Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Temporary continuation of oil acquisition reports

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) will continue the monthly collection of data on the Forms EIA–182, ‘‘Domestic Crude Oil First Purchase Report,’’ and EIA–856, ‘‘Monthly Foreign Crude Oil Acquisition Report,’’ through the reporting of October 2006 data that is due to EIA by November 30, 2006.

Discontinuance of the collection of these forms was orginally slated for June 2006, and was discussed in this space in March 2006,

The kicker is that collection of these reports are mandated by Public Laws 93-275, and 95-91, but the EIA's reasoning for discontinuance is budgetary shortfalls. The discontinuance may be illegal. The EIA gives reference in the Federal Register to section 3507(h)(1) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 2005, 44 USC, Chapter 35, as legal authority to ignore the law and cease to collect this data. The data collected by these forms is too important, especially since Bush himself said in his SOTU speech we are "addicted to foreign oil", to allow the tenuous authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 2005, to be the basis by which the EIA decides it can eliminate the collection of this information.


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