30 CFR 1206.257 - Valuation standards for ad valorem leases.

§ 1206.257 Valuation standards for ad valorem leases.

(a) This section is applicable to coal leases on Federal lands which provide for the determination of royalty as a percentage of the amount of value of coal (ad valorem). The value for royalty purposes of coal from such leases shall be the value of coal determined under this section, less applicable coal washing allowances and transportation allowances determined under §§ 1206.258 through 1206.262 of this subpart, or any allowance authorized by § 1206.265 of this subpart. The royalty due shall be equal to the value for royalty purposes multiplied by the royalty rate in the lease.


(1) The value of coal that is sold pursuant to an arm's-length contract shall be the gross proceeds accruing to the lessee, except as provided in paragraphs (b)(2), (3), and (5) of this section. The lessee shall have the burden of demonstrating that its contract is arm's-length. The value which the lessee reports, for royalty purposes, is subject to monitoring, review, and audit.

(2) In conducting reviews and audits, ONRR will examine whether the contract reflects the total consideration actually transferred either directly or indirectly from the buyer to the seller for the coal produced. If the contract does not reflect the total consideration, then the ONRR may require that the coal sold pursuant to that contract be valued in accordance with paragraph (c) of this section. Value may not be based on less than the gross proceeds accruing to the lessee for the coal production, including the additional consideration.

(3) If ONRR determines that the gross proceeds accruing to the lessee pursuant to an arm's-length contract do not reflect the reasonable value of the production because of misconduct by or between the contracting parties, or because the lessee otherwise has breached its duty to the lessor to market the production for the mutual benefit of the lessee and the lessor, then ONRR shall require that the coal production be valued pursuant to paragraph (c)(2)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v) of this section, and in accordance with the notification requirements of paragraph (d)(3) of this section. When ONRR determines that the value may be unreasonable, ONRR will notify the lessee and give the lessee an opportunity to provide written information justifying the lessee's reported coal value.

(4) ONRR may require a lessee to certify that its arm's-length contract provisions include all of the consideration to be paid by the buyer, either directly or indirectly, for the coal production.

(5) The value of production for royalty purposes shall not include payments received by the lessee pursuant to a contract which the lessee demonstrates, to ONRR's satisfaction, were not part of the total consideration paid for the purchase of coal production.


(1) The value of coal from leases subject to this section and which is not sold pursuant to an arm's-length contract shall be determined in accordance with this section.

(2) If the value of the coal cannot be determined pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section, then the value shall be determined through application of other valuation criteria. The criteria shall be considered in the following order, and the value shall be based upon the first applicable criterion:

(i) The gross proceeds accruing to the lessee pursuant to a sale under its non-arm's-length contract (or other disposition of produced coal by other than an arm's-length contract), provided that those gross proceeds are within the range of the gross proceeds derived from, or paid under, comparable arm's-length contracts between buyers and sellers neither of whom is affiliated with the lessee for sales, purchases, or other dispositions of like-quality coal produced in the area. In evaluating the comparability of arm's-length contracts for the purposes of these regulations, the following factors shall be considered: Price, time of execution, duration, market or markets served, terms, quality of coal, quantity, and such other factors as may be appropriate to reflect the value of the coal;

(ii) Prices reported for that coal to a public utility commission;

(iii) Prices reported for that coal to the Energy Information Administration of the Department of Energy;

(iv) Other relevant matters including, but not limited to, published or publicly available spot market prices, or information submitted by the lessee concerning circumstances unique to a particular lease operation or the saleability of certain types of coal;

(v) If a reasonable value cannot be determined using paragraphs (c)(2) (i), (ii), (iii), or (iv) of this section, then a net-back method or any other reasonable method shall be used to determine value.

(3) When the value of coal is determined pursuant to paragraph (c)(2) of this section, that value determination shall be consistent with the provisions contained in paragraph (b)(5) of this section.


(1) Where the value is determined pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section, that value does not require ONRR's prior approval. However, the lessee shall retain all data relevant to the determination of royalty value. Such data shall be subject to review and audit, and ONRR will direct a lessee to use a different value if it determines that the reported value is inconsistent with the requirements of these regulations.

(2) Any Federal lessee will make available upon request to the authorized ONRR or State representatives, to the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior or other persons authorized to receive such information, arm's-length sales value and sales quantity data for like-quality coal sold, purchased, or otherwise obtained by the lessee from the area.

