[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 28 (Monday, February 11, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 9732-9740]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-02959]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of Natural Resources Revenue

[Docket No. ONRR-2011-0001]


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

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

ACTION: Notice of an extension of a currently approved information 
collection (OMB Control Number 1012-0010).

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SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we 
are inviting comments on a collection of information requests that we 
will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and 
approval. OMB formerly approved this information collection request 
(ICR) under OMB Control Number 1010-0120. On March 6, 2011, OMB 
approved a new series number for ONRR and renumbered our ICRs. This ICR 
pertains to royalty and production reporting on solid minerals and 
geothermal leases on Federal and Indian lands. This ICR covers the 
paperwork requirements in the regulations under title 30, Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR), parts 1202, 1206, 1210, 1212, 1217, and 
1218. The title of this ICR is ``30 CFR Parts 1202, 1206, 1210, 1212, 
1217, and 1218, Solid Minerals and Geothermal Resources.'' There are 
three forms associated with this information collection.

DATES: Submit written comments on or before April 12, 2013 in order to 
assure consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this ICR to ONRR by any of the 
following methods (please use ``ICR 1012-0010'' as an identifier in 
your comment):
     Electronically go to http://www.regulations.gov. In the 
entry titled ``Enter Keyword or ID,'' enter ``ONRR-2011-0001,'' and 
then click ``Search.'' Follow the instructions to submit public 
comments.
     Mail comments to Stephen Chubb, Regulatory Specialist, 
Office of Natural Resources Revenue, P.O. Box 25165, MS 64000A, Denver, 
Colorado 80225.
     Hand-carry comments, or use an overnight courier service 
to ONRR. Our courier address is Building 85, Room A-614, Denver Federal 
Center, West 6th Ave. and Kipling St., Denver, Colorado 80225.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen Chubb, Regulatory Specialist, 
email Stephen.Chubb@onrr.gov. You may also contact Mr. Chubb to obtain 
copies, at no cost, of (1) the ICR, (2) any associated forms, and (3) 
the regulations that require us to collect the information. You may 
also review the information collection online at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/PRAMAIN and select ``Information Collection 
Review,'' then select ``Department of the Interior'' in the drop-down 
box under ``Currently Under Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: 30 CFR Parts 1202, 1206, 1210, 1212, 1217, and 1218, Solid 
Minerals and Geothermal Collections.
    OMB Control Number: 1012-0010.
    Bureau Form Number: Forms MMS-4430, MMS-4292, and MMS-4293.

    Note: ONRR will publish a rule updating our form numbers to 
Forms ONRR-4430, ONRR-4292, and ONRR-4293.

    Abstract: The Secretary of the United States Department of the 
Interior is responsible for mineral resource development on Federal and 
Indian lands and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Secretary's 
responsibility, according to various laws, is 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 under those laws. We have posted those laws pertaining to 
mineral leases on Federal and Indian lands and the OCS at http://www.onrr.gov/Laws_R_D/PublicLawsAMR.htm.
    The Secretary also has a trust responsibility to manage Indian 
lands and seek advice and information from Indian beneficiaries. ONRR 
performs the minerals revenue management functions for the Secretary 
and assists the Secretary in carrying out the Department's trust 
responsibility for Indian lands.
    Effective October 1, 2010, ONRR reorganized and transferred their 
regulations from chapter II to chapter XII in title 30 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations, resulting in a change to our citations. You can 
find the information collections covered in this ICR at 30 CFR part 
1202, subpart H, which pertains to geothermal resources royalties; part 
1206, subparts F, H, and J, which pertain to product valuation of 
Federal coal, geothermal resources, and Indian coal; part 1210, 
subparts E and H, which pertain to production and royalty reports on 
solid minerals and geothermal resources leases; part 1212, subparts E 
and H, which pertain to recordkeeping of reports and files for solid 
minerals and geothermal resources leases; part 1217, subparts E and H, 
which pertain to audits and inspections of coal, other solid minerals, 
and geothermal resources leases; and part 1218, subparts E and F, which 
pertain to royalty, rental, bonuses, and other monies payment for solid 
minerals and geothermal resources. All data reported is subject to 
subsequent audit and adjustment.

