[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 140 (Friday, July 20, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 42760-42761]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-17303]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

 [NPS-NRSS-GRD-10780; 2360-N003-NMM]


Proposed Information Collection; Request for Comments

AGENCY: National Park Service (NPS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We (National Park Service) will ask the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described 
below. To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as a part 
of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we 
invite the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on this 
IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on February 28, 2013. We may not 
conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a 
collection unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

DATES: Please submit your comment on or before September 18, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Please send your comments on the IC to Edward O. Kassman, 
Jr., Regulatory Specialist, Energy and Minerals Branch, Geologic 
Resources Division, National Park Service, P.O. Box 25287, Lakewood, 
Colorado 80225; or via fax at (303) 987-6792; or via email at Edward_Kassman@nps.gov. Please reference ``1024-0064, 36 CFR Part 9, Subpart 
A--Mining and Mining Claims, 36 CFR Part 9, Subpart B--Non-Federal Oil 
and Gas Rights'' in the subject line of your comments. Please send a 
copy of your comments to Madonna Baucum, Acting Information Collection 
Clearance Officer, National Park Service, 1201 Eye St. NW., MS-1242, 
Washington, DC 20005 (mail); or madonna_baucum@nps.gov (email).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edward O. Kassman, Jr., Regulatory 
Specialist, Energy and Minerals Branch, Geologic Resources Division, 
National Park Service, P.O.Box 25287, Lakewood, Colorado 80225; (303) 
969-2146, fax (303) 987-6792, or via email at Edward_Kassman@nps.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The NPS regulates mineral development activities inside park 
boundaries pursuant to rights associated with mining claims and non-
Federal oil and gas rights under regulations codified at 36 CFR Part 9, 
Subpart A (``9A Regulations''), and 36 CFR Part 9, Subpart B (``9B 
Regulations''), respectively. The NPS promulgated both sets of 
regulations in the late 1970's. In the case of mining claims, the NPS 
promulgated the 9A Regulations pursuant to congressional authority 
granted under the Mining in the Parks Act of 1976, 16 U.S.C. 1901 et 
seq., and individual park enabling statutes. For non-Federal oil and 
gas rights, the NPS regulates development activities pursuant to 
authority under the NPS Organic Act of 1916, 16 U.S.C. 1 et seq., and 
individual enabling statutes. As directed by Congress, the NPS 
developed the regulations in order to protect park resources and 
visitor values from the adverse impacts associated with mineral 
development in park boundaries. The regulations require operators to 
submit specific technical information describing their future 
development plans including steps to mitigate the impacts of 
operations. NPS uses the information to evaluate proposed operations, 
ensure that all necessary mitigation measures are employed to protect 
park resources and values, and ensure compliance with all applicable 
laws and regulations.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1024-0064.
    Title: 36 CFR Part 9, Subpart A--Mining and Mining Claims, 36 CFR 
Part 9, Subpart B--Non-Federal Oil and Gas Rights.
    Form(s): None.
    Type of Request: Extension of a previously approved collection of 
information.
    Description of Respondents: Businesses (one-fourth medium to large 
publicly owned companies and three-fourth private entities).
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.

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                                                                              Additional  10%
               Activity                      Annual         Avg. time  /         for minor        Total annual
                                            responses      response  (hr)     correspondence      burden hours
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(1) 36 CFR Part 9, Subpart B for Non-                 20               160      160 + 16 = 176             3,520
 Federal Oil and Gas Operations in the
 National Park System.................
(2) 36 CFR Part 9, Subpart A--Mining                   4               160      160 + 16 = 176               704
 and Mining Claims....................
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    Total.............................                24  ................  ..................             4,224
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III. Comments

    We invite comments concerning this IC on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents.
    Please note that the comments submitted in response to this notice 
are a matter of public record. 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.

    Dated: July 11, 2012.
Madonna L. Baucum,
Acting Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-17303 Filed 7-19-12; 8:45 am]
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