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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 204 / Friday, October 21, 2011 / Notices sanitary facilities, exact street address), providers should contact the appropriate landholding agencies at the following addresses: Army: Ms. Veronica Rines, Department of the Army, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, DAIM–ZS, Room 8536, 2511 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202: (571) 256–8145; GSA: Mr. John E.B. Smith, General Services Administration, Office of Real Property Utilization and Disposal, 1800 F Street NW., Room 7040 Washington, DC 20405; (202) 501–0084; Interior: Mr. Michael Wright, Acquisition & Property Management, Department of the Interior, 1801 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20006: (202) 254–5522; Navy: Mr. Steve Matteo, Department of the Navy, Asset Management Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington Navy Yard, 1330 Patterson Ave., SW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20374; (202) 685–9426; (These are not toll-free numbers). Dated: October 13, 2011. Mark R. Johnston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs. TITLE V, FEDERAL SURPLUS PROPERTY PROGRAM FEDERAL REGISTER REPORT FOR 10/21/2011 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Suitable/Available Properties Building Maine Columbia Falls Radar Site Tibbetstown Road Columbia Falls ME 04623 Landholding Agency: GSA Property Number: 54201140001 Status: Excess GSA Number: 1–D–ME–0687 Directions: Buildings 1, 2, 3, and 4 Comments: Four bldgs. totaling 20,375 sq. ft.; each one-story; current use: varies among properties Michigan Beaver Island High Level Site South End Road Beaver Island MI 49782 Landholding Agency: GSA Property Number: 54201140002 Status: Excess GSA Number: 1–X–MI–664B Comments: 89 sq. ft; current use: storage; non-friable asbestos and lead base paint present; currently under license to the CCE Central Dispatch Authority Missouri FAA NDB Facility N. Farm Rd. 95 Willard MO Landholding Agency: GSA Property Number: 54201120012 Status: Surplus GSA Number: 7–U–MO–0689 Comments: Correction: this property is now ‘‘unavailable’’ it was published as ‘‘available’’ in Oct. 7 Federal Register (48 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:11 Oct 20, 2011 Jkt 226001 sq. ft., recent use: electrical equipment storage, chain-link fence surrounds property) Suitable/Unavailable Properties Land New Mexico FAA RML Facility—West Mesa Lost Horizon Drive Albuquerque NM Landholding Agency: GSA Property Number: 54201120013 Status: Surplus GSA Number: 7–U–NM–0486–6 Comments: Correction: This property was published as ‘‘available’’ in the Oct. 7 Federal Register; it is now ‘‘unavailable’’(0.3462 acres, recent use: FAA RML Facility, chain- link fence surrounds property) Unsuitable Properties Building California Death Valley Nat’l Park SPW Powerhouse, No. 2 Death Valley CA 92328 Landholding Agency: Interior Property Number: 61201140001 Status: Underutilized Reasons: Extensive deterioration Idaho 2 Bldgs. Dam Camp House Boise ID 83716 Landholding Agency: Interior Property Number: 61201140003 Status: Unutilized Directions: 0004–0201–00B and 0004–0202– 00B Comments: both properties has asbestos present Reasons: Contamination Bldgs. 0004–0203 Dam Camp Storage Boise ID 83716 Landholding Agency: Interior Property Number: 61201140004 Status: Unutilized Reasons: Floodway, Extensive deterioration 2 Bldgs. Black Canyon Parma ID Landholding Agency: Interior Property Number: 61201140005 Status: Unutilized Directions: Ditchrider House and Garage Reasons: Extensive deterioration Bldg. 0004–0205 Dam Camp Storage Boise ID 83716 Landholding Agency: Interior Property Number: 61201140006 Status: Unutilized Comments: Asbestos present Reasons: Floodway, Contamination, Extensive deterioration Mississippi 12 Bldgs. Naval Air Station Meridian MS 39309 Landholding Agency: Navy Property Number: 77201140001 PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65521 Status: Excess Directions: 21, 151, 166, 223, 314, 350, 363, 422, 445, 467, 468, and 993 Comments: Reasons for unsuitability varies among properties Reasons: Extensive deterioration, Within 2000 ft. of flammable or explosive material, Contamination Oregon 2 Bldgs. Bureau of Reclamation Grand Nyssa OR Landholding Agency: Interior Property Number: 61201140002 Status: Unutilized Directions: Ditchrider House and Garage Reasons: Extensive deterioration Washington Bldgs. 00852 and 00853 Yakima Trng. Ctr. Yakima WA 98901 Landholding Agency: Army Property Number: 21201140001 Status: Unutilized Reasons: Extensive deterioration [FR Doc. 2011–26924 Filed 10–20–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management [Docket ID BOEM–2011–0036; OMB Number 1010–0048] Information Collection; Geological and Geophysical Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment Request ACTION: 30-day notice. 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 Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf and related documents. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements. SUMMARY: Submit written comments by November 21, 2011. ADDRESSES: Submit comments by either fax (202) 395–5806 or e-mail (OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov) directly to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior (1010–0048). Please also submit a copy of your comments to BOEM by any of the means below. DATES: E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 65522 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 204 / Friday, October 21, 2011 / Notices • Electronically: go to https:// www.regulations.gov. In the entry titled, ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID,’’ enter BOEM– 2011–0036 then click search. Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials available for this collection. BOEM will post all comments. • E-mail arlene.bajusz@boem.gov. Mail or hand-carry comments to: Department of the Interior; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Attention: Arlene Bajusz; 381 Elden Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170–4817. Please reference ICR 1010–0048 in your comment and include your name and return address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Arlene Bajusz, Office of Policy, Regulations, and Analysis (703) 787– 1025. To see a copy of the entire ICR submitted to OMB, go to https:// www.reginfo.gov (select Information Collection Review, Currently Under Review). You may also contact Arlene Bajusz to obtain a copy, at no cost, of the regulations and form that require the subject collection of information. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: 30 CFR 551, Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf. Form: BOEM–0327, Application for Permit to Conduct Geological or Geophysical Exploration for Mineral Resources or Scientific Research on the Outer Continental Shelf. 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 to prescribe rules and regulations to administer leasing of mineral resources on the OCS. 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 they do not disturb a site, structure, or object of historical or archaeological significance. Applicants for permits are required to submit form BOEM–0327 to provide the information necessary to evaluate their VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:11 Oct 20, 2011 Jkt 226001 qualifications. Upon approval, respondents are issued a permit. In this collection, the form is being modified to clarify for potential permittees existing requirements in light of new technologies. In particular, BOEM–0327 clarifies the type(s) of information and maps submitted as identified in Attachment 1, sections A, General Information, B & C Geological and Geophysical Exploration for Minerals and Scientific Research, and primarily D, Proprietary Information. These modifications reflect information and technology currently used and developed by industry. 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, BOEM, 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 OMB Circular A–25, authorize Federal agencies to recover the full cost of services that confer special benefits. All G&G permits are subject to cost recovery, and BOEM regulations specify service fees for these requests. Effective October 1, 2011, the Department’s responsibilities for leasing, exploration, and development of the nation’s offshore resources became the responsibility of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), per Secretarial Order 3299. Regulations to carry out these responsibilities are contained in 30 CFR 551 (previously assigned under 30 CFR 251). This request is a revision of the currently approved information collection (IC) because we are revising form BOEM– 0327 to adapt to new advances in technology. Responses to this collection are mandatory or required to obtain or retain a benefit. No questions of a sensitive nature are asked. BOEM protects proprietary information according to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2), and under regulations at 30 CFR 551. PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BOEM uses 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. BOEM 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. Form BOEM–0327 is submitted under this part to determine if permittees have the necessary qualifications pertinent to G&G explorations or scientific research. This ICR also clarifies of the type(s) of information and maps submitted as identified in Attachment 1, sections A, General Information, B & C Geological and Geophysical Exploration for Minerals and Scientific Research, and primarily D, Proprietary Information of the form. These clarifications reflect information and technology currently used and developed by industry, in areas such as energy sources, navigation and location, maps, and charts, etc. This information can also be used to satisfy other environmental compliance requirements and is completed by industry in their normal course of business and does not represent any new or additional burden hours. Frequency: Responses are generally on occasion or as specified in each permit. Description of Respondents: Potential respondents comprise Federal oil, gas, or sulphur lessees and holders of pipeline rights-of-way. Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: The estimated annual hour burden for this information collection is a total of 1,033 hours. The following table 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. E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 65523 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 204 / Friday, October 21, 2011 / Notices Citation 30 CFR 551 Reporting and recordkeeping requirement Average number of annual responses Hour burden Annual burden hours Non-hour cost burden* 30 CFR 551.1 through 551.6 551.4(a), (b); 551.5(a), (b), (d); 551.6; 551.7. Apply for permits (form BOEM–0327) to conduct G&G exploration, including deep stratigraphic tests/ revisions when necessary. 