October 13, 2010
In Reply Refer To:
3483 (320) P
Instruction Memorandum No. 2011-009
Expires: 09/30/2012
To:                   State Directors
From:               Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management
Subject:           Public Land Statistics - Continued Operation Statistics for the Fiscal Year 2010
DD: 10/31/2010 
 Program Area:  Coal Management.
Purpose:  This Instruction Memorandum (IM) requests data from state offices concerning diligent development and continued operation compliance for all Federal coal leases.
Policy/Action:  The Mineral Leasing Act (MLA), as amended, requires that Federal coal leases be diligently developed and maintained in continued operation.  Beginning with Fiscal Year (FY) 2007, Table 3-35 was added in the Public Land Statistics (PLS) to summarize compliance with the diligent development and continued operation requirements for Federal coal leases.  This information is currently not recorded in any Bureau of Land Management automated central database.
For all authorized Federal coal leases, as of September 30, 2010, under your management, please indicate how each lease has most recently complied with the diligent development or annual continued operation requirement of the MLA, as amended, as illustrated in the attachment 1. With the exception of Alaska, the serial numbers for Federal coal leases with an authorized case disposition in the Legacy Rehost 2000 (LR2000) database as of September 9, 2010, are shown in Attachment 1.  There should be only one diligence or continued operation category that is applicable to each Federal coal lease for FY 2010.

The Washington Office will verify the total number of authorized coal leases for each state entered into the LR2000 database as of September 30, 2010, as a part of our preparation of the annual PLS Report. 

Any variance between the LR2000 total leases and the total leases provided under this IM must be reconciled.  Please provide the name and phone number of a contact person to facilitate reconciliation if required.
Timeframe:  The diligent development and continued operation data must be received by Washington Office Division of Solid Minerals on or before October 31, 2010.
Budget Impact:  Minimal.
Background:  Requests are received several times each year for summary level statistics for the number of producing Federal coal leases or for statistics to demonstrate compliance with the diligence requirements.  Reporting this information annually provides a consistent basis to respond to such requests in the future with minimal impact on the state or field offices. 
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: None.
Contact Persons:  If you have any questions concerning the content of this IM, please contact Michael D. Nedd, Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management, at 202-208-4201, or your staff may contact Mitchell Leverette, Solid Minerals Division Chief, at 202-912-7113 or William Radden-Lesage at 202-912-7116.
Signed by:                                                                   Authenticated by:
Michael Nedd                                                               Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                                        Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Minerals and Realty Management
1 Attachment

    1 - Federal Coal Lease Continued Operations Statistics (9 pp)