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Renewal of Approved Information Collection; OMB Control No. 1004-0196

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.


30-Day notice and request for comments.


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has submitted an information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to continue the collection of information from participants in the oil and gas leasing program within the National Petroleum Preserve—Alaska (NPRA). The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) previously approved this information collection activity, and assigned it control number 1004-0196.


The OMB is required to respond to this information collection request within 60 days, but may respond after 30 days. For maximum consideration, written comments should be received on or before June 26, 2017.


Please submit comments directly to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior (OMB #1004-0196), Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, fax 202-395-5806, or by electronic mail at Please provide a copy of your comments to the BLM. You may do so via 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: Jean Sonneman at 202-245-0050.

Electronic mail:

Please indicate “Attn: 1004-0196” regardless of the form of your comments.

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Mr. Wayne Svejnoha at 907-271-4407. Persons who use a telecommunication device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, to leave a message for Mr. Svejnoha. You may also review the information collection request online at​public/​do/​PRAMain.

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The Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521) and OMB regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 provide 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. In order to obtain and renew an OMB control number, Federal agencies are required to seek public comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d) and 1320.12(a)).

As required at 5 CFR 1320.8(d), the BLM published a 60-day notice in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017 (82 FR 4414), and the comment period ended March 14, 2017. The BLM received no comments.

The BLM now requests comments on the following subjects:

1. Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper functioning of the BLM, including whether the information will have practical utility;

2. The accuracy of the BLM's estimate of the burden of collecting the information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

3. The quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and

4. How to minimize the information collection burden on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other forms of information technology.

Please send comments as directed under ADDRESSES and DATES. Please refer to OMB control number 1004-0196 in your correspondence. 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: Oil and Gas Leasing: National Petroleum Reserve—Alaska (43 CFR part 3130).

OMB Control Number: 1004-0196.

Abstract: In accordance with the Naval Petroleum Reserve Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6501-6508) and regulations at 43 CFR part 3130, the BLM may authorize participation in an NPRA unit agreement. Participants in such an agreement are required to comply with routine data submissions that are used to document drilling and production and ensure compliance with the unit agreement, lease terms, regulations, Onshore Oil and Gas Orders, Notices to Lessees, lease stipulations, or conditions of approval. In addition, participants in such an agreement may apply for reduction of royalty, suspension of operations or production, or a subsurface storage agreement.

Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

Forms: None.

Description of Respondents: Participants in the oil and gas leasing program within NPRA.

Estimated Annual Responses Annually: 21.

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping and Hour Burden Annually: 220

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping and Non-Hour Cost Burden Annually: None.

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Type of responseNumber of responsesTime per responseTotal time (Column B × Column C)
Royalty reduction (43 CFR 3133.4)116 hours16 hours.
Suspension of operations (43 CFR 3135.3)14 hours4 hours.
Notification of operations (43 CFR 3135.6)215 minutes30 minutes.
Unit designation (43 CFR 3137.21 and 3137.23)180 hours80 hours.
Notification of unit approval (43 CFR 3137.25)11 hour1 hour.
Certification for modification (43 CFR 3137.52)14 hours4 hours.
Acceptable bonding (43 CFR 3137.60)130 minutes30 minutes.
Change of unit operator (43 CFR 3137.61)145 minutes45 minutes.
Certification of unit obligation (43 CFR 3137.70)12 hours2 hours.
Certification of continuing development (43 CFR 3137.71)12 hours2 hours.
Productivity for a participating area (43 CFR 3137.84)112 hours12 hours.
Unleased tracts (43 CFR 3137.87)13 hours3 hours.
Notification of productivity (43 CFR 3137.88)130 minutes30 minutes.
Notification of productivity for non-unit well (43 CFR 3137.91)130 minutes30 minutes.
Production information (43 CFR 3137.92)11 hour1 hour.
Lease extension (43 CFR 3137.111)13 hours3 hours.
Inability to conduct operations activities (43 CFR 3137.112)12 hours2 hours.
Unit termination (43 CFR 3137.130)11 hour1 hour.
Impact mitigation (43 CFR 3137.135)14 hours4 hours.
Storage agreement (43 CFR 3138.11)180 hours80 hours.
Totals21217.75 hours.*
* Rounded to 220 hours.
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Authority: 43 CFR part 3130; and 42 U.S.C. 6501-6508.

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Jean Sonneman,

Bureau of Land Management, Information Collection Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2017-10960 Filed 5-25-17; 8:45 am]