[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 97 (Monday, May 20, 2013)]
[Pages 29360-29361]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-11885]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC13-11-000]

Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc-539); Comment 

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Energy.

ACTION: Comment request.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D), the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting the information 
collection FERC-539, Gas Pipeline Certificates: Import & Export Related 
Applications, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review 
of the information collection requirements. Any interested person may 
file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those 
comments to the Commission as explained below. The Commission issued a 
Notice in the Federal Register (78 FR 12747, 02/25/2013) requesting 
public comments. FERC received no comments on the FERC-539 and is 
making this notation in its submittal to OMB.\1\

    \1\ The Commission has issued two notices regarding this 
collection in this docket. Neither notice contained the correct 
burden estimates. This notice corrects the burden estimates and 
provides the public with an additional 30 days for public comment.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by June 19, 

ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 
1902-0062, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs: oira_submission@omb.gov. Attention: Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be 
reached via telephone at 202-395-4718.
    A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, identified by the Docket No. IC13-11-000, by 
either of the following methods:
     eFiling at Commission's Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp.
     Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426.
    Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in 
accordance with submission guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov/help/submission-guide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support 
by email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or by phone at: (866) 208-3676 
(toll-free), or (202) 502-8659 for TTY.
    Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of 
activity in this docket or in viewing/downloading comments and 
issuances in this docket may do so at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/docs-filing.asp.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at 
DataClearance@FERC.gov, by telephone at (202) 502-8663, and by fax at 
(202) 273-0873.


    Title: Gas Pipeline Certificates: Import & Export Related 
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0062.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-539 information 
collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting 
    Abstract: Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) \2\ provides, in 
part, that ``. . . no person shall export any natural gas from the 
United States to a foreign country or import any natural gas from a 
foreign country without first having secured an order from the 
Commission authorizing it to do so.'' The 1992 amendments to Section 3 
of the NGA concern importation or exportation from/to a nation which 
has a free trade agreement with the United States and requires that 
such importation or exportation: (1) Shall be deemed to be a ``first 
sale'' (i.e. not a sale for a resale) and (2) shall be deemed to be 
consistent with the public interest. Applications for such importation 
or exportation should be granted without modification or delay.

    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 717-717w.

    The regulatory functions of Section 3 are shared by the Commission 
and the Secretary of Energy, Department of Energy (DOE). The Commission 
has the authority to approve or disapprove the construction and 
operation of particular facilities, the site at which such facilities 
shall be located, and, with respect to natural gas that involves the 
construction of new domestic facilities, the place of entry for imports 
or exit for exports. The DOE approves the importation or exportation of 
the natural gas commodity.\3\

    \3\ Secretary of DOE's current delegation of authority to the 
Commission relating to import and export facilities was renewed by 
the Secretary's Delegation Order No. 00-004.00A, effective May 16, 

    Additionally, pursuant to the DOE Delegation Order and Executive 
Order Nos. 10485 and 12038, the Commission has the authority to issue 
Presidential Permits for natural gas facilities which cross an 
international border of the United States. Persons seeking Section 3 
authorizations or Presidential Permits from the Commission file 
applications for such requests pursuant to Part 153 of the Commission's 
Regulations: Part 153, Subpart B and Subpart C.
    Type of Respondents: The respondents include all jurisdictional 
natural gas companies seeking authorization from the Commission to 
import or export natural gas
    Estimate of Annual Burden\4\: The Commission estimates the total 
Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as:

    \4\ The Commission defines burden as the total time, effort, or 
financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, 
retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal 
agency. For further explanation of what is included in the 
information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal 
Regulations 1320.3.

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                           FERC-539--Gas Pipeline Certificates: Import/Export Related
      Number of         Number of  responses     Total number of      Average burden hours     Estimated total
     respondents           per respondent           responses            per  response         annual  burden
(A)                                  (B)              (A)x(B)=(C)                  (D)                      (C)x(D)
                7                      2                     14                     12                    168

    The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is 
$11,760[168 hours * $70/hour \5\ = $11,760]

    \5\ Average salary (per hour) plus benefits per full-time 
equivalent employee.

    Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Commission, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden and 
cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are 
to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.

    Dated: May 13, 2013.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2013-11885 Filed 5-17-13; 8:45 am]