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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of an extension of a currently approved information collection (OMB Control Number 1010-0139).

SUMMARY:

To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, 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 Part 216, Production Accounting; Subpart A, General Provisions; and Subpart B, Oil and Gas, General.”

DATES:

Submit written comments on or before June 20, 2003.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written comments to Sharron L. Gebhardt, Regulatory Specialist, Minerals Management Service, Minerals Revenue Management, PO Box 25165, MS 320B2, Denver, Colorado 80225. If you use an overnight courier service, our courier address is Building 85, Room A-614, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado 80225. You may also e-mail your comments to us at mrm.comments@mms.gov. Include the title of the information collection and the OMB control number in the “Attention” line of your comment. Also include your name and return address. Submit electronic comments as an ASCII file avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption. If you do not receive a confirmation we have received your email, contact Ms. Gebhardt at (303) 231-3211.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Sharron L. Gebhardt, telephone (303) 231-3211, FAX (303) 231-3385 or email sharron.gebhardt@mms.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title:30 CFR Part 216, Production Accounting; Subpart A, General Provisions; and Subpart B, Oil and Gas, General.”

OMB Control Number: 1010-0139.

Bureau Form Number: Forms MMS-4054 and MMS-4058.

Abstract: The Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is responsible for collecting royalties from lessees who produce minerals from leased Federal and Indian lands. The Secretary is required by various laws to manage mineral resources production on Federal and Indian lands, collect the royalties due, and distribute the funds in accordance with those laws. The Secretary also has an Indian trust responsibility to manage Indian lands and seek advice and information from Indian beneficiaries. MMS performs the royalty management functions and assists the Secretary in carrying out DOI's Indian trust responsibility.

The financial accounting system is an integrated computer system that includes production reports submitted by lease/agreement operators and is designed to track minerals produced from Federal and Indian lands from the point of production to the point of disposition, or royalty determination, and/or point of sale. The financial accounting system also includes payment and sales volumes and values as reported by payors. The production and royalty volumes are compared to verify that proper royalties are received for the minerals produced.

The production reports provide MMS with ongoing information on lease, unit, or communitization agreement (lease/agreement) and facility production, sales volumes, and inventories. The reports summarize all operations on a lease/agreement or facility during a Start Printed Page 19576reporting period. They identify production by the American Petroleum Institute well number and sales by product. Data collected are used as a method of cross-checking reported production with reported sales. Failure to collect this information will prevent MMS from ensuring that all royalties owed on lease production are paid. Additionally, the data is shared electronically with the Bureau of Land Management, MMS's Offshore Minerals Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and tribal and State governments so they can perform their lease management responsibilities.

Form MMS-4054, Oil and Gas Operations Report (OGOR), is a three-part form that identifies all oil and gas lease production and dispositions. The form is used for all production reporting for offshore Outer Continental Shelf and onshore Federal and Indian lands. Monthly production information is compared with monthly sales and royalty data submitted on Form MMS-2014, Report of Sales and Royalty Remittance, (OMB Control Number 1010-0140) to ensure proper royalties are paid on the oil and gas production reported to MMS. MMS uses the information from parts A, B, and C of the OGOR to track all oil and gas from the point of production to the point of first sale or other disposition. To streamline preparation of modified reports, the operator has the option of modifying the reporting line (delete/add by detail line) or replacing (overlaying) the previous report.

OGOR, Part A, Well Production: All operators submit part A, Well Production, for each lease or agreement with active wells until such wells are abandoned and inventories are disposed. Each line identifies a well/producing interval combination showing well status; days on production; volumes of oil, gas, and water produced; and any volumes injected during the report month.

OGOR, Part B, Product Disposition: For any month with production volumes, operators submit part B, Product Disposition, to identify the sales, transfers, and lease use of production reported on part A. A separate line for each disposition shows: (1) The volume of oil, gas, or water; (2) the sales meter or other meter identifier; (3) the gas plant for instances where gas was processed prior to royalty determination; and (4) the quality of production sold.

OGOR, Part C, Product Sales From Facility: The lease operators who store their production before selling it must submit part C, Product Sales From Facility. Separate lines for each product identify the storage facility, sales meter if applicable, quality of production sold, beginning and ending storage inventory, volume of sales, and volumes of other gains and losses to inventory.

