Onshore Oil and Gas Operations-Annual Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments, 22379-22381 [2019-10149]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 96 / Friday, May 17, 2019 / Rules and Regulations B. What is codification and is EPA codifying the New Hampshire’s hazardous waste program as authorized in this rule? Codification is the process of placing citations and references to the State’s statutes and regulations that comprise the State’s authorized hazardous waste program into the Code of Federal Regulations. EPA does this by adding those citations and references to the authorized State rules in 40 CFR part 272. EPA is not codifying the authorization of New Hampshire’s revisions at this time. However, EPA reserves the ability to amend 40 CFR part 272, subpart EE for the authorization of New Hampshire’s program at a later date. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with RULES C. 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EPA will submit a report containing this document and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication in the Federal Register. A major rule cannot take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. This action is not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). This final action is effective May 17, 2019. List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 271 Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, Confidential business information, Hazardous waste, Hazardous waste transportation, Indian lands, Intergovernmental relations, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Authority: This action is issued under the authority of sections 2002(a), 3006, and 7004(b) of the Solid Waste Disposal Act as amended, 42 U.S.C. 6912(a), 6926, and 6974(b). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:27 May 16, 2019 Jkt 247001 Dated: May 1, 2019. Deborah A. Szaro, Acting Regional Administrator, EPA Region 1. [FR Doc. 2019–10188 Filed 5–16–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management 43 CFR Part 3160 [LLWO310000 L13100000 PP0000 19X] RIN 1004–AE56 Onshore Oil and Gas Operations— Annual Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This final rule adjusts the level of civil monetary penalties contained in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) regulations governing onshore oil and gas operations as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and consistent with applicable Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance. The adjustments made by this final rule constitute the 2019 annual inflation adjustments, accounting for one year of inflation spanning the period from October 2017 through October 2018. DATES: This rule is effective on May 17, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Wells, Division Chief, Fluid Minerals Division, 202–912–7143, for information regarding the BLM’s Fluid Minerals Program. For questions relating to regulatory process issues, please contact Jennifer Noe, Division of Regulatory Affairs, at 202–912–7442. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800– 877–8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to contact the above individuals. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Background II. Calculation of 2019 Adjustments III. Procedural Requirements A. Administrative Procedure Act. B. Regulatory Planning and Review (E.O. 12866, E.O. 13563, and E.O. 13771) C. Regulatory Flexibility Act D. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act F. Takings (E.O. 12630) G. Federalism (E.O. 13132) PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 22379 H. Civil Justice Reform (E.O. 12988) I. Consultation With Indian Tribes (E.O. 13175 and Departmental Policy) J. Paperwork Reduction Act K. National Environmental Policy Act L. Effects on the Energy Supply (E.O. 13211) I. Background On November 2, 2015, the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Sec. 701 of Pub. L. 114–74) (the 2015 Act) became law, amending the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101–410). The 2015 Act requires agencies to: 1. Adjust the level of civil monetary penalties for inflation with an initial ‘‘catch-up’’ adjustment through an interim final rulemaking in 2016; 2. Make subsequent annual adjustments for inflation beginning in 2017; and 3. Report annually in Agency Financial Reports on these inflation adjustments. The purpose of these adjustments is to maintain the deterrent effect of civil monetary penalties and promote compliance with the law (see Pub. L. 101–410 at § 1). As required by the 2015 Act, the BLM issued an interim final rule that adjusted the level of civil monetary penalties in BLM regulations with the initial ‘‘catch-up’’ adjustment (RIN 1004–AE46, 81 FR 41860), which was published on June 28, 2016, and became effective on July 28, 2016. On January 19, 2017, the BLM published a final rule (RIN 1004–AE49, 82 FR 6305) updating the civil penalty amounts to the 2017 annual adjustment levels. The final rule updating the civil penalty amounts to the 2018 annual adjustment levels was published on January 29, 2018 (RIN 1004–AE51, 83 FR 3992). OMB issued Memorandum M–19–04 on December 14, 2018 (Implementation of Penalty Inflation Adjustments for 2019, Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015) explaining agency responsibilities for identifying applicable penalties and calculating the annual adjustment for 2019 in accordance with the 2015 Act. II. Calculation of 2019 Adjustment In accordance with the 2015 Act and OMB Memorandum M–19–04, the BLM has identified applicable civil monetary penalties in its regulations and calculated the annual adjustment. A civil monetary penalty is any assessment with a dollar amount that is levied for a violation of a Federal civil statute or regulation, and is assessed or enforceable through a civil action in E:\FR\FM\17MYR1.SGM 17MYR1 22380 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 96 / Friday, May 17, 2019 / Rules and Regulations Federal court or an administrative proceeding. A civil monetary penalty does not include a penalty