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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.
MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0057, 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart C, Pollution Prevention and Control, Correction of an Information Collection Request; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-11809
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This is a correction to the May 2, 2008 (73 FR 24308), request for comments. This notice is necessary to correct the hour burden for the requirements in Sec. 250.301(a) in the burden table. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart C, ``Pollution Prevention and Control.''
Extension of Post-Sale Evaluation Period for Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 206
Document Number: E8-11711
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This notice extends by 30 days, the post-sale evaluation period for Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 206. The Minerals Management Service (MMS) will complete evaluating all the bids received in this sale by July 17, 2008. This action is necessary due to the unusually high number of bids received in this lease sale.
Allocation and Disbursement of Royalties, Rentals, and Bonuses-Oil and Gas, Offshore
Document Number: E8-11709
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS proposes to amend the regulations on distribution and disbursement of royalties, rentals, and bonuses to include the allocation and disbursement of revenues from certain leases on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf in accordance with the provisions of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006. The regulations would set forth the formula and methodology for calculating and allocating revenues to the States of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and their eligible political subdivisions. This proposed rule seeks to establish and ensure that the process for implementing the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 provisions and the resulting distribution of revenues is accurate, transparent, and fully complies with our statutory responsibilities.
MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0151 (30 CFR 250, Subpart B) Plans and Information, Extension of a Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-11287
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-20
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 250, Subpart B, Plans and Information, and related documents. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0170 Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP), Revision of a Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-11003
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-16
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 revise an approval of the paperwork requirements that address the MMS's Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) which is a grant program. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these requirements.
MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0057, 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart C, Pollution Prevention and Control, Extension of a Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-9688
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-02
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 C, ``Pollution Prevention and Control.''
Notice of Nominations Received and Proposed Limited Alternative Energy Leases on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and Initiation of Coordination and Consultation; Correction
Document Number: E8-9466
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS published a Notice in the Federal Register on Friday, April 18, 2008 (73 FR 21152), announcing proposed areas of the OCS for limited alternative energy leasing and requesting indications of competitive interest in such proposed lease areas. That original Notice also requested public comment on the areas proposed for limited leasing. This correction Notice corrects the table in the original Notice identifying the proposed lease areas for alternative energy resource data collection and technology testing activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
Major Portion Prices and Due Date for Additional Royalty Payments on Indian Gas Production in Designated Areas Not Associated With an Index Zone
Document Number: E8-9338
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Final regulations for valuing gas produced from Indian leases, published August 10, 1999, require MMS to determine major portion prices and notify industry by publishing the prices in the Federal Register. The regulations also require MMS to publish a due date for industry to pay additional royalty based on the major portion prices. This notice provides the major portion prices for the 12 months of 2006.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request
Document Number: E8-9331
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, we are inviting comments on information collection request (ICR) that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This ICR concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 (CFO). This ICR is titled ``Accounts Receivable Confirmations.''
Notice of Intent To Establish an Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee
Document Number: E8-9248
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is announcing its intent to establish an Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee). The Committee will develop specific recommendations regarding proposed revisions to the existing Indian Oil regulations for oil production from Indian leases, especially the major portion valuation requirement. The Committee will include representatives of parties who would be affected by a final rule. The MMS solicits comments on this initiative and requests interested parties to nominate representatives for membership on the Committee.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Document Number: E8-8595
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-22
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 May 1, 2008 through October 31, 2008. The List of Restricted Joint Bidders published in the Federal Register November 14, 2007, covered the period November 1, 2007 through April 30, 2008.
MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-NEW Lease of Submerged Lands for Alternative Energy Activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS); New Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-8391
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-21
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) for a new approval of the paperwork requirements in new Form MMS-0001, Lease of Submerged Lands for Alternative Energy Activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which is printed within this Federal Register notice. This new form is the instrument that MMS will use to issue a lease on the OCS to conduct data collection and/or technology testing. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burdens associated with the lease form.
