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AGENCY:

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEM), Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of an extension of a currently approved information collection (OMB Control Number 1010-0136).

SUMMARY:

To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements in 30 CFR parts 202, 204, 206, and 210. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements. We consolidated this ICR and ICR 1010-0090, Stripper Royalty Rate Reduction Notification, in order to facilitate program wide review of Federal oil and gas valuation. The new title of this ICR is “30 CFR Parts 202, 204, 206, and 210, Federal Oil and Gas Valuation.”

DATES:

Submit written comments on or before October 4, 2010.

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 1010-0136).

Please also submit a copy of your comments on this ICR to BOEM by any of the following methods. Please use “ICR 1010-0136” as an identifier in your comment.

  • Electronically go to http://www.regulations.gov. In the entry titled “Enter Keyword or ID,” enter MMS-2008-MRM-0031, and then click search. Follow the instructions to submit public comments. The BOEM will post all comments.
  • Mail comments to Hyla Hurst, Regulatory Specialist, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement, Minerals Revenue Management, P.O. Box 25165, MS 61013B, Denver, Colorado 80225. Please reference ICR 1010-0136 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 St., Denver, Colorado 80225. Please reference ICR 1010-0136 in your comments.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Hyla Hurst, telephone (303) 231-3495, ore-mail hyla.hurst@boemre.gov. You may also contact Hyla Hurst to obtain copies, at no cost, of (1) the ICR, (2) any associated forms, and (3) the regulations that require the subject collection of information.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: 30 CFR Parts 202, 204, 206, and 210, Federal Oil and Gas Valuation.

OMB Control Number: 1010-0136.

Bureau Form Number: Forms MMS-4377 and MMS-4393.

Abstract: The Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior is responsible for mineral resource development on Federal and Indian lands and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Secretary is required by various laws to manage mineral resource production from Federal and Indian lands and the OCS, collect the royalties and other mineral revenues due, and distribute the funds collected in accordance with applicable laws. Public laws pertaining to mineral leases on Federal and Indian lands are posted on our Web site at http://www.mrm.boemre.gov/​Laws_​R_​D/​PublicLawsAMR.htm. Start Printed Page 54165

I. General Information

When a company or an individual enters into a lease to explore, develop, produce, and dispose of minerals from Federal or Indian lands, that company or individual agrees to pay the lessor a share in an amount or value of production from the leased lands. The lessee is required to report various kinds of information to the lessor relative to the disposition of the leased minerals. Such information is generally available within the records of the lessee or others involved in developing, transporting, processing, purchasing, or selling of such minerals.

II. Information Collections

We use the information collected in this ICR to ensure that royalty is accurately valued and appropriately paid on oil and gas produced from Federal onshore and offshore leases. Please refer to the burden hour table for all reporting requirements and associated burden hours. All data submitted is subject to subsequent audit and adjustment.

A. Federal Oil and Gas Valuation Regulations

The valuation regulations at 30 CFR part 206, subparts C and D, mandate that companies collect and/or submit information used to value their Federal oil and gas, including (1) transportation and processing allowances; and (2) regulatory allowance limitation information. Companies report certain data on Form MMS-2014, Report of Sales and Royalty Remittance (OMB Control Number 1010-0139). The information requested is the minimum necessary to carry out our mission and places the least possible burden on respondents. If BOEM does not collect this information, both Federal and state governments may incur a loss of royalties.

Transportation and Processing Regulatory Allowance Limits

Lessees may deduct the reasonable, actual costs of transportation and processing from Federal royalties. These allowances are reported on Form MMS-2014.

Request To Exceed Regulatory Allowance Limitation, Form MMS-4393

Lessees may request to exceed regulatory limitations. Upon proper application from the lessee, BOEM may approve an oil or gas transportation allowance in excess of 50 percent or a gas processing allowance in excess of 662/3; percent on Federal leases. Form MMS-4393 is used for both Federal and Indian leases to request to exceed allowance limitations. This ICR covers only Federal leases; therefore we have not included burden hours for Form MMS-4393 for Indian leases in this ICR. Burden hours for Form MMS-4393 for Indian leases are included in OMB Control Number 1010-0103.

B. Accounting and Auditing Relief for Marginal Properties

In 2004, we amended our regulations to comply with section 7 of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act of 1996. The regulations provide guidance for lessees and designees seeking accounting and auditing relief for qualifying Federal marginal properties. Under the regulations, both BOEM and the state concerned must approve any relief granted for a marginal property.

