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Information Collection Activities: Application for Permit To Modify (APM) and Supporting Documentation; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request

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30-Day notice.


To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements Start Printed Page 13840in the regulations, Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf, pertaining to an Application for Permit to Modify (APM) and supporting documentation. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the revised paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.


You must submit comments by April 14, 2017.


Submit comments by either fax (202) 395-5806 or email ( directly to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior (1014-0026). Please provide a copy of your comments to BSEE by any of the means below.

  • Electronically go to In the Search box, enter BSEE-2016-0013 then click search. Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view all related materials. We will post all comments.
  • Email, fax (703) 787-1546, or mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior; Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; Regulations and Standards Branch; ATTN: Nicole Mason; 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166. Please reference ICR 1014-0026 in your comment and include your name and return address.
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Nicole Mason, Regulations and Standards Branch, (703) 787-1607, to request additional information about this ICR. To see a copy of the entire ICR submitted to OMB, go to (select Information Collection Review, Currently Under Review).

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Title: 30 CFR 250, Application for Permit to Modify (APM) and all supporting documentation.

Form(s): BSEE-0124.

OMB Control Number: 1014-0026.

Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act at 43 U.S.C. 1334 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to prescribe rules and regulations necessary for the administration of the leasing provisions of that Act related to mineral resources on the OCS. Such rules and regulations will apply to all operations conducted under a lease, right-of-way, or a right-of-use and easement. 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.

In addition to the general rulemaking authority of the OCSLA at 43 U.S.C. 1334, section 301(a) of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act (FOGRMA), 30 U.S.C. 1751(a), grants authority to the Secretary to prescribe such rules and regulations as are reasonably necessary to carry out FOGRMA's provisions. While the majority of FOGRMA is directed to royalty collection and enforcement, some provisions apply to offshore operations. For example, section 108 of FOGRMA, 30 U.S.C. 1718, grants the Secretary broad authority to inspect lease sites for the purpose of determining whether there is compliance with the mineral leasing laws. Section 109(c)(2) and (d)(1), 30 U.S.C. 1719(c)(2) and (d)(1), impose substantial civil penalties for failure to permit lawful inspections and for knowing or willful preparation or submission of false, inaccurate, or misleading reports, records, or other information. Because the Secretary has delegated some of the authority under FOGRMA to BSEE, 30 U.S.C. 1751 is included as additional authority for these requirements.

The Independent Offices Appropriations Act (31 U.S.C. 9701), the Omnibus Appropriations Bill (Pub. L. 104-133, 110 Stat. 1321, April 26, 1996), and OMB Circular A-25, authorize Federal agencies to recover the full cost of services that confer special benefits. Under the Department of the Interior's implementing policy, BSEE is required to charge fees for services that provide special benefits or privileges to an identifiable non-Federal recipient above and beyond those which accrue to the public at large. Applications for permits to modify approvals are subject to cost recovery, and BSEE regulations specify service fees for these requests.

These authorities and responsibilities are among those delegated to BSEE. The regulations at 30 CFR 250 stipulate the various requirements that must be submitted with form BSEE-0124, Application for Permit to Modify (APM). The form and the numerous submittals that are included and/or attached to the form are the subject of this collection. This request also covers any related Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs) that BSEE issues to clarify, supplement, or provide additional guidance on some aspects of our regulations.

The changes to the form in this ICR include updating the citations listed under No. 18; as well as, adding several additional questions (G through M) pertaining to shearing data, BOP testing, casing pressure issues, etc. Responses are mandatory and no questions of a sensitive nature are asked. The BSEE will protect any confidential commercial or proprietary information according to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and DOI's implementing regulations (43 CFR 2); section 26 of OCSLA (43 U.S.C. 1352); 30 CFR 250.197, Data and information to be made available to the public or for limited inspection; and 30 CFR part 252, OCS Oil and Gas Information Program.

The BSEE uses the information on the APM form (BSEE-0124) to ensure the well completion, workover, and decommissioning unit is fit for the intended purpose; equipment is maintained in a state of readiness and meets safety standards; each well completion, workover, and decommissioning crew is properly trained and able to promptly perform well-control activities at any time during well operations; and compliance with safety standards. The current regulations provide for safe and proper field or reservoir development, resource evaluation, conservation, protection of correlative rights, safety, and environmental protection. We also review well records to ascertain whether the operations have encountered hydrocarbons or H2S and to ensure that H2S detection equipment, personnel protective equipment, and training of the crew are adequate for safe operations in zones known to contain H2S and zones where the presence of H2S is unknown. The information on the form is as follows:

Heading: Identify the well name, lease operator, type of revision and timing of the proposed modifications.

Well at Total Depth/Surface: Identify the unique location (area, block and lease of the proposed activity).

Proposed or Completed Work: Information identifying the specific activity, revision or modification for which approval is requested. This includes specific identification of equipment, engineering, and pressure test data needed by BSEE to ascertain that operations will be conducted in a manner that ensures the safety of personnel and protection of the environment.

Question Information: Responses to questions (a) through (m) serve to ascertain compliance with applicable Start Printed Page 13841BSEE regulations and requirements and adherence to good operating practices.

