, or to the nearest 
cent for fees under $1, to establish the new fee.
    Under this rule, 31 fees will remain the same and 17 fees will 
increase. Fourteen of the fee increases will amount to $5 each. The 
largest increase, $40, will be applied to the fee for adjudicating a 
mineral patent application containing more than 10 claims, which will 
increase from $2,995 to $3,035. The fee for adjudicating a patent 
application containing 10 or fewer claims will increase by $25--from 
$1,495 to $1,520.
    The calculations that resulted in the new fees are included in the 
table below:

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                                            Fixed Cost Recovery Fees
                                                     [FY15]
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                                   Existing fee   Existing value      IPD-GDP
         Document/Action                \1\             \2\        Increase \3\    New value \4\    New fee \5\
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                 Oil & Gas (parts 3100, 3110, 3120, 3130, 3150)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Noncompetitive lease application         $400         $397.84262        $5.76872      $403.61134            $405
Competitive lease application...          155          154.39399         2.23871       156.63270             155
Assignment and transfer of                 90           89.06505         1.29144        90.35649              90
 record title or operating
 rights.........................
Overriding royalty transfer,               10           11.87326         0.17216        12.04542              10
 payment out of production......
Name change, corporate merger or          210          207.81845         3.01337       210.83182             210
 transfer to heir/devisee.......
Lease consolidation.............          440          439.39382         6.37121       445.76503             445
Lease renewal or exchange.......          400          397.84262         5.76872       403.61134             405
Lease reinstatement, Class I....           75           77.18139         1.11913        78.30052              80
Leasing under right-of-way......          400          397.84262         5.76872       403.61134             405
Geophysical exploration permit             25     ..............  ..............  ..............          \6\ 25
 application--Alaska............
Renewal of exploration permit--            25     ..............  ..............  ..............          \7\ 25
 Alaska.........................
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                                             Geothermal (part 3200)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Noncompetitive lease application          400          397.84262         5.76872       403.61134             405
Competitive lease application...          155          154.39399         2.23871       156.63270             155
Assignment and transfer of                 90           89.06505         1.29144        90.35649              90
 record title or operating
 rights.........................
Name change, corporate merger or          210          207.81845         3.01337       210.83182             210
 transfer to heir/devisee.......
Lease consolidation.............          440          439.39382         6.37121       445.76503             445
Lease reinstatement.............           75           77.18139         1.11913        78.30052              80
Nomination of lands.............          110          111.15701         1.61178       112.76879             115
    plus per acre nomination fee            0.11         0.11116         0.00161         0.11277            0.11
Site license application........           60           59.37670         0.86096        60.23766              60
Assignment or transfer of site             60           59.37670         0.86096        60.23766              60
 license........................
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                                             Coal (parts 3400, 3470)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
License to mine application.....           10           11.87326         0.17216        12.04542              10
Exploration license application.          325          326.58226         4.73544       331.31770             330
Lease or lease interest transfer           65           65.32894         0.94727        66.27621              65
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                   Leasing of Solid Minerals Other Than Coal and Oil Shale (parts 3500, 3580)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Applications other than those              35           35.63018         0.51664        36.14682              35
 listed below...................
Prospecting permit application             65           65.32894         0.94727        66.27621              65
 amendment......................
Extension of prospecting permit.          105          106.88014         1.54976       108.42990             110
Lease modification or fringe               30           29.69876         0.43063        30.12939              30
 acreage lease..................
Lease renewal...................          510          510.66459         7.40464       518.06923             520
Assignment, sublease, or                   30           29.69876         0.43063        30.12939              30
 transfer of operating rights...
Transfer of overriding royalty..           30           29.69876         0.43063        30.12939              30
Use permit......................           30           29.69876         0.43063        30.12939              30
Shasta and Trinity hardrock                30           29.69876         0.43063        30.12939              30
 mineral lease..................
Renewal of existing sand and               30           29.69876         0.43063        30.12939              30
 gravel lease in Nevada.........
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                      Public Law 359; Mining in Powersite Withdrawals: General (part 3730)
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Notice of protest of placer                10           11.87326         0.17216        12.04542              10
 mining operations..............
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                      Mining Law Administration (parts 3800, 3810, 3830, 3850, 3860, 3870)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Application to open lands to               10           11.87326         0.17216        12.04542              10
 location.......................
Notice of location..............           20           17.80469         0.25817        18.06285              20
Amendment of location...........           10           11.87326         0.17216        12.04542              10
Transfer of mining claim/site...           10           11.87326         0.17216        12.04542              10
Recording an annual FLPMA filing           10           11.87326         0.17216        12.04542              10
Deferment of assessment work....          105          106.88014         1.54976       108.42990             110
Recording a notice of intent to            30           29.69876         0.43063        30.12939              30
 locate mining claims on
 Stockraising Homestead Act
 lands..........................
Mineral patent adjudication:
    (more than 10 claims).......        2,995        2,992.71679        43.39439     3,036.11118           3,035
    (10 or fewer claims)........        1,495        1,496.34279        21.69697     1,518.03976           1,520
Adverse claim...................          105          106.88014         1.54976       108.42990             110
Protest.........................           65           65.32894         0.94727        66.27621              65
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                                  Oil Shale Management (parts 3900, 3910, 3930)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Exploration license application.          315          313.24175         4.54201       317.78375             320

