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Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.


Notice of extension of a currently approved information collection (OMB Control Number 1010-0051).


To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are 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) is titled “30 CFR 250, Subpart L, Oil and Gas Production Measurement, Surface Commingling, and Security.”


Submit written comments by April 23, 2001.


Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior; Minerals Management Service; Attention: Rules Processing Team; Mail Stop 4024; 381 Elden Street; Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817. If you wish to e-mail comments, the e-mail address is: Reference “Information Collection 1010-0051” in your e-mail subject line. Include your name and return address in your e-mail message and mark your message for return receipt.

Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular business hours. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their home address from the record, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. There may be circumstances in which we would withhold from the record a respondent's identity, as allowable by the law. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. However, we will not consider anonymous comments. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety.

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Alexis London, Rules Processing Team, telephone (703) 787-1600. You may also contact Alexis London to obtain a copy at no cost of the regulations that require the subject collection of information.

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Title: 30 CFR part 250, Subpart L, Oil and Gas Production Measurement, Surface Commingling, and Security.

OMB Control Number: 1010-0051.

Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq., gives the Secretary (Secretary) of the Department of the Interior (DOI) the responsibility to preserve, protect, and develop oil and gas resources in the OCS. This must be 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; balance orderly energy-resources development with protection of the human, marine, and coastal environment; ensure the public a fair and equitable return on OCS resources; and preserve and maintain free enterprise competition. The Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (30 U.S.C. 1701, et seq.) at section 1712(b)(2) prescribes that an operator will “develop and comply with such minimum site security measures as the Secretary deems appropriate, to protect oil or gas produced or stored on a lease site or on the Outer Continental Shelf from theft.” These authorities and responsibilities are among those delegated to MMS under which we issue regulations governing oil and gas and sulphur operations in the OCS. This information collection request addresses the regulations at 30 CFR part 250, subpart L, Oil and Gas Production Measurement, Surface Commingling, and Security, and the associated supplementary notices to lessees and operators intended to provide clarification, description, or explanation of these regulations.

MMS uses the information collected under subpart L to ensure that the volumes of hydrocarbons produced are measured accurately, and royalties are paid on the proper volumes. Specifically, MMS needs the information to:

  • Determine if measurement equipment is properly installed, provides accurate measurement of production on which royalty is due, and is operating properly;
  • Obtain rates of production data in allocating the volumes of production measured at royalty sales meters, which can be examined during field inspections;
  • Ascertain if all removals of oil and condensate from the lease are reported;
  • Determine the amount of oil that was shipped when measurements are taken by gauging the tanks rather than being measured by a meter;
  • Ensure that the sales location is secure and production cannot be removed without the volumes being recorded; and
  • Review proving reports to verify that data on run tickets are calculated and reported accurately.

Responses are mandatory. No questions of a “sensitive” nature are asked. MMS will protect proprietary information according to 30 CFR 250.196 (Data and information to be made available to the public) and 30 CFR part 252 (OCS Oil and Gas Information Program).

Frequency: The frequency varies by section, but is primarily monthly or “on occasion.”

Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: Approximately 130 Federal OCS oil and gas or sulphur lessees.

Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping “Hour” Burden: The currently approved “hour” burden for this information collection is a total of 5,330 hours. The following chart summarizes the components of this burden and estimated burdens per response or record. In calculating the burden, 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.

Citation 30 CFR 250 subpart LReporting or recordkeeping requirementHour burden per response or record
Reporting Requirements
1202(a)(1), (b)(1)Submit liquid hydrocarbon measurement procedures application and/or changes8 hours.
1202(a)(4)Copy & send pipeline (retrograde) condensate volumes upon request3/4 hour.
1202(c)(4) *Copy & send all liquid hydrocarbon run tickets monthly1 minute.
1202(d)(4)Request approval for proving on a schedule other than monthly1 hour.
1202(d)(5) *Copy & submit liquid hydrocarbon royalty meter proving reports monthly & request waiver as needed1 minute.
1202(f)(2) *Copy & submit mechanical-displacement prover & tank prover calibration reports10 minutes.
1202(l)(2) *Copy & submit royalty tank calibration charts before using for royalty measurement10 minutes.
1202(l)(3) *Copy & submit inventory tank calibration charts upon request1/4 hour.
1203(b)(1)Submit gas measurement procedures application and/or changes8 hours.
1203(b)(6), (8), (9) *Copy & submit gas quality and volume statements upon request (80% of these will be routine; 20% will take longer)80% @ 5 mins. 20% @ 30 mins.
1203(c)(4) *Copy & submit gas meter calibration reports upon request5 minutes.
1203(e)(1) *Copy & submit gas processing plant records upon request1/2 hour.
1203(f)(5)Copy & submit measuring records of gas lost or used on lease upon request5 minutes.
1204(a)(1)Submit commingling application and/or changes8 hours.
1204(a)(2)Provide state production volumetric and/or fractional analysis data upon request1 hour.
1205(a)(4)Report security problems (telephone)1/4 hour.
Recordkeeping Requirements
1202(c)(1), (2)Record observed data, correction factors & net standard volume on royalty meter and tank run ticketsRespondents record these items as part of normal business records & practices to verify accuracy of production measured for sale purposes.
1202(e)Record master meter calibration runs
1202(h)(1), (2), (3), (4)Record mechanical-displacement prover, master meter, or tank prover proof runs
1202(i)(1)(iv), (2)(iii)Record liquid hydrocarbon royalty meter malfunction and repair or adjustment on proving report; record unregistered production on run ticket
1202(j)List Cpl and Ctl factors on run tickets
1202(e)(6)Retain master meter calibration reports for 2 years1 minute.
1202(k)(5)Retain liquid hydrocarbon allocation meter proving reports for 2 years1 minute.
1202(l)(3)Retain liquid hydrocarbon inventory tank calibration charts for as long as tanks are in use5 minutes.
1203(c)(4)Retain calibration reports for 2 years1 minute.
1203(f)(4)Document & retain measurement records on gas lost or used on lease for 2 years1 minute.
1204(b)(3)Retain well test data for 2 years2 minutes.
1205(a)(2)Post signs at royalty or inventory tank used in royalty determination process1 hour.
1205(b)(3), (4)Retain seal number lists for 2 years2 minutes.
* Respondents gather this information as part of their normal business practices. MMS only requires copies of readily available documents. There is no burden for testing, meter reading, document preparation, etc.

Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping “Non-Hour Cost” Burden: We have identified no “non-hour” costs burdens.

Comments: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. 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 proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate 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 automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. We will summarize written responses to this notice and address them in our submission for OMB approval, including any appropriate adjustments to the estimated burden.

Agencies must estimate both the “hour” burden and “non-hour cost” burden to respondents or recordkeepers resulting from the collection of information. We have not identified any non-hour cost burdens for the information collection aspects of 30 CFR part 250, subpart L. Therefore, if you have 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. 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. Generally, your estimates should not include equipment or services purchased: (i) Before October 1, 1995; (ii) to comply with requirements not associated with the information collection; (iii) for reasons other than to provide information or keep records for the Government; or (iv) as part of customary and usual business or private practices.

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Dated: February 6, 2001.

E.P. Danenberger,

Chief, Engineering and Operations Division.

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