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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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Office of the Secretary, Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), Interior.




Final regulations for valuing gas produced from Indian leases, published August 10, 1999, require ONRR to determine major portion prices and notify industry by publishing the prices in the Federal Register. The regulations also require ONRR to publish a due date for industry to pay additional royalties based on the major portion prices. Consistent with these requirements, this notice provides major portion prices for the 12 months of calendar year 2014.


The due date to pay additional royalties based on the major portion prices is August 8, 2016.

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Michael Curry, Manager, Denver B, Western Audit & Compliance, ONRR; telephone (303) 231-3741; fax number (303) 231-3473; email; or Rob Francoeur, Denver B, Team 2, Western Audit & Compliance, ONRR; telephone (303) 231-3723; fax (303) 231-3473; email Mailing address: Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Western Audit & Compliance, Denver B, P.O. Box 25165, MS 62520B, Denver, Colorado 80225-0165.

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On August 10, 1999, ONRR published a final rule titled “Amendments to Gas Valuation Regulations for Indian Leases” effective January 1, 2000 (64 FR 43506). The gas valuation regulations apply to all gas production from Indian (Tribal or allotted) oil and gas leases, except leases on the Osage Indian Reservation.

The regulations require ONRR to publish major portion prices for each designated area not associated with an index zone for each production month beginning January 2000, as well as the due date for additional royalty payments. See 30 CFR 1206.174(a)(4)(ii). If you owe additional royalties based on a published major portion price, you must submit to ONRR by the due date, an amended form ONRR-2014, Report of Sales and Royalty Remittance. If you do not pay the additional royalties by the due date, ONRR will bill you late payment interest under 30 CFR 1218.54. The interest will accrue from the due date until ONRR receives your payment and an amended form ONRR-2014. The table below lists the major portion prices for all designated areas not associated with an index zone. The due date is the end of the month following 60 days after the publication date of this notice.

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

ONRR-designated areasJan 2014Feb 2014Mar 2014Apr 2014
Blackfeet Reservation3.426.584.243.82
Fort Belknap5.616.766.245.00
Fort Berthold6.4010.2710.485.19
Fort Peck Reservation6.557.287.876.64
Navajo Allotted Leases in the Navajo Reservation4.685.595.394.58
Turtle Mountain Reservation7.057.318.645.14
ONRR-designated areasMay 2014Jun 2014Jul 2014Aug 2014
Blackfeet Reservation3.693.823.303.14
Fort Belknap5.115.124.854.69
Fort Berthold5.045.014.664.20
Fort Peck Reservation5.175.004.794.49
Navajo Allotted Leases in the Navajo Reservation4.664.524.523.98
Turtle Mountain Reservation5.054.974.244.14
ONRR-designated areasSep 2014Oct 2014Nov 2014Dec 2014
Blackfeet Reservation3.132.812.992.34
Fort Belknap4.774.754.895.10
Fort Berthold4.244.094.374.83
Fort Peck Reservation4.704.313.523.10
Navajo Allotted Leases in the Navajo Reservation4.143.963.804.24
Turtle Mountain Reservation4.494.064.003.63

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 ONRR Web site at​ReportPay/​PDFDocs/​991201.pdf

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Dated: May 31, 2016.

Gregory J. Gould,

Director, Office of Natural Resources Revenue.

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[FR Doc. 2016-13461 Filed 6-7-16; 8:45 am]