30 CFR 1218.540 - How does ONRR serve official correspondence?
ONRR will serve all Notices of Noncompliance or Civil Penalty following the procedures in part 1241. We will serve all other documents following the procedures in this section.
(a) Method of service. ONRR will serve all official correspondence to the addressee of record by one of the following methods:
(1) U.S. Postal Service mail;
(2) Personal delivery made pursuant to the law of the State in which the service is effected;
(3) Private mailing service (e.g., United Parcel Service, or Federal Express), with signature and date upon delivery, acknowledging the addressee of record's receipt of the official correspondence document; or
(4) Any electronic method of delivery that keeps information secure and provides for a receipt of delivery or, if there is no receipt, the date of delivery otherwise documented.
(b) Selection of addressee of record information.
(1) We will address official correspondence to the party shown on the most recently received Form ONRR-4444 for the type of correspondence at issue. The company or reporting entity is responsible for notifying ONRR of any name or address changes on Form ONRR-4444. The addressee of record in a part 1290, appeal will be the person or representative making the appeal.
(2) If we do not receive addressee of record information from you on Form ONRR-4444, we may use the individual name and address, position title, or department name and address in our database, based on previous formal or informal communications or correspondence for the type of official correspondence at issue. Alternately, we may obtain contact information from public records and send correspondence to:
(i) The registered agent;
(ii) Any corporate officer; or
(iii) The addressee of record shown in the files of any State Secretary; Corporate Commission; Federal or state agency that keeps official records of business entities or corporations; or other appropriate public records for individuals, business entities, or corporations.
(c) Dates of service. Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this section, ONRR considers official correspondence as served on the date that it is received at the address of record. A receipt, signed and dated by any person at that address, is evidence of service and of the date of service. If official correspondence is served in more than one manner and the dates differ, the date of the earliest service is used[smc1].
(d) Constructive service. If we cannot make delivery to the addressee of record after making a reasonable effort, we deem official correspondence as constructively served 7 days after the date that we mail or electronically transmit the document. This provision covers situations such as those where no delivery occurs because:
(1) The addressee of record has moved without filing a forwarding address or updating its Form ONRR-4444 as required under paragraph (b) of this section;
(2) The forwarding order has expired;
(3) The addressee of record has changed its email address without updating its Form ONRR-4444 as required under paragraph (b) of this section;
(4) Delivery was expressly refused; or
(5) The document was unclaimed and the attempt to deliver is substantiated by either:
(i) The U.S. Postal Service;
(ii) A private mailing service, as described in this section;
(iii) The person who attempted to make delivery using some other method of service; or
(iv) A receipt or other documentation that ONRR attempted electronic service.