MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0068-30 CFR Part 250, Subpart M, Unitization, Extension of a Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request, 37472-37475 [E8-14892]

Download as PDF 37472 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 127 / Tuesday, July 1, 2008 / Notices at 907–271–5960, or by e-mail at ak.blm.conveyance@ak.blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunication device (TTD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to contact the Bureau of Land Management. Ramona Chinn, Acting State Director. [FR Doc. E8–14713 Filed 6–30–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AA–6696–E, AA–6696–A2; AK–964–1410– KC–P] Alaska Native Claims Selection Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. AGENCY: SUMMARY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to St. George Tanaq Corporation. The lands are in the vicinity of Unalaska Island, Alaska, and are located in: Hillary Woods, Land Law Examiner, Land Transfer Adjudication I. [FR Doc. E8–14851 Filed 6–30–08; 8:45 am] Seward Meridian, Alaska T. 53 S., R. 81 W., Secs. 2, 3, and 4; Secs. 9, 10, 15, and 16. Containing 4,480 acres. BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P T. 77 S., R. 122 W., Secs. 2, 4, 5, and 11. Containing 2,099.84 acres. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES T. 78 S., R. 124 W., Secs. 5 to 8, inclusive; Sec. 10; Secs. 15 to 22 inclusive; Sec. 29. Containing 6,385.33 acres. T. 80 S., R. 130 W., Sec. 5. Containing approximately 640 acres. T. 80 S., R. 131 W., Sec. 3; Secs. 4, 9, 10, and 11; Secs. 14, 15, and 16; Secs. 21, 22, and 23; Secs. 27, 28, 29, and 32; Sec. 33. Containing approximately 7,100 acres. [Docket No. MMS–2007–OMM–0075] MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010–0068—30 CFR Part 250, Subpart M, Unitization, Extension of a Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of extension of an information collection (1010–0068). AGENCY: T. 81 S., R. 132 W., Secs. 4 and 5; Sec. 6. Containing approximately 775 acres. Aggregating approximately 21,480 acres. The subsurface estate in these lands will be conveyed to The Aleut VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:01 Jun 30, 2008 Corporation when the surface estate is conveyed to St. George Tanaq Corporation. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Anchorage Daily News. DATES: The time limits for filing an appeal are: 1. Any party claiming a property interest which is adversely affected by the decision shall have until July 31, 2008 to file an appeal. 2. Parties receiving service of the decision by certified mail shall have 30 days from the date of receipt to file an appeal. Parties who do not file an appeal in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR Part 4, Subpart E, shall be deemed to have waived their rights. ADDRESSES: A copy of the decision may be obtained from: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, 222 West Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7504. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: The Bureau of Land Management by phone at 907–271–5960, or by e-mail at ak.blm.conveyance@ak.blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunication device (TTD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to contact the Bureau of Land Management. Jkt 214001 SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR 250, Subpart M, Unitization. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements. DATE: Submit written comments by July 31, 2008. ADDRESSES: You should submit comments directly to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior (1010–0141), either by fax (202) 395–6566 or e-mail (OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov). Please also send a copy to MMS by either of the following methods: • http://www.regulations.gov. Under the tab ‘‘More Search Options,’’ click Advanced Docket Search, then select ‘‘Minerals Management Service’’ from the agency drop-down menu, then click ‘‘submit.’’ In the Docket ID column, select MMS–2007–OMM–0075 to submit public comments and to view supporting and related materials available for this rulemaking. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through the site’s ‘‘User Tips’’ link. The MMS will post all comments. • Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior; Minerals Management Service; Attention: Cheryl Blundon; 381 Elden Street, MS–4024; Herndon, Virginia 20170–4817. Please reference ‘‘Information Collection 1010– 0068’’ in your subject line and mark your message for return receipt. Include your name and return address in your message text. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Blundon, Regulations and Standards Branch, (703) 787–1607. You may also contact Cheryl Blundon to obtain a copy, at no cost, of the regulations that require the subject collection of information. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: 30 CFR 250, Subpart M, Unitization. OMB Control Number: 1010–0068. Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq. and 43 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), authorizes the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to prescribe rules and regulations to administer leasing of the OCS. Such rules and regulations will apply to all operations conducted under a lease. 