2018-14046. Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; 30 CFR 580, Prospecting for Minerals Other Than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur on the Outer Continental Shelf and Authorizations ...  

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    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Interior.


    Notice of information collection; request for comment.


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


    Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before July 30, 2018.


    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 BOEM Information Collection Clearance Officer, Anna Atkinson, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, Virginia 20166; or by email to anna.atkinson@boem.gov. Please reference Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 1010-0072 in the subject line of your comments.

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    To request additional information about this ICR, contact Anna Atkinson by email, or by telephone at 703-787-1025. 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 (PRA), 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 April 6, 2018 (83 FR 14884). No comments were received.

    We are again 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. 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.Start Printed Page 30774

    Abstract: The information collection request concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 580, Prospecting for Minerals Other than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), as well as authorizations of noncommercial geological and geophysical (G&G) prospecting and scientific research activities issued pursuant to Section 11 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1340).

    The OCS Lands Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to prescribe rules and regulations to administer leasing of mineral resources on the OCS. Section 8(k)(1) of the OCS Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. 1337(k)(1), authorizes the Secretary “. . . to grant to the qualified persons offering the highest cash bonuses on a basis of competitive bidding leases of any mineral other than oil, gas, and sulphur in any area of the [O]uter Continental Shelf not then under lease for such mineral upon such royalty, rental, and other terms and conditions as the Secretary may prescribe at the time of offering the area for lease.”

    Section 11(a)(1) of the OCS Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. 1340(a)(1), 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 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.” Under 30 CFR part 580, G&G exploration to be performed by any person on unleased lands or lands under lease to a third party requires issuance of a BOEM permit or submission of a scientific research notice. Section 1340(g) further requires that permits for geologic exploration will only be issued if it is determined that the applicant for such permit is qualified; the exploration will not interfere with or endanger operations under any lease; and the exploration will not be unduly harmful to aquatic life, result in pollution, create hazardous or unsafe conditions, unreasonably interfere with other uses of the area, or disturb any site, structure, or object of historical or archaeological significance.

    Prospecting for marine minerals includes certain aspects of exploration as defined in the OCS Lands Act at 43 U.S.C. 1331(k). That section defines the term “exploration” to mean the process of searching for minerals, including conducting “geophysical surveys where magnetic, gravity, seismic, or other systems are used to detect or characterize the presence of such minerals. . . .”

    As a Federal agency, BOEM has a responsibility to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and Marine Mammal Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), among other environmental laws. Compliance with the Endangered Species Act includes a substantive duty to carry out any agency action in a manner that is not likely to jeopardize protected species or result in adverse modification of designated critical habitat, as well as a procedural duty to consult with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA Fisheries) before engaging in a discretionary action that may affect a protected species.

    Respondents are required to submit form BOEM-0134 to provide the information necessary to evaluate their request to conduct G&G prospecting, exploration or scientific research activities, and upon approval, respondents are issued a permit or authorization. BOEM uses the information to ensure there is no adverse effect to the marine, coastal, or human environment, nor personal harm, unsafe operations and conditions, or unreasonable interference with other uses; to analyze and evaluate preliminary or planned mining activities; to monitor progress of activities in the OCS; to acquire G&G data and information collected under a Federal permit offshore; and to determine eligibility for reimbursement from the Government for certain costs.

    BOEM uses the information collected to understand the G&G characteristics of marine mineral-bearing physiographic regions of the OCS. The information aids BOEM in analyzing and weighing the potential for environmental damage, the discovery of marine minerals, and any associated impacts on affected coastal States.

    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 the OMB Circular A-25 authorize Federal agencies to recover the full cost of services that confer special benefits. Accordingly, all G&G permits for commercial prospecting are subject to cost recovery, and BOEM regulations at 30 CFR 580.12 specify the service fees for these requests.

    BOEM protects 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 580.70, as well as applicable sections of 30 CFR parts 550 and 552.

    Title of Collection: 30 CFR 580, Prospecting for Minerals other than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur on the Outer Continental Shelf and Authorizations of Noncommercial Geological and Geophysical Activities.

    OMB Control Number: 1010-0072.

    Form Number: BOEM-0134, Requirements for Geological and Geophysical Prospecting, Exploration, or Scientific Research on the Outer Continental Shelf Related to Minerals Other than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur.

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Respondents/Affected Public: Permittees/respondents, including those required to only file notices (scientific research).

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 38.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 485 hours.

    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory or Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.

    Frequency of Collection: On occasion, annual, or as specified in permits.