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, or 
designee, must 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

    ONRR, acting for the Secretary, uses the information that we 
collect to ensure that lessees accurately value and appropriately pay 
all royalties based on correct product valuation. ONRR and other 
Federal Government entities,

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including the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Bureau of 
Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and State and Tribal 
governmental entities, use the information for audit purposes and for 
evaluating the reasonableness of product valuation or allowance claims 
that lessees submit. Please refer to the burden hour chart for all 
reporting requirements and associated burden hours.

A. Solid Minerals

    Producers of coal and other solid minerals from any Federal or 
Indian lease must submit current Form MMS-4430, Solid Minerals 
Production and Royalty Report, and other associated data formats. These 
companies also report certain data on Form MMS-2014, Report of Sales 
and Royalty Remittance (OMB Control Number 1012-0004). Producers of 
coal from any Indian lease must also submit Form MMS-4292, Coal Washing 
Allowance Report, and Form MMS-4293, Coal Transportation Allowance 
Report, if they wish to claim allowances on Form MMS-4430. The 
information that ONRR requests are the minimum necessary to carry out 
our mission and places the least possible burden on respondents.

B. Geothermal Resources

    This ICR also covers some of the information collections for 
geothermal resources, which ONRR groups by usage (electrical 
generation, direct use, and byproduct recover), and by disposition of 
the resources (arm's-length (unaffiliated) contract sales, non-arm's-
length contract sales, and no contract sales) within each use group. 
ONRR relies primarily on data that payors report on Form MMS-2014 for 
the majority of our business processes, including geothermal 
information. In addition to using the data to account for royalties 
that payors report, ONRR uses the data for monthly distribution of 
mineral revenues and audit and compliance reviews.

III. OMB Approval

    We will request OMB approval to continue to collect this 
information. Not collecting this information would limit the 
Secretary's ability to discharge fiduciary duties and may also result 
in the loss of royalty payments. We protect the proprietary information 
that ONRR receives and do not collect items of a sensitive nature. It 
is mandatory that the reporters submit Form MMS-4430. Also, ONRR 
requires that reporters submit Forms MMS-4292 and MMS-4293 to obtain 
benefits for claiming allowances on Form MMS-4430.
    Frequency: Monthly, annually, and on occasion.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 100 reporters.
    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Hour'' Burden: 3,434 
hours.
    We have not included in our estimates certain requirements that 
companies perform in the normal course of business, and that ONRR 
considers usual and customary. We display the estimated annual burden 
hours by CFR section and paragraph in the following chart.

