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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-19514
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-20
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 part 203, ``Relief or Reduction in Royalty Rates.'' This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-19513
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-20
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 part 254, ``Oil-Spill Response Requirements for Facilities Located Seaward of the Coast Line.'' This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Western and Central Gulf of Mexico, Oil and Gas Lease Sales for Years 2007-2012
Document Number: E6-19486
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on tentatively scheduled 2007-2012 oil and gas leasing proposals in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico (GOM), off the States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
5-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Programs for 2002-2007 and 2007-2012; OCS Lease Sale 201 and Proposed Lease Sale 205, Central Gulf of Mexico; Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for 5-Year Leasing Program for 2007-2012
Document Number: 06-9192
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
On October 24, 2006, the Department of Interior/MMS and the State of Louisiana announced the settlement of the case of Blanco, et al., v. Burton, et al. The District Court approved the settlement and dismissed the case on October 24, 2006. As a result of the settlement agreement, the MMS proposes to expand Lease Sale 205, scheduled in the Proposed 5-Year Program for 2007-2012 and accompanying Draft EIS, from the currently proposed program area (Map 1) to include all available acreage in the Central Gulf of Mexico Planning Area as proposed in the new program for subsequent Central Gulf sales (Map 2). The MMS is providing a 45-day comment period to specifically address this proposed change. The earlier comment periods on the Proposed 5-Year Program and Draft EIS, remain as announced on August 25, 2006. The comment period on the Program closes on November 24, 2006, and on the Draft EIS on November 22, 2006.
Environmental Documents Prepared for Proposed Oil and Gas Operations on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
Document Number: E6-18731
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-07
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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request
Document Number: E6-18667
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-06
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 information collection request (ICR) is titled ``Training and Outreach Evaluation.'' The form associated with this collection is Form MMS-4420A-F, Training and Outreach Evaluation.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request
Document Number: E6-18665
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-06
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 information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 216, subpart B. The title of this ICR is 30 CFR 216.57 Stripper Royalty Rate Reduction Notification. The form associated with this ICR is Form MMS- 4377, Stripper Royalty Rate Reduction Notification.
Notice and Agenda for Meeting of the Royalty Policy Committee
Document Number: E6-18372
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Agenda items for the meeting of the Royalty Policy Committee (RPC) will include remarks from the Director, MMS, and the Associate Director, Minerals Revenue Management (MRM), as well as updates from the following subcommittees: Coal, Federal Oil and Gas Valuation, and Oil and Gas Royalty Reporting. The RPC membership includes representatives from states, Indian tribes, individual Indian mineral owner organizations, minerals industry associations, the general public, and other Federal departments.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Beaufort Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale 202
Document Number: 06-8915
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Alaska OCS, Beaufort Sea; Notice of Availability of the proposed Notice of Sale for proposed Oil and Gas Lease Sale 202 in the Beaufort Sea. 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. The proposed Notice of Sale for Sale 202 and a ``Proposed Sale Notice Package'' containing information essential to potential bidders may be obtained by mail from the Alaska OCS Region, Information Resource Center, Minerals Management Service, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503-5823. Telephone: (907) 334-5200 or 1-800-764-2627. Certain documents may be viewed and downloaded from the MMS World Wide Web site at http://www.mms.gov/alaska. The final Notice of Sale will be published in the Federal Register at least 30 days prior to the date of bid opening. Bid opening is currently scheduled for March 28, 2007.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-17538
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-20
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 Part 210Forms and Reports, regarding Form MMS-2014, Report of Sales and Royalty Remittance. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-17514
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-19
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) for a new approval of the paperwork requirements that address the narrative portion only of MMS's Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) which is a grant program. 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). This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Notice of Additional Information for a Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Proposed 5-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2007-2012
Document Number: E6-17243
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Pursuant to the regulations implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), the Minerals Management Service (MMS) announced Public Hearings to solicit comments on the Draft EIS for the Proposed 2007-2012 OCS Oil and Gas 5-Year Leasing Program in the Federal Register notice on September 26, 2006. The notice did not include specific information on place and time for the Public Hearing in Norfolk, Virginia. That specific information is now attached below. Statements, both oral and written, will be received at the hearing. Persons wishing to speak may be put on the speakers' list by the MMS contact listed below in advance of the public hearing or may sign up at the hearing. Time limits may be set on oral testimony to allow time for all speakers to participate.
