Minerals Management Service June 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0041 Oil and Gas Production Rates, Extension of a Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-14768
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 250, subpart K, Oil and Gas Production Rates, and related documents. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Environmental Documents Prepared for Proposed Oil and Gas Operations on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
Document Number: E8-14655
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Minerals Management Service (MMS), in accordance with Federal Regulations that implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), announces the availability of NEPA-related Site-Specific Environmental Assessments (SEA) and Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI), prepared by MMS for the following oil and gas activities proposed on the Gulf of Mexico OCS.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Document Number: E8-14654
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
On April 22, 2008, pursuant to the authority vested in the Director of the Minerals Management Service by the joint bidding provisions of 30 CFR 256.41, as a matter of information to the public, the MMS published in the Federal Register the current List of Restricted Bidders. Under this authority, MMS determined that each entity within one of the following groups is restricted from bidding with any entity in any other of the following groups at Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease sales to be held during the bidding period May 1, 2008 through October 31, 2008. We inadvertently omitted a new group, ``Group IX.,'' that shall be restricted from bidding with any entity in any other group of restricted bidders during this bidding period. The corrected List of Restricted Joint Bidders is provided below and is effective as of the date of the previous Federal Register publication, April 22, 2008.
MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0059, Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems, Extension of an Information Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-13663
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), MMS is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 250, subpart H, ``Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems.''
Open and Nondiscriminatory Movement of Oil and Gas as Required by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Document Number: E8-13654
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-06-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is promulgating new regulations that establish a process for a shipper transporting oil or gas production from Federal leases on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to follow if it believes it has been denied open and nondiscriminatory access to pipelines on the OCS. The rule provides MMS with tools to ensure that pipeline companies provide open and nondiscriminatory access to their pipelines.
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Requirements for Subsurface Safety Valve Equipment
Document Number: E8-13223
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-06-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS proposes to incorporate the Eleventh Edition of the American Petroleum Institute's Specification for Subsurface Safety Valve Equipment (API Spec 14A), into the regulations. The rule also proposes that lessees and operators provide supporting design verification information for subsurface safety valves intended for use in high pressure high temperature environments. The MMS proposes to incorporate the Eleventh Edition of API Spec 14A because it updated the design validation and functional testing requirements, incorporated new design changes, and corrected ambiguous areas open to misinterpretation. These proposed changes would ensure that lessees and operators use the best available and safest technologies while operating in the Outer Continental Shelf.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request
Document Number: E8-12817
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 part CFR 218, regarding (1) Cross-lease netting in calculation of late-payment interest; (2) designating a designee; and (3) recoupment of overpayments on Indian oil and gas leases. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of the regulatory requirements. We shortened the title of this ICR to meet OMB requirements. The new title of this information collection request (ICR) is ``30 CFR Part 218, Collection of Monies Due the Federal Government.'' The form associated with this collection is Form MMS-4425, Designation Form for Royalty Payment Responsibility.
MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0072 Prospecting for Minerals other than Oil, Gas and Sulphur in the Outer Continental Shelf, Extension of an Information Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-12809
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), MMS is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 280, ``Prospecting for Minerals Other than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur on the Outer Continental Shelf.''
Notice of the Annual Price Threshold Determination
Document Number: E8-12225
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-02
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This notice provides the official MMS documentation of which Gulf of Mexico price thresholds have been exceeded by annual market prices for oil or gas, by lease vintage, for calendar year 2007. This notice also explains in detail how MMS calculates the annual oil and gas prices and applicable price thresholds used to determine whether royalty relief applies in calendar year 2007 for our various deepwater and deep depth royalty relief programs.