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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-7068
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-10
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 under the Endangered Species Act Biological Opinions, issued by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA Fisheries) and is titled: ``Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs)Implementation of Seismic Survey Mitigation Measures and Protected Species Observer Program, NTLVessel Strike Avoidance and Injured/Dead Protected Species Reporting; and NTLMarine Trash and Debris Awareness and Elimination.''
Program for Renewable Energy and Alternate Use of Existing Structures on the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: E6-6924
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Policy Committee-Notice of Renewal
Document Number: 06-4133
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Following consultation with the General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) is renewing the OCS Policy Committee. The OCS Policy Committee will provide advice to the Secretary, through the Director of the Minerals Management Service, related to the discretionary functions of the Bureau under the OCS Lands Act and related statutes. The Committee will review and comment on all aspects of leasing, exploration, development and protection of OCS resources and provide a forum to convey views representative of coastal states, local government, offshore mineral industries, environmental community, and other users of the offshore and the interested public.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Central and Western Gulf of Mexico, Oil and Gas Lease Sales for Years 2007-2012
Document Number: E6-6453
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This Call for Information and Nominations (hereinafter referred to as ``Call'') is the initial step in a single multisale process covering all lease sales in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM) planning areas included in the draft proposed 2007-2012 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program (see Federal Register, February 10, 2006, pages 7064-7068.) Eleven lease sales are specifically covered by this Call: six in the Central GOM and five in the Western GOM. The new configuration of the Central and Western GOM planning areas was announced in the draft proposed 2007-2012 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The Central GOM planning area related to this Call includes portions of areas previously included in the Eastern and Western GOM planning areas. Simultaneously with this Call, MMS is preparing a multisale Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) covering the same eleven sales in the Central and Western GOM. For each of the eleven individual lease sales associated with this Call, the MMS will comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), and the Coastal Zone Management Act.
Notice on Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sales
Document Number: E6-6431
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-28
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, 2006 through October 31, 2006. The List of Restricted Joint Bidders published in the Federal Register November 7, 2005 covered the period November 1, 2005 through April 30, 2006.
Royalty Policy Committee-Notice of Renewal
Document Number: E6-6339
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Following consultation with the General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Secretary of the Interior is renewing the Royalty Policy Committee. The Royalty Policy Committee will provide advice related to the performance of discretionary functions under the laws governing the Department of the Interior's management of Federal and Indian mineral leases and revenues. The Committee will review and comment on revenue management and other mineral-related policies and provide a forum to convey views representative of mineral lessees, operators, revenue payors, revenue recipients, governmental agencies, and the interested public.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-6208
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-26
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 ICR is ``30 CFR part 202 Royalties, subpart CFederal and Indian Oil, and subpart JGas Production From Indian Leases; and part 206Product Valuation, subpart BIndian Oil, and subpart EIndian Gas.'' The title reflects the previous consolidation of portions of six ICRs relating to Indian oil and gas leases. The six ICRs were previously titled: 1010-0061: 30 CFR part 206, subpart BIndian Oil, Sec. 206.55Determination of Transportation Allowances (Form MMS-4110, Oil Transportation Allowance Report). 1010-0075: 30 CFR part 206, subpart EIndian Gas, Sec. 206.178How do I determine a transportation allowance? (Form MMS-4295, Gas Transportation Allowance Report), and Sec. 206.180How do I determine an actual processing allowance? (Form MMS-4109, Gas Processing Allowance Summary Report). 1010-0095: 30 CFR part 206Product Valuation, Subpart B Indian Oil, Sec. 206.54; subpart CFederal Oil, Sec. 206.109; subpart DFederal Gas, Sec. Sec. 206.156 and 206.158; and Subpart E Indian Gas, Sec. 206.177 (Form MMS-4393, Request to Exceed Regulatory Allowance Limitation).
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), 30 CFR 250 Subpart A, General-Data Release and Definitions
Document Number: 06-3898
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This final rule will revise certain existing definitions, clarify the basis upon which the Regional Director invokes the requirement for an archaeological survey on a lease area, add notification requirements on production status of wells, and update both public information and Information Collection sections. MMS recently redesigned and renamed some of its forms to streamline data submission. MMS also discovered inconsistent practices in first production reporting, which is a prime parameter in determining inspection and testing schedules for safety system devices. This final rulemaking will update the regulations to correspond to recently revised forms, provide clarity and explanation of definitions and forms, and clarify the requirements for first production notices.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Scientific Committee (SC); Announcement of Plenary Session
Document Number: E6-5636
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The OCS Scientific Committee will meet at the Hotel Mar Monte in Santa Barbara, California.
