Renewal of Agency Information Collection for Tribal Energy Resource Agreements, 23005-23006 [2016-09019]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 75 / Tuesday, April 19, 2016 / Notices Hopi Indian Relocation Amendments Act of 1980, 94 Stat. 929, and the Federal court decisions of Healing v. Jones, 174 F. Supp.211 (D Ariz. 1959) (Healing I), Healing v. Jones, 210 F. Supp. 126 (D. Ariz. 1962), aff’d 363 U.S. 758 (1963) (Healing II), Hopi Tribe v. Watt, 530 F. Supp. 1217 (D. Ariz. 1982), and Hopi Tribe v. Watt, 719 F.2d 314(9th Cir. 1983). This information collection allows BIA to receive the information necessary to determine whether an applicant to obtain, modify, or assign a grazing permit on Navajo Partitioned Lands is eligible and complies with all applicable grazing permit requirements. BIA, in coordination with the Navajo Nation, will continue to collect grazing permit information up to and beyond the initial reissuing of the grazing permits, likely within a 1–3 year time period from the date of publication of this notice. The data is collected by electronic global positioning systems and field office interviews by BIA & Navajo Nation staff. The data is maintained by BIA’s Navajo Partitioned Lands office. The burden hours for this continued collection of information are reflected in the Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden in this notice. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. Request for Comments The BIA requests your comments on this collection concerning: (a) The necessity of this information collection for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (hours and cost) of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Ways we could enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways we could minimize the burden of the collection of the information on the respondents. Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and an individual need not respond to, a collection of information unless it has a valid OMB Control Number. It is our policy to make all comments available to the public for review at the location listed in the ADDRESSES section. Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personally identifiable 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:02 Apr 18, 2016 Jkt 238001 review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. III. Data OMB Control Number: 1076–0162. Title: Navajo Partitioned Lands Grazing Permits, 25 CFR 161. Brief Description of Collection: Submission of information is required for Navajo Nation representatives, members, and authorized Tribal organizations to obtain, modify, or assign a grazing permit on Navajo partitioned lands. Type of Review: Extension without change of currently approved collection. Respondents: Tribes, Tribal organizations, and individual Indians. Number of Respondents: 750. Estimated Number of Responses: 1,500. Estimated Time per Response: On average, 2 hours. Frequency of Response: Annually. Obligation to Respond: A response is required to obtain a benefit. Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 3,000 hours. Estimated Total Annual Non-Hour Dollar Cost: $0. Elizabeth K. Appel, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs and Collaborative Action—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2016–09018 Filed 4–18–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [167 A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900] Renewal of Agency Information Collection for Tribal Energy Resource Agreements Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of request for comments. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs (IA) is seeking comments on the renewal of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the collection of information titled ‘‘Tribal Energy Resource Agreements’’ (TERAs) under the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development Office (IEED) authorized by OMB Control Number 1076–0167. This information collection expires July 31, 2016. IA is also seeking comments as to how a reduction of burden could be achieved. DATES: Submit comments on or before June 20, 2016. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23005 You may submit comments on the information collection and on burden reduction to Ms. Elizabeth K. Appel, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action, Office of the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, telephone: (202) 273–4680; email: elizabeth.appel@bia.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elizabeth K. Appel, (202) 273–4680. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Abstract The Energy Policy Act of 2005, 25 U.S.C. 3503 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to approve individual Tribal Energy Resource Agreements (TERAs). The intent of these agreements is to promote Tribal oversight and management of energy and mineral resource development on Tribal lands and further the goal of Indian selfdetermination. A TERA offers a Tribe an alternative for developing energy-related business agreements and awarding leases and granting rights-of-way for energy facilities without having to obtain further approval from the Secretary. This information collection conducted under TERA regulations at 25 CFR 224 will allow IEED to determine the capacity of Tribes to manage the development of energy resources on Tribal lands. Information collection: • Enables IEED to engage in a consultation process with Tribes that is designed to foster optimal pre-planning of development proposals and speed up the review and approval process for TERA agreements; • Provides wide public notice and opportunity for review of TERA agreements by the public, industry, and government agencies; • Ensures that the public has an avenue for review of the performance of Tribes in implementing a TERA; • Creates a process for preventing damage to sensitive resources as well as ensuring that the public has fully communicated with the Tribe in the petition process; • Ensures that a Tribe is fully aware of any attempt by the Department of the Interior to resume management authority over energy resources on Tribal lands; and • Ensures that the Tribal government fully endorses any relinquishment of a TERA. II. Request for Comments on Collection of Information The Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs requests your comments on this E:\FR\FM\19APN1.SGM 19APN1 23006 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 75 / Tuesday, April 19, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES collection concerning: (a) The necessity of this information collection for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (hours and cost) of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Ways we could enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways we could minimize the burden of the collection of the information on the respondents. Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and an individual need not respond to, a collection of information unless it has a valid OMB Control Number. It is our policy to make all comments available to the public for review at the location listed in the ADDRESSES section. Before including your address, phone number, email 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. statutory language would reduce the burden associated with this information collection, please specifically identify this language. III. Request for Comments on Burden Reduction The Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs also requests your comments on ways to revise and reduce the burden of the governing regulations for TERAs under 25 CFR 224. Currently, the total annual hour burden for this information collection is 10,752 hours with an estimated time per response from 32 to 1,080 hours. Please submit comments on the following topics to the contact listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice: (1) The aspects of this information collection you identify as having the greatest burden, (2) Whether these burdensome aspects are the likely reason for an underutilization of TERAs; (3) Whether these burdensome aspects are required under statute or regulation, and (4) Any opportunities to reduce the burden of information collection, including but not limited to opportunities to reduce burdens associated with the application process by issuing guidance or instructions for prospective applicants. Please also specify any language within the regulations that you believe should be adjusted in order to reduce the burden associated with this information collection. Additionally, if you believe that an adjustment to [FR Doc. 2016–09019 Filed 4–18–16; 8:45 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:02 Apr 18, 2016 Jkt 238001 III. Data OMB Control Number: 1076–0167. Title: Tribal Energy Resource Agreements. Brief Description of Collection: Submission of this information is required for Indian Tribes to apply for, implement, reassume, or rescind a TERA that has been entered into in accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and 25 CFR 224. This collection also requires the Tribe to notify the public of certain actions. Type of Review: Extension without change of currently approved collection. Respondents: Federally recognized Indian Tribes. Number of Respondents: 14. Estimated Time per Response: Ranges from 32 hours to 1,080 hours. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 10,752 hours. Obligation to Respond: A response is required to obtain a benefit. Estimated Total Non-hour Cost Burden: $48,200. Elizabeth K. Appel, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs and Collaborative Action—Indian Affairs. BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCON02000 L51010000.ER0000 LVRWC16C8700 16X] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Blue Valley Land Exchange, Grand and Summit Counties, Colorado Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kremmling Field Office, Kremmling, Colorado intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate a proposed land exchange under section 206 of FLPMA, and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until May 19, 2016. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ kfo.html. In order to be included in the Draft EIS, all comments must be received prior to the close of the 30-day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. We will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft EIS. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Blue Valley Land Exchange by any of the following methods: • Web site: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/ en/fo/kfo.html • Email: kfo_webmail@blm.gov • Fax: 970–724–3006 • Mail: 2103 E. Park Avenue, P.O. Box 68, Kremmling, CO 80459 Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Kremmling Field Office. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Monte Senor, Assistant Field Manager; telephone 970–724–3002; see address above; email kfo_webmail@blm.gov. Contact Annie Sperandio at 970–724– 3062 to have your name added to our mailing list. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: After coordination with the BLM, Galloway, Inc., owner of Blue Valley Ranch, submitted a land exchange proposal to the BLM whereby approximately 1,489 acres of Federal lands managed by the BLM in Grand County, Colorado would be conveyed to Blue Valley Ranch in exchange for approximately 1,832 acres of non-Federal lands in Summit and Grand counties, Colorado. Of the 1,832 acres, approximately 300 acres would be acquired within the White River National Forest administrative boundary. The Forest Service will participate as a cooperating agency on the EIS. Pursuant to section 206 of the Federal Land Management and Policy Act of 1976, as amended, the proposed land exchange must be determined to be in DATES: E:\FR\FM\19APN1.SGM 19APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 75 (Tuesday, April 19, 2016)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-09019]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs

[167 A2100DD/AAKC001030/A0A501010.999900]


Renewal of Agency Information Collection for Tribal Energy 
Resource Agreements

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs (IA) is seeking comments on the 
renewal of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the 
collection of information titled ``Tribal Energy Resource Agreements'' 
(TERAs) under the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development 
Office (IEED) authorized by OMB Control Number 1076-0167. This 
information collection expires July 31, 2016. IA is also seeking 
comments as to how a reduction of burden could be achieved.

DATES: Submit comments on or before June 20, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the information collection and on 
burden reduction to Ms. Elizabeth K. Appel, Director, Office of 
Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action, Office of the Assistant 
Secretary--Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, telephone: 
(202) 273-4680; email: elizabeth.appel@bia.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elizabeth K. Appel, (202) 273-
4680.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Energy Policy Act of 2005, 25 U.S.C. 3503 authorizes the 
Secretary of the Interior to approve individual Tribal Energy Resource 
Agreements (TERAs). The intent of these agreements is to promote Tribal 
oversight and management of energy and mineral resource development on 
Tribal lands and further the goal of Indian self-determination. A TERA 
offers a Tribe an alternative for developing energy-related business 
agreements and awarding leases and granting rights-of-way for energy 
facilities without having to obtain further approval from the 
Secretary.
    This information collection conducted under TERA regulations at 25 
CFR 224 will allow IEED to determine the capacity of Tribes to manage 
the development of energy resources on Tribal lands. Information 
collection:
     Enables IEED to engage in a consultation process with 
Tribes that is designed to foster optimal pre-planning of development 
proposals and speed up the review and approval process for TERA 
agreements;
     Provides wide public notice and opportunity for review of 
TERA agreements by the public, industry, and government agencies;
     Ensures that the public has an avenue for review of the 
performance of Tribes in implementing a TERA;
     Creates a process for preventing damage to sensitive 
resources as well as ensuring that the public has fully communicated 
with the Tribe in the petition process;
     Ensures that a Tribe is fully aware of any attempt by the 
Department of the Interior to resume management authority over energy 
resources on Tribal lands; and
     Ensures that the Tribal government fully endorses any 
relinquishment of a TERA.

II. Request for Comments on Collection of Information

    The Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs requests your comments on 
this

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collection concerning: (a) The necessity of this information collection 
for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility; (b) The accuracy 
of the agency's estimate of the burden (hours and cost) of the 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used; (c) Ways we could enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways we could 
minimize the burden of the collection of the information on the 
respondents.
    Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and an 
individual need not respond to, a collection of information unless it 
has a valid OMB Control Number.
    It is our policy to make all comments available to the public for 
review at the location listed in the ADDRESSES section. Before 
including your address, phone number, email 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.

III. Request for Comments on Burden Reduction

    The Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs also requests your comments 
on ways to revise and reduce the burden of the governing regulations 
for TERAs under 25 CFR 224. Currently, the total annual hour burden for 
this information collection is 10,752 hours with an estimated time per 
response from 32 to 1,080 hours. Please submit comments on the 
following topics to the contact listed in the ADDRESSES section of this 
notice: (1) The aspects of this information collection you identify as 
having the greatest burden, (2) Whether these burdensome aspects are 
the likely reason for an underutilization of TERAs; (3) Whether these 
burdensome aspects are required under statute or regulation, and (4) 
Any opportunities to reduce the burden of information collection, 
including but not limited to opportunities to reduce burdens associated 
with the application process by issuing guidance or instructions for 
prospective applicants.
    Please also specify any language within the regulations that you 
believe should be adjusted in order to reduce the burden associated 
with this information collection. Additionally, if you believe that an 
adjustment to statutory language would reduce the burden associated 
with this information collection, please specifically identify this 
language.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1076-0167.
    Title: Tribal Energy Resource Agreements.
    Brief Description of Collection: Submission of this information is 
required for Indian Tribes to apply for, implement, reassume, or 
rescind a TERA that has been entered into in accordance with the Energy 
Policy Act of 2005 and 25 CFR 224. This collection also requires the 
Tribe to notify the public of certain actions.
    Type of Review: Extension without change of currently approved 
collection.
    Respondents: Federally recognized Indian Tribes.
    Number of Respondents: 14.
    Estimated Time per Response: Ranges from 32 hours to 1,080 hours.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 10,752 hours.
    Obligation to Respond: A response is required to obtain a benefit.
    Estimated Total Non-hour Cost Burden: $48,200.

Elizabeth K. Appel,
Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs and Collaborative Action--Indian 
Affairs.
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