Chukchi Sea Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193 and Seismic Surveying Activities in the Chukchi Sea
Document Number: E6-17242
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The purpose of the proposed Federal action addressed in this DEIS (OCS EIS/EA MMS 2006-060) is to offer for lease areas in the Chukchi Sea Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that might contain economically recoverable oil and gas resources. This lease sale would provide qualified bidders the opportunity to bid on certain blocks in the Chukchi Sea OCS to gain conditional rights to explore, develop, and produce oil and natural gas. This DEIS is the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis to enable the Minerals Management Service (MMS) to make informed decisions on the configuration of the lease sale and the applicable mitigation measures. In the DEIS, the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of the sale, including estimated exploration and development and production activities related to the sale, on the physical, biological, and human environments in the Chukchi Sea area are analyzed. The DEIS also provides NEPA evaluation for exploration activities in the Chukchi Sea, including seismic survey geophysical permitting (30 CFR 251), ancillary activities (30 CFR 250.207), and exploration plans (30 CFR 250.214). In addition, the DEIS will provide NEPA documentation for the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) possible issuance of Incidental Harassment Authorizations to the seismic-survey industry to take marine mammals by harassment, incidental to conducting prelease and ancillary on-lease oil and gas seismic surveys in the Chukchi Sea. To address its NEPA responsibilities, the NMFS agreed to become a cooperating agency (as that term is defined in 40 CFR 1501.6) and proposes to adopt the DEIS as authorized by 40 CFR 1506.3 as its own NEPA statement.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-16305
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-03
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 will be submitted 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 L, Oil and Gas Production Measurement, Surface Commingling, and Security.''
Coastal Impact Assistance Program Guidelines
Document Number: E6-16090
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is issuing this notice to advise the public of the availability of guidelines for the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP). The guidelines are an important step in the formulation of CIAP.
Notice of Public Hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed 5-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2007-2012
Document Number: 06-8267
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Pursuant to the regulations implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), the Minerals Management Service (MMS) will hold Public Hearings to solicit comments on the Draft EIS for the Proposed 2007-2012 OCS Oil and Gas 5-Year Leasing Program, as announced in the Federal Register notifying the availability of the Draft EIS on August 25, 2006. Statements, both oral and written, will be received at the venues listed below. Persons wishing to speak may be put on the speakers' list by the MMS contacts in advance of the specific public hearing or may sign up at the hearing. Time limits may be set on oral testimony to allow time for all speakers to participate. The following Public Hearings are planned for the DEIS.
Alaska Region, Outer Continental Shelf, Beaufort Sea Planning Area, Oil and Gas Lease Sale 202 (2007)
Document Number: E6-14745
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service has prepared an environmental assessment and a Finding of No New Significant Impact for the proposed Alaska Region Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Beaufort Sea Planning Area Lease Sale 202. In this EA, OCS EIS/EA MMS 2006-001, MMS reexamined the potential environmental effects of the proposed action and its alternatives based on any new information regarding potential impacts and issues that were not available at the time the Alaska Region OCS Beaufort Sea Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sales 186, 195, and 202, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Volumes I through IV (multiple- sale EIS) was completed in February 2003.
Service of Official Correspondence
Document Number: E6-14368
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This rule will establish updated procedures for businesses to use when supplying the Minerals Management Service (MMS) with their control information. Because the existing rule contains obsolete procedures, MMS is not receiving updated contact information that it needs to be able to send important correspondence to companies.
Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: E6-14073
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Request for Comments on the Proposed 5-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2007-2012
Document Number: 06-7128
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service requests comments on the Proposed 5-Year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2007-2012. This is the second draft of a new program to succeed the current program that expires on June 30, 2007. The first proposalthe draft proposed programwas issued in February for a 60-day comment period that closed on April 11, 2006. Section 18 of the OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344) specifies a multi- step process of consultation and analysis that must be completed before the Secretary of the Interior may approve a new 5-year program. The required steps following this notice include the development of a proposed final program and Secretarial approval. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the MMS also will publish a Final EIS for the new 5-year program.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-13383
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-16
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 256, ``Leasing of Sulphur or Oil and Gas in the Outer Continental Shelf.''
Implementation of the Geothermal Sections of the Energy Policy Act of 2005; Public Meeting
Document Number: 06-6888
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
A public meeting is being held by the Bureau of Land Management and the Minerals Management Service to receive comments from the public and industry related to the two sets of draft rules that were written in response to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which mandated comprehensive changes to leasing and royalty policies to encourage geothermal energy use without imposing additional administrative burdens on industry or governmental agencies.
