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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Plans and Information

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Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Interior.


Notice of information collection; request for comment.


In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes to renew an information collection.


Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 9, 2018.


Send written comments on this information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget's Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior by email at; or via facsimile to (202) 395-5806. Please provide a copy of your comments to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; Regulations and Standards Branch; ATTN: Nicole Mason; 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166; or by email to Please reference OMB Control Number 1014-0024 in the subject line of your comments.

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To request additional information about this ICR, contact Nicole Mason by email at, or by telephone at (703) 787-1607. You may also view the ICR at​public/​do/​PRAMain.

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In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection Start Printed Page 45467requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format.

A Federal Register notice with a 60-day public comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on May 16, 2018 (83 FR 22711). No comments were received.

We are again soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comments addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of BSEE; (2) Will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) Is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) How might BSEE enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) How might BSEE minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology.

Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. 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.

Abstract: The regulations at 30 CFR part 250, subpart B, concern plans and information and 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.

Post-Approval Requirements for the Exploration Plans, Development and Production Plans, and Development Operation Coordination Document: While the information is submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, BSEE analyzes and evaluates the information and data collected under this section of subpart B to verify that an ongoing/completed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) operation is/was conducted in compliance with established environmental standards placed on the activity.

Deepwater Operations Plan (DWOP): BSEE analyzes and evaluates the information and data collected under this section of subpart B to ensure that planned operations are safe; will not adversely affect the marine, coastal, or human environment; and will conserve the resources of the OCS. We use the information to make an informed decision on whether to approve the proposed DWOPs, or whether modifications are necessary without the analysis and evaluation of the required information.

Title of Collection: 30 CFR part 250, subpart B, Plans and Information.

OMB Control Number: 1014-0024.

Form Number: None.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Respondents/Affected Public: Potential respondents comprise Federal OCS oil, gas, and sulphur lessees/operators and holders of pipeline rights-of-way.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: Varies, not all potential respondents will submit information in any given year and some may submit multiple times.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 31.

Estimated Completion Time per Response: Varies from 50 hours to 2,200 hours, depending on activity.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 44,458.

Respondent's Obligation: Most responses are mandatory, while others are required to obtain or retain benefits.

Frequency of Collection: Submissions are generally on occasion.

Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $68,381. Submission of a DWOP (§ 250.292) requires a cost recovery fee of $3,599.

An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq).

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Dated: August 3, 2018.

Doug Morris,

Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs.

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[FR Doc. 2018-19438 Filed 9-6-18; 8:45 am]