                                   Respondents' Estimated Annual Burden Hours
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                                                                                      Average
          Citation 30 CFR            Reporting and recordkeeping    Hour burden    number annual   Annual burden
                                             requirement                             responses         hours
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                                              Part 1202--Royalties
                                         Subpart H--Geothermal Resources
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1202.351(b)(3).....................  Pay royalties on used,        Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      sold, or otherwise finally                    1012-0004.
                                      disposed of byproducts.
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1202.353(a), (b), (c), and (d).....  Report on Form MMS-2014,      Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      royalties or direct use             1012-0004. See Sec.   1210.52.
                                      fee due for geothermal
                                      resources, byproduct
                                      quantity, and commercially
                                      demineralized water
                                      quantity.
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1202.353(e)........................  Maintain quality                        AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      measurements for audits.
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                                          Part 1206--Product Valuation
                                             Subpart F--Federal Coal
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1206.253(c); 1206.254; and           Maintain accurate records            0.4166             816             340
 1206.257(d)(1).                      for Federal lease coal and
                                      all data relevant to the
                                      royalty value
                                      determination. Report the
                                      coal quantity information
                                      on appropriate forms under
                                      30 CFR part 1210.
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1206.257(b)(1), (b)(3), (b)(4), and  Demonstrate and certify                 AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
 (d)(2).                              your arm's-length contract
                                      provisions including all
                                      consideration paid by
                                      buyer, directly or
                                      indirectly, for coal
                                      production. Provide
                                      written information of
                                      reported arm's-length coal
                                      sales value and quantity
                                      data.
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1206.257(d)(3).....................  Submit a one-time                         2               3               6
                                      notification when first
                                      reporting royalties on
                                      Form MMS-4430 and for a
                                      change in method.
1206.257(f)........................  Submit all available data                 5               2              10
                                      relevant to the value
                                      determination proposal.
1206.257(i)........................  Write and sign contract                   2               3               6
                                      revisions or amendments by
                                      all parties to an arm's-
                                      length contract, and
                                      retroactively apply
                                      revisions or amendments to
                                      royalty value for a period
                                      not to exceed two years.
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1206.259(a)(1) and (a)(3)..........  Demonstrate that your                   AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      contract is arm's-length.
                                      Provide written
                                      information justifying the
                                      lessee's washing costs.
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1206.259(a)(1).....................  Report actual washing                  0.34              12               4
                                      allowance on Form MMS-4430
                                      for arm's-length sales.
1206.259(b)(1).....................  Report actual washing                  0.75              48              36
                                      allowance on Form MMS-4430
                                      for non-arm's-length or no
                                      contract sales.
1206.259(b)(2)(iv).................  Report washing allowance on               1               3               3
                                      Form MMS-4430 after lessee
                                      elects either method for a
                                      wash plant.
1206.259(b)(2)(iv)(A)..............  Report washing allowance on               1               3               3
                                      Form MMS-4430 for
                                      depreciation--use either
                                      straight-line, or a unit
                                      of production method.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.259(c)(1)(ii) and (c)(2)(iii).  Submit arm's-length and non-            AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      arm's-length washing
                                      contracts and related
                                      documents to ONRR.
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1206.262(a)(1).....................  Report transportation                 0.333             240              80
                                      allowance on Form MMS-4430.
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1206.262(a)(1) and (a)(3)..........  Demonstrate that your                   AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      contract is arm's-length.
                                      Provide written
                                      information justifying
                                      your transportation costs
                                      when ONRR determines the
                                      costs are unreasonable.
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1206.262(b)(1).....................  Report actual                          0.75              24              18
                                      transportation allowance
                                      on Form MMS-4430 for non-
                                      arm's-length or no
                                      contract sales.
1206.262(b)(2)(iv).................  Report transportation                     1               3               3
                                      allowance on Form MMS-4430
                                      after lessee elects either
                                      method for a
                                      transportation system.
1206.262(b)(2)(iv)(A)..............  Report transportation                     1               3               3
                                      allowance on Form MMS-4430
                                      for depreciation--use
                                      either straight-line, or a
                                      unit of production method.
1206.262(b)(3).....................  Apply to ONRR for exception               1               3               3
                                      from the requirement of
                                      computing actual costs.
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1206.262(c)(1)(ii) and (c)(2)(iii).  Submit all arm's-length                 AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      transportation contracts,
                                      production agreements,
                                      operating agreements, and
                                      related documents to ONRR.
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1206.264...........................  Propose the value of coal                 1               1               1
                                      for royalty purposes to
                                      ONRR for an ad valorem
                                      Federal coal lease.
1206.265...........................  Notify ONRR if, prior to                  1               1               1
                                      use, sale, or other
                                      disposition, you enhanced
                                      the value of coal.
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                                         Subpart H--Geothermal Resources
