[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 165 (Tuesday, August 26, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50905-50906]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-20269]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

 Energy Information Administration


Agency Information Collection Extension

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

ACTION: Notice and Request for OMB Review and Comment

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SUMMARY: EIA has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for clearance, a proposal for expanded collection of information under 
the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for Form EIA-
914, the Monthly Natural Gas Production Report (OMB-1905-0205). EIA 
requests a three-year extension of this collection with changes to 
accommodate the expanded Form EIA-914. The proposed data collection 
will expand the collection of monthly natural gas production from seven 
geographical areas to twenty-one, and will add collection of crude oil 
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lease condensate by American Petroleum Institute (API) gravity (crude 
oil and lease condensate will be collected as a single volume). The 
data collected will be used to obtain a more accurate and timely 
estimate of production of natural gas, crude oil, and lease condensate 
with much greater geographic detail. The proposed expansion of Form 
EIA-914 will be used by federal and state agencies, industry analysts, 
and the general public to more effectively monitor and assess natural 
gas, crude oil, and lease condensate supplies, and by Congress for 
legislative debate.

DATES: Comments regarding this collection must be received on or before 
September 25, 2014. 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, Chad_S_Whiteman@omb.eop.gov. And to Neal Davis, 
U.S. Energy Information Administration, Mail Stop EI-24, Forrestal 
Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, 
Neal.Davis@eia.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Direct any requests for additional 
information or copies of the information collection instrument and 
instructions to Neal Davis by email at Neal.Davis@eia.gov or by fax at 
202-586-4420. The collection instrument and instructions are also 
available on the Internet at http://www.eia.gov/survey/form/eia_914/proposed/form.pdf.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request 
contains:
    (1) OMB No.: 1905-0205
    (2) Information Collection Request Title: Monthly Crude Oil, Lease 
Condensate, and Natural Gas Production Report
    (3) Type of Request: Revision to a currently approved collection;
    (4) Purpose: The proposed, expanded Form EIA-914, Monthly Crude 
Oil, Lease Condensate, and Natural Gas Production Report, will 
materially improve EIA's ability to collect and disseminate data on 
crude oil, lease condensate, and natural gas production in the lower 48 
states on a more timely basis in order to meet EIA's mandate and energy 
data users' needs. Timely and accurate information on monthly crude 
oil, lease condensate, and natural gas production data in the United 
States is necessary to discern critical monthly production levels, 
variations, and trends--information that is crucial for informed 
decision and policy making before and during peak demand periods. 
Further, collecting API gravity information for state-level production 
provides information about the volume and changing trends in the 
quality of domestic oil production, informing topics of increasing 
public interest, such as domestic refining capability and potential 
export of U.S. crude oil.
    (4a) Proposed Changes: The expanded Form EIA-914 will collect data 
from U.S. operators of natural gas and crude oil wells, and this 
monthly survey will be a cutoff sample (all operators producing above a 
threshold in a state will be surveyed). EIA currently has no survey to 
collect crude oil and condensate production. The expanded EIA-914 will 
improve EIA's oil production statistics and add more detail to its gas 
production statistics by increasing the number of individual states 
reporting. The proposed expanded Form EIA-914, Monthly Crude Oil, Lease 
Condensate, and Natural Gas Production Report, would replace the 
current Form EIA-914, Monthly Natural Gas Production Report.
    Providing timely oil and gas production data by state/area in a 
convenient ``one-stop shop'' and a standard format would enhance the 
utility of the data and provide markets with accurate information that 
is easy to use.
    The proposed expanded Form EIA-914 instructions are included on the 
form to increase clarity and specificity for the requested data. Crude 
oil and lease condensate production are added to the form, as are 
additional states that increases the total number of states/areas from 
seven to twenty-one. Also added to the form is a request for crude oil 
and lease condensate production by API gravity category.
    (5) Estimated Number of Respondents: 600.
    (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 7,200.
    (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 14,400.
    (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: None.

    Statutory Authority: Section 13(b) of the Federal Energy 
Administration Act of 1974, Pub. L. 93-275, codified as 15 U.S.C. 
772(b).

    Issued in Washington, DC, August 19, 2014.
Nanda Srinivasan,
Director, Office of Survey Development and Statistical Integration, 
U.S. Energy Information Administration.
[FR Doc. 2014-20269 Filed 8-25-14; 8:45 am]
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