[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 38 (Wednesday, February 26, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 10838-10840]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-04121]



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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

[OMB Control Number 1010-0081]


Information Collection: Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf 
for Minerals Other Than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur; Proposed Collection for 
OMB Review; Comment Request; MMAA104000

ACTION: 60-day notice.

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SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is inviting comments on a 
collection of information that we will submit to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information 
collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the 
regulations under 30 CFR 582, Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf 
for Minerals Other than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur.

DATES: Submit written comments by April 28, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Please send your comments on this ICR to the BOEM 
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Arlene Bajusz, Bureau of 
Ocean Energy Management, 381 Elden Street, HM-3127, Herndon, Virginia 
20170 (mail); or arlene.bajusz@boem.gov (email); or 703-787-1209 (fax). 
Please reference ICR 1010-0081 in your comment and include your name 
and return address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Arlene Bajusz, Office of Policy, 
Regulations, and Analysis at (703) 787-1025 to request a copy of the 
ICR.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    OMB Control Number: 1010-0081.
    Title: 30 CFR 582, Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf for 
Minerals Other than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur.
    Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, as amended 
(43 U.S.C. 1334 and 43 U.S.C. 1337(k)), authorizes the Secretary of the 
Interior to implement regulations to grant to the qualified persons, 
offering the highest cash bonus on a basis of competitive bidding, 
leases of any mineral other than oil, gas, and sulphur. This applies to 
any area of the OCS not then under lease for such mineral. This 
regulation governs mining operations within the OCS for minerals other 
than oil, gas and sulphur and establishes a comprehensive leasing and 
regulatory program for such minerals. These regulations have been 
designed to (1) recognize the differences between the OCS activities 
associated with oil, gas, and sulphur discovery and development and 
those associated with the discovery and development of other minerals; 
(2) facilitate participation by States directly affected by OCS mining 
activities; (3) provide opportunities for consultation and coordination 
with other OCS users and uses; (4) balance development with 
environmental protection; (5) ensure a fair return to the public; and 
(6) preserve and maintain free enterprise competition.
    Regulations at 30 CFR 582 implement these statutory requirements. 
There has been no activity in the OCS for minerals other than oil, gas 
and sulphur for many years; however, because these are regulatory 
requirements, the potential exists for information to be collected. 
Therefore, we are renewing OMB approval for this information 
collection.
    We will use the information required by 30 CFR 582 to determine if 
lessees are complying with the regulations that implement the mining 
operations program for minerals other than oil, gas, and sulphur. BOEM 
will also use the information to ensure that such operations are 
conducted in a manner that will result in orderly resource recovery, 
development, and the protection of the human, marine, and coastal 
environments and for technical and environmental evaluations which 
provide a basis for BOEM to make informed decisions to approve, 
disapprove, or require modification of the proposed activities.
    We protect proprietary information according to the Freedom of 
Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR 
2), and 30 CFR 582.5, and 582.6 and applicable sections of 30 CFR parts 
580 and 581. No items of a sensitive nature are collected. Responses 
are mandatory.
    Frequency: Monthly; quarterly; on occasion.
    Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: As there are no 
active respondents, we estimated the potential annual number of 
respondents to be one. Potential respondents are OCS lessees.
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: We expect the 
burden estimate for the renewal will be 212 hours. This submission also 
removes the requirements and burdens that were transferred to the 
responsibility of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement 
under Secretarial Order No. 3299, May 19, 2010. The following table 
details the individual BOEM 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
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                                             Reporting or                         Average number
         Citation 30 CFR 582                 recordkeeping         Hour burden      of annual      Annual burden
                                              requirement                           responses          hours
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                                               Subpart A--General
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4; 21(b).............................  Governors, other Federal/             10                1              10
                                        State agencies,
                                        lessees, interested
                                        parties, and others
                                        review and provide
                                        comments/
                                        recommendations on all
                                        plans and environmental
                                        information.
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4(b); 12(b)(2); 21; 22; 25; 26; 28...  Submit delineation plan,              40                1              40
                                        including environmental
                                        information,
                                        contingency plan,
                                        monitoring program, and
                                        various requests for
                                        approval referred to
                                        throughout; submit
                                        modifications and
                                        required information.
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4(c); 12(c)(2); 21; 23; 25; 26; 28...  Submit testing plan,                  40                1              40
                                        including environmental
                                        information,
                                        contingency plan,
                                        monitoring program, and
                                        various requests for
                                        approval referred to
                                        throughout; submit
                                        modifications and
                                        required information.
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4(d); 12(d)(2); 21; 24; 25; 26; 28...  Submit mining plan,                   40                1              40
                                        including environmental
                                        information,
                                        contingency plan,
                                        monitoring program, and
                                        various requests for
                                        approval referred to
                                        throughout; submit
                                        modifications and
                                        required information.
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5....................................  Request non-disclosure                10                1              10
                                        of G&G info.; provide
                                        consent; demonstrate
                                        loss of competitive
                                        position.
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6....................................  Governors of adjacent                 10                1              10
                                        States request
                                        proprietary data,
                                        samples, etc., and
                                        disclosure agreement
