[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 119 (Monday, June 22, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35642-35644]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-15233]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC15-3-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities, (FERC-567 and FERC-
587), Comment Request

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Energy.

ACTION: Comment request.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D), the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting these information 
collections [FERC-567 (Gas Pipeline Certificates: Annual Reports of 
System Flow Diagrams and System Capacity) and FERC-587 (Land 
Description (Public Land States/Non-Public Land States [Rectangular or 
Non-Rectangular Survey System Lands in Public Land States])] to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review of the information 
collection requirements. Any interested person may file comments 
directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the 
Commission as explained below. The Commission previously issued a 
Notice in the Federal Register (80 FR 19308, 4/10/2015) requesting 
public comments. The Commission received no comments on neither the 
FERC-567 nor FERC-587 and is making this notation in its submittal to 
OMB.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by July 22, 
2015.

ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 
1902-0005 (FERC-567) and 1902-0145 (FERC-587) should be sent via email 
to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: 
[email protected]. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be reached via 
telephone at 202-395-4718.
    A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in 
Docket No. IC15-3-000, by either of the following methods:
     eFiling at Commission's Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp.
     Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426.
    Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in 
accordance with submission guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov/help/submission-guide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support 
by email at [email protected], or by phone at: (866) 208-3676 
(toll-free), or (202) 502-8659 for TTY.
    Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of 
activity in this docket or in viewing/downloading comments and 
issuances in this docket may do so at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/docs-filing.asp.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at 
[email protected], by telephone at (202) 502-8663, and by fax at 
(202) 273-0873.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the information collection 
requirements for all collections described below with no changes to the 
current reporting requirements. Please note that each collection is 
distinct from the next.
    Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collections of 
information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions 
of the Commission, including whether the information will have 
practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimates of the 
burden and cost of the collections of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility and clarity of the information collections; and 
(4) ways to minimize the burden of the collections of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.

FERC-567, [Gas Pipeline Certificates: Annual Reports of System Flow 
Diagrams and System Capacity]

    OMB Control No.: 1902-0005.
    Abstract: The Commission uses the information from the FERC-567 to 
obtain accurate data on pipeline facilities and the peak capacity of 
these facilities. Additionally, the Commission validates the need for 
new facilities proposed by pipelines in certificate applications. By 
modeling an applicant's pipeline system, Commission staff utilizes the 
FERC-567

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data to determine configuration and location of installed pipeline 
facilities; verify and determine the receipt and delivery points 
between shippers, producers and pipeline companies; determine the 
location of receipt and delivery points and emergency interconnections 
on a pipeline system; determine the location of pipeline segments, 
laterals and compressor stations on a pipeline system; verify pipeline 
segment lengths and pipeline diameters; justify the maximum allowable 
operating pressures and suction and discharge pressures at compressor 
stations; verify the installed horsepower and volumes compressed at 
each compressor station; determine the existing shippers and producers 
currently using each pipeline company; verify peak capacity on the 
system; and develop and evaluate alternatives to the proposed 
facilities as a means to mitigate environmental impact of new pipeline 
construction.
    18 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 260.8(a) requires each major 
natural gas pipeline with a system delivery capacity exceeding 100,000 
Mcf \1\ per day to submit by June 1 of each year, diagrams reflecting 
operating conditions on the pipeline's main transmission system during 
the previous 12 months ended December 31. These physical/engineering 
data are not included as part of any other data collection requirement.
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    \1\ ``Mcf'' is an abbreviation denoting a thousand cubic feet of 
natural gas.
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    Type of Respondent: Applicants proposing hydropower projects on (or 
changes to existing projects located within) lands owned by the United 
States.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden for the information collection as:

                             FERC-567--Gas Pipeline Certificates: Annual Reports of System Flow Diagrams and System Capacity
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                                                                                                          Average burden   Total annual
                                                             Number of     Annual number   Total number   hours and cost   burden hours      Cost per
                                                            respondents    of responses    of responses    per response      and total    respondent ($)
                                                                          per respondent                        \2\         annual cost
                                                                     (1)             (2)     (1)*(2)=(3)             (4)     (3)*(4)=(5)         (5)/(1)
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FERC-567 Applicants.....................................              93               1              93               3             279            $216
                                                                                                                    $216         $20,088
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FERC-587, [Land Description (Public Land States/Non-Public Land States 
[Rectangular or Non-Rectangular Survey System Lands in Public Land 
States])]

    OMB Control No.: 1902-0145.
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    \2\ The estimates for cost per response are derived using the 
following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $72 per Hour 
= Average Cost per Response. The hourly cost figure comes from the 
FERC average salary. Subject matter experts found that industry 
employment costs closely resemble FERC's regarding the FERC-567 
information collection.
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    Abstract: The Commission requires the FERC-587 information 
collection to satisfy the requirements of section 24 of the Federal 
Power Act (FPA). The Federal Power Act grants the Commission authority 
to issue licenses for the development and improvement of navigation and 
for the development, transmission, and utilization of power across, 
along, from or in any of the steams or other bodies of water over which 
Congress has jurisdiction.\3\ The Electric Consumers Protection Act 
(ECPA) amends the FPA to allow the Commission the responsibility of 
issuing licenses for nonfederal hydroelectric plants.\4\ section 24 of 
the FPA requires that applicants proposing hydropower projects on (or 
changes to existing projects located within) lands owned by the United 
States to provide a description of the applicable U.S. land. 
Additionally, the FPA requires the notification of the Commission and 
Secretary of the Interior of the hydropower proposal. FERC-587 
consolidates the information required and identifies hydropower project 
boundary maps associated with the applicable U.S. land.
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    \3\ 16 U.S.C. Section 797d (2010)
    \4\ Public Law 99-495, 100 Stat. 1243 (1996)
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    The information consolidated by the Form No. 587 verifies the 
accuracy of the information provided for the FERC-587 to the Bureau of 
Land Management (BLM) and the Department of the Interior (DOI). 
Moreover, this information ensures that U.S. lands can be reserved as 
hydropower sites and withdrawn from other uses.
    Type of Respondent: Applicants proposing hydropower projects on (or 
changes to existing projects located within) lands owned by the United 
States.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden for the information collection as:

    FERC-587--Land Description (Public Land States/Non-Public Land States [Rectangular or Non-Rectangular Survey System Lands in Public Land States])
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                                                                                                          Average burden   Total annual
                                                             Number of     Annual number   Total number   hours and cost   burden hours      Cost per
                                                            respondents    of responses    of responses    per response      and total    respondent ($)
                                                                          per respondent                        \2\         annual cost
                                                                     (1)             (2)     (1)*(2)=(3)             (4)     (3)*(4)=(5)         (5)/(1)
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Hydropower Project Applicants...........................             137               1             137               1             137             $72
                                                                                                                     $72          $9,864
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    Dated: June 16, 2015.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2015-15233 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am]
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