BLM sets new Cost Recover Fees
Charges will cover administrative costs of developing energy minerals
November 7, 2005
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin charging cost recover fees for several mineral extraction activities on public lands, effective November 7, 2005.
According to the BLM, they have amended their mineral resources regulations to increase certain fees and impose new fees to cover costs of processing documents relating to federal mineral programs. The new fees include costs of actions such as environmental studies performed by BLM, lease applications, name changes, corporate mergers, lease consolidations and reinstatements and other processing-related costs.
Fees are already charged for recording mining claims. The new rule provides for additional case-by-case fees as well as fixed fees. The new cost recovery fees will include those related to oil and gas, mining law administration, geothermal, coal, non-energy leasebles, sand and gravel permits and other minerals extraction activities.
Copies of the final rule are available at local BLM offices, or may be accessed online through www.gpoaccess.gov. The new rule was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2005 (Vol. 70, No. 194).