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Current FRNs

2016

August 1, 201681 FR 50306 - ​​​​​This rule amends the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) civil penalty regulations by (1) expanding the regulations to all Federal mineral leases onshore and on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), to all Federally-administered mineral leases on Indian Tribal and individual Indian mineral owners’ lands, and to all easements, rights of way, and other agreements on the OCS; (2) incorporating the civil penalty inflation adjustments pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (the 2015 Act); (3) clarifying and simplifying existing regulations for issuing a Notice of Noncompliance (NONC), Failure to Correct Civil Penalty Notice (FCCP), and Immediate Liability Civil Penalty Notice (ILCP); and (4) providing notice that ONRR will post matrices for civil penalty assessments on its Web site.

July 29, 201681 FR 49897 - ONRR convened two technical conferences on November 20, 2015 to discuss amending the boundaries of four of the designated areas it uses to calculate the index-based major portion prices in its regulations. At the technical conferences, the participants discussed issues regarding the appropriate boundary line between the North Fort Berthold and South Fort Berthold Designated Areas and adding additional counties to one or both of the two designated areas in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation.

July 26, 201681 FR 48846 - On June 8, 2016, ONRR published (at 81 FR 36954) a notice of the due date for industry to pay additional royalties based on the major portion prices, titled ‘‘Major Portion Prices and Due Date for Additional Royalty Payments on Indian Gas Production in Designated Areas Not Associated with an Index Zone.’’ ONRR is amending the due date to pay additional royalties based on the major portion prices from August 8, 2016 to August 31, 2016.

July 1, 2016 81 FR 43338 - This final rulemaking provides regulations that (1) offer greater simplicity, certainty, clarity, and consistency in product valuation for mineral lessees and mineral revenue recipients; (2) ensure that Indian mineral lessors receive the maximum revenues from coal resources on their land, consistent with the Secretary's trust responsibility and lease terms; (3) decrease industry’s cost of compliance and ONRR’s cost to ensure industry compliance; and (4) provide early certainty to industry and to ONRR that companies have paid every dollar due​ ​of oil, gas, and coal produced from Federal leases and coal produced from Indian leases​. ​This final rulemaking ​also ​makes non-substantive technical or clarifying changes to the proposed rule and consolidates definitions for oil, gas, and coal product valuation into one subpart that is applicable to the Federal oil and gas and Federal and Indian coal subparts.

June 9, 2016 81 FR 37153 - Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment interim final rule - The Office of Natural Resources Revenue publishes this interim final rule to adjust the amount of our civil monetary penalties for inflation with an initial ``catch-up'' adjustment under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and Office of Management and Budget guidance. [RIN 1012-AA17].

June 8, 2016 81 FR 36954 - Final regulations for valuing gas produced from Indian leases, published August 10, 1999, require ONRR to determine major portion prices and notify industry by publishing the prices in the Federal Register. The regulations also require ONRR to publish a due date for industry to pay additional royalties based on the major portion prices. Consistent with these requirements, this notice provides major portion prices for the 12 months of calendar year 2014.

June 6, 2016 81 FR 36336 - Withdrawal FRN for incorrect date.

June 6, 2016 81 FR 36325 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Federal Oil and Gas Valuation--OMB Control Number 1012-0005. Comment period ends August 5, 2016.

April 27, 2016 81 FR 24868 - ONRR is temporarily changing its physical address for courier services and personal deliveries.

April 21, 201681 FR 23514 - Notice of Proposed Audit Delegation Renewal - The States of Alaska, California, Colorado, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming are requesting that ONRR renew current delegations of audit and investigation authority. This notice gives members of the public an opportunity to review and comment on the States’ proposals.

April 14, 201681 FR 22106 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Royalty and Production Reporting ––OMB Control Number 1012–0010.