C. Stripper Oil Royalty Rate Reduction Program

Under 43 CFR 3103.4-2, the Stripper Oil Royalty Rate Reduction Program (Stripper Oil Program) was established by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the surface management agency for Federal onshore leases. The Minerals Revenue Management (MRM), who administered the Stripper Oil Program for BLM, approved royalty rate reductions for operators of stripper oil properties for applicable sales periods from October 1, 1992, through January 31, 2006. Effective February 1, 2006, the reduced royalty rates under this program were terminated. This change is not currently reflected in the CFR; however, BLM is processing a final rule to remove this citation from the regulations.

For production through January 31, 2006, reporters used Form MMS-4377, Stripper Royalty Rate Reduction Notification, to notify MRM of royalty rate changes. Although the royalty rate reductions were terminated, MRM continues to verify previously submitted notifications and may require the operator to submit an amended Form MMS-4377.

III. OMB Approval

We are requesting OMB approval to continue to collect this information. Not collecting this information would limit the Secretary's ability to discharge his/her duties and may also result in loss of royalty payments. Proprietary information submitted to BOEM under this collection is protected, and no items of a sensitive nature are included in this information collection.

For information collections relating to valuation requirements, responses are mandatory. For the remaining information collections in this ICR, responses are required to obtain a benefit.

Frequency: Annually and on occasion.

Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: 120 Federal lessees/designees and 7 states for Federal oil and gas valuation; and 150 lessees/lessors for the Stripper Oil Program.

Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping “Hour” Burden: 9,378 hours.

We have not included in our estimates certain requirements performed in the normal course of business and considered usual and customary. The following chart shows the estimated burden hours by CFR section and paragraph:

