Agency Information Collection Activities; Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf, 41424-41427 [2017-18458]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 41424 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 168 / Thursday, August 31, 2017 / Notices The client is the best source of information on the quality of commercial guiding services. We collect: • Client name. • Guide name(s). • Type of guided activity. • Dates and location of guided activity. • Information on the services received, such as the client’s expectations, safety, environmental impacts, and client’s overall satisfaction. We encourage respondents to provide any additional comments that they wish regarding the guide service or refuge experience, and ask whether or not they wish to be contacted for additional information. The above information, in combination with State-required guide activity reports and contacts with guides and clients in the field, provides a comprehensive method for monitoring permitted commercial guide activities. A regular program of client evaluation helps refuge managers detect potential problems with guide services so that we can take corrective actions promptly. In addition, we use this information during the competitive selection process for big game and sport fishing guide permits to evaluate an applicant’s ability to provide a quality guiding service. Title of Collection: Alaska Guide Service Evaluation. OMB Control Number: 1018–0141. Form Number: FWS Form 3–2349. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Clients of permitted commercial guide service providers. Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 264. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 264. Estimated Completion Time per Response: 15 minutes. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 66. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Frequency of Collection: One time, following use of commercial guide services. Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:54 Aug 30, 2017 Jkt 241001 Dated: August 28, 2017. Madonna L. Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2017–18486 Filed 8–30–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management [MMAA104000; OMB Control Number 1010– 0048; Docket ID: BOEM–2017–0016] Agency Information Collection Activities; Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to renew an information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 30, 2017. ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the information collection request (ICR) by mail to the BOEM Information Collection Clearance Officer, Anna Atkinson, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Road, VAM–DIR, Sterling, Virginia 20166; or by email to anna.atkinson@boem.gov. Please reference Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 1010–0048 in the subject line of your comments. SUMMARY: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Anna Atkinson by email, or by telephone at 703–787–1025. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, BOEM, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. We are soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of BOEM? (2) will FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 this information be processed and used in a timely manner? (3) is the estimate of burden accurate? (4) how might BOEM enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected? and (5) how might BOEM minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology? Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this ICR. 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. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Title of Collection: 30 CFR 551, Geological and Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf. OMB Control Number: 1010–0048. Form Number: BOEM–0327, Application for Permit to Conduct Geological or Geophysical Exploration for Mineral Resources of Scientific Research on the Outer Continental Shelf. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Potential respondents comprise Federal OCS oil, gas, and sulphur permittees or notice filers. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 707 responses. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 40,954 hours. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Frequency of Collection: On occasion, annual, or as specified in permits. Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $175,044. 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) 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 E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 168 / Thursday, August 31, 2017 / Notices endanger actual operations under any lease maintained or granted pursuant to this subchapter, and which are not unduly harmful to aquatic life in such area.’’ The section further provides that permits to conduct such activities may only be issued if it is determined that the applicant is qualified; the activities do not result in pollution or create hazardous or unsafe conditions; the activities do not unreasonably interfere with other uses of the area or disturb any site, structure, or object of historical or archaeological significance. Applicants for permits are required to submit form BOEM–0327—Application for Permit to Conduct Geological or Geophysical Exploration for Mineral Resources of Scientific Research on the Outer Continental Shelf, to provide the information necessary to evaluate their qualifications, and upon approval, respondents are issued a permit. 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 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. Regulations to carry out these responsibilities are contained in 30 CFR part 551 and are the subject of this information collection renewal. BOEM uses the information to: Citation 30 CFR 551 • Identify oil, gas, sulfur, and mineral resources in the OCS; • ensure the receipt of fair value for mineral resources; • ensure that the exploration activities do not cause harm to the environment or persons, or create unsafe operations and conditions, damage historical or archaeological sites, or interference with other uses; • analyze and evaluate preliminary or planned drilling activities; • monitor progress and activities in the OCS; • acquire G&G data and information collected under a Federal permit offshore; and • 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. The information aids the Secretary in obtaining a proper balance among the potential for environmental damage, the discovery of oil and gas, and associated impacts on affected coastal States. In this renewal, BOEM is renewing form