Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-73); Comment Request, 19891-19892 [2014-08055]

Download as PDF 19891 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 69 / Thursday, April 10, 2014 / Notices the emergency transportation, if needed, and a termination report are required. The data required to be filed for the forty-eight hour report is specified by 18 CFR 284.270. Type of Respondents: Natural Gas Pipelines. Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as: FERC–588—EMERGENCY NATURAL GAS TRANSPORTATION, SALE, AND EXCHANGE TRANSPORTATION Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden/$ per response 16 Total annual burden hours (total annual cost) Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1)*(2)=(3) (4) (3)*(4)=(5) (5)÷(1) 8 1 8 10 $705 80 $5,640 $705 Dated: April 2, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–08038 Filed 4–9–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC14–4–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–73); Comment Request Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION: Comment request. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting the information FERC–73, Oil Pipeline Service Life Data, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review of the information collection requirements. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below. In response to the notice issued in the Federal Register (79 FR 3362, January 21, 2014) FERC received one comment. FERC responds to the comment below as well as in its submittal to OMB. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by May 12, 2014. ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 1902–0019, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: oira_submission@omb.gov. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: 16 The estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $70.50 per hour. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:14 Apr 09, 2014 Jkt 232001 Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be reached via telephone at 202–395–4718. A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, identified by the Docket No. IC14–4–000, by either of the following methods: • eFiling at Commission’s Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ efiling.asp. • Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at: http:// www.ferc.gov/help/submissionguide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support by email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or by phone at: (866) 208–3676 (toll-free), or (202) 502–8659 for TTY. Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of activity in this docket or in viewing/downloading comments and issuances in this docket may do so at http://www.ferc.gov/docsfiling/docs-filing.asp. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at DataClearance@FERC.gov, by telephone at (202) 502–8663, and by fax at (202) 273–0873. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC–73, Oil Pipeline Service Life Data OMB Control No.: 1902–0019 Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–73 information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Abstract: The Commission has authority over interstate oil pipelines as stated in the Interstate Commerce Act, 49 U.S.C. 6501, et. al. As part of the information necessary for the subsequent investigation and review of an oil pipeline company’s proposed depreciation rates, the pipeline companies are required to provide service life data as part of their data submissions if the proposed depreciation rates are based on the remaining physical life calculations. This service life data is submitted on FERC Form No. 73, ‘‘Oil Pipeline Service Life Data.’’ The information collected under the requirements of FERC Form No. 73 is used by the Commission to implement the statutory provisions of Sections 306 and 402 of the Department of Energy Organization Act, 42 U.S.C. 7155 and 7172, and Executive Order No. 12009, 42 FR 46277 (September 13, 1977).1 The submitted data are used by the Commission to assist in the selection of appropriate service lives and book depreciation rates. Book depreciation rates are used by oil pipeline companies to compute the depreciation portion of their operating expense which is a component of their cost of service which in turn is used to determine the transportation rate to assess customers. FERC staff’s recommended book depreciation rates become legally binding when issued by Commission order. These rates remain in effect until a subsequent review is requested and the outcome indicates that a modification is justified. The Commission implements these filings in 18 CFR parts 347 and 357. Type of Respondents: Oil pipeline companies. Estimate of Annual Burden: 2 The Commission estimates the total Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as: 1 For FERC Form No. 73 filing instructions and materials, please see http://www.ferc.gov/docsfiling/forms.asp#form73. 