Frequency: On occasion and as required by regulations.

Description of Respondents: Potential respondents comprise Federal OCS oil, gas, or sulfur lessees and/or operators.

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: The estimated annual hour burden for this information collection is a total of 17,386 hours and $308,500 non-hour cost. The following chart details the individual components and estimated hour burdens. 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.

Burden Breakdown

Citation 30 CFR 250 APM'sReporting or recordkeeping requirement *Hour burdenAverage number of annual responsesAnnual burden hours (rounded)
Non-hour cost burdens
Subparts D, E, F, G, H, P, QSubmit APM plans (BSEE-0124). (This burden represents only the filling out of the form, the requirements are listed separately below)1 hour2,468 applications2,468.
2,468 applications × $125 application fee = $308,500.
Subparts D, E, F, G, H, P, QSubmit Revised APM plans (BSEE-0124). (This burden represents only the filling out of the form, the requirements are listed separately below) [no fee charged]1 hour1,284 applications1,284.
Subtotal3,752 responses3,752 hour burdens.
$308,500 non-hour cost burdens.
Subpart A
125Submit evidence of your fee for services receiptExempt under 5 CFR 1320.3(h)(1).0.
197Written confidentiality agreementExempt under 5 CFR 1320.5(d)(2).0.
Subpart C
300(b)(1), (2)Obtain approval to add petroleum-based substance to drilling mud system or approval for method of disposal of drill cuttings, sand, & other well solids, including those containing NORM154 hours1 request154.
Subtotal of Subpart C1 response154 hour burdens.
Subpart D
460(a); 465There are some regulatory requirements that give respondents the option of submitting information with either their APD or APM; industry advised us that when it comes to this particular subpart, they submit a Revised APDBurden covered under 30 CFR 250, 1014-0025.0.
471(c)Submit SCCE capabilities for Worst Case Discharge (WCD) rate, and demonstrate that your SCCE capabilities will meet the criteria in § 250.470(f) under the changed well design. (Arctic)10 hours2 submittals20.
Subtotal of Subpart D2 responses20 hour burdens.
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Subpart E
513Obtain written approval for well-completion operations. Submit information, including but not limited to, request for completion (including changes); description of well-completion procedures; statement of expected surface pressure, type and weight of completion fluids; schematic drawing; a partial electric log; H2S presence or if unknown, service fee receipt1 hour175 submittals175.
518(f)Submit descriptions and calculations of production packer setting depth(s)1 hour50 submittals50.
526(a)Submit a notification of corrective action of the diagnostic test15 mins68 notifications17.
Subtotal of Subpart E293 responses242 hour burdens.
Subpart F
613(a), (b)Request approval to begin other than normal workover, which includes description of procedures, changes in equipment, schematic, info about H2S, etc1 hour802 requests802.
613(c)If completing a new zone, submit reason for abandonment and statement of pressure data20 mins195 submittals65.
613(d)Submit work as performed 30 days after completing the well-workover operation20 mins755 submittals252.
616(a)(4)Obtain approval to conduct operations without downhole check valves, describe alternate procedures and equipment to conduct operations without downhole check valves45 mins245 approvals184.
619(f)Submit descriptions and calculations of production packer setting depth(s)1 hour50 submittals50.
Subtotal of Subpart F2,047 responses1,353 hour burdens.
Subpart G
701Identify and discuss your proposed alternate procedures or equipment [the request to use alternative procedures/equipment is covered under 1014-0022]3 hours78 submittals234.
702Identify and discuss the departure from requirements [the request to depart from requirements is covered under 1014-0022]2 hours55 submittals110.
713Submit required information to use a MODU for well operations, including fitness & foundation requirements, contingency plan for moving off location, current monitoring (description of specific current speeds & specific measures to curtail rig operations and move off location)1.5 hours210 submittals315.
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720(b)Obtain approval to displace kill weight fluid with detailed step-by-step written procedures that include, but are not limited to, number of barriers, tests, BOP procedures, fluid volumes entering and leaving wellbore procedures1.5 hours151 submittals227.
721(g)Request approval for test procedures and criteria for a successful negative pressure test, including any changes1 hour380 requests380.
724(b)Submit certification that you have a real-time monitoring plan that meets the criteria listed1251 certification125.
731Submit complete description of BOP system and components; schematic drawings; certification by BAVO (additional BAVO if BOP is subsea, in HTHP, or surface on floating facility); autoshear, deadman, EDS systems; certification for MIA report5 hours260 submittals1,300.
733Description of annulus monitoring plan and how you will secure the well in the event a leak is detected30 mins248 submittals124.
737(d)(2)Submit test procedures for District Manager approval for initial test when using water on surface BOP30 mins48 submittals24.
737(d)(3)Submit test procedures for District Manager approval to stump test a subsea BOP; including how you will test each ROV function for approval30 mins45 submittals23.
737(d)(4)Submit test procedures for District Manager approval to perform an initial subsea BOP test; including how you will test each ROV function for approval30 mins48 submittals24.
737(d)(12)Submit test procedures for District Manager approval, including schematics of the actual controls and circuitry of the system used during an actual autoshear or deadman event1 hour260 submittals260.
738(m)Request approval from District Manager to utilize other well-control equipment; include report from BAVO on equipment design & suitability; other information required by District Manager2 hour311 requests622.
738(n)Indicate which pipe/variable bore rams have no current utility or well-control purposes45 mins.261 submittals196.
