[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 185 (Monday, September 24, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 58858-58860]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-23386]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

[Docket ID BSEE-2012-0014; OMB Control Number 1014-NEW]


Agency Information Collection Activity: Subpart B, Plans and 
Information; Comment Request

AGENCY: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), 
Interior.

ACTION: 30-day Notice.

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SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we 
are notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information 
collection request (ICR) for a new approval of the paperwork 
requirements in the regulations under Subpart B, Plans and Information, 
and related documents. This notice also provides the public a second 
opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory 
requirements.

DATES: Submit written comments by October 24, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments by either fax (202) 395-5806 or email 
(OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov) directly to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of 
the Interior (1014-NEW). Please provide a copy of your comments to BSEE 
by any of the means below.
     Electronically: go to http://www.regulations.gov. In the 
entry titled, Enter Keyword or ID, enter BSEE-2012-0014 then click 
search. Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view all 
related materials. We will post all comments.
     Email cheryl.blundon@bsee.gov, fax (703) 787-1546, or mail 
or hand-carry comments to: Department of the Interior; Bureau of Safety 
and Environmental Enforcement; Regulations Development Branch; 
Attention: Cheryl Blundon; 381 Elden Street, HE-3313; Herndon, Virginia 
20170-4817. Please reference 1014-NEW in your comment and include your 
name and return address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Blundon, Regulations 
Development Branch, (703) 787-1607, to request additional information 
about this ICR. To see a copy of the entire ICR submitted to OMB, go to 
http://www.reginfo.gov (select Information Collection Review, Currently 
Under Review).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: 30 CFR 250, Subpart B, Plans and Information.
    OMB Control Number: 1014-NEW.
    Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, as amended 
(43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq., and 43 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), authorizes the 
Secretary of the Interior to prescribe rules and regulations necessary 
for the administration of the leasing provisions of that Act related to 
mineral resources on the OCS. Such rules and regulations will apply to 
all operations conducted under a lease, right-of-use and easement, or 
unit.
    The Independent Offices Appropriations Act (31 U.S.C. 9701), the 
Omnibus Appropriations Bill (Pub. L. 104-133, 110 Stat. 1321, April 26, 
1996), and OMB Circular A-25, authorize Federal agencies to recover the 
full cost of services that confer special benefits. Under the 
Department of the Interior's implementing policy, BSEE is required to 
charge fees for services that provide special benefits or privileges to 
an identifiable non-Federal recipient above and beyond those which 
accrue to the public at large. Deepwater Operations Plans are subject 
to cost recovery, and BSEE regulations specify a service fee for this 
request.
    Regulations implementing these responsibilities are under 30 CFR 
Part 250, Subpart B, and are among those delegated to BSEE. This 
request also covers the related Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs) 
that BSEE issues to clarify, supplement, or provide additional guidance 
on some aspects of our regulations.
    To accommodate the split of regulations from the Bureau of Ocean 
Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement to BSEE (76 FR 64432), 
BSEE is requesting OMB approval of the already approved information 
collections that were previously under 1010-0151 to reflect BSEE's new 
1014 numbering system. This ICR does not change the burden hours or 
make any other modifications to what was previously approved, other 
than to remove the collections under the purview of BOEM.
    Responses are mandatory. No questions of a sensitive nature are 
asked. BSSE will protect information considered proprietary under the 
Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing 
regulations (43 CFR part 2); also under regulations at 30 CFR 250.197, 
Data and information to be made available to the public or for limited 
inspection, and 30 CFR part 252, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and 
Gas Information Program.
    BSEE analyzes and evaluates the information and data collected 
under this subpart to ensure that planned operations are safe; will not 
adversely affect the marine, coastal, or human environment; and will 
conserve the resources of the OCS. We use the information to make an 
informed decision on whether to approve the proposed deepwater 
operations plans, or whether modifications are necessary without the 
analysis and evaluation of the required information.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Description of Respondents: Potential respondents comprise Federal 
oil, gas, or sulphur lessees and/or operators.
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: The estimated 
annual hour burden for this information collection is a total of 18,256 
hours. The following chart details the individual components and 
estimated hour burdens. In calculating the burdens, we assumed that 
respondents perform certain requirements in the normal course of their 
activities. We consider these to be usual and customary and took that 
into account in estimating the burden.

