Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC Form 6-Q); Comment Request; Extension, 19166-19167 [2016-07537]

Download as PDF 19166 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 64 / Monday, April 4, 2016 / Notices of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The first page of any filing should include docket number P–14746–000. More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link of the Commission’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number (P–14746) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. Dated: March 29, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–07529 Filed 4–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC16–7–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC Form 6–Q); Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, FERC Form 6–Q (Quarterly Financial Report of Oil Pipeline Companies). DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due June 3, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC16–7–000) by either of the following methods: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Apr 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 • 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, telephone at (202) 502–8663, and fax at (202) 273– 0873. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC Form 6–Q, Quarterly Financial Report of Oil Pipeline Companies.1 OMB Control No.: 1902–0206. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC Form 6–Q information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Abstract: Under the Interstate Commerce Act (ICA) ,2 the Commission is authorized and empowered to make investigations and to collect and record data to the extent FERC may consider to be necessary or useful for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of the ICA. FERC must ensure just and reasonable rates for transportation of crude oil and petroleum products by pipelines in interstate commerce. The Commission uses the information collected by FERC Form 6–Q to carry out its responsibilities in implementing 1 The renewal request in this IC docket is for the current FERC Form 6–Q, with no change to the reporting requirements. The FERC Form 6–Q is also part of the Forms Refresh effort (started in Docket No. AD15–11), which is a separate activity. 2 49 U.S.C. Part 1, Section 20, 54 Stat. 916. PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the statutory provisions of the ICA to include the authority to prescribe rules and regulations concerning accounts, records, and memoranda, as necessary or appropriate. Financial accounting and reporting provides necessary information concerning a company’s past performance and its future prospects. Without reliable financial statements prepared in accordance with the Commission’s Uniform System of Accounts and related regulations, the Commission would be unable to accurately determine the costs that relate to a particular time period, service, or line of business. The Commission uses data from the FERC Form 6–Q to assist in: 1. Implementation of its financial audits and programs, 2. continuous review of the financial condition of regulated companies, 3. assessment of energy markets, 4. rate proceedings and economic analyses, and 5. research for use in litigation. Financial information reported on the quarterly FERC Form 6–Q provides FERC, as well as customers, investors and others, an important tool to help identify emerging trends and issues affecting jurisdictional entities within the energy industry. It also provides timely disclosures of the impacts that new accounting standards, or changes in existing standards, have on jurisdictional entities, as well as the economic effects of significant transactions, events, and circumstances. The reporting of this information by jurisdictional entities assists the Commission in its analysis of profitability, efficiency, risk, and in its overall monitoring. Type of Respondents: Oil pipelines. Estimate of Annual Burden: 3 The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as: 3 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. E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1 19167 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 64 / Monday, April 4, 2016 / Notices FERC FORM 6–Q—QUARTERLY FINANCIAL REPORT OF OIL COMPANIES Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response 4 Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) 175 ....................................................................................... 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: March 29, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. If a schedule change becomes necessary, additional notice will be provided so the relevant agencies are kept informed of the project’s progress. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Project Description [Docket No. CP15–558–000] PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Penneast Pipeline Project mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES markets in eastern and southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. On October 8, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) issued its Notice of Application for the project. Among other things, that notice alerted other agencies issuing federal authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on the request for a federal authorization within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the PennEast Pipeline Project. This instant notice identifies the FERC staff’s planned schedule for completion of the final EIS for the project. Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS—December 16, 2016. 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline—March 16, 2017. BILLING CODE 6717–01–P On September 24, 2015, PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC (PennEast) filed an application in Docket No. CP15–558– 000 under section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act seeking a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct, operate, and maintain a new natural gas pipeline system in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The proposed project is known as the PennEast Pipeline Project and will provide approximately 1.0 billion cubic feet per day of year-round transportation natural gas service to 4 The estimates for cost per response are derived using the 2015 FERC average salary plus benefits of $149,489/year (or $72.00/hour). Commission staff finds that the work done for this information collection is typically done by wage categories similar to those at FERC. 19:03 Apr 01, 2016 525 Schedule for Environmental Review [FR Doc. 2016–07537 Filed 4–1–16; 8:45 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 3 Jkt 238001 The project includes a total of 118.8 miles of pipeline and laterals composed of 115.0 miles of new, 36-inch-diameter pipeline extending from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania to Mercer County, New Jersey. The Project would also have three pipeline laterals: The 2.1-mile Hellertown Lateral consisting of 24inch-diameter pipeline in Northampton County, Pennsylvania; the 0.1-mile Gilbert Lateral consisting of 12-inchdiameter pipeline in Hunterdon County, Pennsylvania; and the 1.5-mile Lambertville Lateral consisting of 36inch-diameter pipeline in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. The proposed aboveground facilities consist of a new, 47,700 horsepower compressor station in Kidder Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. The project would also include the construction of 8 meter and regulator stations, 11 mainline valves, and 11 pig launcher/receiver sites. PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 150 $10,800 78,750 $5,670,000 32,400 Background On October 10, 2014, the Commission staff granted PennEast’s request to use the FERC’s Pre-filing environmental review process and assigned the PennEast Pipeline Project Docket No. PF15–1–000. On January 13, 2015, the Commission issued, in that docket, a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned PennEast Pipeline Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings (NOI). The NOI was sent to affected landowners; federal, state, and local government agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. The primary issues raised by the commenters during scoping included concerns about potential impacts on agricultural farms, ground water resources on Sourland Region, protected conservation lands, threatened and endangered species, archaeological sites, forest (i.e., fragmentation), and impacts on property value. In addition, the added responsibility for emergency response teams; potential for arsenic release into groundwater; safety of local residents in the event of a pipeline incident; long-term impacts of compressor stations on human health and the environment; construction in karst areas; and need for alternatives were also raised. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS. Additional Information In order to receive notification of the issuance of the EIS and to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 64 (Monday, April 4, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 19166-19167]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-07537]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC16-7-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC Form 6-Q); 
Comment Request; Extension

