Federal Register: February 28, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 40)
DOCID: fr28fe08-47 FR Doc E8-3724
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Docket ID: [Docket No. IC08-588-000; FERC-588]
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Commision Information Collection Activities, Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension
DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by April 28, 2008.
In compliance with the requirements of section 3506(c)(2)(a) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 10413), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described below.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals,
DOCUMENT BODY 2:
February 21, 2008.
The information collected under the requirements of FERC588 ``Emergency Natural Gas Transportation, Sale and Exchange Transactions'' (OMB No. 19020144) is used by the Commission to implement the statutory provisions of Sections 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) (Pub. L. 75688) (15 U.S.C. 717717w) and provisions of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 (NGPA), 15 U.S.C. 33013432. Under the NGA, a natural gas company must obtain Commission approval to engage in the transportation, sale or exchange of natural gas in interstate commerce. However, Section 7(c) exempts from certificate requirements ``temporary acts or operations for which the issuance of a certificate will not be required in the public interest.'' The NGPA also provides for noncertificated interstate transactions involving intrastate pipelines and local distribution companies.
A temporary operation, or emergency, is defined as any situation in which an actual or expected shortage of gas supply would require an interstate pipeline company, intrastate pipeline, or local distribution company, or Hinshaw pipeline to curtail deliveries of gas or provide less than the projected level of service to the customer. The natural gas companies file the necessary information with the Commission so that it may determine if the transaction/operation qualifies for exemption. A report within fortyeight hours of the commencement of the transportation, sale or exchange, a request to extend the sixtyday term of the emergency transportation, if needed, and a termination report are required. The data required to be filed for the fortyeight hour report is specified by 18 CFR 284.270.
Action: The Commission is requesting a threeyear approval of the collection of data. This is a mandatory information collection requirement.
Burden Statement: Public reporting burden for this collection is estimated as follows:
Number of Number of Average burden respondents responses per hours per Total annual annually resondent respose burden hours (1) (2) (3) (1) x (2) x (3) 8 1 10 80
The estimated total cost to respondents is $4,123.00 (80 hours divided by 2,080 hours per employee per year times $126,384 per year average salary per employee = $4,861.00 (rounded)).
The reporting burden includes the total time, effort, or financial resources expended to generate, maintain, retain, disclose, or provide the information including: (1) Reviewing instructions; (2) developing, acquiring, installing, and utilizing technology and systems for the purposes of collecting, validating, verifying, processing, maintaining, disclosing and providing information; (3) adjusting the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable instructions and requirements; (4) training personnel to respond to a collection of information; (5) searching data sources; (6) completing and reviewing the collection of information; and (7) transmitting, or otherwise disclosing the information.
The estimate of cost for respondents is based upon salaries for professional and clerical support, as well as direct and indirect overhead costs. Direct costs include all costs directly attributable to providing this information, such as administrative costs and the cost for information technology. Indirect or overhead costs are costs incurred by an organization in support of its mission. These costs apply to activities which benefit the whole organization rather than any one particular function or activity.
Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of
information is 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 estimate of the burden of the
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the
methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be
collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology e.g. permitting electronic submission of responses.
Kimberly D. Bose,
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