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1206.352(b)(1)(ii).................  Determine the royalty on      Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      produced geothermal                           1012-0004.
                                      resources, used in your
                                      power plant for generation
                                      and sale of electricity,
                                      for Class I leases, as
                                      approved by ONRR.
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1206.353(c)(2)(i)(A), (d)(9), and    Include a return on capital             AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
 (e)(4).                              you invested when the
                                      purchase of real estate
                                      for transmission
                                      facilities is necessary.
                                      Allowable operating and
                                      maintenance expenses
                                      include other directly
                                      allocable and attributable
                                      operating and maintenance
                                      expenses that you can
                                      document.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.353(g)........................  Request change to other                   1               1               1
                                      depreciation alternative
                                      method with ONRR approval.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.353(h)(1) and (m)(2)..........  Use a straight-line           Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      depreciation method, but                      1012-0004.
                                      not below salvage value,
                                      for equipment.
                                     Amend your prior estimated
                                      Form MMS-2014 reports to
                                      reflect actual
                                      transmission cost
                                      deductions, and pay any
                                      additional royalties due
                                      plus interest.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.353(n)........................  Submit all arm's-length                 AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      transmission contracts,
                                      production and operating
                                      agreements and related
                                      documents, and other data
                                      for calculating the
                                      deduction.
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1206.354(b)(1)(ii).................  Redetermine your generating               1               1               1
                                      cost rate annually and
                                      request ONRR approval to
                                      use a different deduction
                                      period.
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1206.354(c)(2)(i)(A), (d)(9), and    Include a return on capital             AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
 (e)(4).                              you invested when the
                                      purchase of real estate
                                      for a power plant site is
                                      necessary. Allowable
                                      operating and maintenance
                                      expenses include other
                                      directly allocable and
                                      attributable operating and
                                      maintenance expenses that
                                      you can document.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.354(g)........................  Request change to other                   1               1               1
                                      depreciation alternative
                                      method with ONRR approval.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.354(h) and (m)(2).............  Use a straight-line           Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      depreciation method, but                      1012-0004.
                                      not below the salvage
                                      value, for equipment.
                                     Amend your prior estimated
                                      Form MMS-2014 reports to
                                      reflect actual generating
                                      cost deductions and pay
                                      any additional royalties
                                      due plus interest.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.354(n)........................  Submit all arm's-length                 AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      power plant contracts,
                                      production and operating
                                      agreements and related
                                      documents, and other data
                                      for calculating the
                                      deduction.
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1206.356(a)(1) and (a)(2)..........  Determine the royalty on      Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      produced significant                          1012-0004.
                                      geothermal resource
                                      quantities, for Class I
                                      leases, with the weighted
                                      average of the arm's-
                                      length gross proceeds used
                                      to operate the same direct-
                                      use facility;
                                     For Class I leases, the
                                      efficiency factor of the
                                      alternative energy source
                                      will be 0.7 for coal and
                                      0.8 for oil, natural gas,
                                      and other fuels derived
                                      from oil and natural gas,
                                      or an efficiency factor
                                      proposed by the lessee and
                                      approved by ONRR.
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1206.356(a)(3).....................  For Class I leases, a                     1              40              40
                                      royalty determined by any
                                      other reasonable method
                                      approved by ONRR.
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1206.356(b)(3).....................  Provide ONRR data showing     Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      the geothermal production                     1012-0004.
                                      amount, in pounds or
                                      gallons of geothermal
                                      fluid, to input into the
                                      fee schedule for Class III
                                      leases.
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1206.356(c)........................  ONRR will determine fees on               1               1               1
                                      a case-by-case basis for
                                      geothermal resources other
                                      than hot water.
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1206.357(b)(3); and 1206.358(d)....  Determine the royalty due     Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      on byproducts by any other                    1012-0004.
                                      reasonable valuation
                                      method approved by ONRR.
                                     Use a discrete field on
                                      Form MMS-2014 to notify
                                      ONRR of a transportation
                                      allowance.
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1206.358(d)(2) and (e);              Submit arm's-length                     AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
 1206.359(a)(1), (a)(2),              transportation contracts
 (c)(2)(i)(A), (d)(9), and (e)(4).    for reviews and audits, if
                                      ONRR requires.
                                     Pay any additional
                                      royalties due plus
                                      interest, if you have
                                      improperly determined a
                                      byproduct transportation
                                      allowance..
                                     Provide written information
                                      justifying your
                                      transportation costs if
                                      ONRR requires you to