Respondents' Estimated Annual Burden Hours

30 CFR 202, 204, 206, and 210Reporting and recordkeeping requirementHour burdenAverage number of annual responsesAnnual burden hours
PART 202—ROYALTIES
Subpart C—Federal and Indian Oil
202.101202.101 Oil volumes are to be reported in barrels of clean oil of 42 standard U.S. gallons (231 cubic inches each) at 60 °F * * *.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
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Subpart D—Federal Gas
202.152(a) and (b)202.152(a)(1) If you are responsible for reporting production or royalties you must:Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
(i) Report gas volumes and British thermal unit (Btu) heating values, if applicable, under the same degree of water saturation;
(ii) Report gas volumes in units of 1,000 cubic feet (mcf); and
(iii) Report gas volumes and Btu heating value at a standard pressure base of 14.73 pounds per square inch absolute (psia) and a standard temperature base of 60 °F * * *.
(b) Residue gas and gas plant product volumes shall be reported as specified in this paragraph * * *.
PART 204—ALTERNATIVES FOR MARGINAL PROPERTIES
Subpart C—Accounting and Auditing Relief
204.202(b)(1)204.202(b) To use the cumulative royalty reports and payments relief option, you must do all of the following:40140
(1) Notify MMS in writing by January 31 of the calendar year for which you begin taking your relief * * *.
204.202(b)(2) and (b)(3)204.202(b)(2) Submit your royalty report and payment * * * by the end of February of the year following the calendar year for which you reported annually * * *. If you have an estimated payment on file, you must submit your royalty report and payment by the end of March of the year following the calendar year for which you reported annually;Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
(3) Use the sales month prior to the month that you submit your annual report and payment * * * for the entire previous calendar year's production for which you are paying annually * * *.
204.202(b)(4), (b)(5), (c), (d)(1), (d)(2), (e)(1), and (e)(2)204.202(b) To use the cumulative royalty reports and payments relief option, you must * * * (4) Report one line of cumulative royalty information on Form MMS-2014 for the calendar year * * * andBurden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
(5) Report allowances on Form MMS-2014 on the same annual basis as the royalties for your marginal property production.
(c) If you do not pay your royalty by the date due in paragraph (b) of this section, you will owe late payment interest * * * from the date your payment was due under this section until the date MMS receives it * * *.
(d) If you take relief you are not qualified for, you may be liable for civil penalties.
Also you must:
(1) Pay MMS late payment interest determined under 30 CFR 218.54 * * *
(2) Amend your Form MMS-2014 * * *
(e) If you dispose of your ownership interest in a marginal property for which you have taken relief * * * you must:
(1) Report and pay royalties for the portion of the calendar year for which you had an ownership interest; and
(2) Make the report and payment by the end of the month after you dispose of the ownership interest in the marginal property. If you do not report and pay timely, you will owe interest * * * from the date the payment was due * * *.
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204.203(b), 204.205(a) and (b), and 204.206(a)(3)(i) and (b)(1)204.203(b) You must request approval from MMS * * * before taking relief under this option.2001200
204.208(c)(1), (d)(1), and (e)204.208(c) If a State decides * * * that it will or will not allow one or both of the relief options * * * within 30 days * * * the State must:407280
(1) Notify the Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management, MMS, in writing, of its intent to allow or not allow one or both of the relief options * * *
(d) If a State decides in advance * * * that it will not allow one or both of the relief options * * * the State must: (1) Notify the Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management, MMS, in writing, of its intent to allow one or both of the relief options * * *
(e) If a State does not notify MMS * * * the State will be deemed to have decided not to allow either of the relief options * * *
204.209(b)204.209(b) If a property is no longer eligible for relief * * * the relief for the property terminates as of December 31 of that calendar year. You must notify MMS in writing by December 31 that the relief for the property has terminated * * *616
204.210(c) and (d)204.210(c) * * * the volumes on which you report and pay royalty * * * must be amended to reflect all volumes produced on or allocated to your lease under the nonqualifying agreement as modified by BLM * * *. Report and pay royalties for your production using the procedures in § 204.202(b).Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
(d) If you owe additional royalties based on the retroactive agreement approval and do not pay your royalty by the date due in § 204.202(b), you will owe late payment interest determined under 30 CFR 218.54 from the date your payment was due under § 204.202(b)(2) until the date MMS receives it.
204.214(b)(1) and (b)(2)204.214(b) If you pay minimum royalty on production from a marginal property during a calendar year for which you are taking cumulative royalty reports and payment relief, and:Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
(1) The annual payment you owe under this subpart is greater than the minimum royalty you paid, you must pay the difference between the minimum royalty you paid and your annual payment due under this subpart; or
(2) The annual payment you owe under this subpart is less than the minimum royalty you paid, you are not entitled to a credit because you must pay at least the minimum royalty amount on your lease each year.
Accounting and Auditing Relief Subtotal10526
