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Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.


Notice of extension of an information collection (1010-0051).


To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), MMS is inviting comments on a collection of information that will be submitted 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 250, Subpart L, Oil and Gas Production Measurement, Surface Commingling, and Security.”


Submit comments by December 4, 2006.


You may submit comments by any of the following methods listed below. Please use the Information Collection Number 1010-0051 as an identifier in your message.

  • Public Connect on-line commenting system, Follow the instructions on the Web site for submitting comments.
  • E-mail MMS at Identify with Information Collection Number 1010-0051 in the subject line.
  • Fax: 703-787-1093. Identify with Information Collection Number 1010-0051.
  • 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 1010-0051” in your comments.
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Cheryl Blundon, Regulations and Standards Branch at (703) 787-1607. You may also contact Cheryl Blundon to obtain a copy, at no cost, of the regulations that require the subject collection of information.

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Title: 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart L, Oil and Gas Production Measurement, Surface Commingling, and Security.

OMB Control Number: 1010-0051.

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 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 Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (30 U.S.C. 1701, et seq.) at section 1712(b)(2) prescribes that an operator will “develop and comply with such minimum site security measures as the Secretary deems appropriate, to protect oil or gas produced or stored on a lease site or on the Outer Continental Shelf from theft.” These authorities and responsibilities are among those delegated to MMS under which regulations are issued to govern oil and gas and sulphur operations on the OCS. This information collection request addresses the regulations at 30 CFR part 250, subpart L, Oil and Gas Production Measurement, Surface Commingling, and Security, and the associated supplementary notices to lessees and operators intended to provide clarification, description, or explanation of these regulations.

MMS uses the information collected under subpart L to ensure that the volumes of hydrocarbons produced are measured accurately and that royalties are paid on the proper volumes. Specifically, MMS needs the information to:

  • Determine if measurement equipment is properly installed, provides accurate measurement of production on which royalty is due, and is operating properly;
  • Obtain rates of production data in allocating the volumes of production measured at royalty sales meters, which can be examined during field inspections;
  • Ascertain if all removals of oil and condensate from the lease are reported;
  • Determine the amount of oil that was shipped when measurements are taken by gauging the tanks rather than being measured by a meter;
  • Ensure that the sales location is secure and that production cannot be removed without the volumes being recorded; and
  • Review proving reports to verify that data on run tickets are calculated and reported accurately.

MMS 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 250.196, “Data and information to be made available to the public.” No items of a sensitive nature are collected. Responses are mandatory.

Frequency: Varies by section but primarily monthly or “on occasion.”

Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: Approximately 130 Federal OCS oil and gas or sulphur lessees.

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping “Hour” and “Fee” Burden: The currently approved annual reporting burden for this collection is 7,433 hours. The following chart details the individual components and respective hour burden estimates of this ICR. In calculating the burdens, MMS 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 58430

Citation 30 CFR 250 subpart LReporting or recordkeeping requirementHour/fee burden
1202(a)(1), (b)(1)Submit application for liquid hydrocarbon measurement procedures or changes8 hours. $1,200 Simple application fee.
$3,550 Complex application fee.
1202(a)(4)Copy & send pipeline (retrograde) condensate volumes upon request45 minutes.
1202(c)(4)*Copy & send all liquid hydrocarbon run tickets monthly1 minute.
1202(d)(4)Request approval for proving on a schedule other than monthly1 hour.
1202(d)(5)*Copy & submit liquid hydrocarbon royalty meter proving reports monthly & request waiver as needed2 minutes.
1202(f)(2)*Copy & submit mechanical-displacement prover & tank prover calibration reports10 minutes.
1202(l)(2)*Copy & submit royalty tank calibration charts before using for royalty measurement15 minutes.
1202(l)(3)*Copy & submit inventory tank calibration charts upon request15 minutes.
1203(b)(1)Submit application for gas measurement procedures or changes8 hours.
$1,200 Simple application fee.
$3,550 Complex application fee.
1203(b)(6), (8), (9)*Copy & submit gas quality and volume statements monthly or as requested (most will be routine; few will take longer)2 minutes. 30 minutes.
1203(c)(4)*Copy & submit gas meter calibration reports upon request5 minutes.
1203(e)(1)*Copy & submit gas processing plant records upon request30 minutes.
1203(f)(5)Copy & submit measuring records of gas lost or used on lease upon request30 minutes.
1204(a)(1)Submit application for commingling of production or changes8 hours.
$1,200 Simple application fee.
$3,550 Complex application fee.
1204(a)(2)Provide state production volumetric and/or fractional analysis data upon request1 hour.
1205(a)(2)Post signs at royalty or inventory tank used in royalty determination process1 hour.
1205(a)(4)Report security problems (telephone)15 minutes.
1200 thru 1205General departure and alternative compliance requests not specifically covered elsewhere in subpart L1 hour.
1202(c)(1), (2); 1202(e)(4); 1202(h)(1), (2), (3), (4); 1202(i)(1)(iv), (2)(iii); 1202(j)Record observed data, correction factors & net standard volume on royalty meter and tank run tickets Record master meter calibration runs. Record mechanical-displacement prover, master meter, or tank prover proof runs. Record liquid hydrocarbon royalty meter malfunction and repair or adjustment on proving report; record unregistered production on run ticket. List Cpl and Ctl factors on run tickets.Respondents record these items as part of normal business records & practices to verify accuracy of production measured for sale purposes.
1202(e)(6)Retain master meter calibration reports for 2 years1 minute.
1202(k)(5)Retain liquid hydrocarbon allocation meter proving reports for 2 years1 minute.
1202(l)(3)Retain liquid hydrocarbon inventory tank calibration charts for as long as tanks are in use5 minutes.
1203(c)(4)Retain calibration reports for 2 years1 minute.
1203(f)(4)Document & retain measurement records on gas lost or used on lease for 2 years at field location and minimum 7 years at location of respondent's choice1 minute.
1204(b)(3)Retain well test data for 2 years2 minutes.
1205(b)(3), (4)Retain seal number lists for 2 years2 minutes.
* Respondents gather this information as part of their normal business practices. MMS only requires copies of readily available documents. There is no burden for testing, meter reading, etc.

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping “Non-Hour Cost” Burden: The currently approved “non-hour cost” burden for this information collection is a total of $1,077,437. This cost burden is for filing fees associated with submitting requests for approval of simple applications (applications to temporarily reroute production (for a duration not to exceed 6 months); production tests prior to pipeline construction; departures related to Start Printed Page 58431meter proving, well testing, or sampling frequency ($1,200 per application)) or to submit requests for approval of complex applications (creation of new facility measurement points (FMPs); association of leases or units with existing FMPs; inclusion of production from additional structures; meter updates which add buyback gas meters or pigging meters; other applications which request deviations from the approved allocation procedures ($3,550 per application)).

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: (a) Before October 1, 1995; (b) to comply with requirements not associated with the information collection; (c) for reasons other than to provide information or keep records for the Government; or (d) 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 Policy: MMS's practice is to make comments, including the names and addresses of respondents, available for public review. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their address from the rulemaking 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. In addition, you must present a rationale for withholding this information. This rationale must demonstrate that disclosure “would constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy.” Unsupported assertions will not meet this burden. In the absence of exceptional, documentable circumstances, this information will be released. However, we will not consider anonymous comments. Except for proprietary information, 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 Federal Register Liaison Officer: Arlene Bajusz, (202) 208-7744.

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Dated: September 26, 2006.

E.P. Danenberger,

Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs.

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