Annual Statutorily Required Increase in Filing Fee for Processing Fiscal Year 2022; Applications for Permit To Drill, 58095-58096 [2021-22777]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 200 / Wednesday, October 20, 2021 / Notices lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 BLM_NV_SND_EnergyProjects@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800– 877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations found at 43 CFR 2091.3– 1(e) and 2804.25(f) allow the BLM to temporarily segregate public lands within a right-of-way application area for solar energy development from the operation of the public land laws, including the Mining Law, by publication of a Federal Register notice. The BLM uses this temporary segregation authority to preserve its ability to approve, approve with modifications, or deny proposed rightsof-way, and to facilitate the orderly administration of the public lands. This temporary segregation is subject to valid existing rights, including existing mining claims located before this segregation notice. Licenses, permits, cooperative agreements, or discretionary land use authorizations of a temporary nature which would not impact lands identified in this notice may be allowed with the approval of an authorized officer of the BLM during the segregation period. The lands segregated under this notice are legally described as follows: Mount Diablo Meridian, Nevada, T. 21 S., R. 54 E., Sec. 13, N1⁄2SW1⁄4 and N1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 14, NE1⁄4SW1⁄4, S1⁄2SW1⁄4, N1⁄2SE1⁄4, and SW1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 22, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, S1⁄2NW1⁄4, and S1⁄2; Sec. 23, W1⁄2NE1⁄4, W1⁄2NW1⁄4, and W1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 26, W1⁄2NE1⁄4 and S1⁄2NW1⁄4; Sec. 27; Sec. 28, S1⁄2SW1⁄4 and S1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 29, S1⁄2SW1⁄4 and S1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 32; Sec. 33, W1⁄2 and W1⁄2SE1⁄4; Sec. 34, NE1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, and SE1⁄4. T. 21 S., R. 55 E., Sec. 18, lots 3 and 4, SE1⁄4SW1⁄4, and SW1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 19, N1⁄2NE1⁄4 and SE1⁄4NE1⁄4; Sec. 20, SW1⁄4NW1⁄4, N1⁄2SW1⁄4, W1⁄2SE1⁄4, and SE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 27, SW1⁄4SW1⁄4; Sec. 28, SW1⁄4NE1⁄4, W1⁄2NW1⁄4, SE1⁄4NW1⁄4, N1⁄2SE1⁄4, and SE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 29, NE1⁄4NE1⁄4; Sec. 34, W1⁄2NE1⁄4, SE1⁄4NE1⁄4, N1⁄2NW1⁄4, and NE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 35, W1⁄2SW1⁄4. T. 22 S., R. 54 E., Sec. 3, lots 5 thru 7 and lots 10 thru 12, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, SE1⁄4NW1⁄4, E1⁄2SW1⁄4, and SE1⁄4; VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Oct 19, 2021 Jkt 256001 Sec. 10, NE1⁄4 and E1⁄2NW1⁄4; Sec. 11, N1⁄2NE1⁄4 and N1⁄2NW1⁄4; Sec. 12, lot 1, NW1⁄4NE1⁄4, and N1⁄2NW1⁄4; T. 22 S., R. 55 E., Sec. 2, lot 4, SW1⁄4NW1⁄4, and W1⁄2SW1⁄4; Sec. 3, SE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 7, lot 1, SW1⁄4NE1⁄4, E1⁄2NW1⁄4, N1⁄2SE1⁄4, and SE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 10, N1⁄2NE1⁄4, SW1⁄4NE1⁄4, NE1⁄4SW1⁄4, S1⁄2SW1⁄4, and NW1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 15, NW1⁄4NW1⁄4; Sec. 16, N1⁄2NE1⁄4 and N1⁄2NW1⁄4; Sec. 17, N1⁄2NE1⁄4 and N1⁄2NW1⁄4; Sec. 18, NE1⁄4NE1⁄4. The area described contains 7,075.93 acres, according to the official plats of the surveys of the said lands on file with the BLM. As provided in the regulations, the segregation of lands in this Notice will not exceed 2 years from the date of publication unless extended for an additional 2 years through publication of a new Notice in the Federal Register. The segregation period will terminate and the land will automatically reopen to appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining laws, at the earliest of the following dates: Upon issuance of a decision by the authorized officer granting, granting with modifications, or denying the application for a right-of-way; without further administrative action at the end of the segregation provided for in the Federal Register notice initiating the segregation; or upon publication of a Federal Register notice terminating the segregation. Upon termination of the segregation of these lands, all lands subject to this segregation would automatically reopen to appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining laws. Authority: 43 CFR 2091.3–1(e) and 43 CFR 2804.25(f). Nicholas Pay, Field Manager—Pahrump Field Office. [FR Doc. 2021–22786 Filed 10–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLHQ310000.L13100000. PP0000.21X] Annual Statutorily Required Increase in Filing Fee for Processing Fiscal Year 2022; Applications for Permit To Drill Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of fee increase. AGENCY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hereby updates the filing fee for Applications for Permits to Drill (APD) on Federal oil and gas leases. The updated APD fee amount is SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58095 $10,900, reflecting the adjustment for inflation as required by statute. DATES: This updated fee increase takes effect on October 20, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Warren, National Oil and Gas Program Lead for Division of Fluid Minerals, Bureau of Land Management, Headquarters Office, 301 Dinosaur Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87508; phone 505– 216–8832; email mwarren@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800– 877–8339 to contact Mr. Warren. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3021(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 (Pub. L. 113– 291; 30 U.S.C. 191(d)) (the Act) directs the BLM to collect a fee for each new APD submitted to the BLM for fiscal years (FY) 2016 through 2026 and requires the fee amount to be adjusted for inflation. The Act sets the initial fee amount at $9,500 as of October 1, 2015, with updated annual fee amounts to be indexed for United States dollar inflation from that date as measured by the Consumer Price Index. 30 U.S.C. 191(d)(2). The updated APD fee as adjusted for inflation will be in the amount of $10,900, effective October 20, 2021. This updated fee amount reflects an adjustment to the current fee of $10,360 based on the percentage change in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index for all goods and all urban consumers (CPI–U) for August of the previous calendar year to August of the current calendar year, on the business day following its release. The seasonally adjusted CPI–U for August 2021 (273.012) is 5.2 percent higher than the seasonally adjusted CPI–U for August 2020 (259.511). Increasing the 2020 fee of $10,360 by 5.2 percent and rounding the product to the nearest $10 produces a 2021 fee of $10,900. The source for CPI–U data is the BLS, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: All Items in U.S. City Average [CPIAUCSL], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/ CPIAUCSL, accessed on September 14, 2021. The updated filing fee applies to any new APD submitted on BLM Form 3160–3, including those submitted on leases of Indian minerals, whether submitted individually or as part of a E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 58096 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 200 / Wednesday, October 20, 2021 / Notices Master Development Plan. The APD filing fee is non-refundable and is required up front for processing an APD, regardless of whether the BLM subsequently approves the APD. The filing fee is not required for a Notice of Staking. The increase in the filing fee does not change Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1 (Onshore Order No. 1) (72 FR 10308 (2007); 82 FR 2906 (2017)) or its implementation. Because the APD fee is established by statute, the BLM has no discretion to waive it or accept a reduced amount. If an operator submits a new APD without including the full non-refundable filing fee of $10,900, the BLM will not log it in, post, process, or consider it received until the operator pays the full fee. As of October 20, 2021, APDs for which operators submit the previous FY 2021 filing fee of $10,360, will not be considered paid until the BLM receives the full FY 2022 filing fee of $10,900. In the event that the operator does not submit the full filing fee, the BLM will contact the operator and give the operator 10 business days to submit the required amount. The BLM considers an APD filed and starts the processing clock that is described in Section III.E. of Onshore Order No. 1 only after the operator submits the full filing fee. If the operator fails to pay the full filing fee after the 10-day notice, the BLM will return the APD along with any partial filing fee to the operator. The BLM does not consider an operator’s failure to submit the APD fee as a deficiency in an APD under Onshore Order No. 1. As required by the Act, the APD fee generally applies to all new APDs. In some cases, however, an operator’s filing of a Form 3160–3 does not trigger the need to pay the APD fee because it is not a new APD. An operator may need to file a Form 3160–3 for administrative purposes where the operator must use a replacement well due to encountering down-hole problems requiring it to skid the rig a few feet on the same well pad. Since the BLM would have previously completed most of the work to approve the APD in those circumstances, including consultation and environmental work, the filing of an amended Form 3160–3 in this situation would not represent a new APD, and an additional filing fee would not be required. If the operator moves the well location at the request of the BLM to accomplish agency or resource conservation goals or to accommodate a private surface owner request, and the move results in the operator filing an amended APD, an additional filing fee is not required for the moved well. An example would be a request by the BLM VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Oct 19, 2021 Jkt 256001 to move a well to reduce a cut and fill or loss of habitat. Additionally, if the BLM requests an adjustment in the drilling location at the on-site inspection or if the operator submits a second Form 3160–3 for the purpose of correcting a clerical error, an additional filing fee is not required. However, if the operator requests the move and the move results in the operator filing a new APD, an additional filing fee is required. The BLM is not requesting public comment on this fee increase for good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(b). Since the authorizing statute does not give the BLM discretion to vary the amount of the inflation adjustment for the APD fee to reflect any views or suggestions provided by commenters, providing an opportunity for public comment on this fee increase