January 21, 2016 81 FR 3470 - Final regulations that ONRR published September 13, 2004 (69 FR 55076), provide two types of accounting and auditing relief for Federal onshore or Outer Continental Shelf lease production from marginal properties. For calendar year 2016, we provide in this notice the affected States’ decisions to allow one or both types of relief.

2015

December 30, 201580 FR 81454 - Allocation and Disbursement of Royalties, Rentals, and Bonuses--Oil and Gas, Offshore final rule- This final rule moves the first phase of GOMESA regulations from BOEM's 30 CFR chapter V to ONRR's 30 CFR chapter XII and clarifies and adds minor definition changes to these current revenue-sharing regulations. Additionally, this final rule sets forth the DOI's plan to implement the second phase of GOMESA revenue sharing in FY 2017 and beyond. [RIN 1012-AA11].

December 11, 201580 FR 77012 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Royalty and Production Reporting ––OMB Control Number 1012–0004.

October 29, 2015 80 FR 66417 - ONRR will convene a technical conference on November 20, 2015, to discuss two issues: (1) The appropriate boundary line between the North Fort Berthold and South Fort Berthold Designated Areas and (2) adding additional counties to one or both of the two Designated Areas in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation.

September 30, 2015 80 FR 58776 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Indian Oil and Gas Valuation ––OMB Control Number 1012–0002.

September 9, 2015 80 FR 54325 - On August 25, 2015, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) published (at 80 FR 51595) a notice of renewal (with a 60-day comment period) to invite comments on an information collection request. This notice of renewal is withdrawn.

August 25, 2015 80 FR 51597 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Delegated and Cooperative Activities With States and Indian Tribes—OMB Control Number 1012–0003.

June 12, 2015 80 FR 33553 - Final regulations for valuing gas produced from Indian leases, published August 10, 1999, require ONRR to determine major portion prices and notify industry by publishing the prices in the Federal Register. The regulations also require ONRR to publish a due date for industry to pay additional royalties based on the major portion prices.

May 15, 2015 80 FR 28007 - Agency Information Collection Activities: United States Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) Revenue Information Collection—OMB Control Number 1012—0NEW.

May 15, 2015 80 FR 28003 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Royalty and Production Reporting––OMB Control Number 1012–0004.

May 8, 2015 80 FR 26582 - The Department of the Interior (Interior) is seeking nominations for individuals to be Committee members or alternates on the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Advisory Committee (Committee). We seek nominees who can represent stakeholder constituencies from government, civil society, and industry so that we can fill current vacancies and create a roster of candidates in case future vacancies occur. Submit nominations by June 30, 2015.

May 1, 2015 80 FR 24794 - This rule will (1) clarify the major portion valuation requirement found in the existing regulations for oil production and (2) represent recommendations of the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. [RIN 1012-AA15]"

March 16, 2015 80 FR 13619 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request (PDF). 30 CFR parts 1202, 1206, and 1207, Indian Oil and Gas Valuation. OMB Control Number 1012–0002.

February 13, 2015 80 FR 7994 - Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Reform proposed rule - The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on January 6, 2015 (80 FR 608). ONRR is granting a 60-day extension to the comment period in response to stakeholder requests. Comment period ends May 8, 2015. [RIN 1012-AA13]

February 10, 2015 80 FR 7494 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request (PDF). Accounts Receivable Confirmations. OMB Control Number 1012–0001.

February 5, 2015 80 FR 6540 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Delegated and Cooperative Activities With States and Indian Tribes—OMB Control Number 1012–0003.

January 30, 2015 80 FR 5134 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request (PDF). Collection of Monies Due the Federal Government—30 CFR part 1218. Form ONRR–4425, Designation Form for Royalty Payment Responsibility.

January 27, 2015 80 FR 4308 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request (PDF). Suspensions Pending Appeal and Bonding—30 CFR part 1243. Form ONRR–4435, Administrative Appeal Bond; Form ONRR–4436, Letter of Credit; Form ONRR–4437, Assignment of Certificate of Deposit; Self-bonding; and U.S. Treasury Securities. OMB 1012-0006.