(3) A lessee shall notify ONRR if it has determined value pursuant to paragraphs (c)(2)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v) of this section. The notification shall be by letter to the Director for Office of Natural Resources Revenue of his/her designee. The letter shall identify the valuation method to be used and contain a brief description of the procedure to be followed. The notification required by this section is a one-time notification due no later than the month the lessee first reports royalties on the form ONRR-4430 using a valuation method authorized by paragraphs (c)(2)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v) of this section, and each time there is a change in a method under paragraphs (c)(2)(iv) or (v) of this section.

(e) If ONRR determines that a lessee has not properly determined value, the lessee shall be liable for the difference, if any, between royalty payments made based upon the value it has used and the royalty payments that are due based upon the value established by ONRR. The lessee shall also be liable for interest computed pursuant to § 1218.202 of this chapter. If the lessee is entitled to a credit, ONRR will provide instructions for the taking of that credit.

(f) The lessee may request a value determination from ONRR. In that event, the lessee shall propose to ONRR a value determination method, and may use that method in determining value for royalty purposes until ONRR issues its decision. The lessee shall submit all available data relevant to its proposal. The ONRR shall expeditiously determine the value based upon the lessee's proposal and any additional information ONRR deems necessary. That determination shall remain effective for the period stated therein. After ONRR issues its determination, the lessee shall make the adjustments in accordance with paragraph (e) of this section.

(g) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section, under no circumstances shall the value for royalty purposes be less than the gross proceeds accruing to the lessee for the disposition of produced coal less applicable provisions of paragraph (b)(5) of this section and less applicable allowances determined pursuant to §§ 1206.258 through 1206.262 and 1206.265 of this subpart.

(h) The lessee is required to place coal in marketable condition at no cost to the Federal Government. Where the value established under this section is determined by a lessee's gross proceeds, that value shall be increased to the extent that the gross proceeds has been reduced because the purchaser, or any other person, is providing certain services, the cost of which ordinarily is the responsibility of the lessee to place the coal in marketable condition.

(i) Value shall be based on the highest price a prudent lessee can receive through legally enforceable claims under its contract. Absent contract revision or amendment, if the lessee fails to take proper or timely action to receive prices or benefits to which it is entitled, it must pay royalty at a value based upon that obtainable price or benefit. Contract revisions or amendments shall be in writing and signed by all parties to an arm's-length contract, and may be retroactively applied to value for royalty purposes for a period not to exceed two years, unless ONRR approves a longer period. If the lessee makes timely application for a price increase allowed under its contract but the purchaser refuses, and the lessee takes reasonable measures, which are documented, to force purchaser compliance, the lessee will owe no additional royalties unless or until monies or consideration resulting from the price increase are received. This paragraph shall not be construed to permit a lessee to avoid its royalty payment obligation in situations where a purchaser fails to pay, in whole or in part or timely, for a quantity of coal.

(j) Notwithstanding any provision in these regulations to the contrary, no review, reconciliation, monitoring, or other like process that results in a redetermination by ONRR of value under this section shall be considered final or binding as against the Federal Government or its beneficiaries until the audit period is formally closed.

(k) Certain information submitted to ONRR to support valuation proposals, including transportation, coal washing, or other allowances under § 1206.265 of this subpart, is exempted from disclosure by the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 522. Any data specified by the Act to be privileged, confidential, or otherwise exempt shall be maintained in a confidential manner in accordance with applicable law and regulations. All requests for information about determinations made under this part are to be submitted in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act regulation of the Department of the Interior, 43 CFR part 2.

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 25 - INDIANS

§ 396 - Leases of allotted lands for mining purposes

§ 396a - Leases of unallotted lands for mining purposes; duration of leases

§ 396b - Public auction of oil and gas leases; requirements

§ 396c - Lessees of restricted lands to furnish bonds for performance

§ 396d - Rules and regulations governing operations; limitations on oil or gas leases

§ 396e - Officials authorized to approve leases

§ 396f - Lands excepted from leasing provisions

§ 396g - Subsurface storage of oil or gas

§ 397 - Leases of lands for grazing or mining

§ 398 - Leases of unallotted lands for oil and gas mining purposes

§ 398a - Leases of unallotted lands for oil and gas mining purposes within Executive order Indian reservations

§ 398b - Proceeds from rentals, royalties, and bonuses; disposition

§ 398c - Taxes

§ 398d - Changes in boundaries of Executive order reservations

§ 398e - Applications for permits to prospect for oil and gas filed under other statutes; disposition

§ 399 - Leases of unallotted mineral lands withdrawn from entry under mining laws

§ 400 - Leases for mining purposes of reserved and unallotted lands in Fort Peck and Blackfeet Indian Reservations

§ 400a - Lease for mining purposes of land reserved for agency or school; disposition of proceeds; royalty