BOEM–0327—Application for Permit to Conduct Geological or Geophysical Exploration for Mineral Resources of Scientific Research on the Outer Continental Shelf. This form consists of the requirements for G&G activities requiring Permits and Notices, along with the application that the respondent submits to BOEM for Reporting and recordkeeping requirement 41425 approval, as well as a nonexclusive use agreement for scientific research, if applicable. The requirements portion of the form lets the respondents know the authority, requirements, along with other relevant information for the permit. Upon BOEM approval of the application, respondents are issued a permit using form BOEM–0328, Permit to Conduct Geophysical Exploration for Mineral Resources of Scientific Research on the Outer Continental Shelf, for conducting geophysical exploration for mineral resources or scientific research, or form BOEM–0329, Permit to Conduct Geological Exploration for Mineral Resources of Scientific Research on the Outer Continental Shelf, for conducting geological exploration for mineral resources or scientific research. These permits are filled in by BOEM and do not incur a respondent hour burden. We protect proprietary information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and the Department of the Interior’s implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2), and under regulations at 30 CFR part 551. We estimate the burden for this collection to be about 40,954 hours, and the non-hour burden costs to be $175,044. The following table details the individual components and respective hour burden estimates of this ICR. Average number of annual responses Hour burden Annual burden hours Non-Hour Cost Burdens * 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. Submit required information in manner specified. 1,000 AK* * ................... 4 Applications ............... 4,000 1,000 ATL* * ................. 9 Applications ............... 9,000 300 GOM ..................... 74 Applications ............. 22,200 87 Applications × $2,012 = $175,044 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 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 ................................... 1 Notice ........................ 1 551.6(b) 551.7(b)(5) ...... Notify BOEM if specific actions occur; report archaeological resources (no instances reported since 1982). Consult with other users. 1 ................................... 1 Notice ........................ 1 89 Responses .............. 35,202 Hours Subtotal .................. $175,044 Non-Hour Cost Burden VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:54 Aug 30, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 41426 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 168 / Thursday, August 31, 2017 / Notices Citation 30 CFR 551 Reporting and recordkeeping requirement Average number of annual responses Hour burden Annual burden hours Non-Hour Cost Burdens * 30 CFR 551.7 through 551.9 551.7; 551.8 .................. Submit APD and Supplemental APD to BSEE .. Burden included under BSEE regulations at 30 CFR 250, Subpart D (1014–0018) 551.7; 551.8(b) .............. Submit information on test drilling activities under a permit, including required information and plan revisions (e.g., drilling plan and environmental report). 1 ................................... 1 Submission ............... 1 551.7(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). 1 ................................... 1 Agreement ................ 1 551.7(d) ......................... Submit bond(s) on deep stratigraphic test and required securities. 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 permits, and status/final reports on, activities conducted under a permit. 38 AK* * ........................ 4 Respondents × 10 Reports = 40. 1,520 38 ATL* * ...................... 9 Respondents × 10 Reports = 90. 55 Respondents × 3 Reports = 165. 3,420 Burden included under 30 CFR Part 556 (1010– 0006) 2 GOM ......................... 551.9(c) ......................... Notify BOEM to relinquish a permit .................... 1/2 ................................ 0 0 1 330 1 300 Responses ............ Subtotal .................. 2 Notices ...................... 5,274 30 CFR 551.10 through 551.13 551.10(c) ....................... File appeals ........................................................ Exempt under 5 CFR 1320.4(a)(2), (c). 551.11; 551.12 .............. Notify BOEM and submit G&G data and/or information collected and/or processed by permittees, bidders, or 3rd parties, etc., including reports, logs or charts, results, analyses, descriptions, information as required, and agreements, in manner specified. 4 ................................... 40 Submissions ............ 160 551.13 ........................... Request reimbursement for certain costs associated with reproducing data/information. 2 ................................... 40 Submissions ............ 80 80 Responses .............. 240 Subtotal .................. 0 30 CFR 551.14 Submit comments on BOEM intent to disclose data and/or information to the public. 1 ................................... 2 Comments ................. 2 551.14(c)(2) ................... Submit comments on BOEM intent to disclose data and/or information to an independent contractor/agent. 1 ................................... 2 Comments ................. 2 551.14(c)(4) ................... sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 551.14(a), (b) ................ Contractor/agent submits written commitment not to sell, trade, license, or disclose data and/or information without BOEM consent. 1 ................................... 2 Commitments ............ 2 551.1–551.14 ................ General departure and alternative compliance requests not specifically covered elsewhere in part 551 regulations. 1 ................................... 2 Requests ................... 2 8 Responses ................ 8 Subtotal .................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:54 Aug 30, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 168 / Thursday, August 31, 2017 / Notices Citation 30 CFR 551 Reporting and recordkeeping requirement Average number of annual responses Hour burden 41427 Annual burden hours Non-Hour Cost Burdens * Extension for Permit Form & Recordkeeping 551.14(b) (BOEM–0327) Request extension of permit time period; enter agreements. 1 ................................... 100 Extensions ............ 100 Retain G&G data/information for 10 years and make available to BOEM upon request. 1 ................................... 130 Recordkeepers ...... 130 Subtotal .................. 