DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
[Docket ID BSEE-2012-0010; OMB Number 1014-0007]
Information Collection Activities: Oil-Spill Response Requirements for Facilities Located Seaward of the Coast Line; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
* EmailNicole.Mason@bsee.gov, fax (703) 787-1546, or mail or hand-carry comments to: Department of the Interior; Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; Regulations and Standards Branch; Attention: Nicole Mason; 381 Elden Street, HE3313; Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817. Please reference 1014-0007 in your comment and include your name and return address.
Title:30 CFR 254, Oil-Spill Response Requirements for Facilities Located Seaward of the Coast Line.
OMB Control Number:1014-0007.
Abstract:The Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), requires that a spill-response plan be submitted for offshore facilities prior to February 18, 1993. The OPA specifies that after that date, an offshore facility may not handle, store, or transport oil unless a plan has been submitted. The authority and responsibility were delegated to BSEE by Executive Order 12777—Implementation of Section 311 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of October 18, 1972, as Amended, and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Regulations at 30 CFR 254 establish requirements for spill-response plans for oil-handlingfacilities seaward of the coast line, including associated pipelines. This request also covers the 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 30 CFR 254 to determine compliance with OPA by lessees/operators. Specifically, BSEE needs the information to:
• Determine that lessees/operators have an adequate plan and are sufficiently prepared to implement a quick and effective response to a discharge of oil from their facilities or operations.
• Review plans prepared under the regulations of a State and submitted to BSEE to satisfy the requirements in 30 CFR 254 to ensure that they meet minimum requirements of OPA.
• Verify that personnel involved in oil-spill response are properly trained and familiar with the requirements of the spill-response plans and to lead and witness spill-response exercises;
• Assess the sufficiency and availability of contractor equipment and materials;
• Verify that sufficient quantities of equipment are available and in working order;
• Oversee spill-response efforts and maintain official records of pollution events; and
• Assess the efforts of lessees/operators to prevent oil spills or prevent substantial threats of such discharges.
No confidential or proprietary information is collected in 30 CFR 254. Responses are mandatory.
Frequency:On occasion, monthly, annually, and biennially.
Description of Respondents:Potential respondents comprise Federal oil, gas, or sulphur lessees or operators of facilities located in both State and Federal waters seaward of the coast line and oil-spill response companies.
Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:The estimated annual hour burden for this information collection is a total of 60,198 hours. The following chart details the individual components and estimated hour burdens. In calculating the burdens, we assumed that respondents perform certain requirements in the normal course of their activities. We consider these to be usual and customary and took that into account in estimating the burden.
30 CFR 254and NTLs
1(a) thru (d);2(a); 3 thru 5;
7; 20 thru 29;
Submit spill response plan for OCS facilities and related documents
26 new plans
Request BSEE jurisdiction over facility landward of coast line (no recent request received)
Submit certification of capability to respond to worst case discharge or substantial threat of such
Submit revised spill response plan for OCS facilities at least every 2 years; notify BSEE of no change
177 revised plans
Request deadline extension for submission of revised plan
Appeal BSEE orders or decisions
Exempt under 5 CFR 1320.4(a)(2), (c)
Subpart C—Related Requirements for OCS Facilities
Make records of all OSRO-provided services, equipment, personnel available to BSEE
Conduct annual training; retain training records for 2 years
42(a) thru (e)
Conduct triennial response plan exercise; retain exercise records for 3 years
Inform BSEE of the date of any exercise (triennial)
Inspect response equipment monthly; retain inspection & maintenance records for 2 years
55 inspections x 12 months = 660
Notify NRC of all oil spills from owner/operator facility
Burden would be included in the NRC inventory
Notify BSEE of oil spills of one barrel or more from owner/operator facility; submit follow-up report; after catastrophic event may be requested to meet w/BSEE to discuss storm recovery strategies/pollution
61 notifications& reports
Notify BSEE & responsible party of oil spills from operations at another facility