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DOI/BIA RIN: 1076-AF17 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Management and Administration of Osage Mineral Estate  

In 2011, the United States and the Osage Nation signed a settlement agreement covering management of the Osage Nation's oil and gas mineral estate. As a result of settlement negotiations, the parties agreed to a negotiated rulemaking to revise the relevant regulations. The final rule published in May 2015, but because of a court order and remand (due to the Department not having conducted a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis), the rule never became effective. This proposed rule is a new regulatory effort that would revise the regulations governing leasing Osage reservation lands for oil and gas mining  and for which the Department will be conducting a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (to forestall the issue that led to the order and remand of the negotiated rule). This rulemaking will update the regulations to reflect current oil and gas operations (the last major substantive revision to the regulations was in 1974) including royalty accounting, bonding, reporting, lease compliance, and enforcement measures. DOI is preparing a draft for Tribal consultation with the Tribe to publication of a proposed rule.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 25 CFR 226   
Legal Authority: sec. 3, 34 Stat. 543    secs. 1, 2, 45 Stat. 1478    sec. 3, 52 Stat. 1034    sec. 2(a), 92 Stat.1660   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/28/2013  78 FR 53083   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/28/2013 
Final Action  05/11/2015  80 FR 26994   
Final Action Effective  07/10/2015 
Final Rule--Correction to CFR  06/17/2016  81 FR 39572   
Second NPRM  08/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Robert Impson
Eastern Oklahoma Area Director
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Suite 700, 545 Marriott Drive,
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone:918 781-4600