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Bureau of Land Management increases some fees Monday


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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will increase 31 of its fees starting Monday. The fees relate to oil, gas, coal and solid mineral activities on public lands.

As provided by federal laws and regualtions, the fee schedule is adjusted regularly based on inflation and follows procedures established under the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule, according to a BLM news release.

The updated fee schedule appears in the Friday Federal Register and will be posted to the BLM website at blm.gov.

The fees cover the BLM’s costs for processing such actions as lease applications, name changes, corporate mergers, lease consolidations and reinstatements.

Under the current update, 17 of the 48 fees will remain unchanged, while 31 will increase.

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Of the 31 fees that are increasing, 18 will increase by $5 each and eight will increase by $10 each. The fee for adjudicating 10 or fewer mineral patent claims will increase by $50 (from $1,555 to $1,605), and the fee for adjudicating more than 10 claims will increase by $105 (from $3,110 to $3,215).

The BLM updates the fee schedule each year based on price changes and inflation measures, as determined by the U.S. Department of Commerce.