[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 40 (Thursday, February 28, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 13656-13657]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04714]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Energy Information Administration


Agency Information Collection Extension

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

ACTION: Notice and Request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
Review and Comment.

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SUMMARY: EIA has submitted, under the provisions of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, an information collection request to the OMB for 
a three-year extension, with changes, of its Oil and Gas Reserves 
System Surveys (OGRS) forms (OMB 1905-0057):
     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
     Form EIA-64A, Annual Report of the Origin of Natural Gas 
Liquids Production

EIA proposes to suspend the Form EIA-23S and collect similar data in a 
revised sample for the Form EIA-23L data collection. The sampling 
method for the Form EIA-23L survey frame will be changed to a cut-off 
sample, and procedures to estimate data will be adjusted, accordingly. 
EIA proposes to report reserves for three, small natural gas and oil 
production states (IL, IN, and TN) ``as reported'' (i.e., will no 
longer estimate the total reserves for these states) under the 
Miscellaneous States category in EIA publications. The Form EIA-23L 
instructions will be updated with the current EIA definitions of terms 
used. Form EIA-64A will be extended without changes.

DATES: Comments regarding this collection must be received on or before 
April 1, 2013. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments, 
but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by 
this notice, please advise the DOE Desk Officer at OMB of your 
intention to make a submission as soon as possible. The Desk Officer 
may be telephoned at 202-395-4718 or contacted by email at chad_s_whiteman@omb.eop.gov.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to the: DOE Desk Officer, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and 
Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10102, 735 17th Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20503; and to Steven Grape, EI-24, U.S. Energy 
Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 
Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20585.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection

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instrument and instructions should be directed to Steven Grape, EI-24, 
U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, fax: (202) 586-4420, 
email: steven.grape@eia.gov. The collection instrument and instructions 
are also available on the Internet, at: http://www.eia.gov/survey/form/eia_23l/proposed/instructions.pdf http://www.eia.gov/survey/form/eia_23l/proposed/form.pdf http://www.eia.gov/survey/form/eia_64a/proposed/instructions.pdf http://www.eia.gov/survey/form/eia_64a/proposed/form.pdf.

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: Three-year extension with changes;
    (4) Purpose: EIA has a congressional mandate to provide accurate 
annual estimates of U.S. proved crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas 
liquids reserves. EIA presents annual reserves data in EIA Web reports 
to meet this requirement. This collected data and EIA's nationwide 
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 other reports, including 
EIA's Annual Energy Review, Annual Energy Outlook, Short-Term Energy 
Outlook, Petroleum Supply Annual, and Natural Gas Annual.
    EIA proposes to suspend the Form EIA-23S, consolidate some if its 
respondents into the Form EIA-23L, and change the Form EIA-23L sampling 
and estimation to streamline administrative processes and to improve 
data quality. The Form EIA-23L sampling method will change from a 
probability proportional to size (PPS) method to a cut-off sample that 
excludes the smallest respondents, who may lack the resources to 
effectively report all requested data, thus reducing the potential for 
non-sampling error. Procedures to estimate data published at regional 
summary levels will be adjusted to reflect the new sampling method. The 
Form EIA-23L questions will not change. The Form EIA-23L instructions 
will be updated with the current EIA definitions of terms used. The 
Form EIA-64A is proposed to be extended without changes.
    (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,450;
    (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 1,450;
    (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 43,650 hours;
    (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: $0; 
EIA estimates that there are no additional costs to respondents 
associated with the surveys other than the costs associated with the 
burden hours.

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

    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 22, 2013.
Stephanie Brown,
Director, Office of Survey Development and Statistical Integration, 
U.S. Energy Information Administration.
[FR Doc. 2013-04714 Filed 2-27-13; 8:45 am]
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