January 16, 2015 80 FR 2442 - States’ Decisions on Participating in Accounting and Auditing Relief for Federal Oil and Gas Marginal Properties - Final regulations that the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) published September 13, 2004 (69 FR 55076), provide two types of accounting and auditing relief for Federal onshore or Outer Continental Shelf lease production from marginal properties.

​January 14, 2015 ​80 FR​ ​1933​ - This notice announces the next four meetings of the United States Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) Advisory Committee.

​January 6, 2015 ​80 FR​ ​608​ - This proposed rulemaking [RIN 1012-AA13]​ ​would provide regulations that (1) offer greater simplicity, certainty, clarity, and consistency in product valuation for mineral lessees and mineral revenue recipients; (2) be more understandable; (3) decrease industry’s cost of compliance and ONRR’s cost to ensure industry compliance; and (4) provide early certainty to industry and ONRR that companies have paid every dollar due​​ ​​of oil, gas, and coal produced from Federal leases and coal produced from Indian leases. ​​The proposed rule ​also ​consolidates definitions for oil, gas, and coal product valuation into one subpart applicable to the Federal oil and gas and Federal and Indian coal subparts.​ ​​Comment period ends​ March ​9​,​ 2015.

2014

December 18, 2014 79 FR 75583 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request. - On United States Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) Revenue Information Collection. Comment period ends February 17, 2015.

October 29, 2014 79 FR 64404 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request. OCS Net Profit Share Payment Reporting—30 CFR part 1220. OMB 1012-0009.

October 16, 2014 79 FR 62047 - Clarification of Appeal Procedures - This final rule amends and clarifies regulations concerning certain aspects of appeals of ONRR correspondence and clarifies the final administrative nature of ONRR orders that are not paid or appealed [RIN 1012-AA08]. This final rule is effective November 17, 2014. information.

September 22, 2014 79 FR 56603 - Assessments for Mismatched Payments or Inadequate Payment Information for Geothermal, Solid Minerals, and Indian Oil and Gas Leases (PDF) - Regulations for geothermal, solid minerals, and Indian oil and gas leases authorize the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) to assess payors for failure to submit payments of the same amount as the royalty or bill document or to provide adequate information.

June 19, 2014 79 FR 35102 - Indian Oil Valuation Amendments - This rule would (1) clarify the major portion valuation requirement found in the existing regulations for oil production and (2) represent recommendations of the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. [RIN 1012-AA15]"

May 28, 2014 79 FR 30651 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request. - Information Collection Request on Form ONRR-4425—Designation Form for Royalty Payment Responsibility. Comment period ends July 28, 2014.

May 20, 2014 79 FR 28945 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request. - Information Collection Request on OCS Net Profit Share Payment Reporting—30 CFR Part 1220. Comment period ends July 21, 2014.

May 20, 2014 79 FR 28862 - Amendments to Civil Penalty Regulations - This rule would amend the Office of Natural Resources Revenue civil penalty regulations to: apply the regulations to all mineral leases, including solid mineral and geothermal leases, and agreements for offshore energy development; adjust civil penalty amounts for inflation; clarify and simplify the existing regulations for issuing notices of noncompliance and civil penalties; and provide notice that we will post matrices for civil penalty assessments on our Website. [RIN 1012-AA05].

March 31, 2014 79 FR 17948 - Allocation & Disbursement of Royalties, Rentals & Bonuses--Oil & Gas, Offshore The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is amending the regulations on the distribution and disbursement of qualified revenues from certain leases on the Gulf of Mexico’s Outer Continental Shelf, under the provisions of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006, for calculating and allocating revenues during the second phase of revenue sharing. [RIN 1012-AA11].

March 24, 2014 79 FR 16053 - Major Portion Prices and Due Date for Additional Royalty Payments on Indian Gas Production in Designated Areas Not Associated With an Index Zone This notice provides major portion prices for the 12 months of calendar year 2012. The due date to pay additional royalties based on the major portion prices is May 31, 2014.