§ 401 - Leases for mining purposes of unallotted lands in Kaw Reservation

§ 402 - Leases of surplus lands

§ 402a - Lease of unallotted irrigable lands for farming purposes

§ 403 - Leases of lands held in trust

§ 403a - Lease of lands on Port Madison and Snohomish or Tulalip Indian Reservations in Washington

§ 403a-1

§ 403a-2

§ 403b - Lease of restricted lands in State of Washington

§ 403c - Identity of lessor; period of lease

§ 404 - Sale on petition of allottee or heirs

§ 405 - Sale of allotment of noncompetent Indian

§ 406 - Sale of timber on lands held under trust

§ 407 - Sale of timber on unallotted lands

§ 407a to 407c - Omitted

§ 407d - Charges for special services to purchasers of timber

§ 408 - Surrender of allotments by relinquishment for benefit of children

§ 409 - Sale of lands within reclamation projects

§ 409a - Sale of restricted lands; reinvestment in other restricted lands

§ 410 - Moneys from lease or sale of trust lands not liable for certain debts

§ 411 - Interest on moneys from proceeds of sale

§ 412 - Payment of taxes from share of allottee in tribal funds

§ 412a - Exemption from taxation of lands subject to restrictions against alienation; determination of homestead

§ 413 - Fees to cover cost of work performed for Indians

§ 414 - Reservation of minerals in sale of Choctaw-Chickasaw lands

§ 415 - Leases of restricted lands

§ 415a - Lease of lands of deceased Indians for benefit of heirs or devisees

§ 415b - Advance payment of rent or other consideration

§ 415c - Approval of leases

§ 415d - Lease of restricted lands under other laws unaffected

§ 416 - Leases of trust or restricted lands on San Xavier and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservations for public, religious, educational, recreational, residential, business, farming or grazing purposes

§ 416a - Lease provisions

§ 416b - Development pursuant to lease

§ 416c - Lease of lands of deceased Indians for benefit of heirs or devisees

§ 416d - Advance payment of rent or other consideration

§ 416e - Approval of leases

§ 416f - Dedication of land for public purposes

§ 416g - Contract for water, sewerage, law enforcement, or other public services

§ 416h - Zoning, building, and sanitary regulations

§ 416i - Restrictions

§ 416j - Mission San Xavier del Bac

§ 2101 - Definitions

§ 2102 - Minerals Agreements

§ 2103 - Secretary’s determination on Minerals Agreements

§ 2104 - Secretary’s review of prior Minerals Agreements

§ 2105 - Effect of other provisions

§ 2106 - Assistance to tribes or individuals during Minerals Agreement negotiations

§ 2107 - Regulations; consultation with Indian organizations; pending agreements

§ 2108 - Tribal right to develop mineral resources


§ 181 - Lands subject to disposition; persons entitled to benefits; reciprocal privileges; helium rights reserved

§ 182 - Lands disposed of with reservation of deposits of coal, etc.

§ 183 - Cancellation of prospecting permits

§ 184 - Limitations on leases held, owned or controlled by persons, associations or corporations

§ 184a - Authorization of States to include in agreements for conservation of oil and gas resources lands acquired from United States

§ 185 - Rights-of-way for pipelines through Federal lands

§ 186 - Reservation of easements or rights-of-way for working purposes; reservation of right to dispose of surface of lands; determination before offering of lease; easement periods

§ 187 - Assignment or subletting of leases; relinquishment of rights under leases; conditions in leases for protection of diverse interests in operation of mines, wells, etc.; State laws not impaired

§ 187a - Oil or gas leases; partial assignments

§ 187b - Oil or gas leases; written relinquishment of rights; release of obligations

§ 188 - Failure to comply with provisions of lease

§ 188a - Surrender of leases

§ 189 - Rules and regulations; boundary lines; State rights unaffected; taxation

§ 190 - Oath; requirement; form; blanks

§ 191 - Disposition of moneys received

§ 191a - Late payment charges under Federal mineral leases

§ 191b - Collection of unpaid and underpaid royalties and late payment interest owed by lessees

§ 192 - Payment of royalties in oil or gas; sale of such oil or gas

§ 192a - Cancellation or modification of contracts

§ 192b - Application to contracts

§ 192c - Rules and regulations governing issuance of certain leases; disposition of receipts

§ 193 - Disposition of deposits of coal, and so forth

§ 193a - Preference right of United States to purchase coal for Army and Navy; price for coal; civil actions; jurisdiction

§ 194 - Repealed. Pub. L. 89–554, § 8(a), Sept. 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 644

