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Renewal of Approved Information Collection; OMB Control No. 1004-0132

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.


60-Day notice and request for comments.


In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites public comments on, and plans to request approval to continue, the collection of information from those who wish to participate in the exploration, development, production, and utilization of geothermal resources on BLM-managed public lands, and on lands managed by other Federal agencies. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has assigned control number 1004-0132 to this information collection.


Please submit comments on the proposed information collection by September 19, 2016.


Comments may be submitted by mail, fax, or electronic mail.

Mail: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street NW, Room 2134LM, Attention: Jean Sonneman, Washington, DC 20240.

Fax: to Jean Sonneman at 202-245-0050.

Electronic mail:

Please indicate “Attn: 1004-0132” regardless of the form of your comments.

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John Kalish at 202-912-7312. Persons who use a telecommunication device for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, to leave a message for Mr. Kalish.

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OMB regulations at 5 CFR part 1320, which implement provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, require that interested members of the public and affected agencies be given an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8 (d) and 1320.12(a)). This notice identifies an information collection that the BLM plans to submit to OMB for approval. The Paperwork Reduction Act provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Start Printed Page 46955Until OMB approves a collection of information, you are not obligated to respond.

The BLM will request a 3-year term of approval for this information collection activity. Comments are invited on: (1) The need for the collection of information for the performance of the functions of the agency; (2) the accuracy of the agency's burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to minimize the information collection burden on respondents, such as use of automated means of collection of the information. A summary of the public comments will accompany our submission of the information collection requests to OMB.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The following information pertains to this request:

Title: Geothermal Resource Leases and Unit Agreements (43 CFR parts 3200 and 3280).

OMB Control Number: 1004-0132.

Summary: The BLM collects the information in order to decide whether or not to approve geothermal resource leases and unit agreements, process nominations for geothermal lease sales, and monitor compliance with granted approvals.

Frequency of Collection: On occasion, except for the Monthly Report of Geothermal Operations (Form 3260-5), which is required monthly.


  • Form 3200-9, Notice of Intent to Conduct Geothermal Resource Exploration Operations;
  • Form 3203-1, Nomination of Lands for Competitive Geothermal Leasing;
  • Form 3260-2, Geothermal Drilling Permit;
  • Form 3260-3, Geothermal Sundry Notice; and
  • Form 3260-4; Geothermal Well Completion Report; and
  • Form 3260-5; Monthly Report of Geothermal Operations.

Description of Respondents: Those who wish to participate in the exploration, development, production, and utilization of geothermal resources on BLM-managed by other Federal agencies.

Estimated Annual Responses: 908.

Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 5,404.

Estimated Annual Non-Hour Costs: $77,110.

The estimated burdens are itemized in the following table:

Type of responseNumber of responsesHours per responseTotal hours (column B × column C)
Lessee Qualifications, 43 CFR subpart 320275175
Nomination of Lands for Competitive Leasing, 43 CFR subpart 3203, Form 3203-180180
Noncompetitive Leasing Other than Direct Use Leases, 43 CFR subpart 3204504200
Direct Use Leasing, 43 CFR subpart 32051010100
Lease Issuance, 43 CFR subpart 32061551155
Lease Terms and Extensions, 43 CFR subpart 320750150
Lease Consolidation, 43 CFR subpart 321050150
Lease Suspensions and Royalty Rate Reductions, 43 CFR subpart 32121040400
Lease Relinquishment, Termination, and Cancellation, 43 CFR subpart 32131040400
Lease Reinstatement, 43 CFR subpart 3213515
Cooperative Agreement, 43 CFR subpart 32171040400
Notice of Intent to Conduct Geothermal Exploration Activities, 43 CFR subpart 3251, Form 3200-912896
Geothermal Sundry Notice, 43 CFR subpart 3252, Form 3260-31008800
Reports: Exploration Operations, 43 CFR subpart 325312896
Exploration Operations Relief and Appeals, 43 CFR subpart 325610880
Geothermal Drilling Permit, 43 CFR subpart 3261, Form 3260-2608480
Geothermal Well Completion Report, 43 CFR subpart 3264, Form 3260-41210120
Utilization Plans and Facility Construction Permits, 43 CFR subpart 32721010100
Site License Application, 43 CFR subpart 32731010100
Relinquishment, Assignment, or Transfer of a Site License, 43 CFR subpart 327322122
Commercial Use Permit, 43 CFR subpart 32741010100
Monthly Report of Geothermal Operations, 43 CFR subpart 3276, Form 3260-5120101200
Unit Agreement, 43 CFR subpart 32811010100
Participating Area, 43 CFR subpart 32821010100
Unit Agreement Modifications, 43 CFR subpart 32831010100
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Jean Sonneman,

Bureau of Land Management, Information Collection Clearance Officer.

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