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Major Portion Prices and Due Dates for Additional Royalty Payments on Indian Gas Production in Designated Areas Not Associated With an Index Zone

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Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.


Notice of major portion prices.


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 and due dates for July and August 2000 production months.


January 1, 2000.



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John Barder, Indian Oil and Gas Compliance Asset Management, MMS; telephone, (303) 275-7234; FAX, (303) 275-7470; E-mail,; mailing address, Minerals Management Service, Minerals Revenue Management Indian Oil and Gas Compliance Asset Management, P.O. Box 25165, MS 396G3, Denver, Colorado 80225-0165.

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On August 10, 1999, MMS published a final rule titled “Amendments to Gas Valuation Regulations for Indian Leases,” (64 FR 43506) with an effective date of January 1, 2000. The gas regulations apply to all gas production from Indian (tribal or allotted) oil and gas leases (except leases on the Osage Indian Reservation).

The rule requires that MMS publish major portion prices for each designated area not associated with an index zone for each production month beginning January 2000 along with a due date for additional royalty payments. See 30 CFR 206.174(a)(4)(ii)(64 FR 43520, August 10, 1999). If additional royalties are due based on a published major portion price, the lessee must submit an amended Form MMS-2014, Report of Sales and Royalty Remittance, to MMS by the due date. If additional royalties are not paid by the due date, late payment interest under 30 CFR 218.54 (1999) will accrue from the due date until payment is made and an amended Form MMS-2014 is received. The table below lists the major portion prices for all designated areas not associated with an Index Zone and the due date for payment of additional royalties.

Gas Major Portion Prices and Due Dates for Designated Areas Not Associated With an Index Zone

MMS-designated areasJuly 2000August 2000Due date
Blackfeet Reservation3.23/MMBtu2.82/MMBtu02/28/2001
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Fort Belknap4.27/MMBtu4.13/MMBtu02/28/2001
Fort Berthold2.15/MMBtu1.70/MMBtu02/28/2001
Fort Peck Reservation2.69/MMBtu2.31/MMBtu02/28/2001
Navajo Allotted Leases in the Navajo Reservation3.80/MMBtu3.42/MMBtu02/28/2001
Rocky Boys Reservation3.02/MMBtu2.56/MMBtu02/28/2001
Turtle Mountain Reservation1.18/MMBtu1.18/MMBtu02/28/2001
Ute Allotted Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation3.86/MMBtu3.15/MMBtu02/28/2001
Ute Tribal Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation3.86/MMBtu3.15/MMBtu02/28/2001

For information on how to report additional royalties due to major portion prices, please refer to our Dear Payor letter dated December 1, 1999.

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Dated: January 24, 2001.

Lucy Querques Denett,

Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management.

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[FR Doc. 01-2979 Filed 2-2-01; 8:45 am]