States' Decisions on Participating in Accounting and Auditing Relief for Federal Oil and Gas Marginal Properties
In accordance with Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) regulations, ONRR provides two types of accounting and auditing relief for Federal oil and gas production from marginal properties: (1) the cumulative royalty reports and payments relief option, which allows a lessee or designee to submit one royalty report and payment for the calendar year's production; and (2) other requested relief, which allows a lessee or designee to request any type of accounting and auditing relief that is appropriate for production from the marginal property and meets certain requirements. By October 1 of each calendar year, ONRR provides a list of qualifying marginal Federal oil and gas properties to the States receiving a portion of Federal royalties from those properties. Each State then decides whether to participate in neither, one, or both relief options. This Notice provides the public each State's decision on whether to participate in marginal property relief.
Electronic Provision of Records During an Audit
ONRR proposes to amend its regulations to allow ONRR and other authorized Department of the Interior (``Department'') representatives the option to require that an auditee use electronic means to provide records requested during an audit of an auditee's royalty reporting and payment.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Solid Minerals and Geothermal Collections
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (``PRA''), ONRR is proposing to renew an information collection. Through this Information Collection Request (``ICR''), ONRR seeks renewed authority to collect information necessary to report production, sales, and royalties owed related to coal, other solid minerals, and geothermal resources produced from Federal and Indian lands. ONRR currently uses forms ONRR-4292 (Coal Washing Allowance Report); ONRR-4293 (Coal Transportation Allowance Report); ONRR-4430 (Solid Minerals Production and Royalty Report); and ONRR-4440 (Solid Minerals Sales Summary) as part of these information collection requirements.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Royalty and Production Reporting
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (``PRA''), ONRR is proposing to renew an information collection. Through this Information Collection Request (``ICR''), ONRR seeks renewed authority to collect information used to verify, audit, collect, and disburse royalty owed on oil, gas, and geothermal resources produced from Federal and Indian lands. ONRR uses forms ONRR- 2014, ONRR-4054, and ONRR-4058 as part of these information collection requirements.
2022 Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustments
ONRR is adjusting for inflation the civil monetary penalty (``CMP'') amounts it assesses under the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (``FOGRMA'').