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States' Decisions on Participating in Accounting and Auditing Relief for Federal Oil and Gas Marginal Properties

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AGENCY:

Minerals Management Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of States' decisions to participate or not participate in accounting and auditing relief for Federal oil and gas marginal properties located in their State for calendar year 2005.

SUMMARY:

The Minerals Management Service's (MMS) final regulations providing accounting and auditing relief for marginal Federal oil and gas properties, published on September 13, 2004 (69 FR 55076), require MMS to notify industry of the decisions by States concerned to allow or not to allow one or both forms of relief in their State by publishing the decisions in the Federal Register. As required under the regulation, MMS provided those States that receive a portion of the Federal royalties with a list of qualifying marginal Federal oil and gas properties located in their State so that each affected State could decide whether to participate in one or both relief options. This Notice provides the decisions by the States concerned under the Accounting and Auditing Relief for Marginal Properties rule (rule) to allow one or both types of relief.

DATES:

Effective Date: January 1, 2005.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mary Williams, Manager, Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Compliance and Asset Management, telephone (303) 231-3403, FAX (303) 231-3744, e-mail to mary.williams@mms.gov, or P.O. Box 25165, MS 392B2, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado 80225-0165.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction: The rule implemented certain provisions of section 7 of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act of 1996. The rule provides two options for relief: (1) notification-based relief for annual reporting, and (2) other requested relief, as proposed by industry and approved by MMS and the State concerned. The rule requires that MMS publish by December 1 of each year, a list of the States concerned and their decision on marginal property relief.

To qualify for the first option of relief (notification-based relief) for Calendar Year 2005, properties must have produced less than 1,000 barrels-of-oil-equivalent (BOE) per year for the base period (July 1, 2003—June 30, 2004). Annual reporting relief will begin on January 1, 2005, with the annual report and payment due February 28, 2006 (unless an estimated payment is on file, which will move the due date to March 31, 2006).

To qualify for the second option of relief (other requested relief), properties must have produced less than 15 BOE per well per day for the base period.

The following table shows states with marginal properties from which a portion of the royalties are shared between MMS and the state and their decision to allow one or both forms of relief.

State concernedParticipating in notification-based relief? (less than 1,000 BOE per year)Participating in request-based relief? (less than 15 BOE per well per day)
AlabamaNoNo.
ArkansasNoNo.
CaliforniaNoNo.
ColoradoNoNo.
KansasYesNo.
LouisianaYesYes.
MichiganYesNo.
MontanaYesNo.
North DakotaNoNo.
New MexicoNoNo.
NevadaNoNo.
OklahomaYesYes.
South DakotaNoNo.
UtahNoNo.
WyomingYesNo.
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Federal oil and gas properties located in all other States, where a portion of the royalties are not shared with the State, are eligible for relief if they qualify as marginal under this rule.

For information on how to obtain relief, please refer to the rule, which can be viewed on the MMS Web site at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/​Laws_​R_​D/​FRNotices/​AC30.htm.

All correspondence, records, or information received in response to this Notice are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. All information provided will be made public unless the respondent identifies which portions are proprietary. Please highlight the proprietary portions, including any supporting documentation, or mark the page(s) that contain proprietary data. Proprietary information is protected by the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (30 U.S.C. 1733), the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4), the Indian Minerals Development Act of 1982 (25 U.S.C. 2103), and Department regulations (43 CFR 2).

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Dated: November 12, 2004.

Lucy Querques Denett,

Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management.

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[FR Doc. 04-26111 Filed 11-24-04; 8:45 am]

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