3 .................. 74 Applications ................. 222 74 applications x $2,012 = $148,888 551.4(b); 551.5(c), (d); 551.6. File notices to conduct scientific research activities, including notice to BOEM prior to beginning and after concluding activities. 1 .................. 3 Notices .......................... 3 551.6(b)(5) 551.7(b)(5) ..... Notify BOEM if specific actions should occur; report archaeological resources (no instances reported since 1982). 1 .................. 1 Notice ............................ 1 Subtotal ...................... ...................................................................................... ..................... 78 responses .................... 226 hours $148,888 non-hour cost burden 30 CFR 551.7 through 551.9 551.7 ................................. Submit information on test drilling activities under a permit. Burden included under BSEE regulations at 30 CFR 250, subpart D 551.7(c) ............................. Enter into agreement for group participation in test drilling, including publishing summary statement; provide BOEM copy of notice/list of participants (no agreements submitted since 1989). 551.7(d) ............................. Submit bond(s) on deep stratigraphic test. ................. 551.8(a) ............................. Request reimbursement for certain costs associated with BOEM inspections (no requests in many years). 1 .................. 1 Request ......................... 551.8(b), (c) ...................... Submit modifications to, and status/final reports on, activities conducted under a permit. 2 .................. 55 Respondents x 3 Reports = 165. 551.9(c) ............................. Notify BOEM to relinquish a permit ............................. 12 ................ 2 Notices .......................... 1 Subtotal ...................... ...................................................................................... ..................... 169 responses .................. 333 hours 1 .................. 1 Agreement ..................... Burden included under 30 CFR part 556 (1010–0006) ⁄ 0 1 0 1 330 30 CFR 551.10 through 551.13 551.10(c) ........................... File appeals ................................................................. Exempt under 5 CFR 1320.4(a)(2), (c) 0 551.11; 551.12 .................. Notify BOEM and submit G&G data and/or information collected under a permit and/or processed by permittees or 3rd parties, including reports, logs or charts, results, analyses, descriptions, etc. 4 .................. 40 Submissions ................ 160 551.13 ............................... Request reimbursement for certain costs associated with reproducing data/information. 2 .................. 40 Submissions ................ 80 Subtotal ...................... ...................................................................................... ..................... 80 responses .................... 240 hours sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 30 CFR 551.14 551.14(a), (b) .................... Submit comments on BOEM intent to disclose data and/or information to the public. 1 .................. 1 Comment ....................... 1 551.14(c)(2) ...................... Submit comments on BOEM intent to disclose data and/or information to an independent contractor/ agent. 1 .................. 1 Comment ....................... 1 VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:30 Oct 20, 2011 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 65524 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 204 / Friday, October 21, 2011 / Notices Citation 30 CFR 551 Reporting and recordkeeping requirement Hour burden Average Number of annual responses Annual burden hours 551.14(c)(4) ...................... Contractor/agent submits written commitment not to sell, trade, license, or disclose data and/or information without BOEM consent. 1 .................. 1 Commitment .................. 1 551.1—551.14 .................. General departure and alternative compliance requests not specifically covered elsewhere in part 551 regulations. 1 .................. 1 Request ......................... 1 Subtotal ...................... ...................................................................................... ..................... 4 responses ...................... 4 hours Extension for Permit Form & Recordkeeping BOEM–0327; 551.14(b) .... Request extension of permit time period .................... 1 .................. 100 Extensions ................. 100 Retain G&G data/information for 10 years and make available to BOEM upon request. 1 .................. 130 Record-keepers ......... 130 Subtotal ...................... ...................................................................................... ..................... 230 responses .................. 230 hours Total Burden .............. ...................................................................................... ..................... 561 Responses ................ 1,033 Hours $148,888 Non-Hour Cost Burden sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES * The non-hour cost burdens that are associated with cost recovery monies collected are based on actual submittals through Pay.gov for FY 2010. Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Non-Hour Cost Burden: We have identified one non-hour cost burden for this collection of information. Under § 551.5(a) there is an application fee of $2,012 when respondents submit a permit application. We have not identified any other non-hour cost burden 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:11 Oct 20, 2011 Jkt 226001 To comply with the public consultation process, on June 30, 2011, we published a Federal Register notice (76 FR 38412) announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. The notice provided the required 60-day comment period. In addition, § 551.15 provides the OMB control number for the information collection requirements imposed by the 30 CFR 551 regulation. 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 two comments in response to the Federal Register notice. The first commenter, the Marine Mammal Commission stated that it was in support of our submission to OMB. The second commenter, Center for Regulatory Effectiveness, requested two actions. One, that we should state that we are not submitting any ICR for seismic regulations that is more stringent than current regulations, including NTL 2007–G02. Response: For the renewal of this ICR, we are not requesting anything more stringent than in current 30 CFR 551 regulations; NTL 2007–G02 is covered under OMB Control Number 1010–0151. Second, that we wait to submit the ICR to OMB. There is current on-going litigation pertaining to seismic regulations (BOEM vs environmental plaintiff(s)). Response: This particular ICR renewal pertains mostly to revising the form currently in use due to new developments in technology; we are not requesting any PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 new requirements. If the lawsuit settlement or decree requires changes to the form and/or DOI regulations, information collection coordination and OMB approval will occur before the form is reissued or regulations are promulgated. 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. BOEM Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz (703) 787–1025. Dated: October 12, 2011. Charles E. Norfleet, Acting Chief, Office of Policy, Regulations, and Analysis. [FR Doc. 2011–27331 Filed 10–20–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

[Docket ID BOEM-2011-0036; OMB Number 1010-0048]


Information Collection; Geological and Geophysical Explorations 
of the Outer Continental Shelf; Submitted for OMB Review; Comment 
Request

ACTION: 30-day notice.

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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 Geological and Geophysical (G&G) 
Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf and related documents. This 
notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the 
paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.

DATES: Submit written comments by November 21, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments by either fax (202) 395-5806 or e-mail 
(OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov) directly to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attention: 
Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior (1010-0048). Please 
also submit a copy of your comments to BOEM by any of the means below.

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     Electronically: go to https://www.regulations.gov. In the 
entry titled, ``Enter Keyword or ID,'' enter BOEM-2011-0036 then click 
search. Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view 
supporting and related materials available for this collection. BOEM 
will post all comments.
     E-mail arlene.bajusz@boem.gov. Mail or hand-carry comments 
to: Department of the Interior; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 
Attention: Arlene Bajusz; 381 Elden Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170-
4817. Please reference ICR 1010-0048 in your comment and include your 
name and return address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Arlene Bajusz, Office of Policy, 
Regulations, and Analysis (703) 787-1025. To see a copy of the entire 
ICR submitted to OMB, go to https://www.reginfo.gov (select Information 
Collection Review, Currently Under Review). You may also contact Arlene 
Bajusz to obtain a copy, at no cost, of the regulations and form that 
require the subject collection of information.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: 30 CFR 551, Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of 
the Outer Continental Shelf.
    Form: BOEM-0327, Application for Permit to Conduct Geological or 
Geophysical Exploration for Mineral Resources or Scientific Research on 
the Outer Continental Shelf.
    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 to prescribe rules and regulations to 
administer leasing of mineral resources on the OCS.
    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 they do not disturb a site, structure, or object of 
historical or archaeological significance. Applicants for permits are 
required to submit form BOEM-0327 to provide the information necessary 
to evaluate their qualifications. Upon approval, respondents are issued 
a permit. In this collection, the form is being modified to clarify for 
potential permittees existing requirements in light of new 
technologies. In particular, BOEM-0327 clarifies the type(s) of 
information and maps submitted as identified in Attachment 1, sections 
A, General Information, B & C Geological and Geophysical Exploration 
for Minerals and Scientific Research, and primarily D, Proprietary 
Information. These modifications reflect information and technology 
currently used and developed by industry.
