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Agency Information Collection Activities; Oil and Gas Production Measurement, Surface Commingling, and Security

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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 7, 2019.


Send your comments on this information collection request (ICR) by either of the following methods listed below:Start Printed Page 39013

  • Electronically go to In the Search box, enter BSEE-2018-0004 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 OMB Control Number 1014-0002 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.

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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 requirements 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.

We are 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. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this ICR. 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 L, concern the Oil and Gas Production Measurement, Surface Commingling, and Security regulatory requirements of oil, gas, and sulphur operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) 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.

The BSEE uses the information collected under the Subpart L regulations to ensure that operations on the OCS are carried out in a safe and pollution-free manner, do not interfere with the rights of other users on the OCS, and balance the protection and development of OCS resources. Specifically, we use the information collected to do the following:

In regard to Liquid Hydrocarbon Measurement—

  • Determine if measurement equipment is properly installed, provides accurate measurement of production on which royalty is due, and is operating properly;
  • Ascertain if all removals of oil and condensate from the lease are reported;
  • Obtain rates of production measured at royalty meters, which can be examined during field inspections;

In regard to Gas Measurement—

  • Ensure that the sales location is secure and production cannot be removed without the volumes being recorded;

In regard to Surface Commingling—

  • Review gas volume statements and compare them with the Oil and Gas Operations Reports to verify accuracy.

In regard to Miscellaneous & Recordkeeping—

  • Review proving reports to verify that data on run tickets are calculated and reported accurately.

Title of Collection: 30 CFR part 250, subpart L, Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the OCS—Oil and Gas Production Measurement, Surface Commingling, and Security.

OMB Control Number: 1014-0002.

Form Number: None.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

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

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

Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 102,361.

Estimated Completion Time per Response: Varies from 10 minutes to 35 hours, depending on activity.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 39,905.

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

Frequency of Collection: On occasion, monthly, and varies by section.

Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $322,479.

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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Stacey Noem,

Acting Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs.

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