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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of an extension of a currently approved information collection (OMB Control Number 1010-0073).

SUMMARY:

To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 220. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements. The previous title of this ICR was “30 CFR Part 220—Accounting Procedures for Determining Net Profit Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases, § 220.010 NPSL capital account, § 220.030 Maintenance of records, § 220.031 Reporting and payment requirements, § 220.032 Inventories, and § 220.033 Audits.” The new title of this ICR is “30 CFR Part 220, OCS Net Profit Share Payment Reporting.” There are no forms associated with this information collection.

DATES:

Submit written comments on or before August 8, 2008.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written comments by either FAX (202) 395-6566 or e-mail (OIRA_Docket@omb.eop.gov ) directly to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior (OMB Control Number 1010-0073).

Please submit copies of your comments to MMS by the following methods:

  • Electronically go to http://www.regulations.gov. In the “Comment or Submission” column, enter “MMS-2008-MRM-0008” to view supporting and related materials for this ICR. Click on “Send a comment or submission” link to submit public comments. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through the site's “User Tips” link. All comments submitted will be posted to the docket.
  • Mail comments to Armand Southall, Regulatory Specialist, Minerals Management Service, Minerals Revenue Management, P.O. Box 25165, MS 302B2, Denver, Colorado 80225. Please reference ICR 1010-0073 in your comments.
  • Hand-carry comments or use an overnight courier service. Our courier address is Building 85, Room A-614, Denver Federal Center, West 6th Ave. and Kipling Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80225. Please reference ICR 1010-0073 in your comments.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Armand Southall, telephone (303) 231-3221, or e-mail armand.southall@mms.gov. You may also contact Mr. Southall to obtain copies, at no cost, of (1) the ICR and (2) the regulations that require the subject collection of information.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: 30 CFR Part 220, OCS Net Profit Share Payment Reporting.

OMB Control Number: 1010-0073.

Bureau Form Number: None.

Abstract: The Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior is responsible for matters relevant to mineral resource development on Federal lands and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Secretary is responsible for managing the production of minerals from Federal lands and the OCS, collecting royalties and other mineral revenues from lessees who produce minerals, and distributing the funds collected in accordance with applicable laws. The MMS performs the mineral revenue management functions for the Secretary.

The MMS collects and uses this information to determine all allowable direct and allocable joint costs incurred during the lease term, appropriate overhead allowance permitted on these costs under § 220.012, and allowances for capital recovery calculated under § 220.020. The MMS also collects this information to ensure royalties or net Start Printed Page 39332profit share payments are accurately valued and appropriately paid. This ICR affects only oil and gas leases on submerged Federal lands on the OCS.

Applicable legal citations pertaining to mineral leases include Public Law 97-451—Jan. 12, 1983 (Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982); Public Law 104-185—Aug. 13, 1996 (Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act of 1996), as corrected by Public Law 104-200—Sept. 22, 1996; the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. 1923); and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1353). These citations can be viewed at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/​Laws_​R_​D/​PublicLawsAMR.htm.

Title 30 CFR part 220 covers the net profit share lease (NPSL) program and establishes reporting requirements for determining the net profit share base and calculating net profit share payments due the Federal Government for the production of oil and gas from OCS leases.

Net Profit Share Leases (NPSL) Bidding System

To encourage exploration, development, and production of oil and gas lease resources on submerged Federal lands on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), regulations were promulgated at 30 CFR part 260—Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing. Part 260, subpart B establishes the bidding systems that MMS may use to offer and sell Federal leases. Specific implementation regulations for the NPSL bidding system are promulgated at § 260.110(d) of part 260, subpart B. The MMS established the NPSL bidding system to balance a fair market return to the Federal Government for the lease of its public lands with a fair profit to companies risking their investment capital. The system provides an incentive for early and expeditious exploration and development and provides for sharing the risks by the lessee and the Federal Government. The NPSL bidding system incorporates a fixed capital recovery system as a means through which the lessee recovers costs of exploration and development from production revenues, along with a reasonable return on investment.

NPSL Capital Account Payment Reporting

Under § 220.031(b), the lessee report and pay NPSL payment due the Federal Government beginning with the first month in which production revenues are credited to the NPSL capital account not later than 60 days following the end of each month.

The Federal Government does not receive a profit share payment from an NPSL until the lessee shows a credit balance in its capital account; that is, cumulative revenues and other credits exceed cumulative costs. The credit balance is multiplied by the net profit share rate (30 to 50 percent), resulting in the amount of net profit share payment due the Federal Government.

The MMS requires lessees to maintain an NPSL capital account for each lease, which transfers to a new owner when sold. Following the cessation of production, lessees are also required to provide either an annual or a monthly report to the Federal Government, using data from the capital account.