PART 206—PRODUCT VALUATION
Subpart C—Federal Oil
206.102(e)(1)206.102(e) If you value oil under paragraph (a) of this section: (1) MMS may require you to certify that your or your affiliate's arm's-length contract provisions include all of the consideration the buyer must pay, either directly or indirectly, for the oil.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
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206.103(a)(1), (a)(2), and (a)(3)206.103 This section explains how to value oil that you may not value under § 206.102 or that you elect under § 206.102(d) to value under this section. First determine whether paragraph (a), (b), or (c) of this section applies to production from your lease, or whether you may apply paragraph (d) or (e) with MMS approval.455225
(a) Production from leases in California or Alaska. Value is the average of the daily mean ANS spot prices published in any MMS-approved publication during the trading month most concurrent with the production month * * *.
(1) To calculate the daily mean spot price * * *
(2) Use only the days * * *
(3) You must adjust the value * * *
206.103(a)(4)206.103(a)(4) After you select an MMS-approved publication, you may not select a different publication more often than once every 2 years, * * *8216
206.103(b)(1)206.103(b) Production from leases in the Rocky Mountain Region. * * * (1) If you have an MMS-approved tendering program, you must value oil * * *4002800
206.103(b)(1)(ii)206.103(b)(1)(ii) If you do not have an MMS-approved tendering program, you may elect to value your oil under either paragraph (b)(2) or (b)(3) of this section * * *.4002800
206.103(b)(4)206.103(b)(4) If you demonstrate to MMS's satisfaction that paragraphs (b)(1) through (b)(3) of this section result in an unreasonable value for your production as a result of circumstances regarding that production, the MMS Director may establish an alternative valuation method.4002800
206.103(c)(1)206.103(c) Production from leases not located in California, Alaska or the Rocky Mountain Region. (1) Value is the NYMEX price, plus the roll, adjusted for applicable location and quality differentials and transportation costs under § 206.112.5010500
206.103(e)(1) and (e)(2)206.103(e) Production delivered to your refinery and the NYMEX price or ANS spot price is an unreasonable value.3302660
(1) * * * you may apply to the MMS Director to establish a value representing the market at the refinery if: * * *
(2) You must provide adequate documentation and evidence demonstrating the market value at the refinery * * *.
206.105206.105 If you determine the value of your oil under this subpart, you must retain all data relevant to the determination of royalty value * * *.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
206.107(a)206.107(a) You may request a value determination from MMS * * *4010400
206.109(c)(2)206.109(c) Limits on transportation allowances. (2) You may ask MMS to approve a transportation allowance in excess of the limitation in paragraph (c)(1) of this section * * *. Your application for exception (using Form MMS-4393, Request to Exceed Regulatory Allowance Limitation) must contain all relevant and supporting documentation necessary for MMS to make a determination * * *8216
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206.110(a)206.110(a) * * *. You must be able to demonstrate that your or your affiliate's contract is at arm's length * * *.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
206.110(d)(3)206.110(d) If your arm's-length transportation contract includes more than one liquid product, and the transportation costs attributable to each product cannot be determined * * *20240
(3) You may propose to MMS a cost allocation method * * *
206.110(e)206.110(e) If your arm's-length transportation contract includes both gaseous and liquid products, and the transportation costs attributable to each product cannot be determined from the contract, then you must propose an allocation procedure to MMS.20120
206.110(e)(1) and (e)(2)206.110(e)(1) * * * If MMS rejects your cost allocation, you must amend your Form MMS-2014 * * *Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
(2) You must submit your initial proposal, including all available data, within 3 months after first claiming the allocated deductions on Form MMS-2014.
206.110(g)(2)206.110(g) If your arm's-length sales contract includes a provision reducing the contract price by a transportation factor, * * *515
(2) You must obtain MMS approval before claiming a transportation factor in excess of 50 percent of the base price of the product.
206.111(g)206.111(g) To compute depreciation, you may elect to use either * * *. After you make an election, you may not change methods without MMS approval * * *.30130
206.111(k)(2)206.111(k)(2) You may propose to MMS a cost allocation method on the basis of the values * * *.30130
206.111(l)(1) and (l)(3)206.111(l)(1) Where you transport both gaseous and liquid products through the same transportation system, you must propose a cost allocation procedure to MMS * * *.20120
(3) You must submit your initial proposal, including all available data, within 3 months after first claiming the allocated deductions on Form MMS-2014.
206.111(l)(2)206.111(l)(2) * * * If MMS rejects your cost allocation, you must amend your Form MMS-2104 for the months that you used the rejected method and pay any additional royalty and interest due.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
206.112(a)(1)(ii)206.112(a)(1)(ii) * * * under an exchange agreement that is not at arm's length, you must obtain approval from MMS for a location and quality differential * * *.80180
206.112(a)(1)(ii)206.112(a)(1)(ii) * * * If MMS prescribes a different differential, you must apply * * *. You must pay any additional royalties owed * * * plus the late payment interest from the original royalty due date, or you may report a credit * * *20240
