Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.
Notice of extension of an information collection (1010-0048).
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), MMS is 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) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR 251, “Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf.”
Submit written comments by January 27, 2006.
You may submit comments by any of the following methods listed below. Please use the Information Collection Number 1010-0048 as an identifier in your message.
- Public Connect on-line commenting system, https://ocsconnect.mms.gov. Follow the instructions on the website for submitting comments.
- E-mail MMS at email@example.com. Identify with Information Collection Number 1010-0048 in the subject line.
- Fax: 703-787-1093. Identify with Information Collection Number 1010-0048.
- Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior; Minerals Management Service; Attention: Rules Process Team (RPT); 381 Elden Street, MS-4024; Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817. Please reference “Information Collection 1010-0048” in your comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Cheryl Blundon, Rules Processing Team at (703) 787-1600. You may also contact Cheryl Blundon to obtain a copy, at no cost, of the regulations and the forms that require the subject collection of information.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Title: 30 CFR Part 251, Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf.
Form(s): MMS-327, MMS-328, and MMS-329
OMB Control Number: 1010-0048.
Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq. and 43 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), authorizes the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to prescribe rules and regulations to administer leasing of the OCS. Such rules and regulations will apply to all operations conducted under a lease. Operations on the OCS must preserve, protect, and develop oil and natural gas resources 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; to balance orderly energy resource development with protection of human, marine, and coastal environments; to ensure the public a fair and equitable return on the resources of the OCS; and to preserve and maintain free enterprise competition.
The OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1340) also states that “any person authorized by the Secretary may conduct geological and geophysical explorations in the [O]uter Continental Shelf, which do not interfere with or endanger actual operations under any lease maintained or granted pursuant to this OCS Lands Act, and which are not unduly harmful to aquatic life in such area.” The section further requires that permits to conduct such activities may only be issued if it is determined that the applicant is qualified; the activities are not polluting, hazardous, or unsafe; they do not interfere with other users of the area; and they do not disturb a site, structure, or object of historical or archaeological significance. Applicants for permits are required to submit form MMS-327 to provide the information necessary to evaluate their qualifications. Upon approval, respondents are issued a permit on either form MMS-328 or MMS-329 depending on whether the permit is for geophysical exploration or for geological exploration.
The OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1352) further requires that certain costs be reimbursed to the parties submitting required G&G information and data. Under the OCS Lands Act, permittees are to be reimbursed for the costs of reproducing any G&G data required to be submitted. Permittees are to be reimbursed also for the reasonable cost of processing geophysical information required to be submitted when processing is in a form or manner required by the Director of the Minerals Management Service (MMS) and is not used in the normal conduct of the business of the permittee.
We will protect information from respondents considered proprietary under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2) and under regulations at 30 CFR parts 250, 251, and 252. No items of a sensitive nature are collected. Responses are mandatory or required to obtain or retain a benefit.
Frequency: On occasion, annual; and as specified in permits.
Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: Approximately 100 Federal OCS permittees or notice filers.
Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping “Hour” Burden: The currently approved annual reporting burden for this collection is 8,272 hours. The following chart details the individual components and respective hour burden estimates of this ICR. In calculating the burdens, 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.Start Printed Page 71330
|Citation 30 CFR 251||Reporting and recordkeeping requirement||Hour burden|
|251.4(a), (b); 251.5(a), (b), (d); 251.6; 251.7||Apply for permits (form MMS-327) to conduct G&G exploration, including deep stratigraphic tests/revisions when necessary||6|
|251.4(b); 251.5(c), (d); 251.6||File notices to conduct scientific research activities, including notice to MMS prior to beginning and after concluding activities||6|
|251.6(b); 251.7(b)(5)||Notify MMS if specific actions should occur; report archaeological resources. (No instances reported since 1982.)||1|
|251.7||Submit information on test drilling activities under a permit, including form MMS-123—burden included under 1010-0141|
|251.7(c)||Enter into agreement for group participation in test drilling, including publishing summary statement; provide MMS copy of notice/list of participants. (No agreements submitted since 1989.)||1|
|251.7(d)||(1) Submit bond on deep stratigraphic test—burden included under 30 CFR part 256 (1010-0006).|
|251.8(a)||Request reimbursement for certain costs associated with MMS inspections. (No requests in many years. OCS Lands Act requires Government reimbursement.)||1|
|251.8(b), (c)||Submit modifications to, and status/final reports on, activities conducted under a permit||8|
|251.9(c)||Notify MMS to relinquish a permit||1/2|
|251.10(c)||(1) File appeals—Not subject to the PRA.|
|251.11; 251.12||Notify MMS and submit G&G data/information collected under a permit and/or processed by permittees or 3rd parties, including reports, logs or charts, results, analyses, descriptions, etc||4|
|251.13||Request reimbursement for certain costs associated with reproducing data/information||20|
|251.14(a)||Submit comments on MMS intent to disclose data/information to the public||1|
|251.14(c)(2)||Submit comments on MMS intent to disclose data/information to an independent contractor/agent||1|
|251.14(c)(4)||Contractor/agent submits written commitment not to sell, trade, license, or disclose data/information without MMS consent||1|
|Part 251||General departure and alternative compliance requests not specifically covered elsewhere in part 251 regulations||2|
|Permit Form||Request extension of permit time period||1|
|Permit Form||Retain G&G data/information for 10 years and make available to MMS upon request||1|
Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping “Non-Hour Cost” Burden: We have identified no cost burdens for this collection.
Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Until OMB approves a collection of information, you are not obligated to respond.
Comments: 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.
Agencies must also estimate the “non-hour cost” burdens to respondents or recordkeepers resulting from the collection of information. 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. You should not include estimates for 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 submission for OMB approval. As a result of your comments, we will make any necessary adjustments to the burden in our submission to OMB.
Public Comment Procedure: MMS's practice is to make comments, including names and addresses of respondents, available for public review. If you wish your name and/or address to be withheld, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. MMS will honor this request to the extent allowable by law; however, anonymous comments will not be considered. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.
MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz (202) 208-7744.Start Signature
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