                                      determine the byproduct
                                      transportation allowance.
                                      Include a return on
                                      capital if the purchase
                                      was necessary. Allowable
                                      operating and maintenance
                                      expenses include any other
                                      directly allocable and
                                      attributable operating and
                                      maintenance expenses that
                                      you can document.
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1206.359(g)........................  The lessee may not later                  1               1               1
                                      elect to change to the
                                      other alternative without
                                      ONRR approval to compute
                                      costs associated with
                                      capital investment.
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1206.359(h)(1) and (l)(2)..........  You must use a straight-      Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      line depreciation method                      1012-0004.
                                      based on the life of
                                      either equipment, or
                                      geothermal project.
                                     You must amend your prior
                                      Form MMS-2014 reports to
                                      reflect actual byproduct
                                      transportation cost
                                      deductions and pay any
                                      additional royalties due
                                      plus interest.
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1206.360(a)(1), (a)(2), and (b);     Retain all data relevant to             AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
 1206.361(a)(1).                      the royalty value, or fee
                                      you paid. Show how you
                                      calculated then submit all
                                      data to ONRR upon request.
                                     ONRR may review and audit
                                      your data and will direct
                                      you to use a different
                                      measure, if royalty value,
                                      gross proceeds, or fee is
                                      inconsistent with subpart.
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1206.361(a)(2).....................  Pay either royalties or       Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      fees due plus interest if                     1012-0004.
                                      ONRR directs you to use a
                                      different royalty value,
                                      measure of gross proceeds,
                                      or fee.
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1206.361(b), (c), and (d)..........  ONRR may require you to:                AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      increase the gross
                                      proceeds to reflect any
                                      additional consideration;
                                      use another valuation
                                      method; provide written
                                      information justifying
                                      your gross proceeds;
                                      demonstrate that your
                                      contract is arm's length;
                                      and certify that the
                                      provisions in your sales
                                      contract include all of
                                      the consideration the
                                      buyer paid you.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.361(f)(2).....................  Write and sign contract                 AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      revisions or amendments by
                                      all parties to the
                                      contract.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.364(a)(1).....................  Request a value                          12               1              12
                                      determination from ONRR in
                                      writing.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.364(c)(2).....................  Make any adjustments in       Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      royalty payments, if you                      1012-0004.
                                      owe additional royalties,
                                      and pay the royalties owed
                                      plus interest after the
                                      Assistant Secretary issues
                                      a determination.
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1206.364(d)(2).....................  You may appeal an order       Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      requiring you to pay                          1012-0006.
                                      royalty under the
                                      determination.
1206.366...........................  State, tribal, or local       Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      government lessee must pay                    1012-0004.
                                      a nominal fee, if uses a
                                      geothermal resource.
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                                             Subpart J--Indian Coal
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1206.456(b)(1), (b)(3), and (b)(4).  Demonstrate that your                   AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      contract is arm's-length.
                                      Provide written
                                      information justifying the
                                      reported coal value. And
                                      certify that your arm's-
                                      length contract provisions
                                      include all direct or
                                      indirect consideration
                                      paid by buyer for the coal
                                      production.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.456(d)(1); 1206.452(c);         Retain all data relevant to            0.42              48              20
 1206.453.                            the determination of
                                      royalty value to which
                                      individual Indian lease
                                      coal should be allocated.
                                      Report coal quantity
                                      information on Form MMS-
                                      4430, Solid Minerals
                                      Production and Royalty
                                      Report, as required under
                                      30 CFR part 1210.
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1206.456(d)(2).....................  An Indian lessee will make              AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      available arm's-length
                                      sales and sales quantity
                                      data for like-quality coal
                                      sold, purchased, or
                                      otherwise obtained from
                                      the area when requested by
                                      an authorized ONRR or
                                      Indian representative, or
                                      the Inspector General of
                                      the Department of the
                                      Interior or other persons
                                      authorized to receive such
                                      information.
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1206.456(d)(3).....................  Notify ONRR by letter                     1               1               1
                                      identifying the valuation
                                      method used and procedure
                                      followed. This is a one-
                                      time notification due no
                                      later than the month the
                                      lessee first report
                                      royalties on the Form MMS-
                                      4430.
1206.456(f)........................  Propose a value                           1               1               1
                                      determination method to
                                      ONRR; submit all available
                                      data relevant to method;
                                      and use that method until
                                      ONRR decides.