2 The Commission defines burden as the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. For further explanation of what is included in the information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\10APN1.SGM 10APN1 19892 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 69 / Thursday, April 10, 2014 / Notices FERC FORM NO. 73, OIL PIPELINE SERVICE LIFE DATA Number of respondents The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is $8,400 [120 hours * $70/hour = $8,400].3 Comment received in response to initial notice: The Commission received one comment from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). In that comment, BEA strongly supported the continued collection of data through the FERC Form No. 73. Their support stems from reliance on this data collection for key components of their economic statistics. Specifically, BEA uses the information on the service lives for petroleum pipeline companies to validate the lives in BEA’s depreciation rates for petroleum pipelines. Moreover, these rates help BEA derive economic depreciation or consumption of fixed capital as part of the National Income and Product Accounts work BEA does. In response, the FERC intends to work with BEA should there be a need to make any changes to this data collection. Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden and cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: April 4, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2014–08055 Filed 4–9–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P 3 $70/hour is the average FERC employee salary plus benefits. We assume that respondents to this collection are similarly situated in terms of salary and benefits. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:14 Apr 09, 2014 Jkt 232001 Total number of responses Average burden hours per response Estimated total annual burden (A) Oil Pipelines Undergoing Investigation or Review .............. Number of responses per respondent (B) (A) × (B) = (C) (D) (C) × (D) 3 1 3 40 120 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP14–116–000] Notice of Application for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity Great Lakes Gas Transmission Limited Partnership Take notice that on March 21, 2014 Great Lakes Gas Transmission Limited Partnership (Great Lakes), 717 Texas Street, Suite 2400, Houston, Texas 7700–2761, filed in the above referenced docket an abbreviated application pursuant to section 7(b) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and Sections 157.7 and 157.18 of the Commission’s regulations requesting authorization for a temporary act or operation to temporarily deactivate the certified capacity associated with a temporary, phased reduction in the maximum operating pressure (MOP) from 974 psig to 897 psig of a portion of its natural gas pipeline system from the Canadian/ United States border at Emerson to Great Lakes’ Cloquet Compressor Station 5 in Minnesota. Great Lakes proposes this temporary action for a period of up to 36 month, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. The filing may also be viewed on the web at http:// www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at (866) 208–3676, or TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. Any questions concerning this application may be directed to Richard Parke, Manager, Certificates, at (832) 320–5516, Great Lakes Gas Transmission Limited Partnership, 717 Texas Street, Suite 2400, Houston, Texas, or by email richard_parke@transcanada.com. Specifically, beginning April 1, 2013 the MOP of the subject section of pipeline was temporarily reduced by five percent from 974 psig to 925 psig PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to ensure system integrity and safety. Great Lakes proposes the second phase of temporary five percent MOP reduction from 925 psig to 879 psig for April 1, 2015 until April 1, 2017. These proposed operational changes would result in an overall reduction in available capacity of approximately 226,000 dekatherms per day of firm winter and 191,000 dekatherms per day firm summer capacity for west to east flow. Great Lakes states that, during the 36-month period, it will determine if market conditions support the continued operation at certified levels of all lines and segments of its system from Canadian/United States border to Great Lakes’ Compressor Station 5, or whether it will instead seek authorization for permanent abandonment of a portion of the capacity and line segment(s) associated with this temporary action. Great Lakes states that the MOP reduction does not impact capacity on the east to west flow or Great Lakes’ ability to meet any of its existing firm contractual commitments. Great Lakes states no construction or ground disturbance has or will occur for these modifications and therefore there is no associated cost. Pursuant to section 157.9 of the Commission’s rules, 18 CFR 157.9, within 90 days of this Notice the Commission staff will either: complete its environmental assessment (EA) and place it into the Commission’s public record (eLibrary) for this proceeding; or issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review. If a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review is issued, it will indicate, among other milestones, the anticipated date for the Commission staff’s issuance of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) or EA for this proposal. The filing of the EA in the Commission’s public record for this proceeding or the issuance of a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review will serve to notify federal and state agencies of the timing for the completion of all necessary reviews, and the subsequent need to complete all federal authorizations within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff’s FEIS or EA. E:\FR\FM\10APN1.SGM 10APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 69 (Thursday, April 10, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 19891-19892]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC14-4-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-73); Comment 
Request