                                        with BOEM.
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7....................................  Governor of affected                  10                1              10
                                        State initiates
                                        negotiations on
                                        jurisdictional
                                        controversy, etc., and
                                        enters agreement with
                                        BOEM.
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    Subtotal.........................  ........................  ..............      7 Responses             160
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                            Subpart B--Jurisdiction and Responsibilities of Director
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11(c); 20(h); 30.....................  Apply for right-of-use                30                1              30
                                        and easement; submit
                                        confirmations,
                                        demonstrations,
                                        notifications.
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11(d)................................  Request consolidation/                 1                1               1
                                        splitting of two or
                                        more OCS mineral leases
                                        or portions.
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20(h)................................  Request approval of       Burden included with applicable               0
                                        operations or departure               plans
                                        from operating
                                        requirements.
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14...................................  Submit response copy of                2                1               2
                                        form BOEM-1832
                                        indicating date
                                        violations (INCs)
                                        corrected.
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    Subtotal.........................  ........................  ..............      3 Responses              33
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                             Subpart C--Obligations and Responsibilities of Lessees
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20(a), (g); 29(i)....................  Make available all        Burden included with individual               0
                                        mineral resource or        reporting requirements below
                                        environmental data and
                                        information; submit
                                        reports and maintain
                                        records, as specified.
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20(b) thru (e).......................  Submit designation of                  1                1               1
                                        payor, operator, or
                                        local representative;
                                        submit changes,
                                        terminations,
                                        notifications.
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21(d)................................  Notify BOEM of                         1                1               1
                                        preliminary activities.
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29(a)................................  Submit monthly report of               1                1               1
                                        minerals produced;
                                        request extension.
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29(b), (c)...........................  Submit quarterly status                5                1               5
                                        and final report on
                                        exploration and/or
                                        testing activities.
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29(d)................................  Submit results of                      5                1               5
                                        environmental
                                        monitoring activities.
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29(e)................................  Submit marked and                      1                1               1
                                        certified maps annually
                                        or as required.
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29(f)................................  Maintain rock, minerals,               1                1               1
                                        and core samples for 5
                                        years and make
                                        available upon request.
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29(g)................................  Maintain original data                 1                1               1
                                        and information and
                                        navigation tapes as
                                        long as lease is in
                                        effect and make
                                        available upon request.
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29(h)................................  Maintain hard mineral                  1                1               1
                                        records and make
                                        available upon request.
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    Subtotal.........................  ........................  ..............      9 Responses              17
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                                               Subpart D--Payments
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40...................................  Submit surety, personal                2       1 Response               2
                                        bond, or approved
                                        alternative.
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                                               Subpart E--Appeals
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50; 15...............................  File an appeal..........     Burden exempt under 5 CFR                  0
                                                                        1320.4(a)(2), (c).
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    TOTAL BURDEN.....................  ........................  ..............     20 Responses             212
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    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden: 
There are no non-hour cost burdens associated with this collection.
    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 on: (a) Whether or not the 
collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the 
information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the burden 
estimates; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden on 
respondents.
    Agencies must also estimate the non-hour cost burdens to 
respondents or recordkeepers resulting from the collection of 
information. Therefore, if you have costs to generate, maintain, and 
disclose this information, you should comment and provide your total 
capital and startup costs or annual operation, maintenance, and 
purchase of service costs. You should describe the methods you use to 
estimate major cost factors, including system and technology 
acquisition, expected useful life of capital equipment, discount 
rate(s), and the period over which you incur costs. Capital and startup 
costs include, among other items, computers and software you purchase 
to prepare for collecting information, monitoring, and record storage 
facilities. You should not include estimates for equipment or services 
purchased: (a) Before October 1, 1995; (b) to comply with requirements 
not associated with the information collection; (c) for reasons other 
than to provide information or keep records for the Government; or (d) 
as part of customary and usual business or private practices.
    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 
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: February 19, 2014.
Deanna Meyer-Pietruszka,
Chief, Office of Policy, Regulations, and Analysis.
[FR Doc. 2014-04121 Filed 2-25-14; 8:45 am]
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