MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0048 Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the OCS, Extension of a Collection; Comment Request, 14576-14578 [E9-7170]

Download as PDF 14576 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 60 / Tuesday, March 31, 2009 / Notices Federal Information Relay Service during working hours at 800–877–8339. Dated: March 25, 2009. ´ Nelson R. Bregon, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development. [FR Doc. E9–7182 Filed 3–30–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service [Docket No. MMS–2008–OMM–0041] MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010–0048 Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the OCS, Extension of a Collection; Comment Request AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of extension of an information collection (1010–0048). tjames on PRODPC61 with NOTICES SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), MMS is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 251, Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf. DATES: Submit written comments by June 1, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Blundon, Regulations and Standards Branch at (703) 787–1607. You may also contact Cheryl Blundon to obtain a copy, at no cost, of the regulation and form that require the subject collection of information. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods listed below. • Electronically: Go to 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–0041 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. VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:35 Mar 30, 2009 Jkt 217001 • 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– 0048 in your subject line and mark your message for return receipt. Include your name and return address in your message text. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: 30 CFR Part 251, Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf. Form(s): MMS–327. OMB Control Number: 1010–0048. 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 ensure the public a fair and equitable return on the resources of the OCS; and to preserve and maintain free enterprise competition. The OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1340) also states that ‘‘any person authorized by the Secretary may conduct geological and geophysical explorations in the [O]uter Continental Shelf, which do not interfere with or endanger actual operations under any lease maintained or granted pursuant to this OCS Lands Act, and which are not unduly harmful to aquatic life in such area.’’ The section further requires that permits to conduct such activities may only be issued if it is determined that the applicant is qualified; the activities are not polluting, hazardous, or unsafe; they do not interfere with other users of the area; and do not disturb a site, structure, or object of historical or archaeological significance. Applicants for permits are required to submit form MMS–327 to provide the information necessary to evaluate their qualifications. The OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1352) further requires that certain costs be reimbursed to the parties submitting required G&G information and data. Under the OCS Lands Act, permittees are to be reimbursed for the costs of reproducing any G&G data required to be submitted. Permittees are to be reimbursed also for the reasonable cost PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of processing geophysical information required to be submitted when processing is in a form or manner required by the Director of MMS and is not used in the normal conduct of the business of the permittee. The Independent Offices Appropriations Act (31 U.S.C. 9701), the Omnibus Appropriations Bill (Pub. L. 104–133, 110 Stat. 1321, April 26, 1996), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A–25, authorize Federal agencies to recover the full cost of services that confer special benefits. Under the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) implementing policy, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) is required to charge the full cost for services that provide special benefits or privileges to an identifiable non-Federal recipient above and beyond those that accrue to the public at large. The G&G permits are subject to cost recovery, and MMS regulations specify the filing fee for the application. Regulations at 30 CFR part 251 implement these statutory requirements. We use the information to ensure there is no environmental degradation, personal harm or unsafe operations and conditions, damage to historical or archaeological sites, or interference with other uses; to analyze and evaluate preliminary or planned drilling activities; to monitor progress and activities in the OCS; to acquire G&G data and information collected under a Federal permit offshore; and to determine eligibility for reimbursement from the government for certain costs. The information is necessary to determine if the applicants for permits or filers of notices meet the qualifications specified by the OCS Lands Act. The MMS uses information collected to understand the G&G characteristics of oil- and gas-bearing physiographic regions of the OCS. It aids the Secretary in obtaining a proper balance among the potentials for environmental damage, the discovery of oil and gas, and adverse impacts on affected coastal states. Information from permittees is necessary to determine the propriety and amount of reimbursement. We will protect information from respondents considered proprietary according to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2), the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (30 U.S.C. 1733), and under regulations at 30 CFR parts 250, 251, and 252. No items of a sensitive nature are collected. Responses are mandatory. Frequency: On occasion, annual; and as specified in permits. E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 14577 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 60 / Tuesday, March 31, 2009 / Notices Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: Approximately 130 Federal OCS oil, gas, and sulphur permittees or notice filers. Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: The currently approved annual reporting burden for this collection is 1,586 hours. The following chart details the individual components and respective burden estimates of this ICR. 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. Reporting and recordkeeping requirement Hour burden non-hour cost burden 251.4(a), (b); 251.5(a), (b), (d); 251.6; 251.7. Apply for permits (form MMS–327) to conduct G&G exploration, including deep stratigraphic tests/revisions when necessary. 251.4(b); 251.5(c), (d); 251.6 File notices to conduct scientific research activities, including notice to MMS prior to beginning and after concluding activities. Notify MMS if specific actions should occur; report archaeological resources (no instances reported since 1982). Submit information on test drilling activities under a permit, including Forms MMS–123 and MMS–123S (burden included under 30 CFR part 250, subpart D, 1010–0141). Enter into agreement for group participation in test drilling, including publishing summary statement; provide MMS copy of notice/list of participants. (No agreements submitted since 1989.). Submit bond(s) on deep stratigraphic test (burden included under 30 CFR part 256, 1010– 0006). Request reimbursement for certain costs associated with MMS inspections (no requests in many years. OCS Lands Act requires Government reimbursement). Submit modifications to, and status/final reports on, activities conducted under a permit ........... Notify MMS to relinquish a permit ................................................................................................. File appeals (exempt under 5 CFR 1320.4(a)(2), (c)) ................................................................... Notify MMS and submit G&G data/information collected under a permit and/or processed by permittees or 3rd parties, including reports, logs or charts, results, analyses, descriptions, etc. Request reimbursement for certain costs associated with reproducing data/information ............. Submit comments on MMS intent to disclose data/information to the public ............................... Submit comments on MMS intent to disclose data/information to an independent contractor/ agent. Contractor/agent submits written commitment not to sell, trade, license, or disclose data/information without MMS consent. General departure and alternative compliance requests not specifically covered elsewhere in part 251 regulations. Request extension of permit time period ....................................................................................... Retain G&G data/information for 10 years and make available to MMS upon request ............... 6 $2,012 application fee. 6 Citation 30 CFR part 251 251.6(b) 251.7(b)(5) ............. 251.7 .................................... 251.7(c) ................................ 251.7(d) ................................ 251.8(a) ................................ 251.8(b), (c) ......................... 251.9(c) ................................ 251.10(c) .............................. 251.11; 251.12 ..................... 251.13 .................................. 251.14(a) .............................. 251.14(c)(2) .......................... 251.14(c)(4) .......................... 251.1–251.14 ....................... tjames on PRODPC61 with NOTICES Form MMS–327 ................... Form MMS–327 ................... Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Non-Hour Cost Burden: We have identified one non-hour cost burden for this collection. In § 251.5, MMS charges a $2,012 G&G application fee. We have identified no other nonhour cost burdens. 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: Before submitting an ICR to OMB, PRA section 3506(c)(2)(A) 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 VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:35 Mar 30, 2009 Jkt 217001 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. Agencies must also estimate the nonhour cost burdens to respondents or recordkeepers resulting from the collection of information. Therefore, if you have costs to generate, maintain, and disclose this information, you should comment and provide your total capital and startup cost components or annual operation, maintenance, and purchase of service components. You should describe the methods you use to estimate major cost factors, including system and technology acquisition, expected useful life of capital equipment, discount rate(s), and the period over which you incur costs. Capital and startup costs include, among other items, computers and software you purchase to prepare for PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1 0 1 0 1 2 1⁄2 0 4 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 collecting information, monitoring, and record storage facilities. You should not include estimates for equipment or services purchased: (i) Before October 1, 1995; (ii) to comply with requirements not associated with the information collection; (iii) for reasons other than to provide information or keep records for the Government; or (iv) as part of customary and usual business or private practices. We will summarize written responses to this notice and address them in our submission for OMB approval. As a result of your comments, we will make any necessary adjustments to the burden in our submission to OMB. Public Comment Procedures: 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 E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 14578 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 60 / Tuesday, March 31, 2009 / Notices cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz (202) 208–7744. Dated: March 24, 2009. E.P. Danenberger, Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs. [FR Doc. E9–7170 Filed 3–30–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service (MMS) Notice of Availability of the Proposed Notice of Sale (NOS) for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 210 in the Western Planning Area (WPA) in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). AGENCY: Minerals Management Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability of the proposed NOS for proposed sale 210. tjames on PRODPC61 with NOTICES SUMMARY: The MMS announces the availability of the proposed NOS for proposed Sale 210 in the WPA. This Notice is published pursuant to 30 CFR 256.29(c) as a matter of information to the public. With regard to oil and gas leasing on the OCS, the Secretary of the Interior, pursuant to section 19 of the OCS Lands Act, provides the affected States the opportunity to review the proposed Notice. The proposed Notice sets forth the proposed terms and conditions of the sale, including minimum bids, royalty rates, and rentals. DATES: Comments on the size, timing, or location of proposed Sale 210 are due from the affected States, within 60 days following their receipt of the proposed Notice. The final NOS will be published in the Federal Register at least 30 days prior to the date of bid opening. Bid opening is currently scheduled for August 19, 2009. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed NOS for Sale 210 and a ‘‘Proposed Notice of Sale Package’’ containing information essential to potential bidders may be obtained from the Public Information Unit, Gulf of Mexico Region, Minerals Management Service, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394. Telephone: (504) 736–2519. Dated: March 10, 2009. Walter D. Cruickshank, Acting Director, Minerals Management Service. [FR Doc. E9–7044 Filed 3–30–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:35 Mar 30, 2009 Jkt 217001 INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Inv. No. 337–TA–673] In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices Including Handheld Wireless Communications Devices; Notice of Investigation AGENCY: U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Institution of investigation pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1337. SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on February 23, 2009, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, on behalf of Saxon Innovations, LLC of Tyler, Texas. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 based upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain electronic devices, including handheld wireless communications devices, that infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,235,635; 5,530,597; and 5,608,873. The complaint further alleges that an industry in the United States exists or is in the process of being established as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337. The complainant requests that the Commission institute an investigation and, after the investigation, issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders. The complaint, except for any confidential information contained therein, is available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Room 112, Washington, DC 20436, telephone 202–205–2000. Hearing impaired individuals are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on 202–205–1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at 202–205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server at http:// www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa A. Murray, Esq., Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, telephone (202) 205–2734. ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Authority: The authority for institution of this investigation is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and in section 210.10 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.10 (2008). Scope of Investigation: Having considered the complaint, the U.S. International Trade Commission, on March 24, 2009 ordered that— (1) Pursuant to subsection (b) of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, an investigation be instituted to determine whether there is a violation of subsection (a)(1)(B) of section 337 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation, of certain electronic devices, including handheld wireless communications devices that infringe one or more of claims 1, 2, 6, 11–13, and 15 of U.S. Patent No. 5,235,635; claims 1–6 and 8–11 of U.S. Patent No. 5,530,597; and claims 1, 2, 8, 9, 13–15, 20, and 22 of U.S. Patent No. 5,608,873, and whether an industry in the United States exists as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337; (2) For the purpose of the investigation so instituted, the following are hereby named as parties upon which this notice of investigation shall be served: (a) The complainant is—Saxon Innovations, LLC, 100 E. Ferguson, Suite 816, First Place, Tyler, TX 75702. (b) The respondents are the following entities alleged to be in violation of section 337, and are the parties upon which the complaint is to be served: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., 250, 2-ga, Taepyong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 100–742, Korea. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., 105 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660. Samsung Telecommunications America, LLP, 1301 Lookout Drive, Richardson, TX 75082. (c) The Commission’s investigative attorney, party to this investigation, is Lisa A. Murray, Esq., Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Suite 401, Washington, DC 20436; and (3) For the investigation so instituted, Paul J. Luckern, Chief Administrative Law Judge, U.S. International Trade Commission, shall designate the presiding Administrative Law Judge. Responses to the complaint and the notice of investigation must be submitted by the named respondents in accordance with section 210.13 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR. 210.13. Pursuant to 19 CFR 201.16(d) and 210.13(a), such E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service