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 E:\FR\FM\01JYN1.SGM 01JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 127 / Tuesday, July 1, 2008 / Notices ensure the public a fair and equitable return on the resources of the OCS; and to preserve and maintain free enterprise competition. Section 1334(a) specifies that the Secretary ‘‘provide for the prevention of waste and conservation of the natural resources of the [O]uter Continental Shelf, and the protection of correlative rights therein’’ and include provisions for ‘‘unitization, pooling, and drilling agreements.’’ Regulations implementing these responsibilities are under 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart M, Unitization. Responses are mandatory and generally on occasion or they are required to obtain or retain a benefit. No questions of a ‘‘sensitive’’ nature are asked. The MMS protects information considered proprietary according to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR 2), and 30 CFR 250.197, ‘‘Data and information to be made available to the public or for limited inspection,’’ and 30 Citation 30 CFR 250 Subpart M protecting correlative rights including the government’s interests. We need to review all pertinent data before determining competitiveness of a reservoir or deciding that compelling unitization will achieve the desired results. Frequency: On occasion. Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: Approximately 130 respondents (Federal oil and gas OCS lessees). Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ‘‘Hour’’ Burden: The estimated annual ‘‘hour’’ burden for this information collection is a total of 4,913 hours. 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. CFR Part 252, ‘‘OCS Oil and Gas Information Program.’’ The MMS Regional Supervisor must approve any lessee’s proposal to enter an agreement to unitize operations under two or more leases. We must also approve modification of a unit agreement when changes in circumstances warrant. We encourage unitization of operations on OCS leases where unitized operations will further exploration of prospective geological structures; increase the ultimate recovery of oil and gas or sulphur reserves; lead to more efficient operation of leases and reservoirs; and/ or is necessary to protect correlative rights. Unitization can be particularly beneficial in high-cost, high-risk OCS areas. Lessees submit consolidated Exploration Plans and Development and Production Plans for a unit area. We use the information to ensure that operations under the proposed unit agreement will result in preventing waste, conserving natural resources, and Reporting requirement 37473 Average number annual responses Hour burden Annual burden hours Non-hour cost burdens Requests 1301(d), (f)(3), (g)(1), (g)(2)(ii). Request suspension of production or operations ...... 1302(b) .............................. 1304(d) .............................. Request preliminary determination on competitive reservoir. Request compulsory unitization, including submitting unit agreement, unit operating agreement, initial plan of operation, and supporting data; serving non-consenting lessees with documents. Request hearing on required unitization ................... Subtotal ...................... .................................................................................... 1304(b) .............................. Burden covered in 1010–0114. 0 39 1 request .......................... 39 161 1 request .......................... 161 1 1 request .......................... 1 ........................ 3 responses ..................... 201 39 1 request .......................... 39 39 1 plan ............................... 39 8 54 revs/mods ................... 432 Submittals 1302(b) .............................. 1302(c), (d) ....................... 1303; 1304 ........................ Submit concurrence or objection on competitiveness with supporting evidence. Submit joint plan of operations, supplemental plans, or a separate plan if agreement cannot be reached. *Submit revisions or modifications to unit agreement, unit operating agreement, plan of operation, change of unit operator, etc. $760 fees × 54 revisions/modifications = $41,040. 1303; 1304 ........................ 1304(e) .............................. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 1304(e) .............................. *Submit initial, and revisions to, participating area ... Submit statement at hearing on compulsory unitization. Pay for and submit three copies of verbatim transcript of hearing. 48 5 24 submissions ................ 1 statement ...................... 1,152 5 1 1 submission .................... 1 Court reporter and 3 transcript copies for 1 hearing = $500. Subtotal ...................... .................................................................................... ........................ 82 responses ................... $41,540 non-hour cost burdens VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:01 Jun 30, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\01JYN1.SGM 01JYN1 1,668 37474 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 127 / Tuesday, July 1, 2008 / Notices Citation 30 CFR 250 Subpart M Reporting requirement Average number annual responses Hour burden Annual burden hours Non-hour cost burdens General 1301 .................................. General description of requirements ......................... 1303 .................................. Apply for voluntary unitization, including submitting unit agreement, unit operating agreement, initial plan of operation, and supporting data; request for variance from model agreement and other related requirements. Burden included in the following sections. 