[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 109 (Wednesday, June 6, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 33453-33454]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13668]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

U.S. Energy Information Administration


Agency Information Collection Extension

AGENCY: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of 
Energy.

ACTION: Notice and Request for Comments.

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SUMMARY: The EIA invites public comment on the proposed collection of 
information involving a three-year extension of the following Oil and 
Gas Reserves System Survey Forms that EIA is developing for submission 
to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995: Form EIA-23L Annual Survey of Domestic Oil and 
Gas Reserves, Field Level Report; Form EIA-23S Annual Survey of 
Domestic Oil and Gas Reserves, Summary Level Report; and Form EIA-64A 
Annual Report of the Origin of Natural Gas Liquids.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed extended 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of 
the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.

DATES: Comments must be filed by August 6, 2012. If you anticipate 
difficulty in submitting comments within that period, contact the 
person listed in the below ADDRESSES Section as soon as possible.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent to Mr. Steven Grape, EI-24 U. 
S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington DC 
20585, or by fax at (202) 586-4420, or by email at 
steven.grape@eia.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Mr. Grape, as listed above.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request 
contains:
    (1) OMB No. 1905-0057;
    (2) Information Collection Request Title: Oil and Gas Reserves 
System;
    (3) Type of Request: Extension, without change, of the currently 
approved Form EIA-23L, Form EIA-23S, and Form EIA-64A;
    (4) Purpose: In response to Section 657 of the Department of Energy 
Organization Act of 1977, Public Law 95-91, estimates of U.S. oil and 
gas reserves are to be reported annually. Many U. S. government 
agencies have an interest in the definitions of proved oil and gas 
reserves and the quality, reliability, and usefulness of estimates of 
reserves. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department 
of Energy has a congressional mandate to provide accurate annual 
estimates of U.S. proved crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas 
liquids reserves, and EIA presents annual reserves data in EIA Web 
reports to meet this requirement.
    The Government also uses the resulting information to develop 
national and regional estimates of proved reserves of domestic crude 
oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids to facilitate national energy 
policy decisions. These estimates are essential to the development, 
implementation, and evaluation of energy policy and legislation. Data 
are used directly in EIA Web reports concerning U.S. crude oil, natural 
gas, and natural gas liquids reserves and are incorporated into a 
number of other Web reports and analyses. Secondary reports that use 
the data include EIA's Annual Energy Review, Annual Energy Outlook,

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Petroleum Supply Annual, and Natural Gas Annual;
    (5) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses:
    Forms EIA-23L/23S/64A: 1,701;
    (6) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours:
    Form EIA-23L Annual Survey of Domestic Oil and Gas Reserves, Field 
Level Report: 32 hours (intermediate-size operators); 160 hours (large 
operators);
    Form EIA-23S Annual Survey of Domestic Oil and Gas Reserves, 
Summary Level Report: 4 hours (small operators);
    Form EIA-64A Annual Report of the Origin of Natural Gas Liquids 
Production: 6 hours (natural gas plant operators);
    (7) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: Forms 
EIA-23L/23S/64A: Zero.

    Statutory Authority: Section 13(b) of the Federal Energy 
Administration Act of 1974, Public Law 93-275, codified at 15 U.S.C. 
772(b) and Section 657 of the Department of Energy Organization Act, 
Public Law 95-91.

    Issued in Washington, DC, May 30, 2012.
Renee Miller,
Acting Director, Office of Survey Development and Statistical 
Integration, U.S. Energy Information Administration.
[FR Doc. 2012-13668 Filed 6-5-12; 8:45 am]
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