ONRR Press Release Catalog 2012

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DEC
21
Secretary Salazar Appoints Members to the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Committee
Members represent government, industry and public stakeholders

Washington– Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today appointed 21 primary and 20
alternate members to an advisory committee that will guide and oversee implementation of the United States Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI).  (view document)...

DEC
6
Secretary Salazar Announces Interior Disbursed $12 Billion in FY 2012 Energy Revenues
All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy Yields $1 Billion More than Last Year

Washington– Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the Department of the Interior disbursed, or paid out, $12.15 billion in revenue generated from energy production on public lands and offshore areas in Fiscal Year 2012 – a $1 billion increase over the previous year, and in line with increased production taking place across the country. The revenues were distributed to state, federal, and tribal accounts, providing important funding and supporting critical reclamation, conservation and preservation projects.  (view document)...

DEC
6
ONRR unveils new 'Statistics' web page in its ongoing efforts to maximize data accessibility and transparency

Denver– The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) has enhanced its "Statistics Web Page" to make its data more accessible and user-friendly, and to provide new capabilities, such as query and export capabilities and a feedback tool to inform future enhancements.  (view document)...

DEC
6
States earn over $2.1 billion in Federal mineral receipts

Denver– The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announced today that more than $2.1 billion was disbursed to 36 states as part of the state share of Federal revenues collected in Fiscal Year 2012 from energy and mineral production that occurred on Federal lands within their borders, and offshore on the Outer Continental Shelf.  (view document)...

AUG
23
Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue collects $1.2 million civil penalty
QEP Resources cited for maintenance of inaccurate reports

Denver– The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) has collected a $1.2 million civil penalty from QEP Resources Inc. for “knowing or willful maintenance” of inaccurate oil and gas royalty and/or production reports on ONRR’s Financial System.  (view document)...

AUG
22
Interior Extends Deadline for Nominations to Committee on U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Washington– In response to several requests, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the department is extending the deadline by 30 days to receive nominations for membership on a national committee to guide and oversee U.S. implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI).  (view document)...

JULY
26
Interior Establishes Committee to Oversee Implementation of U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Washington– Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the establishment of a national committee to guide and oversee U.S. implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI), a voluntary, global initiative designed to increase transparency, strengthen the accountability of natural resource revenues, and build public trust for the governance of these vital activities. Interior is seeking nominations for the committee from industry, civil society, and other stakeholders.  (more)...

JULY
18
BP America pays $5.2 million civil penalty for inaccurate reporting on energy production on Tribal lands

DENVER, CO– The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announced today that BP America Inc. paid a $5.2 million civil penalty for submitting false, inaccurate, or misleading reports for energy production that occurred on Southern Ute Indian Tribal lands in southwestern Colorado. (more)...

JULY
07
DOI’s ONRR issues $1.2 million civil penalty to QEP Resources for maintenance of inaccurate reports

DENVER, CO– The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announced today that it issued a $1.2 million civil penalty to QEP Resources Inc. for “knowing or willful maintenance” of inaccurate oil and gas royalty and/or production reports on ONRR’s Financial System. (more)...

JULY
03
Louis Dreyfus Energy Services Pays $4 Million To Resolve Allegations That It Violated The False Claims Act

WASHINGTON, DC– Louis Dreyfus Energy Services has paid the United States $4,084,000 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by failing to pay money owed on natural gas acquired from the Department of the Interior, the Justice Department announced today. (more)...

MAY
09
Interior's ONRR recognizes Southern Ute Tribe, State of Utah for superior performance in FY 2011

Denver, CO– The Department of the Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) today recognized the Southern Ute Tribe and the State of Utah for their superior performance and significant contributions to ONRR's mission. (more)...

APR
30
Interior's ONRR issues $1.9 million civil penalty to Cabot Oil & Gas for maintaining inaccurate reports

Denver, CO– The Department of the Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announced today it is assessing a $1.9 million civil penalty against Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation for knowing or willful maintenance of false, inaccurate, or misleading information on ONRR's database.  (more)...

APR
20
Secretary Salazar to Recognize Work and Accomplishments of Office of Natural Resources Revenue Employees in Colorado -- Denver Office Named Among Top Workplaces in 2012 Denver Post Survey

Denver, CO– On Monday, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will celebrate and recognize the work of over 500 Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) employees based in the Denver office. Identified as one of the top places to work in the Denver Metropolitan area in 2012, ONRR was selected based on an employee survey conducted by the Denver Post in late December 2011. (more)...

