Pipeline Safety: Pipeline Integrity Management in High Consequence Areas for Hazardous Liquid Operators, 20800 [05-8007]

Download as PDF 20800 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 76 / Thursday, April 21, 2005 / Notices review its overall project design package prior to and during the construction of this pipeline. The design package must include TPI’s methodology to validate the calibration of the in-line inspection (ILI) tool that TPI intends to use when performing an inspection of its austenitic stainless steel pipeline. The design package must also include a description of the ILI tool. The ILI tool must be capable of detecting anomalies including—but not limited to— mechanical damage and pipe deformation; and • TPI must exceed the tensile testing requirements of Appendix B to Part 192, Qualification of Pipe, Section II (D) Tensile Properties—which requires one test per 10 lengths of pipe—and perform one tensile test per five lengths of pipe for both the plate and the welded joint per the tensile testing required under ASTM A 358 (Section 12). reservations. The deadline for reserving sleeping room accommodations is April 18, 2005. Further information is available on the PHMSA Web site at https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/ Mtg30.mtg. The Web site provides links to other useful information, such as the meeting agenda, and enables viewers to submit questions to OPS regarding the workshop. This meeting is open to all interested parties. To facilitate meeting planning, advance registration for attending the workshop is strongly recommended. Advanced registration can be accomplished at the PHMSA web site. The deadline for advanced registration is Friday, May 13, 2005. Walk-in registration will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Callsen (tel. 202–366–4572; E-mail: beth.callsen@dot.gov). Authority: 49 U.S.C. 60118(c) and 49 CFR 1.53. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Issued in Washington, DC on April 15, 2005. Theodore L. Willke, Deputy Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. 05–8011 Filed 4–20–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA—05–20922] Pipeline Safety: Pipeline Integrity Management in High Consequence Areas for Hazardous Liquid Operators Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice; hazardous liquid integrity management lessons learned meeting. AGENCY: OPS will sponsor a 11⁄2 day workshop to review the initial Integrity Management (IM) inspections of hazardous liquid pipeline operators. Workshop topics will cover the lessons learned, accomplishments, and future expectations for such programs from both the OPS and industry perspectives. DATES: Tuesday, May 17, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, May 18, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ADDRESSES: The Westin Oaks, 5011 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77056; (713) 960–8100. For discounted rates, please refer to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)—Liquid IM Meeting guest room block when making SUMMARY: VerDate jul<14>2003 14:55 Apr 20, 2005 Jkt 205001 1. Background In 2000, OPS issued the first in a series of rules to improve safety and environmental protection in High Consequence Areas (HCAs). The first IM rule (65 FR 75378; November 3, 2000; effective May 29, 2001) applies to hazardous liquid operators who own or operate 500 or more miles of pipeline. Subsequently, the rule was extended to include operators who own or operate less than 500 miles of hazardous liquid pipeline, (67 FR 2136; January 26, 2002; effective February 15, 2002). The IM rule applies to pipelines that can affect HCAs. HCAs include populated areas, unusually sensitive environmental areas, and commercially navigable waterways. The objectives of the rule are to: • Accelerate the assessment of pipeline segments that can affect HCAs. Assessment includes in-line inspection, hydrostatic pressure testing, or other equivalent methods. • Improve operator management systems to identify and prevent potential integrity threats. • Improve government’s role in the oversight of operator integrity management programs. • Improve public confidence in safe pipeline operation. The rule also addresses several National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations, Congressional mandates, and pipeline safety issues raised over the years. More information about the rule can be found at https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/iim. Beginning September 2002, OPS began full IM Program inspections of hazardous liquid pipeline operators. In PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2004, OPS inspected over 100 hazardous liquid pipeline operators with pipeline lengths ranging from a few miles to more than 10,000 miles. These pipelines comprise more than 99% of the nation’s hazardous liquid pipeline mileage. Through these inspections and the resulting enforcement actions, OPS has assured that operators are conducting integrity assessments of their pipelines, are repairing defects that could undermine safe operation, and are putting in place the management systems and tools to improve identification and remediation of potential unsafe conditions. These interactions with operators have provided OPS a thorough understanding of operator IM programs, and have significantly improved OPS’s understanding of the physical condition of the nation’s pipelines. During this meeting, OPS will share the results and lessons learned from these inspections, and will describe how these lessons will be applied in planning and conducting future IM inspections. OPS will also cover the modifications it has made to the inspection protocols as a result of these initial inspections. Industry representatives will present their perspectives on the IM inspections, summarize their IM program accomplishments, and present their perspectives on future challenges. Issued in Washington, DC, on April 12, 2005. Theodore L. Willke, Deputy Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. 05–8007 Filed 4–20–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. RSPA–04–19856] Pipeline Safety: Drug and Alcohol Testing Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of intent to issue an Advisory Bulletin; request for public comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice advises operators of gas, hazardous liquid and carbon dioxide pipelines and liquefied natural gas facilities that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Office of E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 76 (Thursday, April 21, 2005)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-8007]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA--05-20922]