would serve no purpose. (Authority: 30 U.S.C. 191(d)) Sheila Mallory, Acting Chief, Division of Fluid Minerals. [FR Doc. 2021–22777 Filed 10–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–84–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVS00000. L51010000.ER0000.LVRWF2007480.20X; N– 99406; MO #4500156363] Notice of Segregation of Public Land for the Rough Hat Clark County Solar Project, Clark County, Nevada Bureau of Land Management, Department of Interior. ACTION: Notice of segregation. AGENCY: Through this notice the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is segregating public lands included in the right-of-way application for the Rough Hat Clark County Solar Project from appropriation under the public land laws, including the Mining Law, but not the Mineral Leasing or Material Sales Acts, for a period of 2 years from the date of publication of this notice, subject to valid existing rights. This segregation is to allow for the orderly administration of the public lands to facilitate consideration of development of renewable energy resources. The public lands segregated by this notice total 3,273.96 acres. DATES: This segregation for the lands identified in this notice is effective on October 20, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have your name added to the mailing list, send requests to: Beth Ransel, Southern Nevada District Energy & Infrastructure SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Team, at telephone (702) 515–5284; address 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130–2301; or email BLM_NV_SND_EnergyProjects@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800– 877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations found at 43 CFR 2091.3– 1(e) and 2804.25(f) allow the BLM to temporarily segregate public lands within a right-of-way application area for solar energy development from the operation of the public land laws, including the Mining Law, by publication of a Federal Register notice. The BLM uses this temporary segregation authority to preserve its ability to approve, approve with modifications, or deny proposed rightsof-way, and to facilitate the orderly administration of the public lands. This temporary segregation is subject to valid existing rights, including existing mining claims located before this segregation notice. Licenses, permits, cooperative agreements, or discretionary land use authorizations of a temporary nature which would not impact lands identified in this notice may be allowed with the approval of an authorized officer of the BLM during the segregation period. The lands segregated under this notice are legally described as follows: Mount Diablo Meridian, Nevada T. 21 S., R. 55 E., Sec. 18, lots 3 and 4, SE1⁄4SW1⁄4, and SW1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 19; Sec. 20, SW1⁄4NW1⁄4, SW1⁄4, W1⁄2SE1⁄4, and SE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 27, SW1⁄4SW1⁄4; Sec. 28, SW1⁄4NE1⁄4, NW1⁄4NW1⁄4, S1⁄2NW1⁄4, and S1⁄2; Sec. 29; Sec. 30; Sec. 34, W1⁄2NE1⁄4, SE1⁄4NE1⁄4, N1⁄2NW1⁄4, and NE1⁄4SE1⁄4; Sec. 35, W1⁄2SW1⁄4. T. 22 S., R. 55 E., Sec. 2, lot 4 and SW1⁄4NW1⁄4. The area described contains 3,273.96 acres, according to the official plats of the surveys of the said lands on file with the BLM. As provided in the regulations, the segregation of lands in this notice will not exceed 2 years from the date of publication unless extended for an additional 2 years through publication of a new notice in the Federal Register. The segregation period will terminate E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 200 (Wednesday, October 20, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 58095-58096]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-22777]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLHQ310000.L13100000. PP0000.21X]


Annual Statutorily Required Increase in Filing Fee for Processing 
Fiscal Year 2022; Applications for Permit To Drill

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of fee increase.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hereby updates the filing 
fee for Applications for Permits to Drill (APD) on Federal oil and gas 
leases. The updated APD fee amount is $10,900, reflecting the 
adjustment for inflation as required by statute.

DATES: This updated fee increase takes effect on October 20, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Warren, National Oil and Gas 
Program Lead for Division of Fluid Minerals, Bureau of Land Management, 
Headquarters Office, 301 Dinosaur Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87508; phone 505-
216-8832; email [email protected]. Persons who use a telecommunications 
device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 
1-800-877-8339 to contact Mr. Warren. The FRS is available 24 hours a 
day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question. You will receive a 
reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3021(b) of the National Defense 
Authorization Act of 2015 (Pub. L. 113-291; 30 U.S.C. 191(d)) (the Act) 
directs the BLM to collect a fee for each new APD submitted to the BLM 
for fiscal years (FY) 2016 through 2026 and requires the fee amount to 
be adjusted for inflation. The Act sets the initial fee amount at 
$9,500 as of October 1, 2015, with updated annual fee amounts to be 
indexed for United States dollar inflation from that date as measured 
by the Consumer Price Index. 30 U.S.C. 191(d)(2).