levied for violation of a criminal statute, nor does it include fees for services, licenses, permits, or other regulatory review. The calculated annual inflation adjustments are based on the percentage change between the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI–U) for the October preceding the date of the adjustment, and the prior year’s October CPI–U. Consistent with guidance in OMB Memorandum M–19–04, the BLM divided the October 2018 CPI–U by the October 2017 CPI–U to calculate the multiplier. In this case, October 2018 CPI–U (252.885)/October 2017 CPI–U (246.663) = 1.02522. OMB Memorandum M–19–04 confirms that this is the proper multiplier. (OMB Memorandum M–19–04 at 1 and n.4.) The 2015 Act requires the BLM to adjust the civil penalty amounts in 43 CFR 3163.2. To accomplish this, BLM multiplied the current penalty amounts in 43 CFR 3163.2 paragraph (b)(2) and paragraphs (d), (e), and (f) by the multiplier set forth in OMB CFR citation 43 43 43 43 43 CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR Failure to comply ....................................................................................... If corrective action is not taken ................................................................. If transporter fails to permit inspection for documentation ....................... Failure to permit inspection, failure to notify ............................................. False or inaccurate documents; unlawful transfer or purchase ................ III. Procedural Requirements A. Administrative Procedure Act In accordance with the 2015 Act, agencies must adjust civil monetary penalties ‘‘notwithstanding Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act’’ (2015 Act at § 4(b)(2)). The BLM is promulgating this 2019 inflation adjustment for civil penalties as a final rule pursuant to the provisions of the 2015 Act and OMB guidance. A proposed rule is not required because the 2015 Act expressly exempts the annual inflation adjustments from the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act. In addition, since the 2015 Act does not give the BLM any discretion to vary the amount of the annual inflation adjustment for any given penalty to reflect any views or suggestions provided by commenters, it would serve no purpose to provide an opportunity for public comment on this rule. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with RULES B. Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Orders 12866, 13563, and 13771) Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 provides that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the OMB will review all significant rules. OIRA has determined that this rule is not significant. (See OMB Memorandum M– 19–04 at 3). E.O. 13563 reaffirms the principles of E.O. 12866 while calling for improvements in the Nation’s regulatory system to promote predictability and to reduce uncertainty and the use of the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools for achieving 16:27 May 16, 2019 Current penalty Description of the penalty 3163.2(b)(1) ....................... 3163.2(b)(2) ....................... 3163.2(d) ............................ 3163.2(e) ............................ 3163.2(f) ............................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Memorandum M–19–04 (1.02522) to obtain the adjusted penalty amounts. The 2015 Act requires that the resulting amounts be rounded to the nearest $1.00 at the end of the calculation process. The adjusted penalty amounts will take effect immediately upon publication of this rule. Pursuant to the 2015 Act, the adjusted civil penalty amounts apply to civil penalties assessed after the date the increase takes effect, even if the associated violation predates such increase. This final rule adjusts the following civil penalties: Jkt 247001 regulatory ends. E.O. 13563 directs agencies to consider regulatory approaches that reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for the public where these approaches are relevant, feasible, and consistent with regulatory objectives. E.O. 13563 emphasizes further that regulations must be based on the best available science, and that the rulemaking process must allow for public participation and an open exchange of ideas. We have developed this rule in a manner consistent with these requirements to the extent permitted by the 2015 Act. E.O. 13771 of January 30, 2017, directs federal agencies to reduce the regulatory burden on regulated entities and control regulatory costs. E.O. 13771, however, applies only to significant regulatory actions, as defined in Section 3(f) of E.O. 12866. OIRA has determined that agency regulations exclusively implementing the annual adjustment are not significant regulatory actions under E.O. 12866, provided they are consistent with OMB Memorandum M–19–04 (See OMB Memorandum M–19–04 at 3). Therefore, E.O. 13771 does not apply to this final rule. C. Regulatory Flexibility Act The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) requires an agency to prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis for all rules unless the agency certifies that the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The RFA applies only to rules for which an agency is required to first publish a proposed rule. See 5 U.S.C. 603(a) and PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 $1,069 10,697 1,069 21,393 53,484 Adjusted penalty $1,096 10,967 1,096 21,933 54,833 604(a). The 2015 Act expressly exempts these annual inflation adjustments from the requirement to publish a proposed rule for notice and comment (see 2015 Act at section 4 (b)(2)). Because the final rule in this case does not include publication of a proposed rule, the RFA does not apply to this final rule. D. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. This 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; and (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. This rule will potentially affect individuals and companies who conduct operations on oil and gas leases on Federal or Indian lands. The BLM believes that the vast majority of potentially affected entities will be small businesses as defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA). However, the BLM does not believe the rule will pose a significant economic impact on the industry, including any small entities, as any lessee can avoid being assessed civil penalties by operating in compliance with BLM rules and regulations. E:\FR\FM\17MYR1.SGM 17MYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 96 / Friday, May 17, 2019 / Rules and Regulations E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act This rule does not impose an unfunded mandate on State, local, or tribal governments, or the private sector of more than $100 million per year. The rule does not have a significant or unique effect on State, local, or tribal governments or the private sector. Therefore, a statement containing the information required by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) is not required. F. Takings (E.O. 12630) This rule does not effect a taking of private property or otherwise have takings implications under E.O. 12630. Therefore, a takings implication assessment is not required. G. Federalism (E.O. 13132) Under the criteria in section 1 of E.O. 13132, this rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a federalism summary impact statement. Therefore, a federalism summary impact statement is not required. H. 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. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with RULES I. Consultation With Indian Tribes (E.O. 13175 and Departmental Policy) The Department of the Interior strives to strengthen its government-togovernment relationship with Indian tribes through a commitment to consultation with Indian tribes and recognition of their right to selfgovernance and tribal sovereignty. We have evaluated this rule under the Department’s consultation policy and under the criteria in E.O. 13175 and have determined that it has no substantial direct effects on federally recognized Indian tribes and that consultation under the Department’s tribal consultation policy is not required. J. Paperwork Reduction Act This rule does not contain information collection requirements, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:27 May 16, 2019 Jkt 247001 and a submission to OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) is not required. We may not conduct or sponsor, and you are not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. K. National Environmental Policy Act A detailed statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required because, as a regulation of an administrative nature, the rule is covered by a categorical exclusion (see 43 CFR 46.210(i)). We have also determined that the rule does not involve any of the extraordinary circumstances listed in 43 CFR 46.215 that would require further analysis under NEPA. L. Effects on the Energy Supply (E.O. 13211) This rule is not a significant energy action under the definition in E.O. 13211. Therefore, a Statement of Energy Effects is not required. List of Subjects 43 CFR Part 3160 Administrative practice and procedure; Government contracts; Indians-lands; Mineral royalties; Oil and gas exploration; Penalties; Public landsmineral resources; Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. For the reasons given in the preamble, the BLM amends Chapter II of Title 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows: PART 3160—ONSHORE OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS 1. The authority citation for part 3160 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 25 U.S.C. 396d and 2107; 30 U.S.C. 189, 306, 359, and 1751; 43 U.S.C. 1732(b), 1733, 1740; and Sec. 701, Pub. L. 114–74, 129 Stat. 599, unless otherwise noted. Subpart 3163—Noncompliance, Assessments, and Penalties § 3163.2 [Amended] 2. In § 3163.2: ■ a. In paragraph (b)(1), remove ‘‘$1,069’’ and add in its place ‘‘$1,096’’. ■ b. In paragraph (b)(2), remove ‘‘$10,697’’ and add in its place ‘‘$10,967’’. ■ c. In paragraph (d), remove ‘‘$1,069’’ and add in its place ‘‘$1,096’’. ■ PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 22381 d. In paragraph (e) introductory text, remove ‘‘$21,393’’ and add in its place ‘‘$21,933’’. ■ e. In paragraph (f) introductory text, remove ‘‘$53,484’’ and add in its place ‘‘$54,833’’. ■ Joseph R. Balash, Assistant Secretary—Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior. [FR Doc. 2019–10149 Filed 5–16–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–84–P GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION 48 CFR Parts 501, 515, 538, and 552 [GSAR Case 2013–G502; Docket 2019–0008; Sequence 1] RIN 3090–AJ41 General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); Federal Supply Schedule Contracting (Administrative Changes); Correction Office of Acquisition Policy, General Services Administration. ACTION: Final rule; correction. AGENCY: GSA is issuing a correction to GSAR Case 2013–G502; Federal Supply Schedule Contracting (Administrative Changes), which was published in the Federal Register on April 23, 2019. This correction corrects GSAR clause numbers and titles. DATES: Effective: May 23, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Dana Bowman, General Services Acquisition Policy Division, GSA, 202– 357–9652 or email Dana.Bowman@ gsa.gov, for clarification of content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat at 202–501–4755. Please cite GSAR Case 2013–G502; Corrections. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Corrections In rule FR Doc. 2019–08012, published in the Federal Register at 84 FR 17030, on April 23, 2019, make the following corrections: Preamble Corrections 1. On page 17033, left column, paragraph 4. Revised Existing Clauses and Provisions, correct the GSAR clauses table to read as follows: E:\FR\FM\17MYR1.SGM 17MYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 96 (Friday, May 17, 2019)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 22379-22381]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-10149]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

