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Information Collection Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget Under the Paperwork Reduction Act

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has submitted the proposed collection of information listed below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). On June 8, 2004, the BLM published a notice in the Federal Register (69 FR 32039) requesting comments on this proposed collection. The comment period ended on August 9, 2004. The BLM received no comments. You may obtain copies of the proposed 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 is required to respond to this request within 60 days but may respond after 30 days. For maximum consideration your comments and suggestions on the requirement should be made within 30 days directly to the Office of Management and Budget, Interior Department Desk Officer (1004-0185), 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 the BLM's estimate of the burden of collecting the information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

3. The quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and

4. How to minimize the burden of collecting the information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other forms of information technology.

Title: Oil and Gas Exploration, Leasing, and Drainage Operations (43 CFR 3100, 3120, 3150, 3162).

OMB Control Number: 1004-0185.

Bureau Form Number: Nonform information.

Abstract: The Bureau of Land Management proposes to extend the currently approved collection of information to determine whether applicants are qualified to conduct oil and gas exploration and leasing activities. BLM will also determine if oil and gas lessees are ensuring that their leases are protected from drainage.

Frequency: On occasion.

Description of Respondents: Individuals, small businesses, and oil and gas exploration and drilling companies, lessees, and operators.

Estimated Completion Time:

Information collectionRequirementNumber of responsesReporting hours per respondentTotal hours
3100.3-1Notice of option holdings30130
3100.3-3Option statement50150
3101.2-4(a)Excess acreage petition10110
3101.2-6Showing statement101.515
3101.3-1Joinder evidence statement50150
3103.4-1Waiver, suspension, reduction of rental, etc20240
3105.2Communization or drilling agreement1502300
3105.3Operating, drilling, development contracts interest statement502100
3105.4Joint operations; transportation of oil applications20120
3105.5Subsurface storage application50150
3106.8-1Heirs and devisee statement40140
3106.8-2Change of name report60160
3106.8-3Corporate merger notice1002200
3107.8Lease renewal application30130
3108.1Relinquishments150.575
3108.2Reinstatement petition500.5250
3109.1Leasing under rights-of-way application20120
3120.1-1(e)Lands available for leasing2802.5700
3120.1-3Protests and appeals901.5135
3152.1Oil and gas exploration in Alaska application20120
3152.6Data collection20120
3152.7Completion of operations report20120
Totals1,7702,235

The table below summarizes the burden and cost estimates.

Type of analysisNumber analysesHoursCost
Preliminary1,0002,000$60,000
Detailed1002,40072,000
Additional102008,000
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Total1,1104,600140,000

Respondents submitting the drainage determination analyses and results are individuals, oil companies, and small businesses who are familiar with the collection requirements.

Annual Responses: 2,880.

Application Fee Per Response: 0.

Annual Burden Hours: 6,835.

Burden Clearance Officer: Ian Senio, (202) 452-5033.

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Dated: June 16, 2005.

Ian Senio,

Bureau of Land Management, Information Collection Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 05-12221 Filed 6-20-05; 8:45 am]

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