    Total Estimated Annual Non-Hour Cost: $4,024.

    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: We expect the burden estimate for the renewal will be 485 hours, which is a decrease of 3 burden hours.

    In calculating the burden, requesting Governor(s) comments on activities pursuant to 30 CFR 580.31(b) and 30 CFR 580.73 does not constitute information collection under 5 CFR 1320.3(h)(4). These requests for comment are general solicitations of public comment, so BOEM has removed the burden hours associated with this burden.

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    Burden Table

    Citation 30 CFR part 580, as applicableReporting and recordkeeping requirementsHour burdenAverage number of annual responsesAnnual burden hours
    Non-hour cost burden 1
    Subpart B
    10; 11(a); 12; 13; Permit FormApply for permit or authorization (Form BOEM-0134) to conduct prospecting/exploration or G&G scientific research activities, including prospecting/scientific research plan and environmental assessment or required drilling plan. Provide notifications & additional information as required882 permit applications 2 applications for authorization176 176
    $2,012 permit application fee × 2 permits 2 = $4,024
    11(b); 12(c)File notice to conduct scientific research activities related to hard minerals, including notice to BOEM prior to beginning and after concluding activities83 notices24
    Subtotal7 Responses376
    $4,024 non-hour cost burden
    Subpart C
    21(a)Report to BOEM if hydrocarbon/other mineral occurrences are detected; if environmental hazards that imminently threaten life and property are detected; or adverse effects occur to the environment, aquatic life, archaeological resources or other uses of the area11 report1
    22Submit written request for approval to modify operations, with required information12 requests2
    23(b)Request reimbursement for food, quarters, and/or transportation expenses for BOEM inspection13 requests3
    24Submit status and final reports on specified schedule with daily log124 reports48
    28Request relinquishment of permit by certified or registered mail11 request 31
    31(b); 73(a)(b)Governor(s) of adjacent State(s) submit to BOEM: Comments on activities involving an environmental assessment; any agreement between Governor and Secretary upon Governor's request for proprietary data, information, and samples; and any disclosure agreementNot considered IC as defined in 5 CFR 1320.3(h)(4).0
    33, 34Appeal civil penalty; appeal order or decisionBurden exempt under 5 CFR 1320.4(a)(2); (c).0
    Subtotal11 Responses55
    Subpart D
    40; 41; 50; 51; Permit FormNotify BOEM and submit G&G data including analysis, processing or interpretation of information collected under a permit and/or processed by permittees or 3rd parties, including reports, logs or charts, results, analyses, descriptions, etc., as required83 submissions24
    42(b); 52(b)Advise 3rd party recipient in writing that it assumes obligations as condition precedent of sale—no submission to BOEM is required1/24 notices2
    42(c), (d); 52(c), (d)Written notification to BOEM of sale, trade, transfer or licensing of data and identify recipient11 notice1
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    60; 61Request reimbursement for costs of reproducing data/information & certain processing costs11 request 31
    70Enter disclosure agreement41 agreement4
    72(b)Submit comments on BOEM's intent to disclose data/information for reproduction, processing, and interpretation41 response4
    72(d)Independent contractor or agent prepares and signs written commitment not to sell, trade, license, or disclose data/information without BOEM approval42 submissions8
    Subtotal13 Responses44
    Part 580General departure and alternative compliance requests not specifically covered elsewhere in Part 580 regulations41 request4
    Permits 4Request extension of permit/authorization time period12 requests2
    Permits 4Retain G&G data/information for 10 years and make available to BOEM upon request14 respondents4
    Subtotal7 Responses10
    Total Burden38 Responses485
    $4,024 non-hour cost burdens
    1 Fees are subject to modification for inflation annually.
    2 Only permits, not authorizations, are subject to cost recovery.
    3 No requests received for many years. Minimal burden for regulatory (PRA) purposes only.
    4 These permits/authorizations are prepared by BOEM and sent to respondents; therefore, the forms themselves do not incur burden hours.

    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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    Dated: June 22, 2018.

    Deanna Meyer-Pietruszka,

    Chief, Office of Policy, Regulation and Analysis.

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    [FR Doc. 2018-14046 Filed 6-28-18; 8:45 am]


Document Information

Interior Department
Ocean Energy Management Bureau
Notice of information collection; request for comment.
Document Number:
Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before July 30, 2018.
30773-30776 (4 pages)
Docket Numbers:
MMAA104000, OMB Control Number 1010-0072, Docket ID: BOEM-2018-0016
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