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Release Date: 09/25/13
Contacts: Bev Winston , 202-912-7239  
  Jeff Krauss , 202-912-7410  

BLM Announces Revised Mineral Cost Recovery Fee Schedule on Oct. 1

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will implement an updated fee schedule for mineral cost recovery on Oct. 1. Notice of the revised fee published in the Federal Registeron August 16, 2013. The final rule updated the fees charged to recover costs incurred in processing documents associated with oil, gas, coal, and solid mineral activities on public land.
The updated fees cover costs for actions, including (but not limited to) lease applications, name changes, corporate mergers, lease consolidations, and reinstatements. The fee schedule is updated annually based on the change in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD-GDP) from the 4th Quarter of one calendar year to the 4th Quarter of the following calendar year.
The BLM is authorized to charge cost recovery fees under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) and the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has also directed Federal agencies to recover their costs for services.
Because of the small increase in the IPD-GDP and rounding, 30 fees will not change, while 18 will go up. Nine of the 18 will go up by $5 and seven will go up by $10. The largest increase will be $55, which will be added to the $2,940 fee charged for adjudicating more than 10 mineral patent claims. The fee for adjudicating 10 or fewer claims will increase $25, from $1,470 to $1,495.
The BLM first implemented a cost recovery fee schedule for certain oil and gas activities in November 2005. 
The fee changes are the BLM’s response to recommendations made in a 1988 report issued by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General, which found that the BLM needed to do more to recover its document-processing costs. The fees are based on a commonly used mathematical formula used by businesses nationwide to adjust their expenses. This fee update rule is based on the change in the IPD-GDP from the 4th Quarter of 2011 to the 4th Quarter of 2012, thus reflecting the rate of inflation over four calendar quarters.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 09-25-2013