169 18 apps/plans .................. 0 3,042 $10,700 fee × 18 applications/plans = $192,600. Due to ongoing litigation in the Pacific Region, respondents did not submit burden data. 1304(f) ............................... Appeal final order of compulsory unitization ............. Exempt as defined in 5 CFR 1320.4(a)(2), (c). 0 1300–1304 ........................ General departure and alternative compliance requests not specifically covered elsewhere in subpart M regulations. 1 2 requests ........................ 2 Subtotal ...................... .................................................................................... ........................ 20 responses ................... 3,044 $192,600 non-hour cost burden Total Burden .............. .................................................................................... ........................ 105 responses ................. 4,913 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES $234,140 Non-Hour Cost Burdens Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ‘‘Non-Hour Cost’’ Burden: There are three non-hour costs associated with this information collection. The estimated non-hour cost burden is $234,140. Section 250.1303 has two fees requiring respondents to pay a filing fee when applying for a voluntary unitization proposal or unit expansion, and a fee for unitization revision. The filing fees are required to recover the Federal Government’s processing costs. Section 250.1304(d) provides an opportunity for parties notified of compulsory unitization to request a hearing; therefore, section 250.1304(e) requires the party seeking the compulsory unitization to pay for the court reporter and copies of the verbatim transcript of the hearing. It should be noted there have been no such hearings in the recent past, and none are expected in the near future. We estimate that the burden would be less than $500 to reproduce the copies and hire the reporter. 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 a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Until OMB approves a VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:01 Jun 30, 2008 Jkt 214001 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 proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate 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 automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. To comply with the public consultation process, on December 26, 2007, we published a Federal Register notice (72 FR 73041) 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. The regulation also informs the public that they may PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comment at any time on the collections of information and provides the address to which they should send comments. We received one comment in response to these efforts from a private citizen, B. Sachau, and the comment was not germane to the paperwork burden of this collection. If you wish to comment in response to this notice, you may send your comments to the offices listed under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information collection but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, to ensure maximum consideration, OMB should receive public comments by July 31, 2008. Public Availability of Comments: Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 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. MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz (202) 208–7744. E:\FR\FM\01JYN1.SGM 01JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 127 / Tuesday, July 1, 2008 / Notices April 23, 2008. E.P. Danenberger, Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs. [FR Doc. E8–14892 Filed 6–30–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service [Docket No. MMS–2008–OMM–0007] MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010–0141, 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart D, Oil and Gas Drilling Operations, Extension of a Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of extension of an information collection (1010–0141). AGENCY: SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart D, Oil and Gas Drilling Operations. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements. You should submit comments directly to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior (1010–0141), either by fax (202) 395–6566 or e-mail (OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov). Please also send a copy to MMS by either of the following methods: • http://www.regulations.gov. Under the tab ‘‘More Search Options,’’ click Advanced Docket Search, then select ‘‘Minerals Management Service’’ from the agency drop-down menu, then click ‘‘submit.’’ In the Docket ID column, select MMS–2008–OMM–0007 to submit public comments and to view supporting and related materials available for this rulemaking. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through the site’s ‘‘User Tips’’ link. The MMS will post all comments. • Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service; Attention: Cheryl Blundon, 381 Elden Street, MS–4024, Herndon, Virginia 20170–4817. Please sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:01 Jun 30, 2008 Jkt 214001 reference ‘‘Information Collection 1010– 0141’’ in your subject line and mark your message for return receipt. Include your name and return address in your message text. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Blundon, Regulations and Standards Branch, (703) 787–1607. You may also contact Cheryl Blundon to obtain a copy, at no cost, of the regulations and forms that require the subject collection of information. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart D, Oil and Gas Drilling Operations. Forms: MMS–123, MMS–123S, MMS– 124, MMS–125, MMS–133, and MMS– 133S. OMB Control Number: 1010–0141. Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq. and 43 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to prescribe rules and regulations to administer leasing of the OCS. Such rules and regulations will apply to all operations conducted under a lease. 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. Section 1332(6) states that ‘‘operations in the Outer Continental Shelf should be conducted in a safe manner by well-trained personnel using technology, precautions, and other techniques sufficient to prevent or minimize the likelihood of blowouts, loss of well control, fires, spillages, physical obstructions to other users of the waters or subsoil and seabed, or other occurrences which may cause damage to the environment or to property or endanger life or health.’’ Regulations implementing these responsibilities are under 30 CFR part 250, subpart D. Responses are mandatory or are required to obtain or retain a benefit. No questions of a ‘‘sensitive’’ nature are asked. The MMS will protect proprietary information according to 30 CFR 250.197, ‘‘Data and information to be made available to the public or for limited inspection,’’ 30 CFR part 252, ‘‘OCS Oil and Gas Information Program,’’ and the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2). The MMS needs the information to ensure safe drilling operations and to PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37475 protect the human, marine, and coastal environment. Among other things, MMS specifically uses the information to ensure: The drilling unit is fit for the intended purpose; the lessee or operator will not encounter geologic conditions that present a hazard to operations; equipment is maintained in a state of readiness and meets safety standards; each drilling crew is properly trained and able to promptly perform wellcontrol activities at any time during well operations; compliance with safety standards; and the current regulations will 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 drilling 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 following forms are also submitted to MMS under subpart D. The forms and their purposes are: Application for Permit To Drill, Forms MMS–123 and MMS–123S The MMS uses the information from these forms to determine the conditions of a drilling site to avoid hazards inherent in drilling operations. Specifically, the appropriate MMS District Office uses the information to evaluate the adequacy of a lessee’s plan and equipment for drilling, sidetracking or bypass operations. This includes the adequacy of the proposed casing design, casing setting depths, drilling fluid (mud), and cementing programs to ascertain that the proposed operations will be conducted in an operationally safe manner that provides adequate protection for the environment. The District Office also reviews the information to ensure conformance with specific provisions of the lease. In addition, except for proprietary data, MMS is required by the OCS Lands Act to make available to the public certain information submitted on forms MMS– 123 and MMS–123S. Application for Permit To Modify, Form MMS–124 The MMS uses the information on this form to evaluate and approve the adequacy of the equipment, materials, and/or procedures that the lessee plans to use during such post APD modifications or operations as plugging back or temporary abandonment where the well bore will be reentered and E:\FR\FM\01JYN1.SGM 01JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service

[Docket No. MMS-2007-OMM-0075]


MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0068--30 CFR Part 250, 
Subpart M, Unitization, Extension of a Collection; Submitted for Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of extension of an information collection (1010-0068).

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SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we 
are notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information 
collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork 
requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR 250, Subpart M, 
Unitization. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity 
to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.

DATE: Submit written comments by July 31, 2008.

ADDRESSES: You should submit comments directly to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for 
the Department of the Interior (1010-0141), either by fax (202) 395-
6566 or e-mail (OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov).
    Please also send a copy to MMS by either of the following methods:
     http://www.regulations.gov. Under the tab ``More Search 
Options,'' click Advanced Docket Search, then select ``Minerals 
Management Service'' from the agency drop-down menu, then click 
``submit.'' In the Docket ID column, select MMS-2007-OMM-0075 to submit 
public comments and to view supporting and related materials available 
for this rulemaking. Information on using Regulations.gov, including 
instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing 
the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through 
the site's ``User Tips'' link. The MMS will post all comments.
     Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the 
Interior; Minerals Management Service; Attention: Cheryl Blundon; 381 
Elden Street, MS-4024; Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817. Please reference 
``Information Collection 1010-0068'' in your subject line and mark your 
message for return receipt. Include your name and return address in 
your message text.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Blundon, Regulations and 
Standards Branch, (703) 787-1607. You may also contact Cheryl Blundon 
to obtain a copy, at no cost, of the regulations that require the 
subject collection of information.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: 30 CFR 250, Subpart M, Unitization.
    OMB Control Number: 1010-0068.
    Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, as amended 
(43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq. and 43 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), authorizes the 
Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to prescribe rules and 
regulations to administer leasing of the OCS. Such rules and 
regulations will apply to all operations conducted under a lease. 
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

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ensure the public a fair and equitable return on the resources of the 
OCS; and to preserve and maintain free enterprise competition. Section 
1334(a) specifies that the Secretary ``provide for the prevention of 
waste and conservation of the natural resources of the [O]uter 
Continental Shelf, and the protection of correlative rights therein'' 
and include provisions for ``unitization, pooling, and drilling 
agreements.''
    Regulations implementing these responsibilities are under 30 CFR 
Part 250, Subpart M, Unitization. Responses are mandatory and generally 
on occasion or they are required to obtain or retain a benefit. No 
questions of a ``sensitive'' nature are asked. The MMS protects 
information considered proprietary according to the Freedom of 
Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR 
2), and 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 MMS Regional Supervisor must approve any lessee's proposal to 
enter an agreement to unitize operations under two or more leases. We 
must also approve modification of a unit agreement when changes in 
circumstances warrant. We encourage unitization of operations on OCS 
leases where unitized operations will further exploration of 
prospective geological structures; increase the ultimate recovery of 
oil and gas or sulphur reserves; lead to more efficient operation of 
leases and reservoirs; and/or is necessary to protect correlative 
rights. Unitization can be particularly beneficial in high-cost, high-
risk OCS areas. Lessees submit consolidated Exploration Plans and 
Development and Production Plans for a unit area. We use the 
information to ensure that operations under the proposed unit agreement 
will result in preventing waste, conserving natural resources, and 
protecting correlative rights including the government's interests. We 
need to review all pertinent data before determining competitiveness of 
a reservoir or deciding that compelling unitization will achieve the 
desired results.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: Approximately 130 
respondents (Federal oil and gas OCS lessees).
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Hour'' Burden: The 
estimated annual ``hour'' burden for this information collection is a 
total of 4,913 hours. 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.

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                                                                                Average number     Annual burden
  Citation 30 CFR 250 Subpart M      Reporting requirement     Hour burden    annual  responses        hours
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                                                                            Non-hour cost burdens
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                                                    Requests
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1301(d), (f)(3), (g)(1),           Request suspension of         Burden covered in 1010-0114.                  0
 (g)(2)(ii).                        production or
                                    operations.
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1302(b)..........................  Request preliminary                   39  1 request..........              39
                                    determination on
                                    competitive reservoir.
1304(b)..........................  Request compulsory                   161  1 request..........             161
                                    unitization, including
                                    submitting unit
                                    agreement, unit
                                    operating agreement,
                                    initial plan of
                                    operation, and
                                    supporting data;
                                    serving non-consenting
                                    lessees with documents.
1304(d)..........................  Request hearing on                     1  1 request..........               1
                                    required unitization.
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    Subtotal.....................  ........................  ..............  3 responses........             201
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                                                   Submittals
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1302(b)..........................  Submit concurrence or                 39  1 request..........              39
                                    objection on
                                    competitiveness with
                                    supporting evidence.
1302(c), (d).....................  Submit joint plan of                  39  1 plan.............              39
                                    operations,
                                    supplemental plans, or
                                    a separate plan if
                                    agreement cannot be
                                    reached.
