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Agency Information Collection Activities; Open and Nondiscriminatory Access to Oil and Gas Pipelines Under the OCS Lands Act

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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 April 10, 2020.


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

  • Electronically go to In the Search box, enter BSEE-2020-0012 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 1014-0012 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 291 concern the Open and Nondiscriminatory Access to Oil and Gas Pipelines Under the OCS Lands Act (including the associated forms) 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 submitted information to initiate a more detailed review into the specific circumstances associated with a complainant's allegation of denial of access or discriminatory access to pipelines on the OCS. The complaint information will be provided to the alleged Start Printed Page 7588offending party. Alternative dispute resolution may be used either before or after a complaint has been filed to informally resolve the dispute. The BSEE may request additional information upon completion of the initial review.

Title of Collection: 30 CFR part 291, Open and Nondiscriminatory Access to Oil and Gas Pipelines Under the OCS Lands Act.

OMB Control Number: 1014-0012.

Form Number: None.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

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

Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 1.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 2.

Estimated Completion Time per Response: Varies from 1 hour to 50 hours.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 51.

Respondent's Obligation: Responses are voluntary but are required to obtain or retain benefits.

Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $7,500.

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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Amy White,

Acting Chief, Regulations and Standards Branch.

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[FR Doc. 2020-02593 Filed 2-7-20; 8:45 am]