Proposed Agency Information Collection, 39738-39739 [2018-17183]

Download as PDF 39738 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 155 / Friday, August 10, 2018 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES pursuant to section 3(c) of the NGA, 15 U.S.C. 717b(c). In reviewing this Application, DOE will consider any issues required by law or policy. DOE will consider domestic need for the natural gas, as well as any other issues determined to be appropriate, including whether the arrangement is consistent with DOE’s policy of promoting competition in the marketplace by allowing commercial parties to freely negotiate their own trade arrangements. As part of this analysis, DOE will consider one or more of the following studies examining the cumulative impacts of exporting domestically produced LNG: • Effect of Increased Levels of Liquefied Natural Gas on U.S. Energy Markets, conducted by the U.S. Energy Information Administration upon DOE’s request (2014 EIA LNG Export Study); 1 • The Macroeconomic Impact of Increasing U.S. LNG Exports, conducted jointly by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Oxford Economics, on behalf of DOE (2015 LNG Export Study); 2 and • Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports, conducted by NERA Economic Consulting on behalf of DOE (2018 LNG Export Study).3 Additionally, DOE will consider the following environmental documents: • Addendum to Environmental Review Documents Concerning Exports of Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 48132 (Aug. 15, 2014); 4 and • Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas from the United States, 79 FR 32260 (June 4, 2014).5 Parties that may oppose this Application should address these issues and documents in their comments and/ or protests, as well as other issues deemed relevant to the Application. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., 1 The 2014 EIA LNG Export Study, published on Oct. 29, 2014, is available at: https://www.eia.gov/ analysis/requests/fe/. 2 The 2015 LNG Export Study, dated Oct. 29, 2015, is available at: http://energy.gov/sites/prod/ files/2015/12/f27/20151113_macro_impact_of_lng_ exports_0.pdf. 3 The 2018 LNG Export Study, dated June 7, 2018, is available at: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/ files/2018/06/f52/Macroeconomic%20LNG %20Export%20Study%202018.pdf. DOE is currently evaluating public comments received on this Study (83 FR 27314). 4 The Addendum and related documents are available at: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/ files/2014/08/f18/Addendum.pdf. 5 The Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Report is available at: http://energy.gov/fe/life-cyclegreenhouse-gas-perspective-exporting-liquefiednatural-gas-united-states. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Aug 09, 2018 Jkt 244001 requires DOE to give appropriate consideration to the environmental effects of its proposed decisions. No final decision will be issued in this proceeding until DOE has met its environmental responsibilities. Public Comment Procedures In response to this Notice, any person may file a protest, comments, or a motion to intervene or notice of intervention, as applicable. Interested parties will be provided 60 days from the date of publication of this Notice in which to submit comments, protests, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention. Any person wishing to become a party to the proceeding must file a motion to intervene or notice of intervention. The filing of comments or a protest with respect to the Application will not serve to make the commenter or protestant a party to the proceeding, although protests and comments received from persons who are not parties will be considered in determining the appropriate action to be taken on the Application. All protests, comments, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention must meet the requirements specified by the regulations in 10 CFR part 590. Filings may be submitted using one of the following methods: (1) Emailing the filing to fergas@hq.doe.gov, with FE Docket No. 18–70–LNG in the title line; (2) mailing an original and three paper copies of the filing to the Office of Regulation and International Engagement at the address listed in ADDRESSES; or (3) hand delivering an original and three paper copies of the filing to the Office of Regulation and International Engagement at the address listed in ADDRESSES. All filings