    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, BOEM, 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 OMB Circular A-25, authorize Federal agencies to recover 
the full cost of services that confer special benefits. All G&G permits 
are subject to cost recovery, and BOEM regulations specify service fees 
for these requests.
    Effective October 1, 2011, the Department's responsibilities for 
leasing, exploration, and development of the nation's offshore 
resources became the responsibility of the Bureau of Ocean Energy 
Management (BOEM), per Secretarial Order 3299. Regulations to carry out 
these responsibilities are contained in 30 CFR 551 (previously assigned 
under 30 CFR 251). This request is a revision of the currently approved 
information collection (IC) because we are revising form BOEM-0327 to 
adapt to new advances in technology.
    Responses to this collection are mandatory or required to obtain or 
retain a benefit. No questions of a sensitive nature are asked. BOEM 
protects proprietary information according to the Freedom of 
Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR 
part 2), and under regulations at 30 CFR 551.
    BOEM uses 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. 
BOEM 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.
    Form BOEM-0327 is submitted under this part to determine if 
permittees have the necessary qualifications pertinent to G&G 
explorations or scientific research. This ICR also clarifies of the 
type(s) of information and maps submitted as identified in Attachment 
1, sections A, General Information, B & C Geological and Geophysical 
Exploration for Minerals and Scientific Research, and primarily D, 
Proprietary Information of the form. These clarifications reflect 
information and technology currently used and developed by industry, in 
areas such as energy sources, navigation and location, maps, and 
charts, etc. This information can also be used to satisfy other 
environmental compliance requirements and is completed by industry in 
their normal course of business and does not represent any new or 
additional burden hours.
    Frequency: Responses are generally on occasion or as specified in 
each permit.
    Description of Respondents: Potential respondents comprise Federal 
oil, gas, or sulphur lessees and holders of pipeline rights-of-way.
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: The estimated 
annual hour burden for this information collection is a total of 1,033 
hours. The following table 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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                                        Reporting and recordkeeping                                                                        Annual burden
         Citation 30 CFR 551                    requirement                  Hour burden           Average number of  annual responses         hours
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                                                                                                     Non-hour cost burden*
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                                                               30 CFR 551.1 through 551.6
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551.4(a), (b); 551.5(a), (b), (d);     Apply for permits (form BOEM-  3.......................  74 Applications.........................             222
 551.6; 551.7.                          0327) to conduct G&G
                                        exploration, including deep
                                        stratigraphic tests/
                                        revisions when necessary.
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                                                                                              74 applications x $2,012 = $148,888
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551.4(b); 551.5(c), (d); 551.6.......  File notices to conduct        1.......................  3 Notices...............................               3
                                        scientific research
                                        activities, including notice
                                        to BOEM prior to beginning
                                        and after concluding
                                        activities.
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551.6(b)(5) 551.7(b)(5)..............  Notify BOEM if specific        1.......................  1 Notice................................               1
                                        actions should occur; report
                                        archaeological resources (no
                                        instances reported since
                                        1982).
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    Subtotal.........................  .............................  ........................  78 responses............................       226 hours
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                                                                                                $148,888 non-hour cost burden
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                                                               30 CFR 551.7 through 551.9
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551.7................................  Submit information on test       Burden included under BSEE regulations at 30 CFR 250, subpart D                0
                                        drilling activities under a
                                        permit.
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551.7(c).............................  Enter into agreement for       1.......................  1 Agreement.............................               1
                                        group participation in test
                                        drilling, including
                                        publishing summary
                                        statement; provide BOEM copy
                                        of notice/list of
                                        participants (no agreements
                                        submitted since 1989).
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551.7(d).............................  Submit bond(s) on deep                  Burden included under 30 CFR part 556 (1010-0006)                       0
                                        stratigraphic test..
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551.8(a).............................  Request reimbursement for      1.......................  1 Request...............................               1
                                        certain costs associated
                                        with BOEM inspections (no
                                        requests in many years).
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551.8(b), (c)........................  Submit modifications to, and   2.......................  55 Respondents x 3 Reports = 165........             330
                                        status/final reports on,
                                        activities conducted under a
                                        permit.