230 Responses ............ 230 Total Burden ... 707 Responses ............ 40,954 Hours $175,044 Non-Hour Cost Burden * Fees are subject to modification per inflation annually. ** Burden hours for the frontier areas of the Alaska Region and Atlantic OCS are significantly higher because of NEPA and mitigation requirements. BOEM is accounting for the total time to compile/submit the necessary information to obtain the required authorizations to acquire a BOEM permit. There are currently no such activities ongoing in the Pacific OCS Region. The authorities for this action are the OCS Lands Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq. and 43 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.), and the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Dated: August 25, 2017. Deanna Meyer-Pietruszka, Chief, Office of Policy, Regulations, and Analysis. [FR Doc. 2017–18458 Filed 8–30–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Overpayment Detection and Recovery Activities Notice of availability; request for comments. ACTION: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ‘‘Overpayment Detection and Recovery Activities,’’ to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited. DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before October 2, 2017. ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:54 Aug 30, 2017 Jkt 241001 response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free of charge from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201706-1205-001 (this link will only become active on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693–4129, TTY 202– 693–8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_ PUBLIC@dol.gov. Submit comments about this request by mail to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL–ETA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202–395–5806 (this is not a toll-free number); or by email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. Commenters are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; or by email: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693– 4129, TTY 202–693–8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_ PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for the Overpayment Detection and Recovery Activities information collection. Form ETA–227, Overpayment Detection and Recovery Activities, is the instrument by which the ETA collects the subject information on a quarterly basis from States. Form ETA 227 responses provide PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 data on the number and amounts of fraud and non-fraud overpayments, the methods by which any overpayments were detected, the amounts and methods by which overpayments were collected, the amounts of overpayments waived and written off, the accounts receivable for the overpayments outstanding, and data on criminal/civil actions. Social Security Act section 303(a)(6) authorizes this information collection. See 26 U.S.C. 42 U.S.C. 503(a)(6). This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information that does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection under Control Number 1205–0187. OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3) years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2017. The DOL seeks to extend PRA authorization for this information collection for three (3) more years, without any change to existing requirements. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on March 15, 2017 (82 FR 13855). Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, Office of E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 168 (Thursday, August 31, 2017)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

[MMAA104000; OMB Control Number 1010-0048; Docket ID: BOEM-2017-0016]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Geological and 
Geophysical (G&G) Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf

AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to renew an 
information collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
October 30, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the information collection request 
(ICR) by mail to the BOEM Information Collection Clearance Officer, 
Anna Atkinson, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Road, 
VAM-DIR, Sterling, Virginia 20166; or by email to 
anna.atkinson@boem.gov. Please reference Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) Control Number 1010-0048 in the subject line of your 
comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Anna Atkinson by email, or by telephone at 703-
787-1025.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, BOEM, in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, provide the general public and other Federal 
agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and 
continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact 
of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's 
reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information 
collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired 
format.
    We are soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described 
below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the 
following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper 
functions of BOEM? (2) will this information be processed and used in a 
timely manner? (3) is the estimate of burden accurate? (4) how might 
BOEM enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected? and (5) how might BOEM minimize the burden of this 
collection on the respondents, including through the use of information 
technology?
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request 
to OMB to approve this ICR. 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.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required 
to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number.
    Title of Collection: 30 CFR 551, Geological and Geophysical (G&G) 
Explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf.
    OMB Control Number: 1010-0048.
    Form Number: BOEM-0327, Application for Permit to Conduct 
Geological or Geophysical Exploration for Mineral Resources of 
Scientific Research on the Outer Continental Shelf.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Potential respondents comprise Federal 
OCS oil, gas, and sulphur permittees or notice filers.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 707 responses.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 40,954 hours.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion, annual, or as specified in 
permits.
    Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $175,044.
    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) 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

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endanger actual operations under any lease maintained or granted 
pursuant to this subchapter, and which are not unduly harmful to 
aquatic life in such area.'' The section further provides that permits 
to conduct such activities may only be issued if it is determined that 
the applicant is qualified; the activities do not result in pollution 
or create hazardous or unsafe conditions; the activities do not 
unreasonably interfere with other uses of the area or disturb any site, 
structure, or object of historical or archaeological significance. 
Applicants for permits are required to submit form BOEM-0327--
Application for Permit to Conduct Geological or Geophysical Exploration 
for Mineral Resources of Scientific Research on the Outer Continental 
Shelf, to provide the information necessary to evaluate their 
qualifications, and upon approval, respondents are issued a permit.
    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 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.
    Regulations to carry out these responsibilities are contained in 30 
CFR part 551 and are the subject of this information collection 
renewal. BOEM uses the information to:
     Identify oil, gas, sulfur, and mineral resources in the 
OCS;
     ensure the receipt of fair value for mineral resources;
     ensure that the exploration activities do not cause harm 
to the environment or persons, or create unsafe operations and 
conditions, damage historical or archaeological sites, or interference 
with other uses;
     analyze and evaluate preliminary or planned drilling 
activities;
     monitor progress and activities in the OCS;
     acquire G&G data and information collected under a Federal 
permit offshore; and
     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. The information aids the Secretary in obtaining a proper balance 
among the potential for environmental damage, the discovery of oil and 
gas, and associated impacts on affected coastal States.
    In this renewal, BOEM is renewing form BOEM-0327--Application for 
Permit to Conduct Geological or Geophysical Exploration for Mineral 
Resources of Scientific Research on the Outer Continental Shelf. This 
form consists of the requirements for G&G activities requiring Permits 
and Notices, along with the application that the respondent submits to 
BOEM for approval, as well as a nonexclusive use agreement for 
scientific research, if applicable. The requirements portion of the 
form lets the respondents know the authority, requirements, along with 
other relevant information for the permit.
    Upon BOEM approval of the application, respondents are issued a 
permit using form BOEM-0328, Permit to Conduct Geophysical Exploration 
for Mineral Resources of Scientific Research on the Outer Continental 
Shelf, for conducting geophysical exploration for mineral resources or 
scientific research, or form BOEM-0329, Permit to Conduct Geological 
Exploration for Mineral Resources of Scientific Research on the Outer 
Continental Shelf, for conducting geological exploration for mineral 
resources or scientific research. These permits are filled in by BOEM 
and do not incur a respondent hour burden.
    We protect proprietary information in accordance with the Freedom 
of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and the Department of the Interior's 
implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2), and under regulations at 30 
CFR part 551.
    We estimate the burden for this collection to be about 40,954 
hours, and the non-hour burden costs to be $175,044. The following 
table details the individual components and respective hour burden 
estimates of this ICR.

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                                      Reporting and
      Citation  30 CFR 551            recordkeeping           Hour burden     Average number  of   Annual burden
                                       requirement                             annual responses        hours
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                                                     Non-Hour Cost Burdens *
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                                           30 CFR 551.1 through 551.6
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551.4(a), (b); 551.5(a), (b),    Apply for permits (form  1,000 AK* *.......  4 Applications....           4,000
 (d); 551.6; 551.7.               BOEM-0327) to conduct
                                  G&G exploration,
                                  including deep
                                  stratigraphic tests/
                                  revisions when
                                  necessary. Submit
                                  required information
                                  in manner specified.
                                                         -------------------------------------------------------
                                                          1,000 ATL* *......  9 Applications....           9,000
                                                         -------------------------------------------------------
                                                          300 GOM...........  74 Applications...          22,200
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                                                                                  87 Applications x $2,012 =
                                                                                            $175,044
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551.4(b); 551.5(c), (d); 551.6.  File notices to conduct  1.................  1 Notice..........               1
                                  scientific research
                                  activities, including
                                  notice to BOEM prior
                                  to beginning and after
                                  concluding activities.