must include a reference to FE Docket No. 18–70–LNG. Please note: If submitting a filing via email, please include all related documents and attachments (e.g., exhibits) in the original email correspondence. Please do not include any active hyperlinks or password protection in any of the documents or attachments related to the filing. All electronic filings submitted to DOE must follow these guidelines to ensure that all documents are filed in a timely manner. Any hardcopy filing submitted greater in length than 50 pages must also include, at the time of the filing, a digital copy on disk of the entire submission. A decisional record on the Application will be developed through responses to this notice by parties, including the parties’ written comments and replies thereto. Additional procedures will be used as necessary to PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 achieve a complete understanding of the facts and issues. If an additional procedure is scheduled, notice will be provided to all parties. If no party requests additional procedures, a final Opinion and Order may be issued based on the official record, including the Application and responses filed by parties pursuant to this notice, in accordance with 10 CFR 590.316. The Application is available for inspection and copying in the Office of Regulation and International Engagement docket room, Room 3E– 042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585. The docket room is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Application and any filed protests, motions to intervene or notice of interventions, and comments will also be available electronically by going to the following DOE/FE web address: http://www.fe.doe.gov/programs/ gasregulation/index.html. Signed in Washington, DC, on August 6, 2018. Shawn Bennett, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Oil and Natural Gas. [FR Doc. 2018–17182 Filed 8–9–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Energy Information Administration Proposed Agency Information Collection U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: EIA requests a three-year extension, with changes, to the Oil and Gas Reserves System Survey Program as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This survey system includes: Form EIA–64A, Annual Report of the Origin of Natural Gas Liquids Production; Form EIA–23L, Annual Report of Domestic Oil and Gas Reserves, County Level Report; and Form EIA–23S, Annual Survey of Domestic Oil and Gas Reserves, Summary Level Report. DATES: EIA must receive all comments on this proposed information collection no later than October 9, 2018. If you anticipate difficulties in submitting your comments by the deadline, contact the person listed in the below ADDRESSES section of this notice as soon as possible. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 155 / Friday, August 10, 2018 / Notices Send your comments to Steven Grape, U.S. Energy Information Administration, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, EI–24 Washington, DC 20585. ADDRESSES: daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Steven Grape, telephone 202–586–1868, fax at (202) 586–4420, or by email at steven.grape@eia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request contains: (1) OMB No. 1905–0057; (2) Information Collection Request Title: Oil and Gas Reserves System; (3) Type of Request: Renewal with changes; (4) Purpose: Information reported on Form EIA–23L is used to provide national and regional estimates on the proved reserves of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Data collected on this form include proved reserves and production for crude oil, lease condensate, and natural gas by state and federal offshore regions. Information reported on Form EIA–64A is used to generate EIA’s state-level and federal offshore estimates of dry natural gas reserves and production (natural gas that remains after natural gas liquids are extracted). EIA releases annual reserves and production estimates through its website. These data are also used in EIA reports concerning U.S. crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids reserves, and are incorporated in a number of other reports and analyses such as EIA’s Annual Energy Review, Annual Energy Outlook, Petroleum Supply Annual, and Natural Gas Annual. Congress and other federal agencies rely on the objective analysis, quality, reliability, and usefulness of EIA’s crude oil and