2019-27547. Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Sulphur Operations  

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    Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Interior.


    Notice of information collection; request for comment.


    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes to renew an information collection.


    Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before January 21, 2020.


    Send written comments on this information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget's Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior by email at OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov; or via facsimile to (202) 395-5806. Please provide a copy of your comments to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; Regulations and Standards Branch; ATTN: Nicole Mason; 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166; or by email to kye.mason@bsee.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1014-0006 in the subject line of your comments.

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    To request additional information about this ICR, contact Nicole Mason by email at kye.mason@bsee.gov, or by telephone at (703) 787-1607. You may also view the ICR at http://www.reginfo.gov/​public/​do/​PRAMain.

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    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, 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.

    A Federal Register notice with a 60-day public comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on July 23, 2019 (84 FR 35419). No comments were received.

    We are again soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comments addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of BSEE; (2) Will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) Is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) How might BSEE enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) How might BSEE 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. 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.

    Abstract: The regulations at 30 CFR part 250, subpart P, concern the regulatory requirements for Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and are the subject of this collection. This request also covers any related Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs) that BSEE issues to clarify, supplement, or provide additional guidance on some aspects of our regulations.

    The BSEE uses the information collected under the Subpart P regulations to ensure that operations on the OCS are carried out in a safe and pollution-free manner, do not interfere with the rights of other users on the OCS, and balance the protection and development of OCS resources. Specifically, we use the information collected to:

    • Ascertain that a discovered sulphur deposit can be classified as capable of production in paying quantities.
    • ensure accurate and complete measurement of production to determine the amount of sulphur royalty payments due the United States; and that the sale locations are secure, production has been measured accurately, and appropriate follow-up actions are initiated.
    • ensure the adequacy and safety of firefighting systems; the drilling unit is fit for the intended purpose; and the adequacy of casing for anticipated conditions.
    • review drilling, well-completion, well-workover diagrams and procedures, as well as production operation procedures to ensure the safety of the proposed sulphur drilling, well-completion, well-workover and proposed production operations.
    • monitor environmental data during sulphur operations in offshore areas where such data are not already available to provide a valuable source of information to evaluate the performance of drilling rigs under various weather and ocean conditions. This information is necessary to make reasonable determinations regarding safety of operations and environmental protection.

    Title of Collection: 30 CFR part 250, subpart P, Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the OCS—Sulphur Operations.

    OMB Control Number: 1014-0006.

    Form Number: None.

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    Respondents/Affected Public: Potential respondents comprise Federal OCS oil, gas, and sulphur lessees/operators and holders of pipeline rights-of-way.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: Not all potential respondents will submit information in any given year and some may submit multiple times.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 510.

    Estimated Completion Time per Response: Varies from 15 minutes to 12 hours, depending on activity.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 897.

    Respondent's Obligation: Most responses are mandatory, while others are required to obtain or retain benefits.

    Frequency of Collection: On occasion and varies by section.

    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).

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    Amy White,

    Acting Chief, Regulations and Standards Branch.

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    [FR Doc. 2019-27547 Filed 12-19-19; 8:45 am]


Document Information

Interior Department
Safety and Environmental Enforcement Bureau
Notice of information collection; request for comment.
Document Number:
Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before January 21, 2020.
70209-70210 (2 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Docket ID BSEE-2019-0005, 201E1700D2 ET1SF0000.EAQ000 EEEE500000, OMB Control Number 1014-0006
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