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Application for assignment or              65           63.71601         0.92388        64.63989              65
 sublease of record title or
 overriding royalty.............
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\1\ The Existing Fee was established by the 2013 (Fiscal Year 2014) cost recovery fee update rule published
  August 16, 2013 (78 FR 49945), effective October 1, 2013.
\2\ The Existing Value is the figure from the New Value column in the previous year's rule.
\3\ From 4th Quarter 2012 to 4th Quarter 2013, the IPD-GDP increased by 1.45 percent. The value in the IPD-GDP
  Increase column is 1.45 percent of the Existing Value.
\4\ The sum of the Existing Value and the IPD-GDP Increase is the New Value.
\5\ The New Fee for Fiscal Year 2015 is the New Value rounded to the nearest $5 for values equal to or greater
  than $1, or to the nearest penny for values under $1.
\6\ Section 365 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-58) directed in subsection (i) that ``the
  Secretary shall not implement a rulemaking that would enable an increase in fees to recover additional costs
  related to processing drilling-related permit applications and use authorizations.'' In the 2005 cost recovery
  rule, the BLM interpreted this prohibition to apply to geophysical exploration permits. 70 FR 58854-58855.
  While the $25 fees for geophysical exploration permit applications for Alaska and renewals of exploration
  permits for Alaska pre-dated the 2005 cost recovery rule and were not affected by the Energy Policy Act
  prohibition, the BLM interprets the Energy Policy Act provision as prohibiting it from increasing this $25
  fee.
\7\ The BLM interprets the Energy Policy Act prohibition discussed in footnote 6, above, as prohibiting it from
  increasing this $25 fee, as well.
Source for Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product data: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of
  Economic Analysis (April 25, 2014).

III. How Fees Are Adjusted

    Each year, the figures in the Existing Value column in the table 
above (not those in the Existing Fee column) are used as the basis for 
calculating the adjustment to these fees. The Existing Value is the 
figure from the New Value column in the previous year's rule. In this 
year's published table we have expanded the Existing Value, IPD-GDP 
Increase, and New Value columns to five decimal places to more 
accurately reflect the actual values from the calculation spreadsheets. 
In the case of fees that were not in the table the previous year, or 
that had no figure in the New Value column the previous year, the 
Existing Value is the same as the Existing Fee. Because the new fees 
are derived from the new values--rounded to the nearest $5 or the 
nearest penny for fees under $1--adjustments based on the figures in 
the Existing Fee column would lead to significantly over- or under-
valued fees over time. Accordingly, fee adjustments are made by 
multiplying the annual change in the IPD-GDP by the figure in the 
Existing Value column. This calculation defines the New Value for this 
year, which is then rounded to the nearest $5 or the nearest penny for 
fees under $1, to establish the New Fee.