Subtotal of Subpart G2,356 responses3,964 hour burdens.
Subpart H
801(h)Request approval to temporarily remove safety device for non-routine operations30 mins52 approvals26.
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804(a)Submit detailed information that demonstrates the SSSVs and related equipment capabilities re HPHT; include discussions of design verification analysis and validation, functional listing process, and procedures used; explain fit-for-service1 hour18 submittals18.
Subtotal of Subpart H70 responses44 hour burdens.
Subpart P
It needs to be noted that for Sulfur Operations, while there may be burden hours listed that are associated with some form of an APM submittal, we have not had any sulfur leases for numerous years, therefore, we are submitting minimal burden.
1618(a), (b), (c)Request approval/submit requests for changes in plans, changes in major drilling equipment, proposals to deepen, sidetrack, complete, workover, or plug back a well, or engage in similar activities; include but not limited to, detailed statement of proposed work changed; present state of well; after completion, detailed report of work done and results w/in 30 days of completion; public information copies1 hour1 plan1.
1619(b)Submit duplicate copies of the records of all activities related to and conducted during the suspension or temporary prohibition25 mins1 submittal1.
1622(a), (b)Obtain written approval to begin operations; include description of procedures followed; changes to existing equipment, schematic drawing; zones info re H2S, etc20 mins1 approval1.
1622(c)(2)Submit results of any well tests and a new schematic of the well if any subsurface equipment has been changed10 mins1 submittal1.
Subtotal of Subpart P4 responses4 hour burdens.
Subpart Q
1704Request approval of well abandonment operations20 mins705 requests235.
1704(g)Submit with a final well schematic, description, nature and quantities of material used; relating to casing string—description of methods used, size and amount of casing and depth1 hour430 submittals430.
1706(a)(4)Request approval to conduct operations without downhole check valves, describe alternate procedures and equipment15 mins503 requests126.
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1712; 1704(g)Obtain and receive approval before permanently plugging a well or zone. Include in request, but not limited to, reason plugging well, with relevant information; well test and pressure data; type and weight of well control fluid; a schematic listing mud and cement properties; plus testing plans. Submit Certification by a Registered Professional Engineer of the well abandonment design and procedures; certify the design2.5 hours251 certifications628.
Obtain and receive approval before permanently plugging a well or zone. Include in request, but not limited to max surface pressure and determination; description of work; well depth, perforated intervals; casing and tubing depths/details, plus locations, types, lengths, etc2.5 hours438 submittals1,095.
1721; 1704(g)Submit the applicable information required to temporarily abandon a well for approval; after temporarily plugging a well, submit well schematic, description of remaining subsea wellheads, casing stubs, mudline suspension equipment and required information of this section; submit certification by a Registered Professional Engineer of the well abandonment design and procedures; certify design4 hours1,278 submittals5,112.
1722(a), (d)Request approval to install a subsea protective device1 hour18 requests18.
Submit a report including dates of trawling test and vessel used; plat showing trawl lines; description of operation and nets used; seafloor penetration depth; summary of results listed in this section; letter signed by witness of test2 hours18 submittals36.
1723(b)Submit a request to perform work to remove casing stub, mudline equipment, and/or subsea protective covering1 hour161 requests161.
1743(a)Submit signed certification; date of verification work and vessel; area surveyed; method used; results of survey including debris or statement that no objects were recover; a post-trawling plot or map showing area2 hours6 certifications12.
Subtotal of Subpart Q3,808 responses7,853 hour burdens.
Total Burden12,333 annual responses17,386 annual burden hours.
$308,500 non-hour cost burdens.
* In the future, BSEE may require electronic filing of some submissions.

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Non-Hour Cost Burden: We have identified one non-hour cost burden associated with the collection of information for a total of $308,500. The service fee of $125 is required to recover the Federal Government's processing costs of the APM. We have not identified any other non-hour cost burdens associated with this collection of information.

Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.,) provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor Start Printed Page 13846a 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: Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.,) 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 collection is necessary or useful; (b) evaluate the accuracy 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 technology.

To comply with the public consultation process, on September 22, 2106, we published a Federal Register notice (81 FR 65405) announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. The notice provided the required 60-day comment period. In addition, § 250.199 provides the OMB Control Number for the information collection requirements imposed by the 30 CFR 250 regulations and forms. The regulation also informs the public that they may comment at any time on the collections of information and provides the address to which they should send comments. We received no comments in response to the Federal Register notice, nor did we receive any unsolicited comments.

Public Availability of Comments: 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.

BSEE Information Collection Clearance Officer: Nicole Mason, (703) 787-1607.

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Dated: February 7, 2017.

Eric Miller,

Acting Deputy Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs.

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[FR Doc. 2017-05143 Filed 3-14-17; 8:45 am]