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DOI/BIA RIN: 1076-AF59 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Mining of the Osage Mineral Estate for Oil and Gas 

This final rule revises the regulations in 25 CFR part 226 to strengthen the BIA’s management of the Osage Mineral Estate and improve accounting and production measurement standards; offer consistency in production valuation; address inadequate bonding; support the implementation of electronic reporting systems; enhance accountability; clarify lessees’ obligations; prevent waste; promote safe and environmentally sound operations; and protect resource values.  The Department received Tribal government input through consultation sessions held pursuant to Executive Order 13175 criteria and the Department’s policy on meaningful communication and collaboration with Tribal officials.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 25 CFR 226   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 59-321    Pub. L. 66-360    Pub. L. 70-919    Pub. L. 75-711   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

This final rule will revise the regulations in 25 CFR part 226 to advance the purposes of E.O. 14058; and provide for the implementation of electronic royalty and production reporting systems, reducing administrative burdens on operators, purchasers, and the government, and streamlining accounting and reconciliation processes.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

Public Law 59-321, Public Law 66-360, Public Law 70-919, and Public Law 75-711.  

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/13/2023  88 FR 2430   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/17/2023 
Final Action  03/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Oliver Whaley
Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs and Collaborative Action - Indian Affairs
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Indian Affairs
1001 Indian School Road NW, Suite 229,
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone:202 738-6065