IV. Procedural Matters

Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Order 12866)

    This document is not a significant rule and the Office of 
Management and Budget has not reviewed this rule under Executive Order 
12866.
    The BLM has determined that the rule will not have an annual effect 
on the economy of $100 million or more. It will not adversely affect in 
a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, 
competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, 
local, or tribal governments or communities. The changes in today's 
rule are much smaller than those in the 2005 final rule, which did not 
approach the threshold in Executive Order 12866. For instructions on 
how to view a copy of the analysis prepared in conjunction with the 
2005 final rule, please contact one of the persons listed in the FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above.
    This rule will not create inconsistencies or otherwise interfere 
with an action taken or planned by another agency. This rule does not 
change the relationships of the onshore minerals programs with other 
agencies' actions. These relationships are included in agreements and 
memoranda of understanding that would not change with this rule.
    In addition, this final rule does not materially affect the 
budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, or loan programs, or the 
rights and obligations of their recipients. This rule applies an 
inflation factor that increases some existing user fees for processing 
documents associated with the onshore minerals programs. However, most 
of these fee increases are less than 2 percent and none of the 
increases materially affect the budgetary impact of user fees.
    Finally, this rule will not raise novel legal issues. As explained 
above, this rule simply implements an annual process to account for 
inflation that was adopted by and explained in the 2005 cost recovery 
rule.

The Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This final rule will not have a significant economic effect on a 
substantial number of small entities as defined under the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). A Regulatory Flexibility 
Analysis is not required. Accordingly, a Small Entity Compliance Guide 
is not required. For the purposes of this section, a small entity is 
defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for mining (broadly 
inclusive of metal mining, coal mining, oil and gas extraction, and the 
mining and quarrying of nonmetallic minerals) as an individual, limited 
partnership, or small company considered to be at arm's length from the 
control of any parent companies, with fewer than 500 employees. The SBA 
defines a small entity differently, however, for leasing Federal land 
for coal mining. A coal lessee is a small entity if it employs not more 
than 250 people, including people working for its affiliates.
    The SBA would consider many, if not most, of the operators the BLM 
works with in the onshore minerals programs to be small entities. The 
BLM notes that this final rule does not affect service industries, for 
which the SBA has a different definition of ``small entity.''
    The final rule may affect a large number of small entities since 17 
fees for activities on public lands will be increased. However, the BLM 
has concluded that the effects will not be significant. Most of the 
fixed fee increases will be less than 2 percent as a result of this 
final rule. The adjustments result in no increase in the fee for the 
processing of 31 documents relating to the BLM's minerals programs. The 
highest adjustment, in

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dollar terms, is for adjudications of mineral patent applications 
involving more than 10 mining claims, which will be increased by $40. 
For the 2005 final rule, the BLM completed a threshold analysis, which 
is available for public review in the administrative record for that 
rule. For instructions on how to view a copy of that analysis, please 
contact one of the persons listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT section above. The analysis for the 2005 rule concluded that 
the fees would not have a significant economic effect on a substantial 
number of small entities. The fee increases implemented in today's rule 
are substantially smaller than those provided for in the 2005 rule.

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

    This final rule is not a ``major rule'' as defined at 5 U.S.C. 
804(2). The final rule will not have an annual effect on the economy 
greater than $100 million; it will not result in major cost or price 
increases for consumers, industries, government agencies, or regions; 
and it 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. For 
the 2005 final rule, which established the fee adjustment procedure 
that this rule implements, the BLM completed a threshold analysis, 
which is available for public review in the administrative record for 
that rule. The fee increases implemented in today's rule are 
substantially smaller than those provided for in the 2005 rule.

Executive Order 13132, Federalism

    This final rule will not have a substantial direct effect on the 
States, on the relationship between the national government and the 
States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the 
various levels of government. In accordance with Executive Order 13132, 
therefore, we find that the final rule does not have significant 
federalism effects. A federalism assessment is not required.