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Incident Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 06-3611
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This final rule revises the MMS requirements for reporting incidents associated with Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas and sulphur operations. The revisions will clarify the requirements, and provide more precise definitions and reporting timeframes. This will result in a more consistent incident reporting program and the collection of more reliable incident information.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-5136
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-10
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 254, ``Oil-Spill Response Requirements for Facilities Located Seaward of the Coast Line.''
Reporting and Paying Royalties on Federal Leases on Takes or Entitlements Basis
Document Number: E6-5073
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS requests comments and suggestions to assist us in proposing regulations regarding so-called ``takes versus entitlements'' reporting and payment of royalties when oil and gas production is commingled upstream of the point of royalty measurement.
Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf, Western Planning Area, Oil and Gas Lease Sale 200 (2006) Environmental Assessment
Document Number: E6-4813
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-04
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 200 in the Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM) (Lease Sale 200) scheduled for August 2006. Proposed Lease Sale 200 is the fifth Western Planning Area (WPA) lease sale scheduled in the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2002-2007 (5-Year Program, OCS EIS/EA MMS 2002-006). The preparation of this EA is an important step in the decisionmaking process for Lease Sale 200. The proposal for Lease Sale 200 (the offering of all available unleased acreage in the WPA) and its alternatives (the proposed action excluding the unleased blocks near biologically sensitive topographic features and no action) 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). The Multisale EIS analyzed the effects of a typical WPA lease sale by presenting a set of ranges for resource estimates, projected exploration and development activities, and impact-producing factors for any of the proposed WPA lease sales. The level of activities projected for proposed Lease Sale 200 falls within these ranges. In this EA, which tiers from the Multisale EIS and incorporates that document by reference, 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 Multisale EIS was prepared. No new significant impacts were identified for proposed Lease Sale 200 that were not already assessed in the Multisale EIS. As a result, MMS determined that a supplemental EIS is not required and prepared a Finding of No New Significant Impact (FONNSI).
Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 200 in the Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM)
Document Number: E6-4812
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS announces the availability of the proposed Notice of Sale for proposed Sale 200 in the Western GOM OCS. 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.
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)-Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the OCS-Proprietary Terms and Data Disclosure
Document Number: 06-3009
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This rule expands the circumstances under which MMS allows inspection of G&G data and information. The rule also modifies the start dates of proprietary terms for geophysical data and information and any derivatives of these data and information that MMS acquires. In addition, the rule clarifies the proprietary terms of geological data and information MMS acquires pursuant to a permit.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-4319
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-24
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 260, ``Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing.''
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Civil Penalties
Document Number: E6-4303
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This notice provides a listing of civil penalties paid January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2005, for violations of the OCS Lands Act (OCSLA). The goal of the MMS OCS Civil Penalties Program is to assure safe and clean operations on the OCS. 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 OCS statutes and regulations. The purpose of publishing the penalties summary is to provide information to the public on violations of special concern in OCS operations and to provide an additional incentive for safe and environmentally sound operations.
Minerals Management Service Panel Discussion Regarding Implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005
Document Number: E6-3854
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-17
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This notice announces a panel discussion regarding implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Act). The panel discussion, entitled ``The Energy Policy Act of '05What Lies Ahead,'' will be conducted April 25, 2006, in Houston, Texas. The intent of the panel discussion is to bring together some of the leading experts from the Department of the Interior who are responsible for implementing the provisions of the Act. The panel will discuss major provisions of the Act and will provide the latest implementation status regarding the provisions, including alternate energy related uses on the outer continental shelf (OCS); coastal impact assistance; royalty incentives; royalty credits; and streamlined oil and gas permit processing. This panel discussion is being held in conjunction with the Eighth Annual Industry Awards Program, which honors exceptional mineral revenue reporting, commendable corporate leadership practices, and excellent safety records. The panel discussion is free of charge. Cost of the awards program and luncheon is $50, and MMS encourages interested persons to register and pay online by credit card for the awards program and luncheon. All attendees should register by Friday, April 14, 2006. Information about the event, registration, hotel reservations, and award selection criteria is available at the following Web site: http://www.mms.gov/awards.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-3706
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-15
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 review and approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under ``30 CFR 256, Subparts J and K, and 30 CFR 250, Subpart J,'' and related documents. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-3705
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-15
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 203, ``Relief or Reduction in Royalty Rates.''
