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Compliance Overview

If ONRR contacts you regarding compliance,

  • Follow all instructions within the specified time period. If you need more time, you may need to sign a tolling agreement.
  • Refer to identifying information (such as, Case No.) when responding to communications.
  • Review your obligations, including those under the Code of Federal Regulations at TITLE 25--Indian, TITLE 30--Mineral Resources, and TITLE 43--Public Lands: Interior.
  • Refer to ONRR’s Handbooks and Reporter Letters for reporting and paying guidelines.
  • Look for Reporter Training sessions and materials regarding reporting and paying.
  • Contact Us for direct assistance and to view a list of additional ONRR resources.
  • You may appeal or request a hearing on the record, if applicable.
  • Failure to follow instructions can result in Notice of Noncompliance, Civil Penalties, or other enforcement actions.

To support ONRR’s Mission, we collect every dollar due, fulfill fiduciary responsibilities, and fulfill trust responsibilities. To do this, we verify reporting, conduct audits, enforce laws, regulations, lease terms and orders, and perform other compliance activities.

When ONRR identifies compliance issues, we will notify you if: payments are due, forms are late or missing, reports need correction, or additional information is required.

Compliance Authorities

Law Name Citation Date Land Type Description
Energy Policy Act of 2005 Pub. L. 109-58 Aug. 8, 2005 Federal Onshore and Outer Continental Shelf Addresses energy production in the United States, including the production, transportation, and transmission of energy on the Outer Continental Shelf from sources other than oil and gas (e.g., wind energy); incentives for oil and gas development; and provisions to access oil and gas resources on federal lands.
Lease, Sale or Surrender of Allotted or Unallotted Lands 25 U.S.C. 396d Jan. 7, 2003 Indian (Allotted) States that all lands allotted to Indians, except those made to members of the Five Civilized Tribes and Osage, may be leased for mining purposes for any term of years as may be deemed advisable by the Secretary of the Interior. Section 396d establishes that all operations under any oil, gas, or other mineral lease issued pursuant to the terms of 25 U.S.C. 396a to 396g or any other Act affecting restricted Indian lands shall be subject to the rules and regulations promulgated by the Secretary of the Interior.
Indian Mineral Development Act of 1920 25 U.S.C. 2103 Jan. 22, 2002 Indian Provides Indian tribes with flexibility in the development and sale of mineral resources, including opportunities to enter into joint venture agreements with mineral developers.
1996 Amendments to FOGRMA Pub. L. 104-185 1996 Federal Onshore, Indian, and Outer Continental Shelf Revisions to the Federal Oil & Gal Royalty Management Act (FOGRMA).
Federal Oil & Gas Royalty Management Act (FOGRMA) of 1982 Pub. L. 97-451 Jan. 12, 1983 Federal Onshore, Indian, and Outer Continental Shelf Grants the Secretary of the Interior authority for managing and collecting oil and gas royalties from leases on federal and Indian lands.
Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 30 U.S.C. 1001 1970 Federal Onshore Allows the leasing of federal lands under BLM’s administration for geothermal resource development, excluding prohibited lands.
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) of 1953 43 U.S.C. 1353 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Gives the Secretary of the Interior responsibility for administering mineral and energy resources exploration, development, and production on the Outer Continental Shelf, subject to environmental safeguards. Mandates receipt of fair market value for mineral leasing.
Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) of 1920 30 U.S.C. 1923 1920 Federal Onshore (Public Domain) Creates a system of leasing mineral resources on federal lands for extraction and grants BLM authority to administer mineral leasing.