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

ACTION: Comment request.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or 
FERC) is submitting the information FERC-73, Oil Pipeline Service Life 
Data, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review of the 
information collection requirements. Any interested person may file 
comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments 
to the Commission as explained below. In response to the notice issued 
in the Federal Register (79 FR 3362, January 21, 2014) FERC received 
one comment. FERC responds to the comment below as well as in its 
submittal to OMB.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by May 12, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 
1902-0019, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs: oira_submission@omb.gov. Attention: Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be 
reached via telephone at 202-395-4718.
    A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, identified by the Docket No. IC14-4-000, by 
either of the following methods:
     eFiling at Commission's Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp.
     Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426.
    Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in 
accordance with submission guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov/help/submission-guide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support 
by email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or by phone at: (866) 208-3676 
(toll-free), or (202) 502-8659 for TTY.
    Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of 
activity in this docket or in viewing/downloading comments and 
issuances in this docket may do so at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/docs-filing.asp.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at 
DataClearance@FERC.gov, by telephone at (202) 502-8663, and by fax at 
(202) 273-0873.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: FERC-73, Oil Pipeline Service Life Data
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0019
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-73 information 
collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting 
requirements.
    Abstract: The Commission has authority over interstate oil 
pipelines as stated in the Interstate Commerce Act, 49 U.S.C. 6501, et. 
al. As part of the information necessary for the subsequent 
investigation and review of an oil pipeline company's proposed 
depreciation rates, the pipeline companies are required to provide 
service life data as part of their data submissions if the proposed 
depreciation rates are based on the remaining physical life 
calculations. This service life data is submitted on FERC Form No. 73, 
``Oil Pipeline Service Life Data.'' The information collected under the 
requirements of FERC Form No. 73 is used by the Commission to implement 
the statutory provisions of Sections 306 and 402 of the Department of 
Energy Organization Act, 42 U.S.C. 7155 and 7172, and Executive Order 
No. 12009, 42 FR 46277 (September 13, 1977).\1\
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    \1\ For FERC Form No. 73 filing instructions and materials, 
please see http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/forms.asp#form73.
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    The submitted data are used by the Commission to assist in the 
selection of appropriate service lives and book depreciation rates. 
Book depreciation rates are used by oil pipeline companies to compute 
the depreciation portion of their operating expense which is a 
component of their cost of service which in turn is used to determine 
the transportation rate to assess customers. FERC staff's recommended 
book depreciation rates become legally binding when issued by 
Commission order. These rates remain in effect until a subsequent 
review is requested and the outcome indicates that a modification is 
justified. The Commission implements these filings in 18 CFR parts 347 
and 357.
    Type of Respondents: Oil pipeline companies.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \2\ The Commission estimates the total 
Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as:
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    \2\ The Commission defines burden as the total time, effort, or 
financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, 
retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal 
agency. For further explanation of what is included in the 
information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal 
Regulations 1320.3.

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                                                    FERC Form No. 73, Oil Pipeline Service Life Data
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                                                                                         Number of                      Average  burden
                                                                        Number of      responses  per  Total number of     hours  per    Estimated total
                                                                       respondents       respondent       responses         response      annual burden
                                                                                (A)              (B)    (A) x (B) = (C)            (D)                (C) x (D)
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Oil Pipelines Undergoing Investigation or Review...................               3                1                3               40              120
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    The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is $8,400 
[120 hours * $70/hour = $8,400].\3\
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    \3\ $70/hour is the average FERC employee salary plus benefits. 
We assume that respondents to this collection are similarly situated 
in terms of salary and benefits.
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    Comment received in response to initial notice: The Commission 
received one comment from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). In 
that comment, BEA strongly supported the continued collection of data 
through the FERC Form No. 73. Their support stems from reliance on this 
data collection for key components of their economic statistics. 
Specifically, BEA uses the information on the service lives for 
petroleum pipeline companies to validate the lives in BEA's 
depreciation rates for petroleum pipelines. Moreover, these rates help 
BEA derive economic depreciation or consumption of fixed capital as 
part of the National Income and Product Accounts work BEA does. In 
response, the FERC intends to work with BEA should there be a need to 
make any changes to this data collection.
    Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Commission, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden and 
cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are 
to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.

    Dated: April 4, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-08055 Filed 4-9-14; 8:45 am]
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