Notice of Nominations Received and Proposed Limited Alternative Energy Leases on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and Initiation of Coordination and Consultation
Document Number: E8-8387
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
On November 6, 2007, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) published in the Federal Register (72 FR 214, pp. 62673-62675) a request for information and nominations of areas for leases authorizing alternative energy resource assessment and technology testing activities pursuant to subsection 8(p) of the OCS Lands Act, as amended. We received over 40 nominations of areas for limited leases authorizing such activities relating to wind, wave, and ocean current energy resources on the OCS. The MMS has considered the nominations in light of relevant criteria for proceeding with the issuance of leases. As required by subsection 8(p), MMS must issue such leases on a competitive basis unless we determine after public notice that there is no competitive interest. Subsection 8(p) also requires MMS to coordinate and consult with relevant Federal agencies and affected State and local governments concerning the issuance of OCS alternative energy leases. This Notice provides the required public notice of proposed leases by announcing the nominations that MMS has decided to process as a priority and inquiring as to the existence of any competitive interest in these nominated areas. Also, with this announcement we intend to inform all interested and affected parties of these nominations and invite comments and informationincluding information on environmental issues and concernsthat will be useful in our consideration of the nominated areas for the issuance of limited alternative energy leases.
Incorporate American Petroleum Institute Hurricane Bulletins
Document Number: E8-7777
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The direct final rule will incorporate by reference three American Petroleum Institute hurricane bulletins into MMS's regulations. The three bulletins supplement the American Petroleum Institute's Recommended Practice 2A-WSD, Recommended Practice for Planning, Designing, and Constructing Fixed Offshore PlatformsWorking Stress Design, which contains engineering design principles and good practices for new platforms and assessments of existing platforms. These bulletins are needed to increase survivability during hurricane events by imposing more stringent design and assessment criteria for both new and existing structures located within particular Gulf of Mexico areas. By increasing survivability during hurricane conditions, fewer platforms will be damaged, thereby, protecting critical oil and gas resources and making those resources available after hurricane events.
Outer Continental Shelf Regulations-Technical Corrections
Document Number: E8-7776
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This document makes minor technical changes to regulations that were published in various Federal Register documents and are codified in the Code of Federal Regulations. These changes will correct various citations and typographical errors in 30 CFR parts 250, 270, 281, and 282.
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: E8-7775
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-11
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS has prepared a draft 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), the 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 draft SEIS analyzed the potential environmental effects of oil and natural gas leasing, exploration, development, and production in the ``181 South Area'' and newly available information.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request
Document Number: E8-7448
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-09
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. The previous title of this information collection request (ICR) was ``30 CFR Part 208Sale of Federal Royalty Oil; Sale of Federal Royalty Gas; and Commercial Contracts (Forms MMS-4070, Application for the Purchase of Royalty Oil; MMS-4071, Letter of Credit; and MMS-4072, Royalty-in-Kind Contract Surety Bond).'' The new title of this ICR is ``30 CFR Part 208, RIK Oil and Gas.''
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Alaska OCS Region, North Aleutian Basin, Proposed Oil and Gas Lease Sale 214
Document Number: E8-7091
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This Call for Information and Nominations (hereinafter referred to as ``Call'') and the NOI are the initial information- gathering steps in a process that incorporates planning and analysis for proposed OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sale 214 in the program area of the North Aleutian Basin Planning Area offshore the State of Alaska. The program area is that subarea of the larger North Aleutian Basin Planning Area identified in the OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program, 2007 to 2012, that may be offered in the proposed Sale 214. Readers are cautioned that this announcement is not a commitment to hold a lease sale but rather a continuation of the information-gathering and evaluation process. Simultaneously with this Call, the MMS is giving notice of its intent to prepare an EIS for Sale 214 in the North Aleutian Basin, tentatively scheduled for 2011. The EIS analysis will focus on the potential environmental effects of oil and gas exploration, development, and production in the proposed sale area and its vicinity. This NOI also serves to announce the initiation of the scoping process for this EIS. The MMS will consider comments received in response to this NOI and Call in determining the proposed sale area and the scope of the EIS. The Department of the Interior (DOI) is also inviting other Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments to consider becoming cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS.
