[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 120 (Thursday, June 21, 2012)]
[Pages 37430-37432]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-15218]



Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

[Docket ID BSEE-2012-0012; OMB Control Number 1014-0013]

BSEE Information Collection Activity: Global Positioning System 
for MODUs, Extension of a Collection; Comment Request

ACTION: 60-day Notice.


SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), BSEE 
is inviting comments on a collection of information pertaining to the 
NTL discussed below. We will submit this request to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The current OMB 
approval of the information collection in this NTL expires in January 
2013, and concerns global positioning systems on Mobile Offshore 
Drilling Units (MODUs). After a major weather event, like a hurricane, 
lessees and operators need to report new GPS information to BSEE until 
all MODUs are determined to be safe.

DATES: Submit written comments by August 20, 2012.

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ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods 
listed below.
     Electronically: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. In the 
entry titled Enter Keyword or ID, enter BSEE-2012-0012 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. Mail or hand-carry comments 
to the Department of the Interior; Bureau of Safety and Environmental 
Enforcement; Regulations Development Branch; Attention: Cheryl Blundon; 
381 Elden Street, HE-3317; Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817. Please 
reference ICR 1014-0013 in your comment and include your name and 
return address.

Development Branch at (703) 787-1607 to request additional information 
about this ICR.

    Title: 30 CFR 250, Subpart A, General, GPS (Global Positioning 
System) for MODUs NTL.
    OMB Control Number: 1014-0013.
    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 (Secretary) to prescribe rules and 
regulations to administer leasing of the OCS. Such rules and 
regulations will apply to all operations conducted under a lease. 
Operations on the OCS must preserve, protect, and develop oil and 
natural gas resources in a manner that is consistent with the need to 
make such resources available to meet the Nation's energy needs as 
rapidly as possible; to balance orderly energy resource development 
with protection of human, marine, and coastal environments; to ensure 
the public a fair and equitable return on the resources of the OCS; 
preserve and maintain free enterprise competition; and ensure that the 
extent of oil and natural gas resources of the OCS is assessed at the 
earliest practicable time. Section 43 U.S.C. 1332(6) states that 
``operations in the outer Continental Shelf should be conducted in a 
safe manner by well-trained personnel using technology, precautions, 
and techniques sufficient to prevent or minimize the likelihood of 
blowouts, loss of well control, fires, spillages, physical obstruction 
to other users of the waters or subsoil and seabed, or other 
occurrences which may cause damage to the environment or to property, 
or endanger life or health.''
    To carry out these responsibilities, the BSEE issues regulations to 
ensure that operations in the OCS will meet statutory requirements; 
provide for safety and protect the environment; and result in diligent 
exploration, development, and production of OCS leases. In addition, we 
also issue Notice to Lessees (NTLs) that provide clarification, 
explanation, and interpretation of our regulations. These NTLs are used 
to convey purely informational material and to cover situations that 
might not be adequately addressed in our regulations.
    Regulations at 30 CFR part 250 implement these statutory 
requirements. We use the information for BSEE to assess the whereabouts 
of any facility becoming unmoored due to extreme weather situations; as 
well as, to follow the path of that facility to determine if other 
facilities/pipelines, etc., were damaged in any way. The offshore oil 
and gas industry will use the information to determine the safest and 
quickest way to either remove the obstacles or to fix and reuse them.
    We will protect information from respondents considered proprietary 
under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its 
implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2) and under regulations at 30 
CFR 250.197, Data and information to be made available to the public or 
for limited inspection. No items of a sensitive nature are collected. 
Responses are mandatory.
    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 currently 
approved annual reporting burden for this collection is 9 hours and the 
non-hour cost burden is $150,000. The following chart details the 
individual components and respective hour burden estimates of this ICR. 
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.

                                                  Burden Table
                                                              Average number of annual
        NTL--GPS for MODUs                Hour burden                 responses            Annual burden hours
                                                               Non-hour cost burdens
1--Notify BSEE with tracking/      15 mins..................  30 devices..............  8 (rounded)
 locator data access; purchase
 and install tracking/locator
 devices--(these are future MODUs/
 submissions after initial
 purchase and notification in
 subsequent years).
                                         30 devices per year for replacement and/or new x $5,000 = $150,000
2--Notify Hurricane Response Team  10 mins..................  6 notifications.........  1
 as soon as operator is aware a
 rig has moved off location.

    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Non-Hour Cost Burden: We have 
identified one non-hour cost burden for this collection; see the burden 
    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: Before submitting an ICR to OMB, PRA section 
3506(c)(2)(A) 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

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collected; and (d) minimize the burden on the respondents, including 
the use of technology.
    Agencies must also estimate the non-hour paperwork cost burdens to 
respondents or recordkeepers resulting from the collection of 
information. Therefore, if you have other than hour burden costs to 
generate, maintain, and disclose this information, you should comment 
and provide your total capital and startup cost components or annual 
operation, maintenance, and purchase of service components. For further 
information on this burden, refer to 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(1) and (2), or 
contact the Bureau representative listed previously in this notice.
    We will summarize written responses to this notice and address them 
in our submission for OMB approval. As a result of your comments, we 
will make any necessary adjustments to the burden in our submission to 
    Public Comment Procedures: 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: June 14, 2012.
Robert W. Middleton,
Deputy Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs.
[FR Doc. 2012-15218 Filed 6-20-12; 8:45 am]