APR
16
ONRR’s Denver Office named among Top Workplaces in 2012 Denver Post survey

Denver, CO– The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue’s (ONRR) Denver Office has been named by The Denver Post as one of the top places to work in the Denver Metropolitan area in 2012. (more)...

APR
5
Interior’s ONRR schedules first meetings of Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee

Denver, CO– The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announced today that it has scheduled the first meetings of the recently established Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for May 1-2 and June 18-19 at the Denver Federal Center in Colorado. (more)...

MAR
29
Interior’s ONRR issues $1.7 million civil penalty to Merrion Oil and Gas for late royalty payments

Denver, CO– The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announced today it is assessing a $1.7 million civil penalty against Merrion Oil and Gas Corporation for knowing or willful failure to make timely royalty payments. (more)...

MAR
26
United States Attorney's Office Recovers $2.7 Million Resolving Allegations that Gary-Williams Energy Company Violated the False Claims Act

Denver, CO– The United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, John F. Walsh, today announces the recovery of more than $2,764,748.76 as part of a settlement of allegations that the Gary-Williams Energy Company violated the Federal False Claims Act by failing to pay money owed on oil acquired from the Department of the Interior. (more)...

MAR
16
U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Public Listening Sessions Announced

WASHINGTON, DC– The Department of the Interior will host a public listening session to gather comments concerning the creation of a U.S. multi-stakeholder group that will develop and implement the framework for the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI), a voluntary, global standard for transparency in reporting revenues received for oil, gas and mineral extraction. The multi-stakeholder group will be comprised of representatives from government, industry and civil society. (more)...

MAR
13
Interior Report Outlines Path Forward for Consolidating OSM and BLM Administrative Functions to Achieve Greater Efficiencies

WASHINGTON, DC– The Department of the Interior today announced that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) will pursue administrative and program consolidations with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that are expected to generate savings and efficiencies, while continuing to operate as an independent bureau within Interior. (more)...

MAR
12
Interior and Justice Departments announce $3.4 million False Claims Settlement with Devon Energy

WASHINGTON, DC– Devon Energy Corporation has agreed to pay the United States $3.4 million to resolve claims that the company knowingly under-reported and underpaid royalties owed on natural gas produced from Federal and American Indian leases in violation of the False Claims Act. (more)...

MAR
07
DOI recognizes ONRR’s Mary Williams with prestigious ‘Distinguished Service Award’

WASHINGTON, DC– Today at a ceremony in Washington D.C., the Department of Interior recognized Mary Williams, a program manager for the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) in Denver and a 38-year Federal employee, with its prestigious Distinguished Service Award. (more)...

MAR
07
U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Public Listening Sessions Announced

WASHINGTON, DC– The Department of the Interior today announced that it will host a series of public listening sessions to gather comments concerning the creation of a U.S. multi-stakeholder group that will develop and implement the U.S. framework for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a voluntary, global standard for transparency in reporting revenues received for oil, gas and mineral extraction. The multi-stakeholder group will be comprised of representatives from government, industry and civil society. (more)...

FEB
24
U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Commences Public Comment Period

WASHINGTON, DC– The Department of the Interior today announced that a public comment period will be held to collect suggestions for formation of a multi-stakeholder group that will implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a voluntary, multi-national framework for transparency in reporting revenues received for oil, gas and mineral extraction. (more)...

FEB
22
Interior’s ONRR, Justice Department announce $14.6 million False Claims settlement with Total

WASHINGTON, DC– Total Fina S.A. and its affiliates have agreed to pay the United States $14.6 million plus interest to resolve claims that the companies violated the False Claims Act by knowingly under-reporting and under-paying royalties owed on natural gas produced from Federal and American Indian leases. (more)...

JAN
12
Energy Production on Ft. Berthold Reservation in North Dakota Provides Substantial Economic Benefits to American Indian Communities
Federal partnership facilitates development of Bakken Formation resources

WASHINGTON, DC– A partnership among Department of the Interior agencies and American Indian communities in North Dakota has spurred a 400 percent increase in revenues from increased domestic energy production over last year – providing substantial economic benefits to the tribal government and individual mineral owners. (more)...