[Docket No. MMS-2008-OMM-0041]


MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010-0048 Geological and 
Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the OCS, Extension of a Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of extension of an information collection (1010-0048).

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SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), MMS 
is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit 
to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. 
The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork 
requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 251, Geological and 
Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf.

DATES: Submit written comments by June 1, 2009.

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

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods 
listed below.
     Electronically: Go to 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-0041 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 1010-0048 in your subject line and mark your 
message for return receipt. Include your name and return address in 
your message text.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: 30 CFR Part 251, Geological and Geophysical (G&G) 
Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf.
    Form(s): MMS-327.
    OMB Control Number: 1010-0048.
    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 ensure 
the public a fair and equitable return on the resources of the OCS; and 
to preserve and maintain free enterprise competition.
    The OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1340) also states that ``any person 
authorized by the Secretary may conduct geological and geophysical 
explorations in the [O]uter Continental Shelf, which do not interfere 
with or endanger actual operations under any lease maintained or 
granted pursuant to this OCS Lands Act, and which are not unduly 
harmful to aquatic life in such area.'' The section further requires 
that permits to conduct such activities may only be issued if it is 
determined that the applicant is qualified; the activities are not 
polluting, hazardous, or unsafe; they do not interfere with other users 
of the area; and do not disturb a site, structure, or object of 
historical or archaeological significance. Applicants for permits are 
required to submit form MMS-327 to provide the information necessary to 
evaluate their qualifications.
    The OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1352) further requires that certain 
costs be reimbursed to the parties submitting required G&G information 
and data. Under the OCS Lands Act, permittees are to be reimbursed for 
the costs of reproducing any G&G data required to be submitted. 
Permittees are to be reimbursed also for the reasonable cost of 
processing geophysical information required to be submitted when 
processing is in a form or manner required by the Director of MMS and 
is not used in the normal conduct of the business of the permittee.
    The Independent Offices Appropriations Act (31 U.S.C. 9701), the 
Omnibus Appropriations Bill (Pub. L. 104-133, 110 Stat. 1321, April 26, 
1996), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-25, 
authorize Federal agencies to recover the full cost of services that 
confer special benefits. Under the Department of the Interior's (DOI) 
implementing policy, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) is required 
to charge the full cost for services that provide special benefits or 
privileges to an identifiable non-Federal recipient above and beyond 
those that accrue to the public at large. The G&G permits are subject 
to cost recovery, and MMS regulations specify the filing fee for the 
application.
    Regulations at 30 CFR part 251 implement these statutory 
requirements. We use the information to ensure there is no 
environmental degradation, personal harm or unsafe operations and 
conditions, damage to historical or archaeological sites, or 
interference with other uses; to analyze and evaluate preliminary or 
planned drilling activities; to monitor progress and activities in the 
OCS; to acquire G&G data and information collected under a Federal 
permit offshore; and to determine eligibility for reimbursement from 
the government for certain costs. The information is necessary to 
determine if the applicants for permits or filers of notices meet the 
qualifications specified by the OCS Lands Act. The MMS uses information 
collected to understand the G&G characteristics of oil- and gas-bearing 
physiographic regions of the OCS. It aids the Secretary in obtaining a 
proper balance among the potentials for environmental damage, the 
discovery of oil and gas, and adverse impacts on affected coastal 
states. Information from permittees is necessary to determine the 
propriety and amount of reimbursement.
    We will protect information from respondents considered proprietary 
according to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its 
implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2), the Federal Oil and Gas 
Royalty Management Act of 1982 (30 U.S.C. 1733), and under regulations 
at 30 CFR parts 250, 251, and 252.
    No items of a sensitive nature are collected. Responses are 
mandatory.
    Frequency: On occasion, annual; and as specified in permits.