Outer Continental Shelf Civil Penalties
Document Number: E8-6687
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-01
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This notice provides a listing of civil penalties paid from January 1, 2007, through December 31, 2007, for violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. The goal of the MMS Outer Continental Shelf Civil Penalties Program is to assure safe and clean operations on the Outer Continental Shelf. Through the pursuit, assessment, and collection of civil penalties and referrals for the consideration of criminal penalties, the program is designed to encourage compliance with applicable statutes and regulations. The purpose of publishing the penalties summary is to provide information to the public on violations of special concern in Outer Continental Shelf operations and to provide an additional incentive for safe and environmentally sound operations.
Reporting Amendments
Document Number: E8-5929
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS is amending existing regulations for reporting production and royalties on oil, gas, coal and other solid minerals, and geothermal resources produced from Federal and Indian leases in order to align the regulations with current MMS business practices. These amendments reflect changes that were implemented as a result of major reengineering of MMS financial systems and other legal requirements.
Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 207 in the Western Planning Area (WPA) in the Gulf of Mexico
Document Number: E8-6012
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS announces the availability of the proposed Notice of Sale for proposed Sale 207 in the WPA. 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.
Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf, Central Planning Area, Oil and Gas Lease Sale 207 (2008) Environmental Assessment
Document Number: E8-6008
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is issuing this notice to advise the public, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., that MMS has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas Lease Sale 207 in the Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Planning Area (WPA) (Lease Sale 207) scheduled for August 2008. The preparation of this EA is an important step in the decision process for Lease Sale 207. The proposal for Lease Sale 207 was identified by the Call for Information and Nominations published in the Federal Register on December 3, 2007, and was analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2007-2012; Western Planning Area Sales 204, 207, 210, 215, and 218; Central Planning Area Sales 205, 206, 208, 213, 216, and 222Final Environmental Impact Statement; Volumes I and II (Multisale EIS, OCS EIS/EA MMS 2007-018). The proposal includes approximately 28.6 million acres offshore Texas and western Louisiana in water up to 10,978 ft (3,346 m) deep. This EA for proposed Lease Sale 207 reexamined the potential environmental effects of offering for lease all unleased blocks in the WPA (excluding unleased whole and partial blocks that are part of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, and whole and partial blocks that lie within the 1.4- nautical mile buffer zone north of the outer continental shelf boundary between the U.S. and Mexico). Alternatives excluded additional blocks in biologically sensitive areas of the western GOM, use of a nomination and tract selection leasing system, and no action. The EA determined that no new information about environmental resources or potential impacts were identified that were not considered in the Multisale EIS. MMS determined that a Supplemental EIS is not required and prepared a Finding of No New Significant Impact (FONNSI).
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Headquarters, Cape Wind Energy Project 2008
Document Number: E8-4700
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service hereby gives notice that it is extending the public comment period for the Cape Wind Energy Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which was published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2008, (Volume 73, No. 13) for an additional 30 days. Please see the Notice of Availability of the DEIS (73 FR 3482) for more detailed information related to the Cape Wind Energy Project. In response to requests for additional time, the MMS will extend the comment period from March 20, 2008, to April 21, 2008. Federal, State, tribal, and local governments and other interested parties are requested to comment on the DEIS. Comments will be accepted through the MMS Web site, by mail or in person at the public hearings as stated below. 1. Electronically using MMS's on-line commenting system at: http:// ocsconnect.mms.gov/pcs-public/. This is the preferred method for commenting. 2. In written form, mailed or delivered to MMS Cape Wind Energy Project, TRC Environmental Corporation, Wannalancit Mills, 650 Suffolk Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854. 3. In person at the public hearings. Public Hearings: The MMS will hold public hearings to receive comments on the DEIS. The public hearings are scheduled as follows: Monday, March 10, 2008 at Mattacheese Middle School Auditorium, 400 Higgins-Crowell Road, West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at Nantucket High School Auditorium, 10 Surfside Road, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Auditorium, 100 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, 5 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2008 at Campus Center Ballroom, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, South Boston, Massachusetts, 6 p.m. Correction: The January 18, 2008, Federal Register Notice indicated that pre-registration would be available prior to the public hearings. There is no pre-registration for the public hearings. Registration for the public hearings will begin one hour before each hearing starts.