Environmental Documents Prepared for Proposed Oil and Gas Operations on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
Document Number: E6-13210
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-14
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.
Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment, Arctic Ocean Continental Shelf Seismic Surveys-2006
Document Number: E6-13208
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has prepared a final programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) for proposed seismic surveys in the Arctic Ocean Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in 2006. In this PEA, OCS EIS/EA MMS 2006-038, MMS examined the potential environmental effects of the proposed action and its alternatives. Based on MMS's examination in the draft PEA of the potential impacts associated with the Proposed Action and review of comments received from the public and agencies, Alternative 6 (Seismic Surveys for Geophysical Exploration Activities would be Permitted with Existing Alaska OCS Geological and Geophysical Exploration Stipulations and Guidelines and Additional Protective Measures for Marine Mammals, including a 180/190 dB Specified-Exclusion Zone) is MMS's Selected Alternative. The Selected Alternative and the incorporated mitigation measures fulfill MMS's statutory mission and responsibilities and the stated purpose and need for the Proposed Action (to issue geophysical exploration permits for seismic surveys that are technically safe and environmentally sound) while considering environmental, technical, and economic factors. By incorporating mitigation measures into the Selected Alternative and designating them as permit stipulations and/or conditions of approval, MMS has determined that no significant adverse effects (40 CFR 1508.27) on the quality of the human environment would occur from the Selected Alternative. Therefore, an environmental impact statement is not required and MMS has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The National Marine Fisheries Service was a cooperating agency on the PEA.
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and Oil-Spill Response Requirements for Facilities Located Seaward of the Coast Line-Change in Reference to Official Title
Document Number: 06-6884
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
MMS is changing the title ``District Supervisor'' to ``District Manager'' in regulations to make them consistent with a change in the title within MMS.
Geothermal Valuation
Document Number: 06-6219
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-07-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS is proposing new regulations implementing the provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) governing the payment of royalty on geothermal resources produced from Federal leases and the payment of direct use fees in lieu of royalties. The EPAct provisions amend the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 (GSA). The new regulations would amend the current MMS geothermal royalty valuation regulations and simplify the royalty calculations for geothermal resources for leases issued under the EPAct and leases whose terms are modified under the EPAct. The new regulations would also amend various related provisions in the MMS rules.
Oil, Gas, and Sulphur Operations and Leasing in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)-Recovery of Costs Related to the Regulation of Oil and Gas Activities on the OCS
Document Number: E6-11405
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-07-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
MMS is implementing regulations which impose new fees to process certain plans, applications, and permits. The service fees will offset MMS's costs of processing these plans, applications, and permits.
Outer Continental Shelf, Headquarters, Cape Wind Offshore Wind Development 2007
Document Number: E6-11259
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service hereby gives notice that it is extending the public comment period for written scoping comments on the Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for the Proposed Cape Wind Project which was published in the Federal Register on May 30, 2006, (71 FR 30693). In response to requests for additional time, MMS will extend the comment period from July 14, 2006, to July 28, 2006. Federal, State, tribal, and local governments and other interested parties are requested to send their written comments on the scope of the EIS, significant issues that should be addressed, and potential alternatives and mitigating measures. Written comments will be accepted by mail or through the MMS Web site noted below. Comments are due no later than July 28, 2006. Mailed comments should be enclosed in an envelope labeled, ``Comments on the Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS on the Cape Wind Project.'' Mail written comments to: Minerals Management Service, 381 Elden Street, MS 4042, Herndon, Virginia 20170. The MMS will also accept written comments submitted on our electronic public commenting system. This system can be accessed at http://www.mms.gov/offshore/ RenewableEnergy/Projects.htm.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 200
Document Number: E6-11246
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
On August 16, 2006, the MMS will open and publicly announce bids received for blocks offered in Western GOM Oil and Gas Lease Sale 200, 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 200 Package (FNOS 200 Package) contains information essential to bidders, and bidders are charged with the knowledge of the documents contained in the Package.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-10886
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-12
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 O, ``Well Control and Production Safety Training.'' This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-10885
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-12
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 for the Notice to Lessees (NTL) on the Historical Well Data Cleanup (HWDC) Project. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-10884
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-12
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 parts 227Delegation to States; 228Cooperative Activities with States and Indian Tribes; and 229Delegation to States. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements. This ICR is titled ``30 CFR Part 227 Delegation to States; 30 CFR Part 228Cooperative Activities with States and Indian Tribes; and 30 CFR Part 229Delegation to States.'' We changed the title of this ICR to clarify the regulatory language we are covering under 30 CFR parts 227, 228, and 229 and to reflect OMB approval of consolidation of two ICRs, titled: ICR 1010-0087: 30 CFR Part 228Cooperative Activities with States and Indian Tribes; and ICR 1010-0088: 30 CFR Part 227Delegation to States. In the two ICRs, much of the general information was repeated and cross-referenced. This consolidated ICR 1010-0087 eliminates that duplication of effort and redundancy of data and also includes 30 CFR part 229 information collection burden hours, which were not included in the previous information collections (ICRs 1010-0087 and 1010-0088).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-10883
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-12
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 parts 210 and 216. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements. The new title for this ICR is ``30 CFR Part 210Forms and Reports and Part 216 Production Accounting.'' This ICR uses Forms MMS-4054, Oil and Gas Operations Report, and MMS-4058, Production Allocation Schedule Report.