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    Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: Approximately 130 
Federal OCS oil, gas, and sulphur permittees or notice filers.
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: The currently 
approved annual reporting burden for this collection is 1,586 hours. 
The following chart details the individual components and respective 
burden estimates of this ICR. 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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                                                                                      Hour burden  non-hour cost
     Citation  30 CFR part 251           Reporting and recordkeeping  requirement               burden
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251.4(a), (b); 251.5(a), (b), (d);   Apply for permits (form MMS-327) to conduct G&G  6
 251.6; 251.7.                        exploration, including deep stratigraphic       $2,012 application fee.
                                      tests/revisions when necessary.
251.4(b); 251.5(c), (d); 251.6.....  File notices to conduct scientific research      6
                                      activities, including notice to MMS prior to
                                      beginning and after concluding activities.
251.6(b) 251.7(b)(5)...............  Notify MMS if specific actions should occur;     1
                                      report archaeological resources (no instances
                                      reported since 1982).
251.7..............................  Submit information on test drilling activities   0
                                      under a permit, including Forms MMS-123 and
                                      MMS-123S (burden included under 30 CFR part
                                      250, subpart D, 1010-0141).
251.7(c)...........................  Enter into agreement for group participation in  1
                                      test drilling, including publishing summary
                                      statement; provide MMS copy of notice/list of
                                      participants. (No agreements submitted since
                                      1989.).
251.7(d)...........................  Submit bond(s) on deep stratigraphic test        0
                                      (burden included under 30 CFR part 256, 1010-
                                      0006).
251.8(a)...........................  Request reimbursement for certain costs          1
                                      associated with MMS inspections (no requests
                                      in many years. OCS Lands Act requires
                                      Government reimbursement).
251.8(b), (c)......................  Submit modifications to, and status/final        2
                                      reports on, activities conducted under a
                                      permit.
251.9(c)...........................  Notify MMS to relinquish a permit..............  \1/2\
251.10(c)..........................  File appeals (exempt under 5 CFR 1320.4(a)(2),   0
                                      (c)).
251.11; 251.12.....................  Notify MMS and submit G&G data/information       4
                                      collected under a permit and/or processed by
                                      permittees or 3\rd\ parties, including
                                      reports, logs or charts, results, analyses,
                                      descriptions, etc.
251.13.............................  Request reimbursement for certain costs          2
                                      associated with reproducing data/information.
251.14(a)..........................  Submit comments on MMS intent to disclose data/  1
                                      information to the public.
251.14(c)(2).......................  Submit comments on MMS intent to disclose data/  1
                                      information to an independent contractor/agent.
251.14(c)(4).......................  Contractor/agent submits written commitment not  1
                                      to sell, trade, license, or disclose data/
                                      information without MMS consent.
251.1-251.14.......................  General departure and alternative compliance     2
                                      requests not specifically covered elsewhere in
                                      part 251 regulations.
Form MMS-327.......................  Request extension of permit time period........  1
Form MMS-327.......................  Retain G&G data/information for 10 years and     1
                                      make available to MMS upon request.
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    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Non-Hour Cost Burden: We have 
identified one non-hour cost burden for this collection. In Sec.  
251.5, MMS charges a $2,012 G&G application fee. We have identified no 
other non-hour cost burdens.
    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: Before submitting an ICR to OMB, PRA section 
3506(c)(2)(A) 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.
    Agencies must also estimate the non-hour cost burdens to 
respondents or recordkeepers resulting from the collection of 
information. Therefore, if you have costs to generate, maintain, and 
disclose this information, you should comment and provide your total 
capital and startup cost components or annual operation, maintenance, 
and purchase of service components. You should describe the methods you 
use to estimate major cost factors, including system and technology 
acquisition, expected useful life of capital equipment, discount 
rate(s), and the period over which you incur costs. Capital and startup 
costs include, among other items, computers and software you purchase 
to prepare for collecting information, monitoring, and record storage 
facilities. You should not include estimates for equipment or services 
purchased: (i) Before October 1, 1995; (ii) to comply with requirements 
not associated with the information collection; (iii) for reasons other 
than to provide information or keep records for the Government; or (iv) 
as part of customary and usual business or private practices.
    We will summarize written responses to this notice and address them 
in our submission for OMB approval. As a result of your comments, we 
will make any necessary adjustments to the burden in our submission to 
OMB.
    Public Comment Procedures: 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

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cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz (202) 
208-7744.

    Dated: March 24, 2009.
E.P. Danenberger,
Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs.
[FR Doc. E9-7170 Filed 3-30-09; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-MR-P