NPSL Inventories

The NPSL lessees must notify MMS of their intent to perform an inventory and file a report after each inventory of controllable materiel.

NPSL Audits

When non-operators of an NPSL call for an audit, they must notify MMS. When MMS calls for an audit, the lessee must notify all non-operators on the lease. These requirements are located at § 220.033.

Summary

This collection of information is necessary in order to determine when net profit share payments are due and to ensure royalties or net profit share payments are properly valued and appropriately paid.

The MMS will request OMB's approval to continue to collect this information. Not collecting this information would limit the Secretary's ability to discharge his/her duty and may also result in loss of royalty payments. Proprietary information submitted to MMS under this collection is protected, and there are no questions of a sensitive nature included in this information collection.

Frequency: Annually, monthly, and on occasion.

Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: 6 lessees.

Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping “Hour” Burden: 1,046 hours.

All six lessees report monthly because all current NPSLs are in producing status. Because the requirements for establishment of capital accounts at § 220.010(a) and capital account annual reporting at § 220.031(a) are necessary only during non-producing status of a lease, we included only one response annually for these requirements, in case a new NPSL is established. We have not included in our estimates certain requirements performed in the normal course of business, which are considered usual and customary. The following chart shows the estimated annual burden hours by CFR section and paragraph.

Respondents' Estimated Annual Burden Hours

Citation 30 CFR 220Reporting & recordkeeping requirementHour burdenNumber of annual responsesAnnual burden hours
Part 220—Accounting Procedures for Determining Net Profit Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases
§ 220.010 NPSL capital account
220.010(a)(a) For each NPSL tract, an NPSL capital account shall be established and maintained by the lessee for NPSL operations * * *111
§ 220.030 Maintenance of records
220.030(a) and (b)(a) Each lessee * * * shall establish and maintain such records as are necessary * * *166
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§ 220.031 Reporting and payment requirements
220.031(a)(a) Each lessee subject to this part shall file an annual report during the period from issuance of the NPSL until the first month in which production revenues are credited to the NPSL capital account * * *111
220.031(b)(b) Beginning with the first month in which production revenues are credited to the NPSL capital account, each lessee * * * shall file a report for each NPSL, not later than 60 days following the end of each month * * *1372 1936
220.031(c)(c) Each lessee subject to this Part 220 shall submit, together with the report required * * * any net profit share payment due * * *Burden hours covered under § 220.031(b).
220.031(d)(d) Each lessee * * * shall file a report not later than 90 days after each inventory is taken * * *8648
220.031(e)(e) Each lessee * * * shall file a final report, not later than 60 days following the cessation of production * * *4624
§ 220.032 Inventories
220.032(b)(b) At reasonable intervals, but at least once every three years, inventories of controllable materiel shall be taken by the lessee. Written notice of intention to take inventory shall be given by the lessee at least 30 days before any inventory is to be taken so that the Director may be represented at the taking of inventory * * *166
§ 220.033 Audits
220.033(b)(1)(b)(1) When nonoperators of an NPSL lease call an audit in accordance with the terms of their operating agreement, the Director shall be notified of the audit call * * *2612
220.033(b)(2)(b)(2) If DOI determines to call for an audit, DOI shall notify the lessee of its audit call and set a time and place for the audit * * *. The lessee shall send copies of the notice to the nonoperators on the lease * * *2612
220.033(e)(e) Records required to be kept under § 220.030(a) shall be made available for inspection by any authorized agent of DOI * * *The Office of Regulatory Affairs determined that the audit process is exempt from the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 because MMS staff asks non-standard questions to resolve exceptions.
Total Burden1101,046
1 (6 NPSL reports × 12 months = 72 reports).

Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping “Non-hour” Cost Burden: We have identified no “non-hour cost” burdens.

Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. ) provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB Control Number.

Comments: Before submitting an ICR to OMB, PRA section 3506(c)(2)(A) requires each agency “* * * to provide notice * * * and otherwise consult with members of the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of information * * *.” Agencies must specifically solicit comments to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

To comply with the public consultation process, we published a notice in the Federal Register on October 2, 2007 (72 FR 56090), announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. The notice provided the required 60-day comment period. We received no comments in response to the notice.

If you wish to comment in response to this notice, you may send your comments to the offices listed under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information collection but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, to ensure maximum consideration, OMB should receive public comments by August 8, 2008.

Public Comment Policy: We will post all comments in response to this notice Start Printed Page 39334at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/​Laws_​R_​D/​InfoColl/​InfoColCom.htm . We will also make copies of the comments available for public review, including names and addresses of respondents, during regular business hours at our offices in Lakewood, Colorado. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz, (202) 208-7744.

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Dated: May 6, 2008.

Shirley M. Conway,

Acting Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management.

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[FR Doc. E8-15495 Filed 7-8-08; 8:45 am]

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