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551.9(c).............................  Notify BOEM to relinquish a    \1/2\...................  2 Notices...............................               1
                                        permit.
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    Subtotal.........................  .............................  ........................  169 responses...........................       333 hours
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                                                              30 CFR 551.10 through 551.13
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551.10(c)............................  File appeals.................                 Exempt under 5 CFR 1320.4(a)(2), (c)                              0
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551.11; 551.12.......................  Notify BOEM and submit G&G     4.......................  40 Submissions..........................             160
                                        data and/or information
                                        collected under a permit and/
                                        or processed by permittees
                                        or 3rd parties, including
                                        reports, logs or charts,
                                        results, analyses,
                                        descriptions, etc.
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551.13...............................  Request reimbursement for      2.......................  40 Submissions..........................              80
                                        certain costs associated
                                        with reproducing data/
                                        information.
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    Subtotal.........................  .............................  ........................  80 responses............................       240 hours
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                                                                      30 CFR 551.14
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551.14(a), (b).......................  Submit comments on BOEM        1.......................  1 Comment...............................               1
                                        intent to disclose data and/
                                        or information to the public.
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551.14(c)(2).........................  Submit comments on BOEM        1.......................  1 Comment...............................               1
                                        intent to disclose data and/
                                        or information to an
                                        independent contractor/agent.
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551.14(c)(4).........................  Contractor/agent submits       1.......................  1 Commitment............................               1
                                        written commitment not to
                                        sell, trade, license, or
                                        disclose data and/or
                                        information without BOEM
                                        consent.
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551.1--551.14........................  General departure and          1.......................  1 Request...............................               1
                                        alternative compliance
                                        requests not specifically
                                        covered elsewhere in part
                                        551 regulations.
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    Subtotal.........................  .............................  ........................  4 responses.............................         4 hours
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                                                        Extension for Permit Form & Recordkeeping
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BOEM-0327; 551.14(b).................  Request extension of permit    1.......................  100 Extensions..........................             100
                                        time period.
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                                       Retain G&G data/information    1.......................  130 Record-keepers......................             130
                                        for 10 years and make
                                        available to BOEM upon
                                        request.
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    Subtotal.........................  .............................  ........................  230 responses...........................       230 hours
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    Total Burden.....................  .............................  ........................  561 Responses...........................     1,033 Hours
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                                                    $148,888 Non-Hour Cost Burden
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* The non-hour cost burdens that are associated with cost recovery monies collected are based on actual submittals through Pay.gov for FY 2010.

    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Non-Hour Cost Burden: We have 
identified one non-hour cost burden for this collection of information. 
Under Sec.  551.5(a) there is an application fee of $2,012 when 
respondents submit a permit application. We have not identified any 
other non-hour cost burden 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 June 30, 2011, 
we published a Federal Register notice (76 FR 38412) announcing that we 
would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. The notice provided the 
required 60-day comment period. In addition, Sec.  551.15 provides the 
OMB control number for the information collection requirements imposed 
by the 30 CFR 551 regulation. 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 
two comments in response to the Federal Register notice. The first 
commenter, the Marine Mammal Commission stated that it was in support 
of our submission to OMB. The second commenter, Center for Regulatory 
Effectiveness, requested two actions. One, that we should state that we 
are not submitting any ICR for seismic regulations that is more 
stringent than current regulations, including NTL 2007-G02. Response: 
For the renewal of this ICR, we are not requesting anything more 
stringent than in current 30 CFR 551 regulations; NTL 2007-G02 is 
covered under OMB Control Number 1010-0151. Second, that we wait to 
submit the ICR to OMB. There is current on-going litigation pertaining 
to seismic regulations (BOEM vs environmental plaintiff(s)). Response: 
This particular ICR renewal pertains mostly to revising the form 
currently in use due to new developments in technology; we are not 
requesting any new requirements. If the lawsuit settlement or decree 
requires changes to the form and/or DOI regulations, information 
collection coordination and OMB approval will occur before the form is 
reissued or regulations are promulgated.
    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.
    BOEM Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz (703) 
787-1025.

    Dated: October 12, 2011.
Charles E. Norfleet,
Acting Chief, Office of Policy, Regulations, and Analysis.
[FR Doc. 2011-27331 Filed 10-20-11; 8:45 am]
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