Notice of Additional Public Scoping Meeting on the Environmental Impact Statements for the Proposed 5-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2007-2012; and Western and Central Gulf of Mexico, Oil and Gas Lease Sales for Years 2007-2012
Document Number: 06-2556
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-15
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 a Public Scoping Meeting in Florida on the Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) for both the 2007-2012 Proposed 5-Year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program, and the tentatively scheduled 2007-2012 oil and gas leasing proposals in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico off the States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The purpose of this meeting will be to solicit comments on the scope of both EISs. The meeting is in addition to the meetings announced in the Federal Register on March 3, 2006 and March 7, 2006. Date and Location for Public Scoping Meeting in Florida: Thursday, April 6, 2006 `` Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, 505 Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 1-3 p.m. Contact: Mr. Dennis Chew, 504-736-2793. Information concerning the 5-year program and EIS can be accessed at: http://www.mms.gov/5-year/ 2007-2012main.htm.
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Plans and Information
Document Number: C5-16764
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Office of Personnel Management
Enhanced Oil and Natural Gas Production Through Carbon Dioxide Injection
Document Number: 06-2170
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Minerals Management Service (MMS) request comments and suggestions to assist in preparing a proposed rule governing carbon dioxide injection for increased production and recovery of oil and natural gas. The rule would provide for royalty relief incentives to promote the capture, transportation, and injection of produced carbon dioxide (CO2), natural CO2, and other appropriate gases or other matter for injection/sequestration into oil and gas fields, to promote oil and natural gas production from the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and onshore Federal leases. We encourage members of the public to provide comments and suggestions to help clarify and define the requirements for enhanced oil and natural gas recovery production incentives as described in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Gas Hydrate Production Incentives
Document Number: 06-2169
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Minerals Management Service (MMS) request comments and suggestions to assist in the preparation of proposed regulations governing Gas Hydrate Production Incentives. The rule would provide incentives to promote natural gas production from the natural gas hydrate resources on Federal lands in Alaska and in Federal waters on the Outer Continental Shelf. We encourage the public to provide comments and suggestions to help clarify and define the requirements for Gas Hydrate Production Incentives as described in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Western and Central Gulf of Mexico, Oil and Gas Lease Sales for Years 2007-2012
Document Number: E6-3145
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)-Minimum Blowout Prevention (BOP) System Requirements for Well-Workover Operations Performed Using Coiled Tubing With the Production Tree in Place
Document Number: 06-2101
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This rule upgrades minimum blowout prevention and well control requirements for well-workover operations on the OCS performed using coiled tubing with the production tree in place. Since 1997, there have been eight coiled tubing-related incidents on OCS facilities. The rule helps prevent losses of well control, and provides for increased safety and environmental protection.
Notice and Agenda for Meeting of the Royalty Policy Committee
Document Number: E6-3017
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-03
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, Oil and Gas Royalty Reporting, and Indian Oil Valuation. The RPC will also hear an update on the Royalty In Kind program. The RPC membership includes representatives from states, Indian tribes, individual Indian mineral owner organizations, minerals industry associations, the general public, and other Federal departments.
Notice of Public Scoping Meetings 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: 06-2100
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) will hold Public Scoping Meetings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Proposed 5-Year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2007-2012. Pursuant to the regulations implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), the MMS will hold Public Scoping Meetings on the Draft EIS for the 2007- 2012 OCS Oil and Gas 5-Year Leasing Program. The MMS stated its intent to prepare an EIS in the August 24, 2005, Federal Register notice and Request for Information (RFI). In the Draft Proposed Program (DPP) and Federal Register notice and RFI on February 9, 2006, the MMS again solicited comments and provided procedures for submitting them, and again stated its intent to hold Public Scoping Meetings. The following Public Scoping Meetings are planned for the DEIS development.