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1206.456(i)........................  Write and sign contract                   1               1               1
                                      revisions or amendments by
                                      all parties to an arm's-
                                      length contract.
1206.458(a)(1), (b)(1), (c)(1)(i),   Deduct the reasonable                     2               1               2
 (c)(1)(iii), (c)(2)(i), and          actual coal washing
 (c)(2)(iii).                         allowance costs incurred
                                      under an arm's-length
                                      contract, and allowance
                                      based upon their
                                      reasonable actual costs
                                      under a non-arm's-length
                                      or no contract, after
                                      submitting a completed
                                      page one of Form MMS-4292,
                                      Coal Washing Allowance
                                      Report, containing the
                                      actual costs for the
                                      previous reporting period,
                                      within 3 months after the
                                      end of the calendar year
                                      after the initial and for
                                      succeeding reporting
                                      periods, and report
                                      deduction on Form MMS-4430
                                      for an arm's-length, or a
                                      non-arm's-length, or no
                                      contract.
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1206.458(a)(3).....................  Provide written information             AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      justifying your washing
                                      costs when ONRR determines
                                      your washing value
                                      unreasonable.
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1206.458(b)(2)(iv).................  The lessee may not later                  1               1               1
                                      elect to change to the
                                      other alternative without
                                      ONRR approval.
1206.458(b)(2)(iv)(A)..............  Elect either a straight-                  1               1               1
                                      line depreciation method
                                      based on the life of
                                      equipment or reserves, or
                                      a unit of production
                                      method.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.458(c)(1)(iv) and (c)(2)(vi)..  Submit arm's-length washing             AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      contracts and all related
                                      data used on Form MMS-4292.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.461(a)(1), (b)(1), (c)(1)(i),   Submit a completed page one               2               1               2
 (c)(1)(iii), (c)(2)(i), and          of Form MMS-4293, Coal
 (c)(2)(iii).                         Transportation Allowance
                                      Report, of reasonable,
                                      actual transportation
                                      allowance costs incurred
                                      by the lessee for
                                      transporting the coal
                                      under an arm's-length
                                      contract, in which you may
                                      claim a transportation
                                      allowance retroactively
                                      for a period of not more
                                      than 3 months prior to the
                                      first day of the month
                                      that you filed the form
                                      with ONRR, unless ONRR
                                      approves a longer period
                                      upon a showing of good
                                      cause by the lessee.
                                      Submit also a completed
                                      Form MMS-4293 based upon
                                      the lessee's reasonable
                                      actual costs under a non-
                                      arm's-length or no
                                      contract. (Emphasis
                                      added.)
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.461(a)(3).....................  Provide written information             AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      justifying your
                                      transportation costs when
                                      ONRR determines your
                                      transportation value
                                      unreasonable.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.461(b)(2)(iv).................  Submit completed Form MMS-                1               1               1
                                      4293 after a lessee has
                                      elected to use either
                                      method for a
                                      transportation system.
1206.461(b)(2)(iv)(A)..............  Submit completed Form MMS-                1               1               1
                                      4293 to compute
                                      depreciation for election
                                      to use either a straight-
                                      line depreciation, or unit-
                                      of-production method.
1206.461(b)(3).....................  Submit completed Form MMS-                1               1               1
                                      4293 for exception from
                                      the requirement of
                                      computing actual costs.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.461(c)(1)(iv) and (c)(2)(vi)..  Submit arm's-length                     AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      transportation contracts,
                                      production and operating
                                      agreements, and related
                                      documents used on Form MMS-
                                      4293.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1206.463...........................  Propose the value of coal                 1               1               1
                                      for royalty purposes to
                                      ONRR for an ad valorem
                                      Federal coal lease.
1206.464...........................  Notify ONRR if, prior to                  1               1               1
                                      use, sale, or other
                                      disposition, you enhance
                                      the value of coal.
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                                          Part 1210--Forms and Reports
                                       Subpart E--Solid Minerals, General
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1210.201(a)(1); 1206.259(c)(1)(i),   Submit a completed Form MMS-           0.75           1,668           1,251
 (c)(2), (e)(2); 1206.262(c)(1),      4430. Report washing and
 (c)(2)(i), (e)(2); 1206.458(c)(4),   transportation allowances
 (e)(2); 1206.461(c)(4), (e)(2).      as a separate line on Form
                                      MMS-4430 for arm's-length,
                                      non-arm's-length, or no
                                      contract sales, unless
                                      ONRR approves a different
                                      reporting procedure.
                                      Submit also a corrected
                                      Form MMS-4430 to reflect
                                      actual costs, together
                                      with any payment, in
                                      accordance with
                                      instructions provided by
                                      ONRR.
1210.202(a)(1) and (c)(1)..........  Submit sales summaries via             0.50             900             450
                                      electronic mail where
                                      possible for all coal and
                                      other solid minerals
                                      produced from Federal and
                                      Indian leases and for any
                                      remote storage site.
1210.203(a)........................  Submit sales contracts,                   1              30              30
                                      agreements, and contract
                                      amendments for sale of all
                                      coal and other solid
                                      minerals produced from
                                      Federal and Indian leases
                                      with ad valorem royalty
                                      terms.
1210.204(a)(1).....................  Submit facility data if you             0.5             130              65
                                      operate a wash plant,
                                      refining, ore