§ 195 - Enforcement

§ 196 - Cooperative agreements; delegation of authority

§ 351 - Definitions

§ 352 - Deposits subject to lease; consent of department heads; lands excluded

§ 353 - Sale of lands unaffected; reservation of mineral rights; sale subject to prior lease; naval petroleum reserves unaffected

§ 354 - Lease of partial or future interests in deposits

§ 355 - Disposition of receipts

§ 356 - Furnishing description of lands and title documents; recordation of documents; authenticated copies

§ 357 - State or local government rights; taxation

§ 358 - Rights under prior leases; priority of pending applications; exchange of leases

§ 359 - Rules and regulations

§ 360 - Authority to manage certain mineral leases

§ 1001 - Definitions

§ 1002 - Lands subject to geothermal leasing

§ 1002a - Repealed. Pub. L. 97–214, § 7(16), July 12, 1982, 96 Stat. 174

§ 1003 - Leasing procedures

§ 1004 - Rents and royalties

§ 1005 - Lease term and work commitment requirements

§ 1006 - Acreage limitations

§ 1007 - Readjustment of lease terms and conditions

§ 1008 - Byproducts

§ 1009 - Relinquishment of geothermal rights

§ 1010 - Suspension of operations and production

§ 1011 - Termination of leases

§ 1012 - Waiver, suspension, or reduction of rental or royalty

§ 1013 - Surface land use

§ 1014 - Lands subject to geothermal leasing

§ 1015 - Requirement for lessees

§ 1016 - Administration

§ 1017 - Unit and communitization agreements

§ 1018 - Data from Federal agencies

§ 1019 - Disposal of moneys from sales, bonuses, rentals, and royalties

§ 1020 - Publication in Federal Register; reservation of mineral rights

§ 1021 - Federal exemption from State water laws

§ 1022 - Prevention of waste; exclusivity

§ 1023 - Rules and regulations

§ 1024 - Inclusion of geothermal leasing under certain other laws

§ 1025 - Federal reservation of certain mineral rights

§ 1026 - Significant thermal features

§ 1027 - Land subject to prohibition on leasing

§ 1028 - Hot dry rock geothermal energy

§ 1701 - Congressional statement of findings and purposes

§ 1702 - Definitions

U.S. Code: Title 31 - MONEY AND FINANCE
U.S. Code: Title 43 - PUBLIC LANDS

§ 1301 - Definitions

§ 1302 - Resources seaward of Continental Shelf

§ 1303 - Amendment, modification, or repeal of other laws

§ 1331 - Definitions

§ 1332 - Congressional declaration of policy

§ 1333 - Laws and regulations governing lands

§ 1334 - Administration of leasing

§ 1335 - Validation and maintenance of prior leases

§ 1336 - Controversies over jurisdiction; agreements; payments; final settlement or adjudication; approval of notice concerning oil and gas operations in Gulf of Mexico

§ 1337 - Leases, easements, and rights-of-way on the outer Continental Shelf

§ 1338 - Disposition of revenues

§ 1338a - Moneys received as a result of forfeiture by Outer Continental Shelf permittee, lessee, or right-of-way holder; return of excess amounts

§ 1339 - Repealed. Pub. L. 104–185, § 8(b), Aug. 13, 1996, 110 Stat. 1717

§ 1340 - Geological and geophysical explorations

§ 1341 - Reservation of lands and rights

§ 1342 - Prior claims as unaffected

§ 1343 - Repealed. Pub. L. 105–362, title IX, § 901(l)(1), Nov. 10, 1998, 112 Stat. 3290

§ 1344 - Outer Continental Shelf leasing program

§ 1345 - Coordination and consultation with affected State and local governments

§ 1346 - Environmental studies

§ 1347 - Safety and health regulations

§ 1348 - Enforcement of safety and environmental regulations

§ 1349 - Citizens suits, jurisdiction and judicial review

§ 1350 - Remedies and penalties

§ 1351 - Oil and gas development and production

§ 1352 - Oil and gas information program

§ 1353 - Federal purchase and disposition of oil and gas

§ 1354 - Limitations on export of oil or gas

§ 1355 - Restrictions on employment of former officers or employees of Department of the Interior

§ 1356 - Documentary, registry and manning requirements

§ 1356a - Coastal impact assistance program

§ 1801 - Congressional findings

§ 1802 - Congressional declaration of purposes

Title 30 published on 19-May-2018 03:57

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 30 CFR Part 1206 after this date.

  • 2017-08-07; vol. 82 # 150 - Monday, August 7, 2017
    1. 82 FR 36934 - Repeal of Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform
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