Form MMS-4058, Production Allocation Schedule Report (PASR), is submitted monthly by operators of the facilities and measurement points where production from an offshore lease or metering point is commingled with production from other sources before it is measured for royalty determination. MMS uses the data to determine whether sales reported by the lessee are reasonable. Each line identifies a lease or metering point and allocated sales or transfer volumes. Delivered production volumes are no longer reported. Space has been provided on each detail line for the operator's property name (area/block), and a column has been added for indicating whether the operator is injecting oil, gas, or both into the pipeline system. Beginning and ending inventory are no longer reported. To streamline preparation of modified reports, the operator has the option of modifying (delete/add by detail line) or replacing (overlaying) the previous report.

No proprietary information will be submitted to MMS under this collection. No items of a sensitive nature are collected. The requirement to respond is mandatory.

We have also changed the title of this ICR from “Production Accounting and Auditing System Oil and Gas Reports (Forms MMS-4054, MMS-4055, MMS-4056, and MMS-4058)” to “30 CFR Part 216, Production Accounting; Subpart A, General Provisions; and Subpart B, Oil and Gas, General” to clarify the regulatory language we are covering under 30 CFR part 216.

Frequency of Response: Monthly and as required.

Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: 2,500 industry operators.

Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping “Hour” Burden: 76,630 hours.

The burden estimates include the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. The following chart shows the breakdown of the estimated burden hours by CFR section and paragraph:

Respondent Annual Burden Hour Chart

30 CFR part 216 subparts A and BReporting requirementBurden hours per responseAnnual Number of responsesAnnual burden hours
216.11; 216.16(a); 216.21; 216.40(d); 216.53(a), (b), and (c)You must submit your Oil and Gas Operations Report, Form MMS-4054, in accordance with electronic reporting requirements * * * All reporting forms * * * should be mailed to the Minerals Management Service, Minerals Revenue Management, * * * The reporter shall submit accurately, completely, and timely, * * * all information forms and other information required by MMS. * * * The reporter shall have the burden of proving that a reporting problem was unavoidable. You must file an Oil and Gas Operations Report, Form MMS-4054, * * * You must submit a Form MMS-4054 for each well for each calendar month * * * MMS must receive your completed Form MMS-4054 * * * Electronically * * * Other than electronically * * *.25 hour (Electronic) .25 hour (Manual)294,000 6,00073,500 1,500
216.56(a), (b), and (c)Any operator of an offshore Facility Measurement Point * * * must file a Production Allocation Schedule Report (Form MMS-4058). You must submit a Production Allocation Schedule Report, Form MMS-4058, for each calendar month * * * MMS must receive your Form MMS-4058 * * * Electronically * * * Other than electronically * * *.1167 hour (Electronic) .25 hour (Manual)7,280 33,120850 780
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216.57Operators who have been granted a reduced royalty rate(s) by BLM must submit a Stripper Royalty Rate Reduction Notification (Form MMS-4377) to MMS * * *Burden covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0090.
Total310,40076,630

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 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.

The PRA also requires agencies to estimate the total annual reporting “non-hour cost” burden to respondents or recordkeepers resulting from the collection of information. We have not identified non-hour cost burdens for this information collection. 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, sampling, testing equipment; 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.

We will summarize written responses to this notice and address them in our ICR submission for OMB approval, including appropriate adjustments to the estimated burden. We will provide a copy of the ICR to you without charge upon request and the ICR will also be posted on our Web site at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/​Laws_​R_​D/​FRNotices/​FRInfColl.htm.

Public Comment Policy: We will post all comments in response to this notice on our Web site at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/​Laws_​R_​D/​FRNotices/​FRInfColl.htm. We will also make copies of the comments available for public review, including names and addresses of respondents, during regular business hours at our offices in Lakewood, Colorado. Individual respondents may request we withhold their home address from the public record, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which we would withhold from the rulemaking record a respondent's identity, as allowable by law. If you request that we withhold your name and/or address, 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.

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

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Dated: April 16, 2003.

Cathy J. Hamilton,

Acting Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management.

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[FR Doc. 03-9784 Filed 4-18-03; 8:45 am]

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