                                      concentration, or other
                                      processing facility for
                                      any coal, sodium,
                                      potassium, metals, or
                                      other solid minerals
                                      produced from Federal or
                                      Indian leases with ad
                                      valorem royalty terms.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1210.205(a) and (b)................  Submit detailed statements,             AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      documents, or other
                                      evidence necessary to
                                      verify compliance, as
                                      requested.
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                                         Subpart H--Geothermal Resources
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1210.351...........................  Maintain geothermal records   Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      on microfilm, microfiche,                     1012-0004.
                                      or other recorded media.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1210.352...........................  Submit additional                         1               1               1
                                      geothermal information on
                                      special forms or reports.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1210.353...........................  Submit completed Form MMS-    Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      2014 monthly once sales or                    1012-0004.
                                      utilization of geothermal
                                      production occur.
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                                    Part 1212--Records and Forms Maintenance
                                       Subpart E--Solid Minerals--General
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1212.200(a)........................  Maintain all records                   0.25           4,064           1,016
                                      pertaining to Federal and
                                      Indian solid minerals
                                      leases for 6 years after
                                      records are generated
                                      unless the record holder
                                      is notified, in writing.
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                                         Subpart H--Geothermal Resources
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1212.351(a) and (b)................  Retain accurate and           Hour burden covered under OMB Control Numbers
                                      complete records necessary   1012-0004 (for Forms MMS-2014 and MMS-4054).
                                      to demonstrate that
                                      payments of royalties,
                                      rentals, and other amounts
                                      due under Federal
                                      geothermal leases are in
                                      compliance with laws,
                                      lease terms, regulations,
                                      and orders.
                                     Maintain all records
                                      pertaining to Federal
                                      geothermal leases for 6
                                      years after the records
                                      are generated unless the
                                      recordholder is notified
                                      in writing.
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                                        Part 1217--Audits and Inspections
                                                 Subpart E--Coal
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1217.200...........................  Furnish, free of charge,                AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      duplicate copies of audit
                                      reports that express
                                      opinions on such
                                      compliance with Federal
                                      lease terms relating to
                                      Federal royalties as
                                      directed by the Director
                                      for the Office of Natural
                                      Resources Revenue.
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                                         Subpart F--Other Solid Minerals
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1217.250...........................  Furnish, free of charge,                AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      duplicate copies of annual
                                      or other audits of your
                                      books.
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                                         Subpart G--Geothermal Resources
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1217.300...........................  The Secretary, or his/her               AUDIT PROCESS--See Note.
                                      authorized representative,
                                      will initiate and conduct
                                      audits or reviews that
                                      relate to compliance with
                                      applicable regulations.
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                                  PART 1218--COLLECTION OF MONIES AND PROVISION
                                      FOR GEOTHERMAL CREDITS AND INCENTIVES
                                       Subpart E--Solid Minerals--General
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1218.201(b); 1206.457(b);            You must tender all                  0.0055           1,368               8
 1206.460(d).                         payments under Sec.
                                      1218.51 except for Form
                                      MMS-4430 payments, include
                                      both your customer
                                      identification and your
                                      customer document
                                      identification numbers on
                                      your payment document, and
                                      you shall be liable for
                                      any additional royalties,
                                      plus interest, if
                                      improperly determined a
                                      washing or transportation
                                      allowance.
1218.203(a) and (b)................  Recoup an overpayment on                  1               1               1
                                      Indian mineral leases
                                      through a recoupment on
                                      Form MMS-4430 against the
                                      current month's royalties
                                      and submit the tribe's
                                      written permission to ONRR.
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                                         Subpart F--Geothermal Resources
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1218.300; 1218.301; 1218.304;        Submit all rental and         Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
 1218.305(a).                         deferred bonus payments                       1012-0004.
                                      when due and pay in value
                                      all royalties due
                                      determined by ONRR.
                                     The payor shall tender all
                                      payments.
                                     Pay the direct use fees in
                                      addition to the annual
                                      rental due.
                                     Pay advanced royalties,
                                      under 43 CFR 3212.15(a)(1)
                                      to retain your lease, that
                                      equal to the average
                                      monthly royalty you paid
                                      under 30 CFR part 1206,
                                      subpart H.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1218.306(a)(2).....................  You may receive a credit                  4               1               4
                                      against royalties if ONRR
                                      approves in advance your
                                      contract.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
1218.306(b)........................  Pay in money any royalty      Hour burden covered under OMB Control Number
                                      amount that is not offset                     1012-0004.
                                      by the credit allowed
                                      under this section.
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                                  TOTAL BURDEN                                             9,434           3,434
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Note: Audit Process--The Office of Regulatory Affairs determined that the audit process is exempt form the
  Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 because ONRR staff asks non-standard questions to resolve exceptions.