The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    These regulations contain information collection requirements. As 
required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et 
seq.), the BLM submitted a copy of the proposed information collection 
requirements to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. 
The OMB approved the information collection requirements under the 
following Control Numbers:
Oil and Gas
    (1) 1004-0034 which expires July 31, 2015;
    (2) 1004-0137 which expires October 31, 2014;
    (3) 1004-0162 which expires July 31, 2015;
    (4) 1004-0185 which expires December 31, 2015;
Geothermal
    (5) 1004-0132 which expires December 31, 2016;
Coal
    (6) 1004-0073 which expires August 31, 2016;
Mining Claims
    (7) 1004-0025 which expires March 31, 2016;
    (8) 1004-0114 which expires October 31, 2016; and
Leasing of Solid Minerals Other Than Oil Shale
    (9) 1004-0121 which expires March 31, 2016.

Takings Implication Assessment (Executive Order 12630)

    As required by Executive Order 12630, the BLM has determined that 
this rule will not cause a taking of private property. No private 
property rights will be affected by a rule that merely updates fees. 
The BLM therefore certifies that this final rule does not represent a 
governmental action capable of interference with constitutionally 
protected property rights.

Civil Justice Reform (Executive Order 12988)

    In accordance with Executive Order 12988, the BLM finds that this 
final rule will not unduly burden the judicial system and meets the 
requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of the Executive Order.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

    The BLM has determined that this final rule is administrative and 
involves only procedural changes addressing fee requirements. In 
promulgating this rule, the government is conducting routine and 
continuing government business of an administrative nature having 
limited context and intensity. Therefore, it is categorically excluded 
from environmental review under Section 102(2)(C) of NEPA, pursuant to 
43 CFR 46.205 and 46.210(c) and (i). The final rule does not meet any 
of the 12 criteria for exceptions to categorical exclusions listed at 
43 CFR 46.215.
    Pursuant to Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations and 
the environmental policies and procedures of the Department of the 
Interior, the term ``categorical exclusions'' means categories of 
actions ``which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant 
effect on the human environment and which have been found to have no 
such effect in procedures adopted by a Federal agency in implementation 
of [CEQ] regulations (Sec.  1507.3) and for which, therefore, neither 
an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement is 
required.'' 40 CFR 1508.4; see also BLM National Environmental Policy 
Act Handbook H-1790-1, Ch. 4, at 17 (Jan. 2008).

The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    The BLM has determined that this final rule is not significant 
under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq., 
because it will not result in State, local, private sector, or tribal 
government expenditures of $100 million or more in any one year, 2 
U.S.C. 1532. This rule will not significantly or uniquely affect small 
governments. Therefore, the BLM is not required to prepare a statement 
containing the information required by the Unfunded Mandates Reform 
Act.

Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments (Executive 
Order 13175)

    In accordance with Executive Order 13175, the BLM has determined 
that this final rule does not include policies that have tribal 
implications. A key factor is whether the rule would have substantial 
direct effects on one or more Indian tribes. The BLM has not found any 
substantial direct effects. Consequently, the BLM did not utilize the 
consultation process set forth in Section 5 of the Executive Order.

Information Quality Act

    In developing this rule, the BLM did not conduct or use a study, 
experiment, or survey requiring peer review under the Information 
Quality Act (Public Law 106-554).

Effects on the Nation's Energy Supply (Executive Order 13211)

    In accordance with Executive Order 13211, the BLM has determined 
that this final rule is not likely to have a significant adverse effect 
on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. The distribution of or 
use of energy would not be unduly affected by this final rule. It 
merely adjusts certain administrative cost recovery fees to account for 
inflation.

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Author

    The principal author of this rule is Anna Atkinson of the Division 
of Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Land Management.

 List of Subjects in 43 CFR Part 3000

    Public lands--mineral resources, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

Janice M. Schneider,
Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management.

