[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 168 (Wednesday, August 29, 2012)]
[Pages 52341-52342]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21245]



Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

[Docket ID No. BSEE-2012-0001; OMB Number 1014-NEW]

Information Collection Activity: Subpart C, Pollution Prevention 
and Control; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
Review; Comment Request

ACTION: 30-day Notice.


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) to renew approval of the paperwork 
requirements in the regulations under Subpart C, Pollution Prevention 
and Control. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity 
to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.

DATE: Submit written comments by September 28, 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 also 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-2012-0001 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, HE3313; Herndon, Virginia 
20170-4817. Please reference 1014-NEW, subpart C, in your comment and 
include your name and return address.

Development Branch, (703) 787-1607. To see a copy of the entire ICR 
submitted to OMB, go to http://www.reginfo.gov (select Information 
Collection Review, Currently Under Review). You may also contact Cheryl 
Blundon to obtain a copy, at no cost, of the regulation that requires 
the subject collection of information.

    Title: 30 CFR 250, Subpart C, Pollution Prevention and Control.
    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 to 
administer leasing of mineral resources on the OCS. Such rules and 
regulations will apply to all operations conducted under a lease, 
right-of-way, or a right-of-use and easement.
    Section 1332(6) states that ``operations in the [O]uter 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.'' Section 
1843(b) calls for ``regulations requiring all materials, equipment, 
tools, containers, and all other items used on the Outer Continental 
Shelf to be properly color coded, stamped, or labeled, wherever 
practicable, with the owner's identification prior to actual use.''
    This collection also incorporates an IC requirement pertaining to 
Marine Trash and Debris (Sec.  250.300) that was inadvertently 
submitted under BOEM. Once OMB approves this ICR, the duplicative hour 
burden will be removed from the respective BOEM collection.
    It needs to be stated that between the 60-day Federal Notice for 
this collection and now, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and 
Regulatory Enforcement split into two separate agencies. This 30-day 
notice reflects the requirements being moved from the 1010-0057 OMB 
control numbering series and requesting a new 1014 OMB control number. 
The hour burdens for this request have stayed the same as was 
previously approved by OMB.
    Regulations implementing these responsibilities are under 30 CFR 
250, Subpart C. Responses are mandatory. No questions of a sensitive 
nature are asked. BSEE will protect proprietary information according 
to 30 CFR 250.197, ``Data and information to be made available to the 
public or for limited inspection,'' and the Freedom of Information Act 
(5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR 2).
    In general, BSEE uses the information collected under subpart C to 
ensure that:
     There is no threat of serious, irreparable, or immediate 
damage to the marine environment and to identify potential hazards to 
commercial fishing caused by OCS oil and gas exploration, development, 
and production activities;
     The lessee or operator records the location of items lost 
overboard to aid in recovery during site clearance activities on the 
     Operations are conducted according to all applicable 
regulations, permit conditions and requirements, and in a safe and 
workmanlike manner;
     Discharge or disposal of drill cuttings, sand, and other 
well solids, including those containing naturally occurring radioactive 
materials (NORM), are properly handled for the protection of OCS 
workers and the environment; and
     Facilities are inspected daily for the prevention of 
pollution, and problems observed are corrected.
    Frequency: On occasion, daily.
    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 
124,665 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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                                      Reporting and
 Citation 30 CFR 250 Subpart C        recordkeeping         Hour burden     Average Number of    Annual burden
       and related NTL(s)              requirement                           annual responses        hours
                                              Pollution Prevention
300(b)(1), (2).................  Obtain approval to add  Burden covered under 1014-0018 (30    0.
                                  petroleum-based         CFR Part 250, Subpart D)
                                  substance to drilling
                                  mud system or
                                  approval for method
                                  of disposal of drill
                                  cuttings, sand, &
                                  other well solids,
                                  including those
                                  containing NORM.
300(c).........................  Mark items that could   0.5 hour.........  130 markings.....  65
                                  snag or damage
                                  fishing devices.
300(d).........................  Report and record       1 hr ea x 2 = 2    106 reports/       212
                                  items lost overboard.   hrs.               records.
    Subtotal...................  ......................  .................  236 responses....  277 hours
                                Marine Trash and Debris Awareness/Elimination NTL
NTL; 300(a), (b)(6), (c), (d)..  Submit request for      1 hour...........  100 requests.....  100
                                  training video.
                                 Submit annual report    1 hour...........  200 records......  200
                                  to BSEE on training
                                  process and
                                 Training                2 hours..........  200 records......  400
                                  recordkeeping; make
                                  available upon
                                 Post placards on vessels and structures (exempt from          0
                                  information collection burden because BSEE is providing
                                  exact language for the trash and debris warning, similar to
                                  the ``Surgeon General's Warning'' exemption).
    Subtotal...................  ......................  .................  500 responses....  700 hours
                                            Inspection of Facilities
301(a) NTL.....................  Inspect drilling/       15 min per         1,022 manned       93,258 (rounded)
                                  production facilities   inspection x 365   facilities.
                                  for pollution;          days = 91.25 hrs.
                                  maintain inspection/
                                  repair records 2
                                                         5 mins every 3rd   3,000 unmanned     30,420
                                                          day (365/3 =       facilities.
                                                          122) = 10.14 hrs
    Subtotal...................  ......................  .................  4,022 responses..  123,678 hours
300-301........................  General departure and   2 hour...........  5 requests.......  10
                                  compliance requests
                                  not specifically
                                  covered elsewhere in
                                  subpart C regulations.
    Subtotal...................  ......................  .................  5 responses......  10 hours
        Total Burden...........  ......................  .................  4,763 Responses..  124,665 Hours

    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Non-Hour Cost Burden: We have 
identified no non-hour cost burdens associated with the collection of 
    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 
    To comply with the public consultation process, on June 30, 2011, 
we published a Federal Register notice (76 FR 38410) announcing that we 
would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. The notice provided the 
required 60-day comment period. In addition, Sec.  250.199 provides the 
OMB control number for the information collection requirements imposed 
by the 30 CFR 250 regulations. The regulation also 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. The first comment, submitted 
by a private citizen, was not germane to the paperwork burden. The 
second comment was from the Marine Mammal Commission in support of our 
submittal to OMB.
    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 2, 2012.
Robert W. Middleton,
Deputy Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs.
[FR Doc. 2012-21245 Filed 8-28-12; 8:45 am]