natural gas reserves estimates. These federal agencies include: The U.S. Department of Energy; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of Interior; Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury; and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Each federal agency uses EIA’s estimates on proved reserves for their official use to meet their data needs. EIA’s published estimates on proved reserves of domestic crude oil and natural gas are essential to the development, implementation, and evaluation of energy policy and legislation. There are no proposed changes to Forms EIA–23L and EIA–23S. (4a) Proposed Changes to Information Collection: EIA proposes to collect the following additional information on Form EIA–64A, Annual Report of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Aug 09, 2018 Jkt 244001 Origin of Natural Gas Liquids Production: • Section 2. Add Item 2.1 to collect the total outlet volume of residue natural gas produced and add Item 2.3 to collect the volume of residue natural gas sent to a pipeline. Add Item 2.4: The amount of electricity consumed annually at the natural gas plant. The number of natural gas processing plants that are 100% electrically-powered is increasing. Federal air quality restrictions imposed on sources of combustion emissions is one reason for the increasing trend in using electricity as a power source rather than relying on natural gas as a fuel for processing and other plant operations. • Section 3.0, Add Item 3.1C: The annual total of natural gas liquids (NGL) reported separately by components or products produced at the natural gas processing plant by Area of Origin in Section 3 of Form EIA–64A. Currently, only the total plant NGL volume shown on Line 4.8 is reported by Area of Origin. • Delete the data element Gas Shrinkage Resulting from Natural Gas Liquids Extracted currently shown as Item 5.0 on Form EIA–64A. Respondents currently report their estimate of the volumes of gas shrinkage in millions of cubic feet (MMCF) caused from the removal of natural gas liquids from the natural gas received at the plant. Respondents will no longer need to report this information. The shrinkage volumes for a respondent will be calculated by EIA using the component data reported in Section 3. • The burden per response for Form EIA–64A changed from 6 hours to 4 hours. Cognitive research showed that the weighted average time estimate to gather and report information on the proposed modified new Form EIA–64A was less than 3 hours. The majority of the information reported on this form is information that companies customarily track in the normal course of their business activities. Some companies may take longer than 3 hours to complete Form EIA–64A so EIA extended the burden per response estimate to 4 hours to account for some companies that may require additional time. The mode of reporting information will also change. Operators will be required to log in to the EIA Data xChange Portal to report their information and submit Form EIA–64A. By identifying and selecting each plant within the portal, respondent information will be populated automatically in order to reduce reporting burden. PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39739 (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,644; (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 1,644; (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 29,252; (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: EIA estimates that there are no capital and start-up costs associated with this data collection. The information is maintained in the normal course of business. The cost of burden hours is estimated to be $2,214,084 (29,252 burden hours times $75.69 per hour). Therefore, other than the cost of burden hours, EIA estimates that there are no additional costs for generating, maintaining and providing the information. Comments are invited on these proposed changes and: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 772(b), 15 U.S.C. 790(a), and the DOE Organization Act of 1977, 42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq. Issued in Washington, DC, August 6, 2018. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 155 (Friday, August 10, 2018)]
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[Pages 39738-39739]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-17183]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Energy Information Administration


