Bureau of Land Management November 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Previously Issued Oil and Gas Leases in the White River National Forest, CO
Document Number: 2016-28807
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Record of Decision (ROD) based on the analysis in the ``Previously Issued Oil and Gas Leases in the White River National Forest Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).'' That EIS addressed the treatment of 65 previously issued oil and gas leases on lands within the White River National Forest (WRNF). By this notice the BLM is announcing the availability of the ROD. On November 17, 2016, the BLM Colorado State Director signed and the Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior approved the ROD.
Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision Adopting U.S. Forest Service's Final Environmental Impact Statement for Oil and Gas Leasing on Lands Administered by the White River National Forest, CO
Document Number: 2016-28806
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) adopting the Final United States Forest Service's (USFS) ``White River National Forest Oil and Gas Leasing Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS),'' which identifies the lands available for oil and gas leasing in the White River National Forest, including stipulations to protect surface resources.
Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendments for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project, Oregon
Document Number: 2016-28691
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and proposed Land Use Plan (LUP) Amendments for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (Project) and by this notice is announcing its availability. The Final EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of granting a right-of-way to Idaho Power Company to construct and operate a 300 mile long high-voltage alternating-current transmission line.
Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Roan Plateau Planning Area Resource Management Plan Amendment and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Colorado
Document Number: 2016-28519
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment for the Roan Plateau planning area in Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties, Colorado. The BLM Director signed the ROD on November 16, 2016, which constitutes the final decision of the BLM and makes the Approved RMP effective immediately.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Bruneau-Owyhee Sage-Grouse Habitat Project, Owyhee County, Idaho
Document Number: 2016-28236
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the proposed Bruneau-Owyhee Sage-Grouse Habitat (BOSH) Project and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period.
Notice of Application for Withdrawal and Notification of Public Meeting; Montana
Document Number: 2016-28052
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The United States Forest Service (USFS) has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requesting that the Secretary of the Interior withdraw, for a 20-year term, approximately 30,370 acres of National Forest System lands from location and entry under the United States mining laws, but not from leasing under mineral and geothermal laws. The purpose of the withdrawal is to protect and preserve the scenic integrity, important wildlife corridors, and high quality recreation values of the Emigrant Crevice area located in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Park County, Montana. Publication of this notice temporarily segregates the lands for up to 2 years from location and entry under the United States mining laws while the withdrawal application is being processed. The lands have been and will remain open to such forms of disposition as may be allowed by law on National Forest System lands, and to leasing under the mineral and geothermal leasing laws. This notice also gives the public an opportunity to comment on the withdrawal application, and announces the date, time and location of the public meeting.
Notice of Proposed Withdrawal and Notice of Public Meeting; California
Document Number: 2016-27869
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
On behalf of the National Park Service (NPS) and subject to valid existing rights, the Secretary of the Interior proposes to withdraw approximately 22,462 acres of public lands for 20 years from all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws; from location, entry, and patent under the United States mining laws; and from disposition under all laws pertaining to mineral and geothermal leasing, and mineral materials, and all amendments thereto and to transfer administrative jurisdiction over such lands from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to the NPS for administration as part of Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP). This notice temporarily segregates the lands for up to 2 years, gives the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed withdrawal application, and announces the date and time of a public meeting.
Notice of Realty Action: Application for Conveyance of Federally Owned Mineral Interests in Lee County, FL
Document Number: 2016-27868
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is processing an application under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), to convey the undivided phosphate mineral interest owned by the United States in 160 acres located in Lee County, Florida, to the surface owner, Stonewater II, LLC, a Michigan Limited Liability Company. The fair market value of the phosphate mineral interest has been determined to be $4,000.
Filing of Plats of Survey; NV
Document Number: 2016-27764
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The purpose of this notice is to inform the public and interested State and local government officials of the filing of Plats of Survey in Nevada.
Filing of Plats of Survey: Oregon/Washington
Document Number: 2016-27763
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The plats of survey of the following described lands are scheduled to be officially filed in the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Office, Portland, Oregon, 30 days from the date of this publication.
Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation
Document Number: 2016-27637
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is promulgating new regulations to reduce waste of natural gas from venting, flaring, and leaks during oil and natural gas production activities on onshore Federal and Indian (other than Osage Tribe) leases. The regulations also clarify when produced gas lost through venting, flaring, or leaks is subject to royalties, and when oil and gas production may be used royalty-free on-site. These regulations replace the existing provisions related to venting, flaring, and royalty-free use of gas contained in the 1979 Notice to Lessees and Operators of Onshore Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases, Royalty or Compensation for Oil and Gas Lost (NTL- 4A), which are over 3 decades old.
Notice of Public Meeting, Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council Meeting
Document Number: 2016-27636
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below.
Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Measurement of Gas
Document Number: 2016-25410
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
This final rule updates and replaces Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 5 (Order 5) with a new regulation codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Like Order 5, this rule establishes minimum standards for accurate measurement and proper reporting of all gas removed or sold from Federal and Indian (except the Osage Tribe) leases, units, unit participating areas (PAs), and areas subject to communitization agreements (CAs). It provides a system for production accountability by operators, lessees, purchasers, and transporters. This rule establishes overall gas measurement performance standards and includes, among other things, requirements for the hardware and software related to gas metering equipment and reporting and recordkeeping. This rule also identifies certain specific acts of noncompliance that may result in an immediate assessment and provides a process for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to consider variances from the requirements of this rule.
Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Site Security
Document Number: 2016-25407
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
This final rule replaces Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 3, Site Security (Order 3), with new regulations codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The final rule establishes minimum standards for oil and gas facility site security, and includes provisions to ensure that oil and gas produced from Federal and Indian (except Osage Tribe) oil and gas leases are properly and securely handled, so as to ensure accurate measurement, production accountability, and royalty payments, and to prevent theft and loss. The BLM developed this rule based on the proposed rule that was published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2015, and tribal and public comments the BLM received on the proposed rule. This rule strengthens the BLM's policies governing production verification and accountability by updating and replacing the existing requirements of Order 3 to address changes in technology and industry practices that have occurred in the 25 years since Order 3 was issued, and to respond to recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) with respect to the BLM's production verification efforts. Like the proposed rule, the final rule addresses Facility Measurement Points (FMPs), site facility diagrams, the use of seals, bypasses around meters, documentation, recordkeeping, commingling, off- lease measurement, the reporting of incidents of unauthorized removal or mishandling of oil and condensate, and immediate assessments for certain acts of noncompliance. The final rule also establishes a process for the BLM to consider variances from the requirements of the final regulation. Some of the key changes from the proposed rule that are incorporated into the final rule include: Additional exemptions from the final rule's commingling requirements; a streamlined FMP application and approval process; simplified site facility diagram submissions; and clarifications to tank gauging procedures and frequency. The BLM believes that this final rule, as well as the final rules to update and replace Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 4 (Order 4), related to measurement of oil, and Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 5 (Order 5), related to measurement of gas enhance the BLM's overall production verification and accountability program.
Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Measurement of Oil
Document Number: 2016-25405
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
This final rule updates and replaces Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 4, Measurement of Oil (Order 4) with new regulations codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It establishes minimum standards for the measurement of oil produced from Federal and Indian (except Osage Tribe) leases to ensure that production is accurately measured and properly accounted for.
Filing of Plats of Survey, Wyoming
Document Number: 2016-27445
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is scheduled to file plats of survey thirty (30) calendar days from the date of this publication in the BLM Wyoming State Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming. The surveys were executed at the request of the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service and are necessary for the management of these lands. The lands surveyed are: The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the west boundary, Tracts 37, 38 and 40, portions of Tract 41, and portions of the subdivisional lines, and the survey of the subdivision of section 27, Township 13 North, Range 101 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 937, was accepted November 8, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the west and north boundaries, and portions of the subdivisional lines, and the survey of the subdivision of section 6, Township 26 North, Range 71 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 941, was accepted November 8, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of portions of Tracts 37 and 38, and portions of the subdivisional lines, and the survey of the subdivision of sections 12, 26 and 27, Township 26 North, Range 72 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 942, was accepted November 8, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the west boundary and subdivisional lines, the survey of the subdivision of section 18, and the survey of the meanders of portions of the left bank of Belle Fourche River, Township 53 North, Range 65 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 945, was accepted November 8, 2016. The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the subdivisional lines and the survey of the subdivision of sections 12 and 13, Township 53 North, Range 66 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 945, was accepted November 8, 2016.
Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; Colorado
Document Number: 2016-27270
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado State Office is publishing this notice to inform the public of the official filing of the survey plat listed below. The plat will be available for viewing in the BLM Colorado State Office.
Notice of Emergency Temporary Closure of Public Lands in Benton County, Oregon
Document Number: 2016-27168
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Notice is hereby given that an emergency closure is in effect on public lands administered by the Marys Peak Field Office, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to provide for public health and safety during operations of the Fall-Cole Timber Sale.
Notice of the 2016 Oil and Gas Lease Sale in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska and Notice of Availability of the Detailed Statement of Sale for the 2016 Oil and Gas Lease Sale in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska
Document Number: 2016-27059
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Alaska State Office hereby notifies the public that it will hold an oil and gas lease sale bid opening for tracts in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The United States reserves the right to withdraw any tract from this sale prior to issuance of a written acceptance of a bid.
Notice of Public Meeting for the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2016-27038
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC) will meet as indicated below:
Notice of Realty Action: Classification of Lands for Recreation and Public Purposes Act Lease for the Vulture Mountains Cooperative Recreation Management Area in Maricopa County, Arizona
Document Number: 2016-26942
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has examined and found suitable for classification for lease to the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department (MCPRD) under the provisions of the Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.), approximately 1,046.24 acres of public land in Maricopa County, Arizona. The MCPRD proposes to use the land for recreation purposes. Related improvements include picnic and camping facilities, restrooms, trailheads, developed day use facilities, and parking.
Road Closure and Restrictions on Public Lands in Fremont County, CO
Document Number: 2016-26819
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Notice is hereby given that a two-year motor vehicle closure is in effect for a one-quarter mile section of the Point Barr Road (BLM 5969), located on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office. The motorized vehicle road closure is needed to protect the public and property due to unsafe road conditions. The public is permitted to use this road during the closure period without the use of a motorized vehicle. Access by foot, horse or bicycle travel is allowed. Heavy rains and flash flooding in late summer 2015 caused a constructed road retention wall to fail, making this and other portions of the road unsafe for motorized vehicle traffic.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan for the Redding and Arcata Field Offices and an Associated Environmental Impact Statement, California
Document Number: 2016-26817
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Redding and Arcata Field Offices intend to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) known as the Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan with an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. The RMP will replace the existing Redding Resource Management Plan (1993) and Arcata Resource Area Resource Management Plan (1992).
Notice of Public Meeting for the Coastal Oregon Resource Advisory Council
Document Number: 2016-26811
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Coastal Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below:
Proposed Supplementary Rules for Fort Ord National Monument, California
Document Number: 2016-26457
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The California State Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to establish new supplementary rules related to dog management and public safety on public lands at Fort Ord National Monument (FONM), California. Furthermore, these proposed rules would clarify some of the existing restrictions that have been in place on the FONM since 1996. These proposed rules are consistent with the national monument proclamation of 2012 (i.e., Proclamation 8803), and the BLM's 2007 Resource Management Plan.
Notice of Resource Advisory Council Meeting for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council
Document Number: 2016-26505
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Dominguez- Escalante National Conservation Area (NCA) Advisory Council (Council) will meet as indicated below.
Notice of Amended Proposed Withdrawal and Notice of Public Meetings; Oregon; Correction
Document Number: 2016-26459
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-02
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
This notice corrects a notice that was published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2016 (81 FR 67377), which misidentified the Department of the Interior official who approved an amendment to a previously filed withdrawal application.