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AGENCY:

Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of extension of a currently approved information collection (OMB Control Number 1010-0086).

SUMMARY:

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 P, Sulphur Operations.”

DATES:

Submit written comments by May 7, 2001.

ADDRESSES:

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: rules.comments@mms.gov. Reference “Information Collection 1010-0086” 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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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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 250, Subpart P, Sulphur Operations.

OMB Control Number: 1010-0086.

Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.), as amended, requires the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to preserve, protect, and develop sulphur resources on the OCS; 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 environments; ensure the public a fair and equitable return on the resources offshore; and preserve and maintain free enterprise competition. Section 5(a) of the OCS Lands Act requires the Secretary to prescribe rules and regulations “to provide for the prevention of waste, and conservation of the natural resources of the Outer Continental Shelf, and the protection of correlative rights therein” and to include provisions “for the prompt and efficient exploration and development of a lease area.” These authorities and responsibilities are among those delegated to MMS under which we issue regulations to ensure that operations in the OCS will meet statutory requirements; provide for safety and protection of the environment; and result in diligent exploration, development, and production of OCS leases. This information collection request addresses the regulations at 30 CFR 250, subpart P, Sulphur Operations, and the associated supplementary notices to lessees and operators intended to provide clarification, description, or explanation of these regulations.

MMS uses the information collected to ascertain the condition of drilling sites for the purpose of preventing hazards inherent in drilling and production operations and to evaluate the adequacy of equipment and/or procedures to be used during the conduct of drilling, well-completion, well-workover, and production operations. For example, MMS uses the information to:

  • Ascertain that a discovered sulphur deposit can be classified as capable of production in paying quantities.
  • Ensure accurate and complete measurement of production to determine the amount of sulphur royalty payments due the United States; and that the sale locations are secure, production has been measured accurately, and appropriate follow-up actions are initiated.
  • Ensure that the drilling unit is fit for the intended purpose.
  • Review expected oceanographic and meteorological conditions to ensure the integrity of the drilling unit (this information is submitted only if it is not otherwise available).
  • Review hazard survey data to ensure that the lessee will not encounter geological conditions that present a hazard to operations.
  • Ensure the adequacy and safety of firefighting plans.
  • Ensure the adequacy of casing for anticipated conditions.
  • Review log entries of crew meetings to verify that crew members are properly trained.
  • Review drilling, well-completion, and well-workover diagrams and procedures to ensure the safety of the proposed drilling, well-completion, and well-workover operations.
  • Review production operation procedures to ensure the safety of the proposed production operations.
  • Monitor environmental data during operations in offshore areas where such data are not already available to provide a valuable source of information to evaluate the performance of drilling rigs under various weather and ocean conditions. This information is necessary to make reasonable determinations regarding safety of operations and environmental protection.

Responses are mandatory. No questions of a “sensitive” nature are asked. MMS will protect proprietary information according to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR 2), 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 generally “on occasion” or annual.

Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: Approximately 1 Federal OCS sulphur lessee.

Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping “Hour” Burden: The currently approved “hour” burden for this information collection is a total of 978 hours. The following chart details the individual components of this burden and estimated burden 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 PReporting or recordkeeping requirementHour burden per response/record
Reporting Requirements
1600Submit exploration or development and production plan according to 30 CFR 250, subpart BBurden included in 1010-0049.
1603(a)Request determination whether sulphur deposit can produce in paying quantities1 hour.
1605(b)(3)Submit data and information on fitness of drilling unit4 hours.
1605(c)Report oceanographic, meteorological, and drilling unit performance data upon requestIt has not been necessary to request these data.
1605(d)Submit results of additional surveys and soil borings upon requestIt has not been necessary to request these data.
1605(e)(5)Request copy of directional necessary survey (by holder of adjoining lease)It has not been to request these data.
1605(f)Submit application for installation of fixed drilling platforms or structures according to 30 CFR subpart IBurden included in 1010-0058.
1607Request establishment, amendment, or cancellation of field rules for drilling, well-completion, or well-workover8 hours.
1608Submit well casing and cementing plan or modification5 hours.
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1610(d)(8); 1611(b), (f); 1615; 1617; 1618; 1619(b); 1622; 1625(b), (f);Submit forms MMS-123 (Application for Permit to Drill), MMS-124 (Sundry Notices and Reports on Wells), Form MMS-125 (Well Summary Report). Submissions include various exceptions and approvals required in subpart PBurden included in 1010-0044, 1010-0045, and 1010-0046.
1612Request exception to § 250.408 requirements for well-control drills1 hour.
1619(c), (d), (e)Submit copies of records, logs, reports, charts, etc., upon request1 hour.
1628(b), (d)Submit application for design and installation features of sulphur production facilities and fuel gas safety system; certify new installation conforms to approved design4 hours.
1629(b)(3)Request approval of firefighting systems4 hours.
1630(a)(5)Notify MMS of pre-production test and inspection of safety system and commencement of production1/2 hour.
1633(b)Submit application for method of production measurement2 hours.
1634(b)Report evidence of mishandling of produced sulphur or tampering or falsifying any measurement of production1 hour.
1600 thru 1634General departure and alternative compliance requests not specifically covered elsewhere in subpart P regulations2 hours.
Recordkeeping Requirements
1604(f)Check traveling-block safety device for proper operation weekly and after each drill-line slipping; enter results in log1/4 hour.
1609(a)Pressure test casing; record time, conditions of testing, and test results in log2 hours.
1611(d)(3); 1625(c)(3)Record in driller's report the date, time, and reason for postponing pressure testings10 minutes.
1611(f), (g); 1625(f), (g)Conduct tests, actuations, inspections, maintenance, and crew drills of BOP systems at least weekly; record results in driller's report; retain records for 2 years following completion of drilling activity6 hours.
1613(e)Pressure test diverter sealing element/valves weekly; actuate diverter sealing element/valves/control system every 24 hours; test diverter line for flow every 24 hours; record test times and results in driller's report2 hours.
1616(c)Retain training records for lessee and drilling contractor personnel according to 30 CFR 250, subpart OBurden included in 1010-0128.
1619(a)Retain records for 2 years for each well and all well operations.12 hours
1621Conduct safety meetings prior to well-completion or well-workover operations; record date/time1 hour.
1628(d)Maintain information on approved design and installation features for the life of the facility1 hour.
1629(b)(1) (ii) and (iii)Retain for 2 years pressure-recording charts used to determine operating pressure ranges; post firefighting system diagram12 hours.
1630(b)Retain records for 2 years for each safety device installed1 hour.
1631Conduct safety device training prior to production operations and periodically thereafter; record date/time1 hour.

Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping “Non-Hour Cost” Burden: We have identified no “non-hour cost” 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” and “non-hour cost” burdens 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 250, subpart P. 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 Start Printed Page 13959Government; or (iv) as part of customary and usual business or private practices.

MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Jo Ann Lauterbach, (202) 208-7744.

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Dated: February 26, 2001.

E.P. Danenberger,

Chief, Engineering and Operations Division.

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