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

Revisions to Subpart A-General; Subpart I-Platforms and Structures; and Subpart J-Pipelines and Pipeline Rights-of-Way
Document Number: E8-25720
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS is amending its regulations to require lessees, lease operators, and pipeline right-of-way holders to submit a report if a facility or pipeline is damaged by a hurricane or other natural phenomena. The final rule also requires operators to provide assessment information on the structural integrity of Outer Continental Shelf platforms; information on the use of unbonded flexible pipe for pipelines; and additional information when installing pipeline risers on floating platforms. The rule also incorporates an industry-developed standard concerning the in-service inspection of mooring hardware for floating drilling units. These changes will allow MMS to better regulate the safety of the oil and gas infrastructure, and to promptly assess damage resulting from hurricanes or other natural phenomena.
Royalty Relief for Deepwater Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases-Conforming Regulations to Court Decision
Document Number: E8-25815
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
MMS is delaying until December 8, 2008, 60 days from the date of publication, the effective date of a rule that will conform the regulations at 30 CFR parts 203 and 260 to the Federal Court's decision in Santa Fe Snyder Corp. v. Norton, 385 F.3d 884 (5th Cir. 2004). This delay of effective date is necessary to comply with the Congressional review provisions of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq. (the Congressional Review Act).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request
Document Number: E8-25582
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. We changed the title to meet OMB requirements. The previous title of this information collection request (ICR) was ``30 CFR part 227Delegation to States; 30 CFR part 228Cooperative Activities with States and Indian Tribes; and 30 CFR part 229Delegation to States.'' The new title is ``30 CFR parts 227, 228, and 229, Delegated and Cooperative Activities with States and Indian Tribes.''
Outer Continental Shelf Official Protraction Diagrams
Document Number: E8-25446
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Notice is hereby given that effective with this publication, the following NAD 83-based Outer Continental Shelf Official Protraction Diagrams (for Alaska), and NAD 27-based Outer Continental Shelf Official Protraction Diagrams (for the Gulf of Mexico), with revision dates as indicated, are now available. The Minerals Management Service in accordance with its authority and responsibility under Title 43, Code of Federal Regulations, is updating the basic record used for the description of oil and gas, mineral, and alternative energy lease sales in the geographic areas they represent.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Scientific Committee (SC); Announcement of Plenary Session
Document Number: E8-25399
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The OCS Scientific Committee will meet at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks in Fairfax, Virginia.
MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-00570, Pollution Prevention and Control, Extension of a Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-25047
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-22
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 C, Pollution Prevention and Control and related documents. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Document Number: E8-23976
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Pursuant to the authority vested in the Director of the Minerals Management Service by the joint bidding provisions of 30 CFR 256.41, each entity within one of the following groups shall be 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 November 1, 2008 through April 30, 2009. The List of Restricted Joint Bidders published in the Federal Register April 22, 2008, and the correction published in the Federal Register on June 27, 2008, covered the period May 1, 2008 through October 31, 2008.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Central Planning Area (CPA) in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), Oil and Gas Lease Sale 213 in 2010
Document Number: E8-23975
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This Call for Information and Nominations (hereinafter referred to as the ``Call'') is the initial step in the prelease process. The purpose of the Call is to gather information on oil and gas leasing, exploration, and development that might result from an OCS oil and gas lease sale tentatively scheduled in early 2010. The purpose of the NOP is to announce MMS's intent to prepare an EA for CPA Sale 213.
Reporting Amendments
Document Number: E8-23788
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS published a final rule in the Federal Register on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 (73 FR 15885), announcing amendments to existing regulations for reporting production and royalties on oil, gas, coal and other solid minerals, and geothermal resources produced from Federal and Indian leases. This docutment corrects the final rule, which contained a clerical error in the tables identifying OMB-approved information collections and their corresponding forms.
Royalty Relief for Deepwater Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases-Conforming Regulations to Court Decision
Document Number: E8-23290
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This rule amends 30 CFR parts 203 and 260 to conform the regulations to the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Santa Fe Snyder Corp., et al. v. Norton. That decision found that certain provisions of the MMS regulations interpreting section 304 of the Deep Water Royalty Relief Act are contrary to the requirements of the statute. MMS will determine lessees' royalty under leases subject to Deep Water Royalty Relief Act section 304, for both past and future periods, in a manner consistent with the Fifth Circuit's decision in the Santa Fe Snyder case and this rule.
Gulf of Mexico (GOM), Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Central Planning Area (CPA) and Western Planning Area (WPA), Oil and Gas Lease Sales for Years 2009-2012
Document Number: E8-23372
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS has prepared a SEIS on oil and gas lease sales tentatively scheduled in 2009-2012 in the CPA and WPA offshore the States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. As mandated in the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (GOMESA) (Pub. L. 109- 432, December 20, 2006), MMS shall offer, as soon as practicable, approximately 5.8 million acres located in the southeastern part of the CPA (``181 South Area''). The CPA Sale 208 (March 2009) will be the first sale to include the ``181 South Area.'' The SEIS analyzed newly available information for the potential environmental effects of oil and natural gas leasing, exploration, development, and production in the ``181 South Area.''
Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 208 in the Central Planning Area (CPA) in the Gulf of Mexico
Document Number: E8-23369
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS announces the availability of the proposed Notice of Sale for proposed Sale 208 in the CPA. This Notice is published pursuant to 30 CFR 256.29(c) as a matter of information to the public. With regard to oil and gas leasing on the OCS, the Secretary of the Interior, pursuant to section 19 of the OCS Lands Act, provides the affected States the opportunity to review the proposed Notice. The proposed Notice sets forth the proposed terms and conditions of the sale, including minimum bids, royalty rates, and rentals.
List of Programs Eligible for Inclusion in Fiscal Year 2009 Funding Agreements To Be Negotiated With Self-Governance Tribes
Document Number: E8-23175
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-01
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This notice lists programs or portions of programs that are eligible for inclusion in Fiscal Year 2009 funding agreements with self-governance tribes and lists programmatic targets according to section 405(c)(4) of the Tribal Self-Governance Act.