    For reasons stated in the preamble, the Bureau of Land Management 
amends 43 CFR Chapter II as follows:

PART 3000--MINERALS MANAGEMENT: GENERAL

0
1. The authority citation for part 3000 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.; 30 U.S.C. 181 et seq., 301-
306, 351-359, and 601 et seq.; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 40 U.S.C. 471 et 
seq.; 42 U.S.C. 6508; 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.; and Pub. L. 97-35, 95 
Stat. 357.

Subpart 3000--General

0
2. Amend Sec.  3000.12 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:


Sec.  3000.12  What is the fee schedule for fixed fees?

    (a) The table in this section shows the fixed fees that you must 
pay to the BLM for the services listed for Fiscal Year 2015. These fees 
are nonrefundable and must be included with documents you file under 
this chapter. Fees will be adjusted annually according to the change in 
the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD-GDP) by way 
of publication of a final rule in the Federal Register and will 
subsequently be posted on the BLM Web site (http://www.blm.gov) before 
October 1 each year. Revised fees are effective each year on October 1.

                 FY 2015 Processing and Filing Fee Table
------------------------------------------------------------------------
              Document/Action                        FY 2015 Fee
------------------------------------------------------------------------
             Oil & Gas (parts 3100, 3110, 3120, 3130, 3150)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Noncompetitive lease application..........  $405.
Competitive lease application.............  155.
Assignment and transfer of record title or  90.
 operating rights.
Overriding royalty transfer, payment out    10.
 of production.
Name change, corporate merger or transfer   210.
 to heir/devisee.
Lease consolidation.......................  445
Lease renewal or exchange.................  405.
Lease reinstatement, Class I..............  80.
Leasing under right-of-way................  405.
Geophysical exploration permit              25.
 application--Alaska.
Renewal of exploration permit--Alaska.....  25.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Geothermal (part 3200)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Noncompetitive lease application..........  405.
Competitive lease application.............  155.
Assignment and transfer of record title or  90.
 operating rights.
Name change, corporate merger or transfer   210.
 to heir/devisee.
Lease consolidation.......................  445.
Lease reinstatement.......................  80.
Nomination of lands.......................  115.
    plus per acre nomination fee..........  0.11.
Site license application..................  60.
Assignment or transfer of site license....  60.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Coal (parts 3400, 3470)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
License to mine application...............  10.
Exploration license application...........  330.
Lease or lease interest transfer..........  65.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Leasing of Solid Minerals Other Than Coal and Oil Shale (parts 3500,
                                  3580)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Applications other than those listed below  35.
Prospecting permit application amendment..  65.
Extension of prospecting permit...........  110.
Lease modification or fringe acreage lease  30.
Lease renewal.............................  520.
Assignment, sublease, or transfer of        30.
 operating rights.
Transfer of overriding royalty............  30.
Use permit................................  30.
Shasta and Trinity hardrock mineral lease.  30.
Renewal of existing sand and gravel lease   30.
 in Nevada.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Public Law 359; Mining in Powersite Withdrawals: General (part 3730)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Notice of protest of placer mining          10.
 operations.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Mining Law Administration (parts 3800, 3810, 3830, 3850, 3860, 3870)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Application to open lands to location.....  10.

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Notice of location\*\.....................  20.
Amendment of location.....................  10.
Transfer of mining claim/site.............  10.
Recording an annual FLPMA filing..........  10.
Deferment of assessment work..............  110.
Recording a notice of intent to locate      30.
 mining claims on Stockraising Homestead
 Act lands.
Mineral patent adjudication...............  3,035 (more than 10 claims).
                                            1,520 (10 or fewer claims).
Adverse claim.............................  110.
Protest...................................  65.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
              Oil Shale Management (parts 3900, 3910, 3930)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Exploration license application...........  320.
Application for assignment or sublease of   65.
 record title or overriding royalty.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
*To record a mining claim or site location, you must pay this processing
  fee along with the initial maintenance fee and the one-time location
  fee required by statute. 43 CFR part 3833.

* * * * *
[FR Doc. 2014-22836 Filed 9-24-14; 8:45 am]
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