The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has sent a request to extend the current information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). On February 10, 2003, the BLM published a notice in the Federal Register (68 FR 6758) requesting comment on this information collection. The comment period ended on April 11, 2003. BLM received no comments. You may obtain copies of the collection of information and related forms and explanatory material by contacting the BLM Information Collection Clearance Officer at the telephone number listed below.
The OMB must respond to this request within 60 days but may respond after 30 days. For maximum consideration your comments and suggestions on the requirements should be directed within 30 days to the Office of Management and Budget, Interior Department Desk Officer (1004-0132), at OMB-OIRA via facsimile to (202) 395-6566 or e-mail to OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov. Please provide a copy of your comments to the Bureau Information Collection Clearance Officer (WO-630), Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States Office, 7450 Boston Blvd., Springfield, Virginia 22153.
Nature of Comments: We specifically request your comments on the following:
1. Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper functioning of the BLM, including whether the information will have practical utility;
2. The accuracy of our estimates of the information collection burden, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions we use;
3. Ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information we collect; and
4. Ways to minimize the information collection burden on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other forms of information technology.
Title: Geothermal Leasing Reports and Resource Leasing and Drilling Operations (43 CFR 3200 and 3260).
OMB Control Number: 1004-0132.
Bureau Form Number(s): 3260-2, 3260-3, 3260-4, and 3260-5.
Abstract: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) collects and uses the information from entities interested in the development of geothermal resources on public lands. Also, we collect and use information from geothermal lessees to determine if the lessee qualifies for lease extensions. We collect non-form information to determine if a lessee is making diligent and bona fide efforts to utilize and produce geothermal resources.
Frequency: Occasional, annual, 5-year, monthly, and nonrecurring.
Description of Respondents: Lessees and operators of Federal geothermal leases and Indian geothermal contracts subject to BLM oversight.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 to 10 hours depending on the form filed and 2 hours for each report submitted.
Annual Responses: 760 for the forms and 75 for reports.
Application Fee Per Response: 0.
Annual Burden Hours: 1,850.
Bureau Clearance Officer: Michael Schwartz, (202) 452-5033.Start Signature
Dated: January 13, 2004.
Michael H. Schwartz,
Bureau of Land Management, Information Collection Clearance Officer.
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