February 19, 2014 79 FR 9475 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request - Information Collection Request on Suspensions Pending Appeal and Bonding. Comment period ends April 21, 2014.

January 13, 2014 79 FR 2198 79 FR 2198 - States’ Decisions on Participating in Accounting and Auditing Relief for Federal Oil and Gas Marginal Properties - Final regulations that the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) published September 13, 2004 (69 FR 55076), provide two types of accounting and auditing relief for Federal onshore or Outer Continental Shelf lease production from marginal properties.

2013

December 2, 2013 78 FR 72099 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request Information Collection Request on Form ONRR-4393—Request to Exceed Regulatory Allowance Limitation. Comment period ends January 2, 2014.

November 8, 2013 78 FR 67188 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request Notice of an extension of a currently approved information collection (OMB Control Number 1012–0010). Information Collection Request on Forms ONRR-4430—Solid Minerals Production and Royalty Report, ONRR-4292—Coal Washing Allowance Report, and ONRR-4293—Coal Transportation Allowance Report.  Comment period ends December 9, 2013.

September 18, 2013 78 FR 57409 - U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Public Outreach

August 23, 2013 78 FR 52431 - This rule will update the Service of Official Correspondence regulations in title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to allow ONRR to serve official correspondence using any electronic method of delivery that provides for a receipt of delivery, or, if there is no receipt, the date of delivery otherwise documented. [RIN 1012-AA14]

August 12, 2013 78 FR 49062 - ONRR proposes new regulations to implement the provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) governing the payment of advance royalty on coal resources produced from Federal leases. The EPAct provisions amend the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (MLA). ONRR also proposes to add information collection requirements that are applicable to all solid minerals leases and also are necessary to implement the EPAct Federal coal advance royalty provisions. [RIN 1012-AA04]

August 8, 2013 78 FR 43843 ONRR proposes new regulations to implement section 6(d) of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act of 1996. The new regulations would prescribe when a Federal lessee must report and pay royalties on the volume of oil and gas it takes from a lease or on the volume to which it is entitled based on its ownership interest in the lease. [RIN 1012-AA02]

July 22, 2013 78 FR 43843 - Clarification of Appeal Procedures.This proposed rule amends and clarifies regulations concerning certain aspects of appeals of ONRR correspondence and clarifies the final administrative nature of ONRR orders that are not paid or appealed [RIN 1012-AA08].

May 22, 2013 78 FR 30198 - Amendments to ONRR's Remaining OMB-Approved Forms and Acronyms To Reflect Reorganization.This direct final rule amends the ONRR's remaining Office of Management and Budget approved form numbers for information collection requirements and corresponding technical corrections to part and position titles, agency names, and acronyms [RIN 1012-AA09].

April 29, 2013 78 FR 25008 – Notice of Meeting for the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. ONRR announces meetings for the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. Dates are June 4 and 5, 2013; August 6 and 7, 2013; and September 16 and 17, 2013. All meetings will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time for all dates.

March 7, 2013 78 FR 14824 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submitted of OMB Review; Comment Request. Information Collection Request on Form MMS-4393, Request to Exceed Regulatory Allowance Limitation. Comment period ends May 6, 2013.

March 7, 2013 78 FR 14834 - Major Portion Prices and Due Date for Additional Royalty Payments on Indian Gas Production in Designated Areas Not associated with an Index Zone. This notice provides major portion prices for the 12 months of calendar year 2011. The due date to pay additional royalties based on the major portion prices is May 6, 2013.

February 11, 2013 78 FR 9732 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request/ Information Collection Request on Forms MMS-4430—Solid Minerals Production and Royalty Report, MMS-4292—Coal Washing Allowance Report, and MMS-4293—Coal Transportation Allowance Report. Comment period ends April 12, 2013.