[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 63 (Thursday, April 2, 1998)]
[Pages 16273-16274]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-8664]



Minerals Management Service

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

TITLE: Oil Transportation Allowances, OMB Control Number 1010-0061.

COMMENTS: This collection of information has been submitted to the 
Office of Management and Budget for approval. In compliance with the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Section 3506(c)(2)(A), we are 
notifying you, members of the public and affected agencies, of this 
collection of information, and are inviting your comments. Is this 
information collection necessary for us to properly do our job? Have we 
accurately estimated the public's burden for responding to this 
collection? Can we enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information we collect? Can we lessen the burden of this information 
collection on the respondents by using automated collection techniques 
or other forms of information technology?
    Comments should be made directly to the Attention: Desk Officer for 
the Interior Department (OMB Control Number 1010-0061), Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
Washington, DC 20503; telephone (202) 395-7340. Copies of these 
comments should also be sent to us. The U.S. Postal Service address is 
Minerals Management Service, Royalty Management Program, Rules and 
Publications Staff, P.O. Box 25165, MS 3021, Denver, Colorado, 80225-
0165; the courier address is Building 85, Room A-613, Denver Federal 
Center, Denver, Colorado 80225; and the e:Mail address is 
RMP.[email protected]. OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove 
the information collection but may respond after 30 days; therefore, 
public comments should be submitted to OMB within 30 days in order to 
assure their maximum consideration.
    Copies of the proposed information collection and related 
explanatory material may be obtained by contacting Dennis C. Jones, 
Rules and Publications Staff, telephone (303) 231-3046, FAX

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(303) 231-3385, e-Mail Dennis__C__J[email protected].

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before May 4, 1998.

SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) is responsible for 
the collection of royalties from lessees who produce minerals from 
leased Indian lands. The Secretary is required by various laws to 
manage the production of mineral resources on Federal and Indian lands, 
to collect the royalties due, and to distribute the funds in accordance 
with those laws. The product valuation and allowance determination 
process is essential to assure that the Indians receive payment on the 
proper value of the minerals being removed.
    In some circumstances, lessees are authorized to deduct from 
royalty payments the reasonable actual cost of transporting the royalty 
portion of the oil from the lease to a delivery point remote from the 
lease. Transportation allowances are a part of the product valuation 
process which MMS uses to determine if the lessee is reporting and 
paying the proper royalty amount. Before any deduction may be taken, 
the lessee must submit page one of the Oil Transportation Allowance 
Report, Form MMS-4110, declaring the amount of reasonable actual 
transportation costs to be deducted from royalty. We estimate the 
annual burden for filing each Form MMS-4110 is 1.75 hours.
    Description of Respondents: Lessees of Indian leases.
    Frequency of Response: Annually.
    Form: Form MMS-4110.
    Estimated Reporting Burden: 5.25 hours.
    Estimated Recordkeeping Burden: 1.5 hours.
    Annual Responses: 3 responses.
    Annual Burden Hours: 6.75 hours (rounded to 7 hours).
    Bureau Clearance Officer: Jo Ann Lauterbach, (202) 208-7744.

    Dated: March 26, 1998.
Lucy Querques Denett,
Associate Director for Royalty Management.
[FR Doc. 98-8664 Filed 4-1-98; 8:45 am]