1303; 1304.......................  *Submit revisions or                   8  54 revs/mods.......             432
                                    modifications to unit
                                    agreement, unit
                                    operating agreement,
                                    plan of operation,
                                    change of unit
                                    operator, etc.
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                                                              $760 fees x 54 revisions/modifications = $41,040.
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1303; 1304.......................  *Submit initial, and                  48  24 submissions.....           1,152
                                    revisions to,
                                    participating area.
1304(e)..........................  Submit statement at                    5  1 statement........               5
                                    hearing on compulsory
                                    unitization.
1304(e)..........................  Pay for and submit three               1  1 submission.......               1
                                    copies of verbatim
                                    transcript of hearing.
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                                                                 Court reporter and 3 transcript copies for 1
                                                                               hearing = $500.
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    Subtotal.....................  ........................  ..............  82 responses.......           1,668
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                                                                                 $41,540 non-hour cost burdens
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                                                     General
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1301.............................  General description of      Burden included in the following                0
                                    requirements.                         sections.
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1303.............................  Apply for voluntary                  169  18 apps/plans......           3,042
                                    unitization, including
                                    submitting unit
                                    agreement, unit
                                    operating agreement,
                                    initial plan of
                                    operation, and
                                    supporting data;
                                    request for variance
                                    from model agreement
                                    and other related
                                    requirements.
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                                                                $10,700 fee x 18 applications/plans = $192,600.
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                                                               Due to ongoing litigation in the Pacific Region,
                                                                   respondents did not submit burden data.
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1304(f)..........................  Appeal final order of          Exempt as defined in 5 CFR                   0
                                    compulsory unitization.           1320.4(a)(2), (c).
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1300-1304........................  General departure and                  1  2 requests.........               2
                                    alternative compliance
                                    requests not
                                    specifically covered
                                    elsewhere in subpart M
                                    regulations.
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    Subtotal.....................  ........................  ..............  20 responses.......           3,044
                                                            ----------------------------------------------------
                                                                                 $192,600 non-hour cost burden
                                                            ----------------------------------------------------
    Total Burden.................  ........................  ..............  105 responses......           4,913
                                                            ----------------------------------------------------
                                                                                $234,140 Non-Hour Cost Burdens
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    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden: 
There are three non-hour costs associated with this information 
collection. The estimated non-hour cost burden is $234,140. Section 
250.1303 has two fees requiring respondents to pay a filing fee when 
applying for a voluntary unitization proposal or unit expansion, and a 
fee for unitization revision. The filing fees are required to recover 
the Federal Government's processing costs. Section 250.1304(d) provides 
an opportunity for parties notified of compulsory unitization to 
request a hearing; therefore, section 250.1304(e) requires the party 
seeking the compulsory unitization to pay for the court reporter and 
copies of the verbatim transcript of the hearing. It should be noted 
there have been no such hearings in the recent past, and none are 
expected in the near future. We estimate that the burden would be less 
than $500 to reproduce the copies and hire the reporter. 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 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.
    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 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to 
perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) 
evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate 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 automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
    To comply with the public consultation process, on December 26, 
2007, we published a Federal Register notice (72 FR 73041) announcing 
that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. The notice provided 
the required 60-day comment period. In addition, Sec.  250.199 provides 
the OMB control number for the information collection requirements 
imposed by the 30 CFR 250 regulations. 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 one comment in response to these efforts from a 
private citizen, B. Sachau, and the comment was not germane to the 
paperwork burden of this collection.
    If you wish to comment in response to this notice, you may send 
your comments to the offices listed under the ADDRESSES section of this 
notice. The OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the 
information collection but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, to 
ensure maximum consideration, OMB should receive public comments by 
July 31, 2008.
    Public Availability of Comments: Before including your address, 
phone number, e-mail 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.
    MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz (202) 
208-7744.


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    April 23, 2008.
E.P. Danenberger,
Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs.
[FR Doc. E8-14892 Filed 6-30-08; 8:45 am]
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