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

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AGENCY:

Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of major portion prices for calendar year 2002.

SUMMARY:

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 for the 12 months of 2002. The due date to pay is June 15, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

See FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

John Barder, Indian Oil and Gas Compliance and Asset Management, MMS; telephone (303) 231-3702; FAX (303) 231-3755; or David Guzy, Indian Oil and Gas Compliance and Asset Management, MMS; telephone (303) 231-3432; FAX (303) 231-3755; mailing address, Minerals Management Service, Minerals Revenue Management, ONCAM, Indian Oil and Gas Compliance and Asset Management, P.O. Box 25165, MS 396B2, Denver, Colorado 80225-0165.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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) (2003). 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 (2003) 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. The due date is June 15, 2004.

GAS Major Portion Prices for Designated Areas Not Associated With an Index Zone

MMS-Designated AreasJanuary 2002 (MMBtu)February 2002 (MMBtu)March 2002 (MMBtu)
Blackfeet Reservation3.592.813.14
Fort Belknap4.384.304.33
Fort Berthold1.321.182.01
Fort Peck Reservation2.141.622.01
Navajo Allotted Leases in the Navajo Reservation2.391.692.05
Rocky Boys Reservation1.841.281.64
Turtle Mountain Reservation1.471.471.47
Ute Allotted Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation2.081.491.73
Ute Tribal Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation2.041.631.87
MMS-Designated AreasApril 2002 (MMBtu)May 2002 (MMBtu)June 2002 (MMBtu)
Blackfeet Reservation3.623.843.56
Fort Belknap4.504.534.44
Fort Berthold2.612.692.36
Fort Peck Reservation2.902.622.33
Navajo Allotted Leases in the Navajo Reservation2.902.432.02
Rocky Boys Reservation2.442.312.37
Turtle Mountain Reservation1.371.372.03
Ute Allotted Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation2.622.031.83
Ute Tribal Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation2.672.091.83
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MMS-Designated AreasJuly 2002 (MMBtu)August 2002 (MMBtu)September 2002 (MMBtu)
Blackfeet Reservation2.812.162.99
Fort Belknap4.384.324.42
Fort Berthold1.871.922.90
Fort Peck Reservation2.171.742.04
Navajo Allotted Leases in the Navajo Reservation2.492.452.27
Rocky Boys Reservation2.201.902.22
Turtle Mountain Reservation2.021.371.37
Ute Allotted Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation1.811.761.68
Ute Tribal Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation1.941.901.87
MMS-Designated AreasOctober 2002 (MMBtu)November 2002 (MMBtu)December 2002 (MMBtu)
Blackfeet Reservation3.864.904.74
Fort Belknap4.524.744.75
Fort Berthold3.183.333.70
Fort Peck Reservation2.922.923.55
Navajo Allotted Leases in the Navajo Reservation2.323.273.56
Rocky Boys Reservation2.623.003.21
Turtle Mountain Reservation1.371.391.39
Ute Allotted Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation1.842.853.14
Ute Tribal Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation2.002.783.29

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: March 29, 2004.

Lucy Querques Denett,

Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management.

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[FR Doc. 04-9502 Filed 4-26-04; 8:45 am]

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