[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 124 (Wednesday, June 27, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 38319-38320]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-15764]


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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: 60-Day Notice and Request for Comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Bureau of 
Land Management (BLM) invites public comments on, and plans to request 
approval to continue, the collection of information pertaining to 
Federal and Indian oil and gas leasing and drainage protection (except 
on the Osage Reservation). The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
has assigned control number 1004-0185 to this information collection.

DATES: Submit comments on the proposed information collection by August 
27, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by 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: 1004-0185'' regardless of the form of your 
comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donnie Shaw, Division of Fluid 
Minerals, at 202-912-7155. 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 Mr. Shaw.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB regulations at 5 CFR part 1320, which 
implement provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-
3521, require that interested members of the public and affected 
agencies be given an opportunity to comment on information collection 
and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8 (d) and 1320.12(a)). 
This notice identifies an information collection that the BLM plans to 
submit to OMB for approval. The Paperwork Reduction Act provides 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.
    The BLM will request a 3-year term of approval for this information 
collection activity. Comments are invited on: (1) The need for the 
collection of information for the performance of the functions of the 
agency; (2) the accuracy of the agency's burden estimates; (3) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; 
and (4) ways to minimize the information collection burden on 
respondents, such as use of automated means of collection of the 
information. A summary of the public comments will accompany our 
submission of the information collection requests to OMB.
    The following information is provided for the information 
collection:

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    Title: Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing and Drainage Protection (43 CFR 
Parts 3100, 3120, and 3150, and Subpart 3162).
    Forms: This is a nonform collection.
    OMB Control Number: 1004-0185.
    Abstract: The BLM proposes to extend the currently approved 
collection of information. The collection enables the BLM to monitor 
and enforce compliance with requirements pertaining to:
    1. Statutory acreage limitations;
    2. Waiver, suspension, or reduction of rental or royalty payments;
    3. Various types of agreements, contracts, consolidations and 
combinations;
    4. Subsurface storage of oil and gas;
    5. Transfers, name changes, and corporate mergers;
    6. Lease renewal, relinquishment, termination, and cancellation;
    7. Leasing under railroads and certain other types of rights-of-
way;
    8. Lands available for competitive leasing; and
    9. Drainage protection.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion, except for Option Statements 
(43 CFR 3100.3-3), which must be filed within 90 days after June 30 and 
December 31 of each year. All responses under this control number are 
required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Estimated Number and Description of Respondents Annually: 2,484 
Federal and Indian oil and gas lessees, operators, record title owners, 
and holders of options to acquire an interest in Federal or Indian 
leases.
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Hour'' Burden Annually: 
6,689 hours.
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden 
Annually: $110,478.
    The following table details the individual components and 
respective hour burdens of this information collection request:

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                                                                                                    Total hours
                        Type of  response                            Number of       Hours per      (Column B x
                                                                     responses       response        Column C)
A.                                                                            B.              C.              D.
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Notice of option holdings 43 CFR 3100.3-1(b)....................              30               1              30
Option statement 43 CFR 3100.3-3................................              50               1              50
Proof of acreage reduction 43 CFR 3101.2-4(a)...................              10               1              10
Excess acreage petition 43 CFR 3101.2-4(a)......................              10               1              10
Ad hoc acreage statement 43 CFR 3101.2-6........................              10               1              10
Joinder evidence statement 43 CFR 3101.3-1......................              50               1              50
Waiver, suspension, or reduction of rental or royalty 43 CFR                  20               1              20
 3103.4-1.......................................................
Communitization or drilling agreements 43 CFR 3105.2............             150               1             150
Operating, drilling, or development contracts interest statement              50               1              50
 43 CFR 3105.3..................................................
Joint operations, transportation of oil application 43 CFR                    20               1              20
 3105.4.........................................................
Subsurface storage application 43 CFR 3105.5....................              50               1              50
Consolidation of leases 43 CFR 3105.6...........................               1               1               1
Heirs and devisees statement 43 CFR 3106.8-1....................              40               1              40
Change of name report 43 CFR 3106.8-2...........................              60               1              60
Corporate merger notice 43 CFR 3106.8-3.........................             100               1             100
Lease renewal application 43 CFR 3107.8.........................              30               1              30
Relinquishment 43 CFR 3108.1....................................             150             0.5              75
Class I reinstatement petition 43 CFR 3108.2-2..................              87               1              87
Class II reinstatement petition 43 CFR 3108.2-3.................              59              18           1,062
Class III reinstatement petition 43 CFR 3108.2-4................               7               1               7
Application for lease under right-of-way 43 CFR 3109.1..........              20               1              20
Lands available for competitive leasing 43 CFR 3120.1-1(e)......             280             2.5             700
Protests and appeals 43 CFR 3120.1-3............................              90             1.5             135
Preliminary drainage protection report 43 CFR 3162.2-9..........           1,000               2           2,000
Detailed drainage protection report 43 CFR 3162.2-9.............             100               8             800
Additional drainage protection report 43 CFR 3162.2-9...........              10               8              80
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    Totals......................................................           2,484  ..............           5,647
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    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.

Jean Sonneman,
Bureau of Land Management, Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-15764 Filed 6-26-12; 8:45 am]
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