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206.112(a)(3) and (a)(4)206.112(a)(3) If you transport or exchange at arm's length (or both transport and exchange) at least 20 percent, but not all, of your oil produced from the lease to a market center, determine the adjustment between the lease and the market center for the oil that is not transported or exchanged (or both transported and exchanged) to or through a market center as follows: * * *804320
(4) If you transport or exchange (or both transport and exchange) less than 20 percent of your crude oil produced from the lease between the lease and a market center, you must propose to MMS an adjustment between the lease and the market center for the portion of the oil that you do not transport or exchange (or both transport and exchange) to a market center * * *. If MMS prescribes a different adjustment * * *. You must pay any additional royalties owed * * * plus the late payment interest from the original royalty due date, or you may report a credit * * *.
206.112(b)(3)206.112(b)(3) * * * you may propose an alternative differential to MMS * * *. If MMS prescribes a different differential * * *. You must pay any additional royalties owed * * * plus the late payment interest from the original royalty due date, or you may report a credit * * *804320
206.112(c)(2)206.112(c)(2) * * * If quality bank adjustments do not incorporate or provide for adjustments for sulfur content, you may make sulfur adjustments, based on the quality of the representative crude oil at the market center, of 5.0 cents per one-tenth percent difference in sulfur content, unless MMS approves a higher adjustment.802160
206.114206.114 You or your affiliate must use a separate entry on Form MMS-2014 to notify MMS of an allowance based on transportation costs you or your affiliate incur.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
MMS may require you or your affiliate to submit arm's-length transportation contracts, production agreements, operating agreements, and related documents * * *.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
206.115(a)206.115(a) You or your affiliate must use a separate entry on Form MMS-2014 to notify MMS of an allowance based on transportation costs you or your affiliate incur.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
206.115(c)206.115(c) MMS may require you or your affiliate to submit all data used to calculate the allowance deduction * * *.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
Subpart D—Federal Gas
206.152 (b)(1)(i) and (b)(1)(iii)206.152(b)(1)(i) * * * The lessee shall have the burden of demonstrating that its contract is arm's-length * * *. (iii) * * * When MMS determines that the value may be unreasonable, MMS will notify the lessee and give the lessee an opportunity to provide written information justifying the lessee's value.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
206.152(b)(2)206.152(b)(2) * * * The lessee must request a value determination in accordance with paragraph (g) of this section for gas sold pursuant to a warranty contract; * * *80180
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206.152(b)(3)206.152(b)(3) MMS may require a lessee to certify that its arm's-length contract provisions include all of the consideration to be paid by the buyer, either directly or indirectly, for the gas.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
206.152(e)(1)206.152(e)(1) Where the value is determined pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section, the lessee shall retain all data relevant to the determination of royalty value * * *.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
206.152(e)(2)206.152(e)(2) Any Federal lessee will make available upon request to the authorized MMS or State representatives, to the Office of the Inspector General of the department of the Interior, or other person authorized to receive such information, arm's-length sales and volume data for like-quality production sold, purchased or otherwise obtained by the lessee from the field or area or from nearby fields or areas.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
206.152(e)(3)206.152(e)(3) A lessee shall notify MMS if it has determined value pursuant to paragraph (c)(2) or (c)(3) of this section * * *.1010100
206.152(g)206.152(g) The lessee may request a value determination from MMS * * *. The lessee shall submit all available data relevant to its proposal * * *.405200
206.153(b)(1)(i) and (b)(1)(iii)206.153(b)(1)(i) * * * The lessee shall have the burden of demonstrating that its contract is arm's-length * * *.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
(iii) * * * When MMS determines that the value may be unreasonable, MMS will notify the lessee and give the lessee an opportunity to provide written information justifying the lessee's value.
206.153(b)(2)206.153(b)(2) * * * The lessee must request a value determination in accordance with paragraph (g) of this section for gas sold pursuant to a warranty contract; * * *80180
206.153(b)(3)206.153(b)(3) MMS may require a lessee to certify that its arm's-length contract provisions include all of the consideration to be paid by the buyer, either directly or indirectly, for the residue gas or gas plant product.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
206.153(e)(1)206.153(e)(1) Where the value is determined pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section, the lessee shall retain all data relevant to the determination of royalty value * * *.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
206.153(e)(2)206.153(e)(2) Any Federal lessee will make available upon request to the authorized MMS or State representatives, to the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior, or other persons authorized to receive such information, arm's-length sales and volume data for like-quality residue gas and gas plant products sold, purchased or otherwise obtained by the lessee from the same processing plant or from nearby processing plants.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
