[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 198 (Friday, October 12, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 62254-62255]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25173]


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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 pertaining to Federal 
and Indian oil and gas leasing and drainage protection (except on the 
Osage Reservation). The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
previously approved this information collection activity, and assigned 
it control number 1004-0185.

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 
November 13, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Please submit comments directly to the Desk Officer for the 
Department of the Interior (OMB 1004-0185), 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: 1004-0185'' regardless of the form of your 
comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donnie Shaw, 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. 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 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 June 27, 2012 (77 FR 38319), and the comment 
period ended August 27, 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 1004-0185 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: 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

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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: 
6,684 hours.
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden 
Annually: $109,439.
    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               2              40
 3103.4-1.......................................................
Communitization or drilling agreements 43 CFR 3105.2............             150               2             300
Operating, drilling, or development contracts interest statement              50               2             100
 43 CFR 3105.3..................................................
Application to combine interests for joint refining or                        20               1              20
 transportation of oil 43 CFR 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               2             200
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               1              59
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 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              24           2,400
Additional drainage protection report 43 CFR 3162.2-9...........              10              20             200
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    Totals......................................................           2,484  ..............           6,684
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Jean Sonneman,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Bureau of Land Management.
[FR Doc. 2012-25173 Filed 10-11-12; 8:45 am]
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