Agency Information Collection Activities; Leasing of Minerals Other Than Oil, Gas, and Sulfur in the Outer Continental Shelf

CourtOcean Energy Management Bureau
Citation86 FR 15495
Publication Date23 Mar 2021
Record Number2021-05906
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 54 (Tuesday, March 23, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 54 (Tuesday, March 23, 2021)]
                [Pages 15495-15496]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2021-05906]
                Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
                [OMB Control Number 1010-0082; Docket ID: BOEM-2017-0016]
                Agency Information Collection Activities; Leasing of Minerals
                Other Than Oil, Gas, and Sulfur in the Outer Continental Shelf
                AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Interior.
                ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.
                SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the
                Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to renew an
                information collection request (ICR).
                DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before
                April 22, 2021.
                ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed
                information collection should be sent to the Office of Management and
                Budget's Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior within 30 days
                of publication of this notice at
                Find this information collection by selecting ``Currently under
                Review--Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.
                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 [email protected]. Please reference Office of Management and
                Budget (OMB) Control Number 1010-0082 in the subject line of your
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                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information
                about this ICR, contact Anna Atkinson by email at
                [email protected] or by telephone at 703-787-1025. You may view
                the ICR at
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction
                Act of 1995, BOEM provides the general public and other Federal
                agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and
                continuing collections of information. This helps BOEM assess the
                impact of the information collection requirements and minimize the
                public's reporting burden. It also helps the public understand BOEM's
                information collection requirements and provide the requested data in
                the desired format.
                 Title of Collection: 30 CFR part 581, Leasing of Minerals Other
                than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur in the Outer Continental Shelf.
                 Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (Act), as amended
                (43 U.S.C. 1334 and 43 U.S.C. 1337(k)), authorizes the Secretary of the
                Interior (Secretary) to administer leasing of the Outer Continental
                Shelf (OCS) and to prescribe such rules and regulations as may be
                necessary to carry out such authority. Additionally, the Act authorizes
                the Secretary to grant qualified persons, offering the highest cash
                bonuses on the basis of competitive bidding, leases in any area of the
                OCS for any mineral other than oil, gas, and sulfur upon such royalty,
                rental, and other terms and conditions as the Secretary may prescribe
                when offering the lease. This leasing applies to any area of the OCS
                not then under lease for such mineral resources. BOEM's regulations at
                30 CFR part 581 implement the Act's requirements.
                 There has been no leasing activity in the OCS for minerals other
                than oil, gas, or sulfur under these regulations for many years, so
                BOEM has not generally collected information under this part of its
                regulations. However, because 30 CFR part 581 contains information
                collections that are regulatory requirements and because there is no
                restriction on leasing for such minerals, the potential exists for
                information to be collected. Therefore, BOEM is requesting that OMB
                renew its previous approval for this information collection.
                 BOEM will use the information required by 30 CFR part 581 to
                determine if statutory requirements are met prior to the issuance of a
                lease. Specifically, BOEM will use the information to:
                 Evaluate the area and minerals for which a lease is being
                considered to assess the viability of offering leases for sale;
                 Request the adjacent State(s) to initiate the
                establishment of a joint task force to assess the proposed action;
                 Ensure excessive overriding royalty interests are not
                created in a lease that would put economic constraints on all parties
                 Document that a lease or any part thereof has been
                surrendered by the record title holder; and
                 Determine if activities on the proposed lease area(s) will
                have a significant impact on the environment.
                 OMB Control Number: 1010-0082.
                 Form Number: None.
                 Type of Review: Renewal of a currently approved collection.
                 Respondents/Affected Public: As there are no active respondents,
                BOEM estimates the potential annual number of respondents to be one.
                Potential respondents include OCS lease requestors, State governments,
                and OCS lessees.
                 Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 10 responses.
                 Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 984 hours.
                 Respondent's Obligation: Required to retain or obtain a benefit.
                 Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
                 Total Estimated Annual Non-hour Burden Cost: $29 non-hour cost
                burden. BOEM is decreasing the total non-hour cost burden from $50 to
                $29 to reflect the current filing application fee amount.
                 Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: BOEM estimates
                that the annual reporting burden for this collection is 984 hours,
                which would be the same as the currently OMB-approved burden hours.
                 A Federal Register notice with a 60-day public comment period
                soliciting comments on this proposed information collection request was
                published on November 19, 2020 (85 FR 73746). BOEM received one non-
                substantive comment from a private citizen during the 60-day comment
                period. As the comment was unrelated to the ICR, no changes were made
                based on this commenter's feedback.
                 BOEM is again soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is
                described above.
                 BOEM is especially interested in public comment addressing the
                following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper
                functions of BOEM; (2) what can BOEM do to ensure this information will
                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 minimizing the
                burden through the use of information technology?
                 Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of
                public record. BOEM will include or summarize each comment in its
                request to OMB for approval of this ICR. You should be aware that your
                entire comment--including your address, phone number, email address, or
                other personally identifying information--may be made publicly
                disclosed. In order to inform BOEM's decision on whether it can
                withhold from disclosure your personally identifiable information, you
                must identify any information contained in your comments that, if
                released, would clearly constitute an unwarranted invasion of your
                privacy, and briefly describe possible harmful consequences of
                disclosing that information, such as embarrassment, injury, or other
                harm. While you can ask BOEM in your comment to withhold your
                personally identifiable information from public disclosure, BOEM cannot
                guarantee that it will be able to do so.
                 BOEM protects proprietary information in accordance with the
                Freedom of Information Act (FOIA, 5 U.S.C. 552), and the Department of
                the Interior's FOIA implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2).
                 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.).
                Deanna Meyer-Pietruszka,
                Chief, Office of Policy, Regulation, and Analysis.
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