206.153(e)(3)206.153(e)(2) A lessee shall notify MMS if it has determined any value pursuant to paragraph (c)(2) or (c)(3) of this section * * *.10220
206.153(g)206.153(g) The lessee may request a value determination from MMS * * *. The lessee shall submit all available data relevant to its proposal * * *.80151,200
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206.154(c)(4)206.154(c)(4) * * * A lessee may request MMS approval of other methods for determining the quantity of residue gas and gas plant products allocable to each lease * * *.40140
206.156(c)(3)206.156(c)(3) Upon request of a lessee, MMS may approve a transportation allowance deduction in excess of the limitation prescribed by paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this section * * *. An application for exception (using Form MMS-4393, Request to Exceed Regulatory Allowance Limitation) must contain all relevant and supporting documentation necessary for MMS to make a determination * * *.403120
206.157(a)(1)(i)206.157(a) Arm's-length transportation contracts. (1)(i) * * * The lessee shall have the burden of demonstrating that its contract is arm's-length * * *.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
The lessee must claim a transportation allowance by reporting it on a separate line entry on the Form MMS-2014.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
206.157(a)(1)(iii)206.157(a)(1)(iii) * * * When MMS determines that the value of the transportation may be unreasonable, MMS will notify the lessee and give the lessee an opportunity to provide written information justifying the lessee's transportation costs.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
206.157(a)(2)(ii)206.157(a)(2)(ii) * * * the lessee may propose to MMS a cost allocation method on the basis of the values of the products transported * * *.40140
206.157(a)(3)206.157(a)(3) If an arm's-length transportation contract includes both gaseous and liquid products and the transportation costs attributable to each cannot be determined from the contract, the lessee shall propose an allocation procedure to MMS * * *. The lessee shall submit all relevant data to support its proposal * * *.40140
206.157(a)(5)206.157(a)(5) * * * The transportation factor may not exceed 50 percent of the base price of the product without MMS approval.10330
206.157(b)(1)206.157(b) Non-arm's-length or no contract. (1) The lessee must claim a transportation allowance by reporting it on a separate line entry on the Form MMS-2014 * * *.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
206.157(b)(2)(iv) and (b)(2)(iv) (A)206.157(b)(2)(iv) * * * After a lessee has elected to use either method for a transportation system, the lessee may not later elect to change to the other alternative without approval of the MMS.1001100
(A) * * * After an election is made, the lessee may not change methods without MMS approval * * *.
206.157(b)(3)(i)206.157(b)(3)(i) * * * Except as provided in this paragraph, the lessee may not take an allowance for transporting a product which is not royalty bearing without MMS approval.1001100
206.157(b)(3)(ii)206.157(b)(3)(ii) * * * the lessee may propose to the MMS a cost allocation method on the basis of the values of the products transported * * *.1001100
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206.157(b)(4)206.157(b)(4) Where both gaseous and liquid products are transported through the same transportation system, the lessee shall propose a cost allocation procedure to MMS * * *. The lessee shall submit all relevant data to support its proposal * * *.1001100
206.157(b)(5)206.157(b)(5) You may apply for an exception from the requirement to compute actual costs under paragraphs (b)(1) through (b)(4) of this section.1001100
206.157(c)(1)(i)206.157(c) Reporting Requirements. (1) Arm's-length contracts. (i) You must use a separate entry on Form MMS-2014 to notify MMS of a transportation allowance.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
206.157(c)(1)(ii)206.157(c)(1)(ii) The MMS may require you to submit arm's-length transportation contracts, production agreements, operating agreements, and related documents * * *.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
206.157(c)(2)(i)206.157(c)(2) Non-arm's-length or no contract. (i) You must use a separate entry on Form MMS-2014 to notify MMS of a transportation allowance.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
206.157(c)(2)(iii)206.157(c)(2)(iii) The MMS may require you to submit all data used to calculate the allowance deduction * * *.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
206.157(e)(2), (e)(3), and (f)(1)206.157(e) Adjustments. (2) For lessees transporting production from onshore Federal leases, the lessee must submit a corrected Form MMS-2014 to reflect actual costs, together with any payment, in accordance with instructions provided by MMS.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
(3) For lessees transporting gas production from leases on the OCS, if the lessee's estimated transportation allowance exceeds the allowance based on actual costs, the lessee must submit a corrected Form MMS-2014 to reflect actual costs, together with its payments, in accordance with instructions provided by MMS * * *.
(f) Allowable costs in determining transportation allowances. * * * (1) Firm demand charges paid to pipelines. * * * if you receive a payment or credit from the pipeline for penalty refunds, rate case refunds, or other reasons, you must reduce the firm demand charge claimed on the Form MMS-2014 by the amount of that payment. You must modify Form MMS-2014 by the amount received or credited for the affected reporting period and pay any resulting royalty and late payment interest due;