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the 
currently approved information collection, FERC Form 6-Q (Quarterly 
Financial Report of Oil Pipeline Companies).

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due June 3, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC16-7-
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, telephone at (202) 502-8663, and fax at (202) 
273-0873.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: FERC Form 6-Q, Quarterly Financial Report of Oil Pipeline 
Companies.\1\
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    \1\ The renewal request in this IC docket is for the current 
FERC Form 6-Q, with no change to the reporting requirements. The 
FERC Form 6-Q is also part of the Forms Refresh effort (started in 
Docket No. AD15-11), which is a separate activity.
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    OMB Control No.: 1902-0206.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC Form 6-Q 
information collection requirements with no changes to the current 
reporting requirements.
    Abstract: Under the Interstate Commerce Act (ICA) ,\2\ the 
Commission is authorized and empowered to make investigations and to 
collect and record data to the extent FERC may consider to be necessary 
or useful for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of the ICA. 
FERC must ensure just and reasonable rates for transportation of crude 
oil and petroleum products by pipelines in interstate commerce.
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    \2\ 49 U.S.C. Part 1, Section 20, 54 Stat. 916.
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    The Commission uses the information collected by FERC Form 6-Q to 
carry out its responsibilities in implementing the statutory provisions 
of the ICA to include the authority to prescribe rules and regulations 
concerning accounts, records, and memoranda, as necessary or 
appropriate. Financial accounting and reporting provides necessary 
information concerning a company's past performance and its future 
prospects. Without reliable financial statements prepared in accordance 
with the Commission's Uniform System of Accounts and related 
regulations, the Commission would be unable to accurately determine the 
costs that relate to a particular time period, service, or line of 
business.
    The Commission uses data from the FERC Form 6-Q to assist in:
    1. Implementation of its financial audits and programs,
    2. continuous review of the financial condition of regulated 
companies,
    3. assessment of energy markets,
    4. rate proceedings and economic analyses, and
    5. research for use in litigation.
    Financial information reported on the quarterly FERC Form 6-Q 
provides FERC, as well as customers, investors and others, an important 
tool to help identify emerging trends and issues affecting 
jurisdictional entities within the energy industry. It also provides 
timely disclosures of the impacts that new accounting standards, or 
changes in existing standards, have on jurisdictional entities, as well 
as the economic effects of significant transactions, events, and 
circumstances. The reporting of this information by jurisdictional 
entities assists the Commission in its analysis of profitability, 
efficiency, risk, and in its overall monitoring.
    Type of Respondents: Oil pipelines.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \3\ The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden for the information collection as:
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    \3\ 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 6-Q--Quarterly Financial Report of Oil Companies
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                                                                                   Total annual
                                   Annual number   Total number   Average burden  burden hours &     Cost per
      Number of respondents        of responses    of responses     & cost per     total annual   respondent ($)
                                  per respondent                   response \4\        cost
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(1)                                          (2)     (1) * (2) =             (4)     (3) * (4) =       (5) / (1)
                                                             (3)                             (5)
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175.............................               3             525             150          78,750          32,400
                                                                         $10,800      $5,670,000
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    \4\ The estimates for cost per response are derived using the 
2015 FERC average salary plus benefits of $149,489/year (or $72.00/
hour). Commission staff finds that the work done for this 
information collection is typically done by wage categories similar 
to those at FERC.
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    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: March 29, 2016.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-07537 Filed 4-1-16; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6717-01-P