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551.6(b) 551.7(b)(5)...........  Notify BOEM if specific  1.................  1 Notice..........               1
                                  actions occur; report
                                  archaeological
                                  resources (no
                                  instances reported
                                  since 1982). Consult
                                  with other users.
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    Subtotal...................                                               89 Responses......    35,202 Hours
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                                                                                 $175,044 Non-Hour Cost Burden
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                                           30 CFR 551.7 through 551.9
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551.7; 551.8...................  Submit APD and           Burden included under BSEE regulations               0
                                  Supplemental APD to       at 30 CFR 250, Subpart D (1014-0018)
                                  BSEE.
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551.7; 551.8(b)................  Submit information on    1.................  1 Submission......               1
                                  test drilling
                                  activities under a
                                  permit, including
                                  required information
                                  and plan revisions
                                  (e.g., drilling plan
                                  and environmental
                                  report).
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551.7(c).......................  Enter into agreement     1.................  1 Agreement.......               1
                                  for 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               0
                                  stratigraphic test and                (1010-0006)
                                  required securities.
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551.8(a).......................  Request reimbursement    1.................  1 Request.........               1
                                  for certain costs
                                  associated with BOEM
                                  inspections (no
                                  requests in many
                                  years).
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551.8(b), (c)..................  Submit modifications to  38 AK* *..........  4 Respondents x 10           1,520
                                  permits, and status/                         Reports = 40.
                                  final reports on,
                                  activities conducted
                                  under a permit.
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                                                          38 ATL* *.........  9 Respondents x 10           3,420
                                                                               Reports = 90.
                                                          2 GOM.............  55 Respondents x 3             330
                                                                               Reports = 165.
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551.9(c).......................  Notify BOEM to           1/2...............  2 Notices.........               1
                                  relinquish a permit.
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    Subtotal...................                                               300 Responses.....           5,274
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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   4.................  40 Submissions....             160
                                  G&G data and/or
                                  information collected
                                  and/or processed by
                                  permittees, bidders,
                                  or 3rd parties, etc.,
                                  including reports,
                                  logs or charts,
                                  results, analyses,
                                  descriptions,
                                  information as
                                  required, and
                                  agreements, in manner
                                  specified.
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551.13.........................  Request reimbursement    2.................  40 Submissions....              80
                                  for certain costs
                                  associated with
                                  reproducing data/
                                  information.
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    Subtotal...................                                               80 Responses......             240
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                                                  30 CFR 551.14
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551.14(a), (b).................  Submit comments on BOEM  1.................  2 Comments........               2
                                  intent to disclose
                                  data and/or
                                  information to the
                                  public.
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551.14(c)(2)...................  Submit comments on BOEM  1.................  2 Comments........               2
                                  intent to disclose
                                  data and/or
                                  information to an
                                  independent contractor/
                                  agent.
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551.14(c)(4)...................  Contractor/agent         1.................  2 Commitments.....               2
                                  submits 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.................  2 Requests........               2
                                  alternative compliance
                                  requests not
                                  specifically covered
                                  elsewhere in part 551
                                  regulations.
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    Subtotal...................                                               8 Responses.......               8
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                                    Extension for Permit Form & Recordkeeping
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551.14(b) (BOEM-0327)..........  Request extension of     1.................  100 Extensions....             100
                                  permit time period;
                                  enter agreements.
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                                 Retain G&G data/         1.................  130 Recordkeepers.             130
                                  information for 10
                                  years and make
                                  available to BOEM upon
                                  request.
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    Subtotal...................                                               230 Responses.....             230
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        Total Burden...........                                               707 Responses.....    40,954 Hours
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                                                                                 $175,044 Non-Hour Cost Burden
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* Fees are subject to modification per inflation annually.
** Burden hours for the frontier areas of the Alaska Region and Atlantic OCS are significantly higher because of
  NEPA and mitigation requirements. BOEM is accounting for the total time to compile/submit the necessary
  information to obtain the required authorizations to acquire a BOEM permit. There are currently no such
  activities ongoing in the Pacific OCS Region.

    The authorities for this action are the OCS Lands Act, as amended 
(43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq. and 43 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), the Clean Air Act 
(42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.), and the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

    Dated: August 25, 2017.
Deanna Meyer-Pietruszka,
Chief, Office of Policy, Regulations, and Analysis.
[FR Doc. 2017-18458 Filed 8-30-17; 8:45 am]
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