206.158(c)(3)206.158(c)(3) Upon request of a lessee, MMS may approve a processing allowance in excess of the limitation prescribed by paragraph (c)(2) of this section * * *. An application for exception (using Form MMS-4393, Request to Exceed Regulatory Allowance Limitation) shall contain all relevant and supporting documentation for MMS to make a determination * * *.808640
206.158(d)(2)(i)206.158(d)(2)(i) If the lessee incurs extraordinary costs for processing gas production from a gas production operation, it may apply to MMS for an allowance for those costs * * *.80180
206.158(d)(2)(ii)206.158(d)(2)(ii) * * * to retain the authority to deduct the allowance the lessee must report the deduction to MMS in a form and manner prescribed by MMS.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
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206.159(a)(1)(i)206.159(a) Arm's-length processing contracts.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
(1)(i) * * *The lessee shall have the burden of demonstrating that its contract is arm's-length * * *.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
The lessee must claim a processing allowance by reporting it on a separate line entry on the Form MMS-2014.
206.159(a)(1)(iii)206.159(a)(1)(iii) * * * When MMS determines that the value of the processing may be unreasonable, MMS will notify the lessee and give the lessee an opportunity to provide written information justifying the lessee's processing costs.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
206.159(a)(3)206.159(a)(3) If an arm's-length processing contract includes more than one gas plant product and the processing costs attributable to each product cannot be determined from the contract, the lessee shall propose an allocation procedure to MMS * * *. The lessee shall submit all relevant data to support its proposal * * *.20120
206.159(b)(1)206.159(b) Non-arm's-length or no contract. (1) * * * The lessee must claim a processing allowance by reflecting it as a separate line entry on the Form MMS-2014 * * *.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
206.159(b)(2)(iv) and (b)(2)(iv) (A)206.159(b)(2)(iv) * * * When a lessee has elected to use either method for a processing plant, the lessee may not later elect to change to the alternative without approval of the MMS.1001100
(A) * * * After an election is made, the lessee may not change methods without MMS approval * * *
206.159(b)(4)206.159(b)(4) A lessee may apply to MMS for an exception from the requirements that it compute actual costs in accordance with paragraphs (b)(1) through (b)(3) of this section * * *.1001100
206.159(c)(1)(i)206.159(c) Reporting requirements—(1) Arm's-length contracts. (i) The lessee must notify MMS of an allowance based on incurred costs by using a separate line entry on the Form MMS-2014.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
206.159(c)(1)(ii)206.159(c)(1)(ii) The MMS may require that a lessee submit arm's-length processing contracts and related documents * * *.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
206.159(c)(2)(i)206.159(c)(2) Non-arm's-length or no contract.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
(i) The lessee must notify MMS of an allowance based on incurred costs by using a separate line entry on the Form MMS-2014.
206.159(c)(2)(iii)206.159(c)(2)(iii) Upon request by MMS, the lessee shall submit all data used to prepare the allowance deduction * * *.AUDIT PROCESS. See note.
206.159(e)(2) and (e)(3)206.159(e) Adjustments.Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0139.
(2) For lessees processing production from onshore Federal leases, the lessee must submit a corrected Form MMS-2014 to reflect actual costs, together with any payment, in accordance with instructions provided by MMS.
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(3) For lessees processing gas production from leases on the OCS, if the lessee's estimated processing allowance exceeds the allowance based on actual costs, the lessee must submit a corrected Form MMS-2014 to reflect actual costs, together with its payment, in accordance with instructions provided by MMS * * *
Oil and Gas Valuation Subtotal1178,672
PART 210—FORMS AND REPORTS
Subpart D—Special-Purpose Forms and Reports—Oil, Gas, and Geothermal
210.155(a)210.155(a) General. Operators who have been granted a reduced royalty rate by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) * * * must submit Form MMS-4377, Stripper Royalty Rate Reduction Notification, under 43 CFR * * *1.2150180
NOTE: BLM terminated the benefits of this program and is processing a final rule to remove this program from the regulations.
Total2779,378
Note: AUDIT PROCESS—The Office of Regulatory Affairs determined that the audit process is exempt from the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 because MRM staff asks non-standard questions to resolve exceptions.

Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping “Non-hour” Cost Burden: We have identified no “non-hour” cost burden associated with the collection of information.

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To comply with the public consultation process, we published a notice in the Federal Register on April 12, 2010 (75 FR 18525), 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.

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Public Comment Policy: We will post all comments in response to this notice at http://www.mrm.boemre.gov/​Laws_​R_​D/​FRNotices/​FRInfColl.htm. We also will post all comments, including names and addresses of respondents, at http://www.regulations.gov. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised 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 from public view your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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Dated: August 26, 2010.

Gregory J. Gould,

Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management.

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