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  Citation 30  CFR 250  Subpart B  and      Reporting & recordkeeping                          Average number  of annual
                  NTLs                             requirement             Hour  burden            responses  annual                 Burden  hours
 
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                                                                                                      Non-Hour Cost Burdens*
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201; 204; 205..........................  General requirements for plans    Burden included with specific requirements below   0
                                          and information; service fees;
                                          confirmations; etc.
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                                                  Post-Approval Requirements for the EP, DPP, and DOCD
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282....................................  Retain monitoring data/                       4                         300 records  1,200
                                          information; upon request,
                                          make available to BSEE.
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                                         Submit monitoring plan for                    2                            12 plans  24
                                          approval.
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282(b).................................  Submit monitoring reports and                 3                          24 reports  72
                                          data.
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    Subtotal...........................  ...............................  ..............                       336 responses  1,296
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                                                            Submit DWOPs and Conceptual Plans
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287; 291; 292..........................  Submit DWOP and accompanying/               750                            12 plans  9,000
                                          supporting information.
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                                                                                                       $3,336 x 12 = $40,032
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288; 289...............................  Submit a Conceptual Plan for                200                             8 plans  1,600
                                          approval.
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294....................................  Submit a combined Conceptual                950                             3 plans  2,850
                                          Plan/DWOP for approval before
                                          deadline for submitting
                                          Conceptual Plan.
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295....................................  Submit a revised Conceptual                 100                   35 plan revisions  3,500
                                          Plan or DWOP for approval
                                          within 60-day of material
                                          change.
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    Subtotal...........................  ...............................  ..............                        58 responses  16,950
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                                                                                                              $40,032 non-hour costs
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200 thru 295...........................  General departure and                         2                          5 requests  10
                                          alternative compliance
                                          requests not specifically
                                          covered elsewhere in subpart B
                                          regulations.
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    Subtotal...........................  ...............................  ..............                         5 responses  10
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        Total Burden...................  ...............................  ..............                       399 Responses  18,256
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                                                                                                           $40,032 Non-Hour Cost Burdens
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* The non-hour cost burden that is associated with cost recovery money collected is based on actual submittals through Pay.gov for FY 2010.

    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Non-Hour Cost Burden: We have 
identified one non-hour cost burden associated with this collection of 
information. It consists of a fee being submitted with a DWOP ($3,336). 
We estimate that the total annual non-hour cost burden is $40,032, and 
we have not identified any other non-hour cost burdens associated with 
this collection of information.
    Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) 
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.
    Comments: Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et 
seq.) requires each agency ``* * * to provide notice * * * and 
otherwise consult with members of the public and affected agencies 
concerning each proposed collection of information * * *'' Agencies 
must specifically solicit comments to: (a) Evaluate whether the 
collection is necessary or useful; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) enhance the 
quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and (d) minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of 
technology.
    To comply with the public consultation process, on July 6, 2011, we 
published a Federal Register notice (76 FR 39419) announcing that we 
would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. The notice provided the 
required 60-day comment period. In addition, the Sec.  250.199 
regulation informs the public that they may comment at any time on the 
collections of information and provides the address to which they 
should send comments. We received two comments in response to these 
efforts. While the first comment, from the Marine Mammal Commission, 
supported our request to OMB, the second comment pertained to BOEM 
requirements and was therefore not relevant to BSEE regulations. BOEM 
responded to both comments in the

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Federal Register on September 30, 2011 (76 FR 60856).
    If you wish to comment in response to this notice, you may send 
your comments to the offices listed under the ADDRESSES section of this 
notice. The OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the 
information collection but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, to 
ensure maximum consideration, OMB should receive public comments by 
October 22, 2012.
    Public Availability of Comments: 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: August 21, 2012.
Robert W. Middleton,
Deputy Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs.
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