Minerals Management Service Request for Public Nominations to the Royalty Policy Committee
Document Number: E6-10767
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-11
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Director of the Minerals Management Service (MMS) is requesting nominations for three public representatives to serve on the Department's Royalty Policy Committee (RPC). These nominations may originate from state and local governments, universities, organizations, or individuals; they may include self-nominations.
Reporting Amendments
Document Number: 06-5988
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-07-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS is proposing to amend its existing regulations for reporting production and royalties on oil, gas, coal, and geothermal resources produced on 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 a major reengineering of MMS's financial system and other legal requirements.
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)-Revisions to Subpart A-General; Subpart I-Platforms and Structures; and Subpart J-Pipelines and Pipeline Rights-of-Way
Document Number: E6-10401
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-07-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
MMS is proposing to amend its regulations to require lessees, lease operators, and pipeline right-of-way (ROW) holders to submit assessment information on the structural integrity of their OCS platforms each year, and to submit an inspection program to MMS yearly. Also, a damage report would be required if a facility or pipeline was damaged by a hurricane or other natural phenomena. Lessees, lease operators, and pipeline ROW holders proposing to use unbonded flexible pipe for pipelines, or to install pipeline risers on floating platforms, would have to provide additional information on their projects. The proposed rule also would incorporate an industry- developed standard concerning the in-service inspection of mooring hardware for floating drilling units. These proposed changes would 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-10192
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-28
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 251, Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the OCS,'' and related documents. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Outer Continental Shelf, Headquarters, Long Island Offshore Wind Park Development
Document Number: E6-9594
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS has received a request from Long Island Offshore Wind Park, LLC (LIOWP) for a lease, easement, or right-of-way to construct and operate a wind energy facility in Federal waters off Long Island, 3.6 miles southwest of Jones Beach Island, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York. The purpose of this project is to provide a utility-scale renewable energy facility providing power to the New York electrical grid. Forty wind turbine generators are proposed to generate 140 megawatts of electricity and deliver it to an existing substation near West Amityville by means of a buried transmission line. By this notice, the MMS announces: (1) Its intention to prepare an EIS; (2) an invitation for participation by interested cooperating agencies in the review; and (3) the beginning of EIS scoping under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); and (4) the dates and locations for two public meetings to receive comments on the scope of the EIS.
Preparation of an Environmental Assessment for Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 201 in the Central Gulf of Mexico (2007)
Document Number: E6-9482
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-16
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 intends to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) for proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas Lease Sale 201 in the Central Gulf of Mexico (GOM) (Lease Sale 201) scheduled for March 2007. The MMS is issuing this notice to facilitate public involvement. The preparation of this EA is an important step in the decision process for Lease Sale 201. The proposal and alternatives for Lease Sale 201 were identified by the MMS Director in January 2002 following the Call for Information and Nominations/Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and were analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2003-2007; Central Planning Area Sales 185, 190, 194, 198, and 201; Western Planning Area Sales 187, 192, 196, and 200Final Environmental Impact Statement; Volumes I and II (Multisale EIS, OCS EIS/EA MMS 2002-052). This EA will reexamine the potential environmental effects of the proposed action (the offering of all available unleased acreage in the GOM Central Planning Area (CPA)) and its alternatives (the proposed action excluding the unleased blocks near biologically sensitive topographic features; the proposed action excluding the unleased blocks within 15 miles of the Baldwin County, Alabama, coast; and no action) based on any new information regarding potential impacts and issues that were not available at the time the Multisale EIS was prepared.