43 CFR Part 3160

[LLWO310000 L13100000 PP0000 19X]
RIN 1004-AE56


Onshore Oil and Gas Operations--Annual Civil Penalties Inflation 
Adjustments

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule adjusts the level of civil monetary penalties 
contained in the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) regulations 
governing onshore oil and gas operations as required by the Federal 
Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and 
consistent with applicable Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
guidance. The adjustments made by this final rule constitute the 2019 
annual inflation adjustments, accounting for one year of inflation 
spanning the period from October 2017 through October 2018.

DATES: This rule is effective on May 17, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Wells, Division Chief, Fluid 
Minerals Division, 202-912-7143, for information regarding the BLM's 
Fluid Minerals Program. For questions relating to regulatory process 
issues, please contact Jennifer Noe, Division of Regulatory Affairs, at 
202-912-7442. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339, 24 
hours a day, 7 days a week to contact the above individuals.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background
II. Calculation of 2019 Adjustments
III. Procedural Requirements
    A. Administrative Procedure Act.
    B. Regulatory Planning and Review (E.O. 12866, E.O. 13563, and 
E.O. 13771)
    C. Regulatory Flexibility Act
    D. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act
    E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act
    F. Takings (E.O. 12630)
    G. Federalism (E.O. 13132)
    H. Civil Justice Reform (E.O. 12988)
    I. Consultation With Indian Tribes (E.O. 13175 and Departmental 
Policy)
    J. Paperwork Reduction Act
    K. National Environmental Policy Act
    L. Effects on the Energy Supply (E.O. 13211)

I. Background

    On November 2, 2015, the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation 
Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Sec. 701 of Pub. L. 114-74) 
(the 2015 Act) became law, amending the Federal Civil Penalties 
Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-410).
    The 2015 Act requires agencies to:
    1. Adjust the level of civil monetary penalties for inflation with 
an initial ``catch-up'' adjustment through an interim final rulemaking 
in 2016;
    2. Make subsequent annual adjustments for inflation beginning in 
2017; and
    3. Report annually in Agency Financial Reports on these inflation 
adjustments.
    The purpose of these adjustments is to maintain the deterrent 
effect of civil monetary penalties and promote compliance with the law 
(see Pub. L. 101-410 at Sec.  1).
    As required by the 2015 Act, the BLM issued an interim final rule 
that adjusted the level of civil monetary penalties in BLM regulations 
with the initial ``catch-up'' adjustment (RIN 1004-AE46, 81 FR 41860), 
which was published on June 28, 2016, and became effective on July 28, 
2016. On January 19, 2017, the BLM published a final rule (RIN 1004-
AE49, 82 FR 6305) updating the civil penalty amounts to the 2017 annual 
adjustment levels. The final rule updating the civil penalty amounts to 
the 2018 annual adjustment levels was published on January 29, 2018 
(RIN 1004-AE51, 83 FR 3992).
    OMB issued Memorandum M-19-04 on December 14, 2018 (Implementation 
of Penalty Inflation Adjustments for 2019, Pursuant to the Federal 
Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015) 
explaining agency responsibilities for identifying applicable penalties 
and calculating the annual adjustment for 2019 in accordance with the 
2015 Act.