Pipeline Safety: Pipeline Integrity Management in High 
Consequence Areas for Hazardous Liquid Operators

AGENCY: Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS), Pipeline and Hazardous 
Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice; hazardous liquid integrity management lessons learned 
meeting.

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SUMMARY: OPS will sponsor a 1\1/2\ day workshop to review the initial 
Integrity Management (IM) inspections of hazardous liquid pipeline 
operators. Workshop topics will cover the lessons learned, 
accomplishments, and future expectations for such programs from both 
the OPS and industry perspectives.

DATES: Tuesday, May 17, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, 
May 18, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The Westin Oaks, 5011 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77056; 
(713) 960-8100. For discounted rates, please refer to the U.S. 
Department of Transportation (USDOT)--Liquid IM Meeting guest room 
block when making reservations. The deadline for reserving sleeping 
room accommodations is April 18, 2005. Further information is available 
on the PHMSA Web site at https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/
Mtg30.mtg. The Web site provides links to other useful information, 
such as the meeting agenda, and enables viewers to submit questions to 
OPS regarding the workshop.
    This meeting is open to all interested parties. To facilitate 
meeting planning, advance registration for attending the workshop is 
strongly recommended. Advanced registration can be accomplished at the 
PHMSA web site. The deadline for advanced registration is Friday, May 
13, 2005. Walk-in registration will be accommodated on a first-come, 
first-served basis.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Callsen (tel. 202-366-4572; E-
mail: beth.callsen@dot.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

1. Background

    In 2000, OPS issued the first in a series of rules to improve 
safety and environmental protection in High Consequence Areas (HCAs). 
The first IM rule (65 FR 75378; November 3, 2000; effective May 29, 
2001) applies to hazardous liquid operators who own or operate 500 or 
more miles of pipeline. Subsequently, the rule was extended to include 
operators who own or operate less than 500 miles of hazardous liquid 
pipeline, (67 FR 2136; January 26, 2002; effective February 15, 2002).
    The IM rule applies to pipelines that can affect HCAs. HCAs include 
populated areas, unusually sensitive environmental areas, and 
commercially navigable waterways. The objectives of the rule are to:
     Accelerate the assessment of pipeline segments that can 
affect HCAs. Assessment includes in-line inspection, hydrostatic 
pressure testing, or other equivalent methods.
     Improve operator management systems to identify and 
prevent potential integrity threats.
     Improve government's role in the oversight of operator 
integrity management programs.
     Improve public confidence in safe pipeline operation.
    The rule also addresses several National Transportation Safety 
Board (NTSB) recommendations, Congressional mandates, and pipeline 
safety issues raised over the years. More information about the rule 
can be found at https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/iim.
    Beginning September 2002, OPS began full IM Program inspections of 
hazardous liquid pipeline operators. In 2004, OPS inspected over 100 
hazardous liquid pipeline operators with pipeline lengths ranging from 
a few miles to more than 10,000 miles. These pipelines comprise more 
than 99% of the nation's hazardous liquid pipeline mileage.
    Through these inspections and the resulting enforcement actions, 
OPS has assured that operators are conducting integrity assessments of 
their pipelines, are repairing defects that could undermine safe 
operation, and are putting in place the management systems and tools to 
improve identification and remediation of potential unsafe conditions. 
These interactions with operators have provided OPS a thorough 
understanding of operator IM programs, and have significantly improved 
OPS's understanding of the physical condition of the nation's 
pipelines.
    During this meeting, OPS will share the results and lessons learned 
from these inspections, and will describe how these lessons will be 
applied in planning and conducting future IM inspections. OPS will also 
cover the modifications it has made to the inspection protocols as a 
result of these initial inspections. Industry representatives will 
present their perspectives on the IM inspections, summarize their IM 
program accomplishments, and present their perspectives on future 
challenges.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on April 12, 2005.
Theodore L. Willke,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
[FR Doc. 05-8007 Filed 4-20-05; 8:45 am]
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