[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 85 (Wednesday, May 2, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 26037-26038]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10583]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LL WO31000.L13100000.PB0000.24 1E]


Renewal of Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: 30-Day Notice and Request for Comments.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has submitted an 
information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) to continue the collection of information from those who wish to 
assign record title or transfer operating rights in a lease for oil and 
gas or geothermal resources. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
previously approved this information collection activity, and assigned 
it control number 1004-0034.

DATES: The OMB is required to respond to this information collection 
request within 60 days but may respond after 30 days. For maximum 
consideration, written comments should be received on or before June 1, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: Please submit comments directly to the Desk Officer for the 
Department of the Interior (OMB 1004-0034), Office of 
Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
fax 202-395-5806, or by electronic mail at oira_docket@omb.eop.gov. 
Please provide a copy of your comments to the BLM. You may do so via 
mail, fax, or electronic mail.
    Mail: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 
1849 C Street NW., Room 2134LM, Attention: Jean Sonneman, Washington, 
DC 20240.
    Fax: to Jean Sonneman at 202-245-0050.
    Electronic mail: Jean_Sonneman@blm.gov.
    Please indicate ``Attn: 1004-0034'' regardless of the form of your 
comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Gamble, Division of Fluid 
Minerals, at 202-912-7148. Persons who use a telecommunication device 
for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service 
(FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, to leave a message for Ms. Gamble. You may 
also review the information collection request online at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501-
3521) and OMB regulations at 5

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CFR part 1320 provide that an agency may not conduct or sponsor a 
collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB 
control number. Until OMB approves a collection of information, you are 
not obligated to respond. In order to obtain and renew an OMB control 
number, Federal agencies are required to seek public comment on 
information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 
1320.8(d) and 1320.12(a)).
    As required at 5 CFR 1320.8(d), the BLM published a 60-day notice 
in the Federal Register on January 24, 2012 (77 FR 3496), and the 
comment period ended March 26, 2012. The BLM received no comments. The 
BLM now requests comments on the following subjects:
    1. Whether the collection of information is necessary for the 
proper functioning of the BLM, including whether the information will 
have practical utility;
    2. The accuracy of the BLM's estimate of the burden of collecting 
the information, including the validity of the methodology and 
assumptions used;
    3. The quality, utility and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and
    4. How to minimize the information collection burden on those who 
are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other forms of information technology.
    Please send comments as directed under ADDRESSES and DATES. Please 
refer to OMB control number 1004-0034 in your correspondence. Before 
including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal 
identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your 
entire comment--including your personal identifying information--may be 
made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your 
comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public 
review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    The following information is provided for the information 
collection:
    Title: Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources: Transfers and 
Assignments (43 CFR Subparts 3106, 3135, and 3216).
    Forms:
     Form 3000-3, Assignment of Record Title Interest in a 
Lease for Oil and Gas or Geothermal Resources; and
     Form 3000-3a, Transfer of Operating Rights (Sublease) in a 
Lease for Oil and Gas or Geothermal Resources.
    OMB Control Number: 1004-0034.
    Abstract: The information collected in Form 3000-3 enables the BLM 
to process applications to transfer interests in oil and gas or 
geothermal leases by assignment of record title. The information 
collected in Form 3000-3a enables the BLM to process applications to 
transfer operating rights in (i.e., sublease) oil and gas or geothermal 
leases. The information in both forms enables the BLM to identify the 
interest that is proposed to be assigned or transferred; determine 
whether the proposed assignee or transferee is qualified to obtain the 
interest sought; and ensure that the proposed assignee or transferee 
does not exceed statutory acreage limitations.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion. Responses are required to 
obtain or retain a benefit.
    Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: 10,933 applicants 
who wish to assign record title or transfer operating rights in a lease 
for oil and gas or geothermal resources.
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Hour'' Burden: 5,467 hours.
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden: 
$929,305.

Jean Sonneman,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Bureau of Land Management.
[FR Doc. 2012-10583 Filed 5-1-12; 8:45 am]
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