    The updated APD fee as adjusted for inflation will be in the amount 
of $10,900, effective October 20, 2021. This updated fee amount 
reflects an adjustment to the current fee of $10,360 based on the 
percentage change in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' seasonally 
adjusted Consumer Price Index for all goods and all urban consumers 
(CPI-U) for August of the previous calendar year to August of the 
current calendar year, on the business day following its release. The 
seasonally adjusted CPI-U for August 2021 (273.012) is 5.2 percent 
higher than the seasonally adjusted CPI-U for August 2020 (259.511). 
Increasing the 2020 fee of $10,360 by 5.2 percent and rounding the 
product to the nearest $10 produces a 2021 fee of $10,900.
    The source for CPI-U data is the BLS, U.S. Bureau of Labor 
Statistics, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: All Items in 
U.S. City Average [CPIAUCSL], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank 
of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/CPIAUCSL, accessed on 
September 14, 2021.
    The updated filing fee applies to any new APD submitted on BLM Form 
3160-3, including those submitted on leases of Indian minerals, whether 
submitted individually or as part of a

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Master Development Plan. The APD filing fee is non-refundable and is 
required up front for processing an APD, regardless of whether the BLM 
subsequently approves the APD. The filing fee is not required for a 
Notice of Staking. The increase in the filing fee does not change 
Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1 (Onshore Order No. 1) (72 FR 10308 
(2007); 82 FR 2906 (2017)) or its implementation.
    Because the APD fee is established by statute, the BLM has no 
discretion to waive it or accept a reduced amount. If an operator 
submits a new APD without including the full non-refundable filing fee 
of $10,900, the BLM will not log it in, post, process, or consider it 
received until the operator pays the full fee. As of October 20, 2021, 
APDs for which operators submit the previous FY 2021 filing fee of 
$10,360, will not be considered paid until the BLM receives the full FY 
2022 filing fee of $10,900.
    In the event that the operator does not submit the full filing fee, 
the BLM will contact the operator and give the operator 10 business 
days to submit the required amount. The BLM considers an APD filed and 
starts the processing clock that is described in Section III.E. of 
Onshore Order No. 1 only after the operator submits the full filing 
fee. If the operator fails to pay the full filing fee after the 10-day 
notice, the BLM will return the APD along with any partial filing fee 
to the operator. The BLM does not consider an operator's failure to 
submit the APD fee as a deficiency in an APD under Onshore Order No. 1.
    As required by the Act, the APD fee generally applies to all new 
APDs. In some cases, however, an operator's filing of a Form 3160-3 
does not trigger the need to pay the APD fee because it is not a new 
APD. An operator may need to file a Form 3160-3 for administrative 
purposes where the operator must use a replacement well due to 
encountering down-hole problems requiring it to skid the rig a few feet 
on the same well pad. Since the BLM would have previously completed 
most of the work to approve the APD in those circumstances, including 
consultation and environmental work, the filing of an amended Form 
3160-3 in this situation would not represent a new APD, and an 
additional filing fee would not be required.
    If the operator moves the well location at the request of the BLM 
to accomplish agency or resource conservation goals or to accommodate a 
private surface owner request, and the move results in the operator 
filing an amended APD, an additional filing fee is not required for the 
moved well. An example would be a request by the BLM to move a well to 
reduce a cut and fill or loss of habitat. Additionally, if the BLM 
requests an adjustment in the drilling location at the on-site 
inspection or if the operator submits a second Form 3160-3 for the 
purpose of correcting a clerical error, an additional filing fee is not 
required. However, if the operator requests the move and the move 
results in the operator filing a new APD, an additional filing fee is 
required.
    The BLM is not requesting public comment on this fee increase for 
good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(b). Since the authorizing statute does 
not give the BLM discretion to vary the amount of the inflation 
adjustment for the APD fee to reflect any views or suggestions provided 
by commenters, providing an opportunity for public comment on this fee 
increase would serve no purpose.

(Authority: 30 U.S.C. 191(d))

Sheila Mallory,
Acting Chief, Division of Fluid Minerals.
[FR Doc. 2021-22777 Filed 10-19-21; 8:45 am]
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