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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 2006.

SUMMARY:

Final regulations for valuing gas produced from Indian leases, published August 10, 1999, require MMS to determine major portion prices and notify industry by publishing the prices 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 prices. This notice provides the major portion prices for the 12 months of 2006.

DATES:

The due date to pay additional royalties based on the major portion prices is June 30, 2008.

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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; e-mail to John.Barder@mms.gov; or Larry Gratz, Indian Oil and Gas Compliance and Asset Management, MMS; telephone (303) 231-3427; FAX (303) 231-3755; e-mail to Larry.Gratz@mms.gov. Mailing address: Minerals Management Service, Minerals Revenue Management, Compliance and Asset Management, 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) (2007). 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, 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 60 days after the publication date of this notice.

Gas Major Portion Prices ($/MMBtu) for Designated Areas Not Associated With an Index Zone

MMS-designated areasJan 2006Feb 2006Mar 2006Apr 2006
Blackfeet Reservation10.177.126.075.38
Fort Belknap6.366.155.955.99
Fort Berthold7.456.445.375.47
Fort Peck Reservation9.897.967.576.07
Navajo Allotted Leases in the Navajo Reservation10.037.246.576.03
Rocky Boys Reservation7.055.665.014.74
Ute Allotted Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation8.616.596.405.95
Ute Tribal Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation8.666.455.545.07
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May 2006Jun 2006Jul 2006Aug 2006
Blackfeet Reservation5.604.784.825.14
Fort Belknap5.915.865.696.11
Fort Berthold5.055.155.235.87
Fort Peck Reservation6.976.356.707.07
Navajo Allotted Leases in the Navajo Reservation6.225.225.596.49
Rocky Boys Reservation4.174.274.224.85
Ute Allotted Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation5.494.924.645.31
Ute Tribal Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation4.994.194.435.21
Sep 2006Oct 2006Nov 2006Dec 2006
Blackfeet Reservation5.263.695.736.63
Fort Belknap5.795.786.206.13
Fort Berthold4.564.886.626.41
Fort Peck Reservation5.914.726.727.89
Navajo Allotted Leases in the Navajo Reservation6.624.206.586.71
Rocky Boys Reservation3.404.275.675.23
Ute Allotted Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation4.652.805.575.28
Ute Tribal Leases in the Uintah and Ouray Reservation4.082.305.655.39

For information on how to report additional royalties due to major portion prices, please refer to our Dear Payor letter dated December 1, 1999, on the MMS Web site at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/​ReportingServices/​PDFDocs/​991201.pdf.

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Dated: February 28, 2008.

Walter D. Cruickshank,

Acting Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management.

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[FR Doc. E8-9338 Filed 4-28-08; 8:45 am]

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