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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.


Notice and request for comments.


In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has submitted a request for an extension of an approved information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval.


The OMB is required to respond to this request within 60 days but may respond after 30 days. Submit your comments to OMB at the address below by April 20, 2007 to receive maximum consideration.


Send comments to the OMB, Interior Department Desk Officer (1004-0132), at OMB-OIRA via e-mail or via facsimile at (202) 395-6566. Also please send a copy of your comments to BLM via Internet and include your name, address, and ATTN: 1004-0132 in your Internet message to or via mail to: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Mail Stop 401LS, 1849 C Street, NW., ATTN: Bureau Information Collection Clearance Officer (WO-630), Washington, DC 20240.

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You may contact Shirlean Beshir to obtain copies and explanatory material on this information collection at (202) 452-5033. Persons who use a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) on 1-800-877-8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to contact Ms. Beshir.

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On June 21, 2006, the BLM published a notice in the Federal Register (17 FR 35695) requesting comments on the information collection. The comment period closed on August 21, 2006. The BLM did not receive any comments.

We are soliciting comments on the following:

(a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper functioning of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(b) The accuracy of our estimates of the information collection burden, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions we use;

(c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and

(d) Ways to minimize the information collection burden on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Title: Geothermal Resource Leasing (43 CFR part 3200 through 3287).

OMB Control Number: 1004-0132.

Abstract: The BLM manages the leasing and development of geothermal resources under the regulations at (43 CFR part 3200 through 3287). These regulations implement the following statutes:

(1) The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-58);

(2) The Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.);

(3) The Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 (30 U.S.C. 1001-1028), as amended;

(4) The Act of August 7, 1947 (Mineral Leasing Act of Acquired Lands) (30 U.S.C. 351-359);

(5) The Department of the Interior Appropriations Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 6508);

(6) The Attorney General's Opinion of April 2, 1941 (40 Op. Atty. Gen. 41);

(7) The Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 471 et seq.) provides the authority for leasing lands acquired from the General Services Administration; and

(8) The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The BLM uses this information to approve lease activities for geothermal resources and unit agreements, process nominations for geothermal lease sales, and monitor compliance with granted approvals. In most cases, we do not require a specific form to collect the required resource and environmental information, since we generally gather the information through the course of industry operations.

Burden Estimate per Form: We estimate the completion time for this form and non-form information that is submitted quarterly, monthly, on occasion, and annually to the BLM by the private sector as follows:

Burden hours information collectedNumber of actions per yearBurden hours per actionTotal annual burden hours
(a) Geothermal Sundry Notice (Form 3260-3)1008800
(b) Notice of Intent to Conduct Geothermal Resource Exploration Operations (Form 3200-9)12896
(c) Geothermal Drilling Permit (Form 3260-2)12896
(d) Geothermal Well Completion Report (Form 3260-4)12896
(e) 43 CFR subpart 3202; Lessee Qualifications79179
(f) 43 CFR subpart 3203; Competitive Leasing300206,000
(g) 43 CFR subpart 3204; Noncompetitive Leasing5040200
(h) 43 CFR subpart 3205; Direct Use Leasing1010100
(i) 43 CFR subpart 3206; Lease Issuance3001300
(j) 43 CFR subpart 3207; Lease Terms and Extension50150
(k) 43 CFR subpart 321050150
(l) 43 CFR subpart 3211; Fees3001300
(m) 43 CFR subpart 3212; Lease Suspensions and Royalty Rate Reductions1040400
(n) 43 CFR subpart 3213; Relinquishment, Termination, and Cancellation1040400
(o) 43 CFR subpart 3214; Bonds10440
(p) 43 CFR subpart 3215; Replacement Bonds10440
(q) 43 CFR subpart 3216; Transfers3060180
(r) 43 CFR subpart 3217; Cooperative Agreements1040400
(s) 43 CFR subpart 3251; Exploration Operations12896
(t) 43 CFR subpart 3252; Conducting Exploration Operations1008800
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(u) 43 CFR subpart 3253; Reports: Exploration Operations12896
(v) 43 CFR subpart 3256; Exploration Operations Relief and Appeals10880
(w) 43 CFR subpart 3261; Drilling Operations12896
(x) 43 CFR subpart 3264; Reports-Drillings Operations/Recordkeeping1210120
(y) 43 CFR subpart 3272; Utilization Plans and Facility Construction Permits1010100
(z) 43 CFR subpart 3273; Site License1010100
(aa) 43 CFR subpart 3274; Commercial Use Permit1010100
(bb) 43 CFR subpart 3276; Reports Utilization Operations1010100
(cc) 43 CFR subpart 3281; Unit Agreements1010100
(dd) 43 CFR subpart 3282; Participating Area1010100
(ee) 43 CFR subpart 3283; Unit Agreement Modifications1010100

Annual Responses: 1,447.

Application Fee per Response: 0.

Annual Burden Hours: 10,137

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Dated: March 15, 2007.

Ted R. Hudson,

Bureau of Land Management, Acting Division Chief Regulatory Affairs.

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[FR Doc. 07-1363 Filed 3-20-07; 8:45 am]