II. Calculation of 2019 Adjustment

    In accordance with the 2015 Act and OMB Memorandum M-19-04, the BLM 
has identified applicable civil monetary penalties in its regulations 
and calculated the annual adjustment. A civil monetary penalty is any 
assessment with a dollar amount that is levied for a violation of a 
Federal civil statute or regulation, and is assessed or enforceable 
through a civil action in

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Federal court or an administrative proceeding. A civil monetary penalty 
does not include a penalty levied for violation of a criminal statute, 
nor does it include fees for services, licenses, permits, or other 
regulatory review. The calculated annual inflation adjustments are 
based on the percentage change between the Consumer Price Index for all 
Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the October preceding the date of the 
adjustment, and the prior year's October CPI-U. Consistent with 
guidance in OMB Memorandum M-19-04, the BLM divided the October 2018 
CPI-U by the October 2017 CPI-U to calculate the multiplier. In this 
case, October 2018 CPI-U (252.885)/October 2017 CPI-U (246.663) = 
1.02522. OMB Memorandum M-19-04 confirms that this is the proper 
multiplier. (OMB Memorandum M-19-04 at 1 and n.4.)
    The 2015 Act requires the BLM to adjust the civil penalty amounts 
in 43 CFR 3163.2. To accomplish this, BLM multiplied the current 
penalty amounts in 43 CFR 3163.2 paragraph (b)(2) and paragraphs (d), 
(e), and (f) by the multiplier set forth in OMB Memorandum M-19-04 
(1.02522) to obtain the adjusted penalty amounts. The 2015 Act requires 
that the resulting amounts be rounded to the nearest $1.00 at the end 
of the calculation process.
    The adjusted penalty amounts will take effect immediately upon 
publication of this rule. Pursuant to the 2015 Act, the adjusted civil 
penalty amounts apply to civil penalties assessed after the date the 
increase takes effect, even if the associated violation predates such 
increase. This final rule adjusts the following civil penalties:

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                                                                                      Current        Adjusted
                 CFR citation                      Description of the penalty         penalty         penalty
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43 CFR 3163.2(b)(1)...........................  Failure to comply...............          $1,069          $1,096
43 CFR 3163.2(b)(2)...........................  If corrective action is not               10,697          10,967
                                                 taken.
43 CFR 3163.2(d)..............................  If transporter fails to permit             1,069           1,096
                                                 inspection for documentation.
43 CFR 3163.2(e)..............................  Failure to permit inspection,             21,393          21,933
                                                 failure to notify.
43 CFR 3163.2(f)..............................  False or inaccurate documents;            53,484          54,833
                                                 unlawful transfer or purchase.
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III. Procedural Requirements

A. Administrative Procedure Act

    In accordance with the 2015 Act, agencies must adjust civil 
monetary penalties ``notwithstanding Section 553 of the Administrative 
Procedure Act'' (2015 Act at Sec.  4(b)(2)). The BLM is promulgating 
this 2019 inflation adjustment for civil penalties as a final rule 
pursuant to the provisions of the 2015 Act and OMB guidance. A proposed 
rule is not required because the 2015 Act expressly exempts the annual 
inflation adjustments from the notice and comment requirements of the 
Administrative Procedure Act. In addition, since the 2015 Act does not 
give the BLM any discretion to vary the amount of the annual inflation 
adjustment for any given penalty to reflect any views or suggestions 
provided by commenters, it would serve no purpose to provide an 
opportunity for public comment on this rule.

B. Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Orders 12866, 13563, and 
13771)

    Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 provides that the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the OMB will review all 
significant rules. OIRA has determined that this rule is not 
significant. (See OMB Memorandum M-19-04 at 3).
    E.O. 13563 reaffirms the principles of E.O. 12866 while calling for 
improvements in the Nation's regulatory system to promote 
predictability and to reduce uncertainty and the use of the best, most 
innovative, and least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends. 
E.O. 13563 directs agencies to consider regulatory approaches that 
reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for the 
public where these approaches are relevant, feasible, and consistent 
with regulatory objectives. E.O. 13563 emphasizes further that 
regulations must be based on the best available science, and that the 
rulemaking process must allow for public participation and an open 
exchange of ideas. We have developed this rule in a manner consistent 
with these requirements to the extent permitted by the 2015 Act.
    E.O. 13771 of January 30, 2017, directs federal agencies to reduce 
the regulatory burden on regulated entities and control regulatory 
costs. E.O. 13771, however, applies only to significant regulatory 
actions, as defined in Section 3(f) of E.O. 12866. OIRA has determined 
that agency regulations exclusively implementing the annual adjustment 
are not significant regulatory actions under E.O. 12866, provided they 
are consistent with OMB Memorandum M-19-04 (See OMB Memorandum M-19-04 
at 3). Therefore, E.O. 13771 does not apply to this final rule.

C. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) requires an agency to prepare 
a regulatory flexibility analysis for all rules unless the agency 
certifies that the rule will not have a significant economic impact on 
a substantial number of small entities. The RFA applies only to rules 
for which an agency is required to first publish a proposed rule. See 5 
U.S.C. 603(a) and 604(a). The 2015 Act expressly exempts these annual 
inflation adjustments from the requirement to publish a proposed rule 
for notice and comment (see 2015 Act at section 4 (b)(2)). Because the 
final rule in this case does not include publication of a proposed 
rule, the RFA does not apply to this final rule.

D. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

    This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), the Small 
Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. This 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; and
    (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.
    This rule will potentially affect individuals and companies who 
conduct operations on oil and gas leases on Federal or Indian lands. 
The BLM believes that the vast majority of potentially affected 
entities will be small businesses as defined by the Small Business 
Administration (SBA). However, the BLM does not believe the rule will 
pose a significant economic impact on the industry, including any small 
entities, as any lessee can avoid being assessed civil penalties by 
operating in compliance with BLM rules and regulations.

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E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

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

F. Takings (E.O. 12630)

    This rule does not effect a taking of private property or otherwise 
have takings implications under E.O. 12630. Therefore, a takings 
implication assessment is not required.

G. Federalism (E.O. 13132)

    Under the criteria in section 1 of E.O. 13132, this rule does not 
have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a 
federalism summary impact statement. Therefore, a federalism summary 
impact statement is not required.

H. 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.

I. Consultation With Indian Tribes (E.O. 13175 and Departmental Policy)

    The Department of the Interior strives to strengthen its 
government-to-government relationship with Indian tribes through a 
commitment to consultation with Indian tribes and recognition of their 
right to self-governance and tribal sovereignty. We have evaluated this 
rule under the Department's consultation policy and under the criteria 
in E.O. 13175 and have determined that it has no substantial direct 
effects on federally recognized Indian tribes and that consultation 
under the Department's tribal consultation policy is not required.

J. Paperwork Reduction Act

    This rule does not contain information collection requirements, and 
a submission to OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 
et seq.) is not required. We may not conduct or sponsor, and you are 
not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it 
displays a currently valid OMB control number.

K. National Environmental Policy Act

    A detailed statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA) is not required because, as a regulation of an 
administrative nature, the rule is covered by a categorical exclusion 
(see 43 CFR 46.210(i)). We have also determined that the rule does not 
involve any of the extraordinary circumstances listed in 43 CFR 46.215 
that would require further analysis under NEPA.

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

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

List of Subjects 43 CFR Part 3160

    Administrative practice and procedure; Government contracts; 
Indians-lands; Mineral royalties; Oil and gas exploration; Penalties; 
Public lands-mineral resources; Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

    For the reasons given in the preamble, the BLM amends Chapter II of 
Title 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows:

PART 3160--ONSHORE OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 3160 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 25 U.S.C. 396d and 2107; 30 U.S.C. 189, 306, 359, and 
1751; 43 U.S.C. 1732(b), 1733, 1740; and Sec. 701, Pub. L. 114-74, 
129 Stat. 599, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 3163--Noncompliance, Assessments, and Penalties


Sec.  3163.2  [Amended]

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2. In Sec.  3163.2:
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a. In paragraph (b)(1), remove ``$1,069'' and add in its place 
``$1,096''.
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b. In paragraph (b)(2), remove ``$10,697'' and add in its place 
``$10,967''.
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c. In paragraph (d), remove ``$1,069'' and add in its place ``$1,096''.
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d. In paragraph (e) introductory text, remove ``$21,393'' and add in 
its place ``$21,933''.
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e. In paragraph (f) introductory text, remove ``$53,484'' and add in 
its place ``$54,833''.

Joseph R. Balash,
Assistant Secretary--Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of 
the Interior.
[FR Doc. 2019-10149 Filed 5-16-19; 8:45 am]
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