    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-hour'' Cost 
Burden: We have identified no ``non-hour'' cost burdens associated with 
the collection of information.
    Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. ) 
provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person does 
not have to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays 
a currently valid OMB control number.
    Comments: Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA requires each agency to 
``* * * provide 60-day notice in the Federal Register * * * 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 that ONRR collects; and (d) minimize the 
burden on the respondents, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    The PRA also requires agencies to estimate the total annual 
reporting ``non-hour cost'' burden to respondents or record-keepers 
resulting from the collection of information. If you have costs to 
generate, maintain, and disclose this information, you should comment 
and provide your total capital and startup cost components or annual 
operation, maintenance, and purchase of service components. You should 
describe the methods that you use to estimate (1) major cost factors, 
including system and technology acquisition, (2) expected useful life 
of capital equipment, (3) discount rate(s), and (4) the period over 
which you incur costs. Capital and startup costs include, among other 
items, computers and software that you purchase to prepare

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for collecting information and monitoring, sampling, and testing 
equipment; and record storage facilities. Generally, your estimates 
should not include equipment or services purchased: (i) before October 
1, 1995; (ii) to comply with requirements not associated with the 
information collection; (iii) for reasons other than to provide 
information or to keep records for the Federal Government; or (iv) as 
part of customary and usual business or private practices.
    Public Comment Policy: We will summarize all comments that we 
receive regarding this notice. We will publish that summary, including 
names and addresses of respondents, at  http://www.regulations.gov. 
Before including your address, phone number, email 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 from public view your personal 
identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do 
so.
    Information Collection Clearance Officer: Dave Alspach (202) 219-
8526.

    Dated: February 1, 2013.
Gregory J. Gould,
Director, Office of Natural Resources Revenue.
 [FR Doc. 2013-02959 Filed 2-8-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-T2-P