Environmental Documents Prepared for Proposed Oil and Gas Operations on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
Document Number: E6-8505
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
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.
Outer Continental Shelf, Headquarters, Cape Wind Offshore Wind Development 2007
Document Number: E6-8216
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS has received a request from Cape Wind Associates, LLC (CWA) for a lease, easement or right-of-way to construct and operate a wind park located in Federal waters 4.7 miles offshore Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The purpose of this project is to provide a utility- scale wind energy facility providing power to the New England power grid. By this document, the MMS announces: (1) Its intention to prepare an EIS; (2) commencement of a 45-day written scoping period under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); and (3) invitation for participation by interested cooperating agencies.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-7856
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-23
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 that address the narrative portion only of MMS's Coastal Impact Assessment Program (CIAP) which is a grant program. 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).
Office for Civil Rights; The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005; Delegation of Authority
Document Number: C6-4578
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-23
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Department of Health and Human Services
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)-Incorporate API RP 65 for Cementing Shallow Water Flow Zones
Document Number: E6-7792
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-05-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
MMS is proposing to incorporate by reference the First Edition of the American Petroleum Institute's Recommended Practice for Cementing Shallow Water Flow Zones in Deep Water Wells (API RP 65) into MMS regulations. Since 1987, at least 113 OCS wells have encountered shallow water flow (SWF) to varying degrees. The majority of these wells experienced SWF to only a minor degree; however, there were instances of severe encounters resulting in abandonment of well sites and loss of wells. This action would establish best practices for cementing wells in deep water areas of the OCS that are prone to SWF.
Oil and Gas and Sulphur in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)-Safety and Environmental Management Systems
Document Number: E6-7790
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-05-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
MMS is seeking comments on how to improve our regulatory approach to safety and environmental management systems (SEMS) for operations conducted in the OCS. The various approaches for SEMS include voluntary and mandatory implementation of partial and full SEMS. In addition, the MMS is seeking comments on a regulatory scheme that would allow companies with outstanding performance records to operate under an alternative compliance program. MMS is investigating ways to develop an improved regulatory program that is more efficient and responsive to evolving conditions.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-7440
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-16
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 renew approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 204Alternatives for Marginal Properties, subpart CAccounting and Auditing Relief. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements. This ICR is titled ``30 CFR part 204Alternatives for Marginal Properties, Subpart C Accounting and Auditing Relief.'' This ICR covers the regulatory language under 30 CFR part 204, as published in the Accounting and Auditing Relief for Marginal Properties final rule on September 13, 2004 (69 FR 55076). This citation explains how lessees and their designees can obtain accounting and auditing relief for production from Federal oil and gas leases and units and communitization agreements that qualify as marginal properties.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-7436
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-16
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 renew approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 202Royalties and part 206Product Valuation. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements. The title of this information collection request (ICR) is ``30 CFR Part 202Royalties, Subparts C and D, and Part 206Product Valuation, Subparts C and D (Federal Oil and Gas).'' We changed the title of this ICR to clarify the regulatory language we cover under 30 CFR parts 202 and 206, address non-standard reporting requirements previously overlooked, and address relevant portions of three related ICRs titled: 1010-0095: 30 CFR Part 206Product Valuation (Request to Exceed Transportation and Processing Allowance Limitation), Subpart B Indian Oil, Sec. 206.54(b)(2); Subpart CFederal Oil, Sec. 206.109(c)(2); Subpart DFederal Gas, Sec. Sec. 206.156(c)(3), 206.158(c)(3), and 206.158(d)(2)(i); and Subpart EIndian Gas, Sec. Sec. 206.177(c)(2) and 206.177(c)(3) [Citations concerning Indian oil and gas are currently covered in ICR 1010-0103]; 1010-0136: 30 CFR 206Subpart C, Federal Oil Valuation; and 1010-0157: 30 CFR 206Subpart C, Federal Oil.
West Bend Housewares, LLC, a Limited Liability Corporation, Provisional Acceptance of a Settlement Agreement and Order
Document Number: C6-4291
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-15
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Agencies and Commissions