Environmental Documents Prepared for Proposed Oil and Gas Operations on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
Document Number: E8-4064
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-3654
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
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 250, subpart I, Platforms and Structures. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Preparation of an Environmental Assessment for the Alternative Energy and Alternate Use Proposed Rule
Document Number: E8-3625
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS is issuing this notice to advise the public, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., that the MMS intends to prepare an EA for the Alternative Energy and Alternate Use (AEAU) proposed rule. The MMS is issuing this notice to facilitate public involvement. The preparation of this EA is an important step in the rulemaking process. An Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in the Federal Register on December 30, 2005. A Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) analyzed the establishment of the MMS AEAU program, of which rulemaking is a component. The Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Alternative Energy Development and Production and Alternate Use of Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf was published on November 6, 2007 (OCS EIS/EA MMS 2007-046).
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Policy Committee; Notice and Agenda for Meeting
Document Number: E8-3288
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The OCS Policy Committee will meet at the Washington Dulles Crowne Plaza Hotel in Herndon, Virginia.
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Pipelines and Pipeline Rights-of-Way; Reopening Public Comment Period
Document Number: E8-3201
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This action reopens the period for submitting comments on the proposed rule published on October 3, 2007. That proposed rule requested comments on the revisions to Outer Continental Shelf pipeline and pipeline rights-of-way regulations. The comment period has been reopened to March 17, 2008. The MMS will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed rule in the Gulf of Mexico Regional Office on February 22, 2008.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-2962
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-19
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 Form MMS-144, ``Rig Movement Notification Report.'' This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Central Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 206
Document Number: E8-2684
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
On March 19, 2008, the MMS will open and publicly announce bids received for blocks offered in Central GOM Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 206, pursuant to the OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331-1356, as amended) and the regulations issued thereunder (30 CFR Part 256). The Final Notice of Sale 206 Package (FNOS 206 Package) contains information essential to bidders, and bidders are charged with the knowledge of the documents contained in the Package.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Eastern Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 224
Document Number: E8-2676
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
On Wednesday, March 19, 2008, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) will open and publicly announce bids received for blocks offered in GOM Eastern Planning Area (EPA) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 224, pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331-1356, as amended), the regulations issued thereunder (30 CFR Part 256), and the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act . The Final Notice of Sale 224 Package (FNOS 224 Package) contains information essential to bidders, and bidders are charged with the knowledge of the documents contained in the Package.
MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0170-Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP), Revision of a Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-2428
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-11
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 Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) State Plan Guidelines. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 gave responsibility to MMS for CIAP by amending section 31 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1356a; Appendix A).
Bonus or Royalty Credits for Relinquishing Certain Leases Offshore Florida
Document Number: E8-1860
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-01
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS proposes to amend its regulations for oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf to implement a mandate in the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006. This proposed rule would (1) provide a credit to lessees who relinquish certain eligible leases in the Gulf of Mexico; (2) define eligible leases as those within 125 miles of the Florida coast in the Eastern Planning Area and certain leases within 100 miles of the Florida coast in the Central Planning Area; and (3) allow lessees to use the credits in lieu of monetary payment for either a lease bonus bid or royalty due on oil and gas production from most other leases in the Gulf of Mexico or to transfer the credits to other Gulf of Mexico lessees for their use.
MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0141 (30 CFR 250, Subpart D) Oil and Gas Drilling Operations, Revision of a Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-1350
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-28
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 250, Subpart D, ``Oil and Gas Drilling Operations,'' and forms MMS-123, MMS-123S, MMS-124, MMS- 125, MMS-133 and MMS-133S.
Cape Wind Energy Project
Document Number: E8-845
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is announcing the availability of a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Cape Wind Energy Project. Cape Wind Associates, LLC (CWA) has requested a lease, easement or right-of-way pursuant to section 8(p) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) (43 U.S.C 1337) as amended, and proposes to construct and operate a wind energy facility on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts. The purpose of the proposed project is to provide a renewable energy facility that utilizes the unique wind resources offshore of New England, using a technology that is currently available, technically feasible, and economically viable. The project ostensibly is designed to interconnect with and deliver electricity to the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) grid, making a substantial contribution to enhancing the region's electrical reliability and achieving renewable energy requirements under the Massachusetts and regional renewable portfolio standards (RPS). The draft EIS is intended to inform the public of the proposed action and alternatives, including the ``no action'' alternative; address public comment received during the scoping period; analyze the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental effects of the proposed action and each of the reasonable alternatives; and provide information to support decision-making. The MMS invites comment on the draft EIS.
List of Programs Eligible for Inclusion in Fiscal Year 2008 Funding Agreements To Be Negotiated With Self-Governance Tribes
Document Number: E8-766
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This notice lists programs or portions of programs that are eligible for inclusion in Fiscal Year 2008 funding agreements with self-governance tribes and lists programmatic targets.
Royalty-in-Kind (RIK) Eligible Refiner, Determination of Need
Document Number: E8-624
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service (MMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, is requesting written comments from interested parties, particularly refiners who qualify under the RIK eligible refiner program, regarding their experiences in the crude oil marketplace. Specifically, we are interested in eligible refiners' experiences in gaining access to adequate supplies of crude oil at equitable prices. This Determination of Need process will assist the Secretary of the Interior in deciding whether or not to continue with sales of Federal Government royalty crude oil under the RIK eligible refiner program.
MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0041 (30 CFR 250, Subpart K) Oil and Gas Production Rates, Extension of a Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-616
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-15
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 250, Subpart K, Oil and Gas Production Rates.
Record of Decision for the Final “Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Alternative Energy Development and Production and Alternate Use of Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf”
Document Number: E8-210
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
MMS prepared the ROD for the establishment of an alternative energy and alternate use (AEAU) program on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), as authorized by Section 388 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), and codified in subsection 8(p) of the OCS Lands Act. In accordance with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the MMS is announcing the availability of this ROD. The decision is to select the Preferred Alternative described in the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This decision establishes an AEAU program for the issuance of leases, easements and rights-of-way (ROW) for alternative energy activities and the alternate use of structures on the OCS and the promulgation of regulations to govern the program. Selection of the Preferred Alternative also provides MMS the option to authorize individual projects on a case-by-case basis before promulgation of the final rule. The Director, MMS signed the ROD on December 21, 2007.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Chukchi Sea Alaska, Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193
Document Number: 07-6226
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-02
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service (mms), Minerals Management Service
The MMS will hold OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193 on February 6, 2008, in accordance with provisions of the OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331-1356, as amended), the implementing regulations (30 CFR 256), and the OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program 2007-2012.
Notice and Agenda for Meeting of the Royalty Policy Committee
Document Number: E7-25081
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This notice announces the January 17, 2008, meeting of the Royalty Policy Committee (RPC). Agenda items for the meeting of the RPC will include remarks from the Director, MMS, and the Associate Director, Minerals Revenue Management (MRM), as well as updates from the Subcommittee on Royalty Management and the Coal and Indian Oil Valuation Subcommittees. The RPC membership includes representation from states, Indian Tribes, various mineral interests, the public-at- large (with knowledge and interest in royalty issues), and other Federal departments.