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: E6-2690
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
Final regulations for valuing gas produced from Indian leases, published on August 10, 1999, require MMS to determine major portion values and notify industry by publishing the values 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 value. This notice provides the major portion values for the 12 months of 2004. The due date to pay is April 30, 2006, after which late interest will accrue.
Environmental Documents Prepared for Proposed Oil and Gas Operations on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
Document Number: E6-2555
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-23
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: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-1655
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-22
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 the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 (CFO). This ICR is titled ``Accounts Receivable Confirmations.'' 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) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198
Document Number: E6-2000
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service (mms), Minerals Management Service
On March 15, 2006, the MMS will open and publicly announce bids received for blocks offered in Central GOM Oil and Gas Lease Sale 198, 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 198 Package (FNOS 198 Package) contains information essential to bidders, and bidders are charged with the knowledge of the documents contained in the Package.
Indian Oil Valuation
Document Number: 06-1285
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is proposing to amend its regulations regarding valuation, for royalty purposes, of oil produced from Indian leases. This proposal intends to add certainty to Indian oil valuation, eliminate reliance on posted oil prices, and address unique terms of Indian leases.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-1871
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-10
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 a Notice to Lessees and Operators (NTL) discussed below.
Request for Comments on the Draft Proposed 5-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2007-2012 and Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Proposed 5-Year Program
Document Number: 06-1307
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) requests comments on the Draft Proposed 5-year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2007-2012. This is the first proposal for a new program to succeed the current program that expires on June 30, 2007, and forms the basis for conducting the studies and analyses the Secretary will consider in making future decisions on what areas to include in the program. 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 program, a proposed final program, and Secretarial approval. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the MMS also will prepare an EIS for the new 5-year program.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-731
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-23
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 208Sale of Federal Royalty Oil. 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 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).'' We changed the title of this ICR to clarify the regulatory language we are covering under 30 CFR part 208 and to include relevant portions of the Royalty-In-Kind (RIK) 5-Year Business Plan. The title change also reflects OMB's approval of consolidation of five RIK-related ICRs. Those ICRs were titled: 1010-0042: 30 CFR part 208Sale of Federal Royalty Oil; Royalty-in-Kind (RIK) Program (Form MMS-4070, Application for the Purchase of Royalty Oil); 1010-0119: 30 CFR part 208Sale of Federal Royalty Oil, Royalty Oil Sales to Eligible Refiners (30 CFR 208.4(a) and (d)); 1010-0126: Royalty-In-Kind (RIK) Pilot Program Directed Communications by Operators of Federal Oil and Gas Leases; 1010-0129: Royalty-in-Kind Pilot ProgramOffers, Financial Statements, and Surety Instruments for Sales of Royalty Oil and Gas; and 1010-0135: 30 CFR 208.11(a), (b), (d), and (e)Surety Requirements (Forms MMS-4071 and MMS-4072). In the five ICRs, much of the general information was repeated and cross referenced. This consolidated ICR 1010-0119 eliminates that duplication of effort and redundancy of data and provides for review of all RIK information collection requirements on a program-wide basis.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-691
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-23
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 I, Platforms and Structures, Notice to Lessees and Operators (NTL)Damage Caused by Hurricane(s). 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: E6-690
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-23
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, ``Pipelines and Pipeline Rights-of-Way,'' and related documents. 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: E6-688
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-23
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, ``Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems,'' and related documents. 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: E6-687
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-23
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 280, ``Prospecting for Minerals other than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur on the Outer Continental Shelf,'' 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: E6-361
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-13
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), for oil and gas activities proposed on the Gulf of Mexico OCS.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-107
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-10
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 O, ``Well Control & Production Safety Training.''
Federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Administrative Boundaries Extending from the Submerged Lands Act Boundary seaward to the Limit of the United States Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: 05-24659
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
This notice informs the public that the MMS has developed offshore administrative lines from each adjoining coastal state as described below. Having these lines in place provides various benefits, including: 1. Enhancing the Secretary's ability to ensure that the ``4-C's'' communication, consultation and cooperation, all in support of conservationare considered as she engages in efforts to identify which State has the most interest in the extended area offshore from its coastline because of the increasing number of commercial activities on the Federal OCS, such as permits for liquefied natural gas facilities, wind power, and wave energy; 2. Providing the basis for more accurate delineation of OCS planning areas; 3. Assisting in ``affected State'' status under the Coastal Zone Management Act and the OCS Lands Act. For example, section 18 of the OCS Lands Act requires the Secretary to consider the ``laws, goals, and policies of affected States.'' Similarly, section 19 analysis requires the Secretary to balance national interests with the ``well-being of the citizens of the affected State''; 4. Providing a more accurate basis for the Secretary to consider support for, or objections to, a State's request to analyze leasing off its shores. Without such administrative lines, it is difficult to define these areas accurately; 5. Assisting in the section 18 comparative analysis to determine ``an equitable sharing of developmental benefits and environmental risks among regions.'' Such lines will more accurately define the necessary assumptions of what are ``regions''; and 6. Helping define appropriate consultation and information sharing with States. For example, section 19(e) authorizes cooperative agreement with affected States for such activities as information sharing, joint planning, review of plans, and environmental monitoring. This is even more important with the recent passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 which gave the MMS the authority to permit alternative and renewable energy projects on the OCS. Many of these projects will be located in areas in which the MMS has not recently been active.
Alternate Energy-Related Uses on the Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: E5-8119
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-12-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The MMS is seeking comments on the development of a regulatory program to implement portions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 388Alternate Energy-Related Uses on the Outer Continental Shelf. Specifically, MMS is seeking comments regarding energy development from sources other than oil and gas and alternate uses of existing facilities.
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)-Suspension of Operations (SOO) for Ultra-Deep Drilling
Document Number: 05-24109
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
MMS is modifying its regulations which govern Suspensions of Operations (SOOs) for oil and gas leases on the OCS. The revision will allow MMS to grant an SOO a to lessee or operator to encourage the drilling of ultra-deep wells (i.e., wells below 25,000 feet true vertical depth below the datum at mean sea level). MMS is making this revision because of the added complexity and costs associated with planning and drilling an ultra-deep well. MMS expects that this revision will lead to increased drilling of ultra-deep wells and increased domestic production.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E5-6898
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-06
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.
Environmental Document Prepared for Proposed Mineral Exploration on the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf
Document Number: E5-6867
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-06
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 a NEPA-related Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared by MMS for proposed oil and gas exploration on the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This listing includes the only proposal for which a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was prepared by the Alaska OCS Office in the 3-month period preceding this Notice.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Alaska OCS Region, Cook Inlet Oil and Gas Sale 199, May 2007
Document Number: 05-23657
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service
The Secretary's approved 5-Year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2002-2007 provides for two sales, Sales 191 and 199, to be held in the Cook Inlet planning area. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that covered both sales was prepared. The RFI and a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS for Sales 191 and 199 was published in the Federal Register on December 31, 2001, at 66 FR 67543. The Cook Inlet final EIS for Sales 191 and 199 was released in November 2003 (OCS EIS/EA, MMS 2003-055). The first sale, Sale 191, was held on May 19, 2004; however, the sale received no bids. The RFI/NOI for Sale 199 was published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2004, at 69 FR 77265, with a proposed date of sale in May 2006. Since neither comments nor interest were received from the oil and gas industry, the MMS decided to delay the sale until May 2007. The MMS is now asking if industry or others have interest in holding Cook Inlet Sale 199 in May 2007. If bona fide interest from companies is received, we will proceed with the planning for the sale. If no interest is shown, Sale 199 will not be held. Comment Period: Comments on the RFI must be received no later than 30 days following publication of this document in the Federal Register. If you wish to comment, you may submit your comments by any one of the following methods: You may mail comments to the Alaska OCS Region, Minerals Management Service, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503, in envelopes labeled ``Attn: Comments on Request for Information for Cook Inlet Sale 199.'' You may also comment via e-mail to akrfi@mms.gov. Please submit Internet comments as an ASCII file, avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption. Please also include ``Attn: Comments on Request for Information for Cook Inlet Sale 199'' and your name and return address in your Internet message. If you do not receive a confirmation from the system that we have received your Internet message, contact us via e-mail to: akwebmaster@mms.gov. You may fax your comments to MMS at (907) 334-5242. Finally, you may hand-deliver comments weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to the Alaska OCS Region, Minerals Management Service, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503.