Proposed Agency Information Collection

AGENCY: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of 
Energy (DOE).

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: EIA requests a three-year extension, with changes, to the Oil 
and Gas Reserves System Survey Program as required by the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995. This survey system includes: Form EIA-64A, 
Annual Report of the Origin of Natural Gas Liquids Production; Form 
EIA-23L, Annual Report of Domestic Oil and Gas Reserves, County Level 
Report; and Form EIA-23S, Annual Survey of Domestic Oil and Gas 
Reserves, Summary Level Report.

DATES: EIA must receive all comments on this proposed information 
collection no later than October 9, 2018. If you anticipate 
difficulties in submitting your comments by the deadline, contact the 
person listed in the below ADDRESSES section of this notice as soon as 
possible.

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ADDRESSES: Send your comments to Steven Grape, U.S. Energy Information 
Administration, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, EI-24 Washington, DC 
20585.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Steven Grape, telephone 202-586-1868, fax at (202) 586-
4420, or by email at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request 
contains:
    (1) OMB No. 1905-0057;
    (2) Information Collection Request Title: Oil and Gas Reserves 
System;
    (3) Type of Request: Renewal with changes;
    (4) Purpose: Information reported on Form EIA-23L is used to 
provide national and regional estimates on the proved reserves of crude 
oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Data collected on this form 
include proved reserves and production for crude oil, lease condensate, 
and natural gas by state and federal offshore regions. Information 
reported on Form EIA-64A is used to generate EIA's state-level and 
federal offshore estimates of dry natural gas reserves and production 
(natural gas that remains after natural gas liquids are extracted). EIA 
releases annual reserves and production estimates through its website. 
These data are also used in EIA reports concerning U.S. crude oil, 
natural gas, and natural gas liquids reserves, and are incorporated in 
a number of other reports and analyses such as EIA's Annual Energy 
Review, Annual Energy Outlook, Petroleum Supply Annual, and Natural Gas 
Annual.
    Congress and other federal agencies rely on the objective analysis, 
quality, reliability, and usefulness of EIA's crude oil and natural gas 
reserves estimates. These federal agencies include: The U.S. Department 
of Energy; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of Interior; 
Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury; and the 
Securities and Exchange Commission. Each federal agency uses EIA's 
estimates on proved reserves for their official use to meet their data 
needs. EIA's published estimates on proved reserves of domestic crude 
oil and natural gas are essential to the development, implementation, 
and evaluation of energy policy and legislation. There are no proposed 
changes to Forms EIA-23L and EIA-23S.
    (4a) Proposed Changes to Information Collection: EIA proposes to 
collect the following additional information on Form EIA-64A, Annual 
Report of the Origin of Natural Gas Liquids Production:
     Section 2. Add Item 2.1 to collect the total outlet volume 
of residue natural gas produced and add Item 2.3 to collect the volume 
of residue natural gas sent to a pipeline. Add Item 2.4: The amount of 
electricity consumed annually at the natural gas plant. The number of 
natural gas processing plants that are 100% electrically-powered is 
increasing. Federal air quality restrictions imposed on sources of 
combustion emissions is one reason for the increasing trend in using 
electricity as a power source rather than relying on natural gas as a 
fuel for processing and other plant operations.
     Section 3.0, Add Item 3.1C: The annual total of natural 
gas liquids (NGL) reported separately by components or products 
produced at the natural gas processing plant by Area of Origin in 
Section 3 of Form EIA-64A. Currently, only the total plant NGL volume 
shown on Line 4.8 is reported by Area of Origin.
     Delete the data element Gas Shrinkage Resulting from 
Natural Gas Liquids Extracted currently shown as Item 5.0 on Form EIA-
64A. Respondents currently report their estimate of the volumes of gas 
shrinkage in millions of cubic feet (MMCF) caused from the removal of 
natural gas liquids from the natural gas received at the plant. 
Respondents will no longer need to report this information. The 
shrinkage volumes for a respondent will be calculated by EIA using the 
component data reported in Section 3.
     The burden per response for Form EIA-64A changed from 6 
hours to 4 hours. Cognitive research showed that the weighted average 
time estimate to gather and report information on the proposed modified 
new Form EIA-64A was less than 3 hours. The majority of the information 
reported on this form is information that companies customarily track 
in the normal course of their business activities. Some companies may 
take longer than 3 hours to complete Form EIA-64A so EIA extended the 
burden per response estimate to 4 hours to account for some companies 
that may require additional time.
    The mode of reporting information will also change. Operators will 
be required to log in to the EIA Data xChange Portal to report their 
information and submit Form EIA-64A. By identifying and selecting each 
plant within the portal, respondent information will be populated 
automatically in order to reduce reporting burden.
    (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,644;
    (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 1,644;
    (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 29,252;
    (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: EIA 
estimates that there are no capital and start-up costs associated with 
this data collection. The information is maintained in the normal 
course of business. The cost of burden hours is estimated to be 
$2,214,084 (29,252 burden hours times $75.69 per hour). Therefore, 
other than the cost of burden hours, EIA estimates that there are no 
additional costs for generating, maintaining and providing the 
information.
    Comments are invited on these proposed changes and: (a) Whether the 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the 
information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the 
agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.

    Statutory Authority:  15 U.S.C. 772(b), 15 U.S.C. 790(a), and 
the DOE Organization Act of 1977, 42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.

    Issued in Washington, DC, August 6, 2018.
Nanda Srinivasan,
Director, Office of Survey Development and Statistical Integration, 
U.S. Energy Information Administration.
[FR Doc. 2018-17183 Filed 8-9-18; 8:45 am]
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