Pipeline Safety: Public Meeting on Integrity Management of Gas Distribution Pipelines, 34123-34124 [2012-13991]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 111 / Friday, June 8, 2012 / Notices (FONSI), dated May 24, 2012. Supporting documentation: Supplemental Environmental Assessment, dated February 2012. Issued on: June 4, 2012. Lucy Garliauskas, Associate Administrator for Planning and Environment, Washington, DC. [FR Doc. 2012–13904 Filed 6–7–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket No. MARAD–2012–0063] Information Collection Available for Public Comments and Recommendations Notice and request for comments. ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD’s) intention to request extension of approval for three years of a currently approved information collection. DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before August 7, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis Brennan, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. 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Need and Use of the Information: The prescribed monthly report is necessary mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:23 Jun 07, 2012 Jkt 226001 for MARAD to fulfill its responsibilities under Public Resolution 17, to ensure compliance of ocean shipping requirements operating under Eximbank financing, and to ensure equitable distribution of shipments between U.S.flag and foreign ships. MARAD will use this information to report annually to Congress the total shipping activities during the calendar year. Description of Respondents: Shippers subject to Eximbank financing. Annual Responses: 336. Annual Burden: 168 hours. Comments: Comments should refer to the docket number that appears at the top of this document. Written comments may be submitted to the Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT Dockets, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Comments also may be submitted by electronic means via the Internet at www.regulations.gov. 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You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477–78) or you may visit https://regulations.gov. Authority: 49 CFR 1.66. By Order of the Maritime Administrator. Dated: June 1, 2012. Julie Agarwal, Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2012–13995 Filed 6–7–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P PO 00000 Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34123 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2012–0100] Pipeline Safety: Public Meeting on Integrity Management of Gas Distribution Pipelines Office of Pipeline Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR) are jointly sponsoring a public meeting on Implementing Integrity Management of Gas Distribution Pipelines. The meeting will be held on June 27, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. At the meeting, PHMSA/NAPSR will discuss observations from initial inspections of operators’ implementation of integrity management requirements for gas distribution pipelines and current regulatory topics affecting distribution pipeline operators. The meeting will also include panel and breakout session discussions involving gas distribution pipeline industry representatives on topics relating to their experiences implementing the distribution integrity management regulation. DATES: The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT. Name badge pickup and onsite registration will be available starting at 7:30 a.m. Refer to the meeting Web site for a more detailed agenda and times at https:// primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/ Home.mtg. Please note that the public meeting will be webcast and presentations will be available on the meeting Web site within 30 days following the public meeting. ADDRESSES: The meeting is open to all. There is no cost to attend. The meeting will be held at the OMNI Hotel, 1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102– 6556. Hotel reservations under the ‘‘U.S. DOT DIMP’’ room block for the nights of June 26–27, 2012, can be made at 1–800–843–6664. A daily rate of $139.00 is available. Information about the meeting room will be posted at the hotel on the day of the public meeting. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Mclaren, Office of Pipeline Safety at 281–216–4455 or email at chris.mclaren@dot.gov, regarding the subject matter of this notice. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1 34124 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 111 / Friday, June 8, 2012 / Notices A final rule establishing requirements for assuring the continued integrity of gas distribution pipelines (DIMP) was published on December 4, 2009, (74 FR 63906). The rule required that operators of gas distribution pipelines develop and implement integrity management plans for their pipeline systems by August 2, 2011. PHMSA and states have conducted a number of inspections of gas distribution pipeline operator integrity management programs. Many more inspections will follow. This public meeting is intended to allow PHMSA, NAPSR, and industry representatives to share observations resulting from these initial inspections. The public meeting is designed to enhance pipeline safety through improved integrity management of natural gas distribution pipeline systems and will consist of presentations and panel discussions provided by a variety of stakeholders. Panel participants will represent industry, PHMSA, and NAPSR. Panels will present information on PHMSA and NAPSR’s expectations of implemented distribution integrity management programs (DIMP) and observations from DIMP Inspections conducted by PHMSA and NAPSR. PHMSA and NAPSR will promote compliance with regulations by providing an overview of the rule, including expectations of regulatory definitions (such as identification of threats, methodologies for segmentation of assets for evaluation of risk, risk ranking, measures designed to reduce risk, and measuring and monitoring performance) and discussing methodologies that industry is employing to meet the requirements of the rule. Inspection findings from DIMP inspections conducted by PHMSA and state programs and issue areas and areas of concern will be discussed. Participants of the public meeting will benefit from (1) hearing their peers explain methods of implementation for certain provisions of the rule and associated questions experienced during program development and implementation; (2) listening to PHMSA, NAPSR, and industry experience on implementing the specific elements of the rule; (3) discussing rule compliance concerns; developing a clearer understanding of the DIMP rule provisions, and (4) participating in the development of additional guidance if deemed necessary through stakeholder feedback. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1 Aff’d sub nom. CSX Transp., Inc. v. STB, 568 F.3d 236 (DC Cir. 2009), and vacated in part on VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:23 Jun 07, 2012 Jkt 226001 Interested persons may obtain more information on DIMP by accessing the DIMP Web site through the PHMSA Pipeline Safety Community page at https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline by selecting ‘‘Integrity Management Program (IMP)’’ and then ‘‘Integrity Management—Distribution.’’ Preliminary Agenda • Discuss Implementation of the DIMP Regulation and Regulatory Developments affecting Distribution Operators. • Regulators’ (NAPSR and PHMSA) Perspective on Implementation of the DIMP Regulation. • Breakout Sessions to discuss various topics regarding the implementation of distribution IM Programs and meeting the requirements of the DIMP rule. • Presentations from representatives of the breakout sessions, NAPSR, and industry. Issued in Washington, DC, on June 5, 2012. Jeffrey D Wiese, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. 2012–13991 Filed 6–7–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. EP 682 (Sub-No. 3)] 2011 Tax Information for Use in the Revenue Shortfall Allocation Method AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT. ACTION: Notice. The Board is publishing, and providing the public an opportunity to comment on, the 2011 weighted average state tax rates for each Class I railroad, as calculated by the Association of American Railroads (AAR), for use in the Revenue Shortfall Allocation Method (RSAM). DATES: Comments are due by July 9, 2012. If any comment opposing AAR’s calculation is filed, AAR’s reply will be due by July 30, 2012. If no comments are filed by the due date, AAR’s calculation of the 2011 weighted average state tax rates will be automatically adopted by the Board, effective July 10, 2012. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted either via the Board’s e-filing format or in traditional paper format. SUMMARY: Any person using e-filing should attach a document and otherwise comply with the instructions at the E-FILING link on the Board’s Web site at https:// www.stb.dot.gov. Any person submitting a filing in the traditional paper format should send an original and 10 copies referring to Docket No. EP 682 (Sub-No. 3) to: Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathon Binet, (202) 245–0368. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877–8339. The RSAM figure is one of three benchmarks that together are used to determine the reasonableness of a challenged rate under the Board’s Simplified Standards for Rail Rate Cases, EP 646 (Sub-No. 1) (STB served Sept. 5, 2007),1 as further revised in Simplified Standards for Rail Rate Cases–Taxes in Revenue Shortfall Allocation Method, EP 646 (Sub-No. 2) (STB served Nov. 21, 2008). RSAM is intended to measure the average markup that the railroad would need to collect from all of its ‘‘potentially captive traffic’’ (traffic with a revenue-tovariable-cost ratio above 180%) to earn adequate revenues as measured by the Board under 49 U.S.C. 10704(a)(2) (i.e., earn a return on investment equal to the railroad industry cost of capital). Simplified Standards–Taxes in RSAM, slip op. at 1. In Simplified Standards– Taxes in RSAM, slip op. at 3, 5, the Board modified its RSAM formula to account for taxes, as the prior formula mistakenly compared pre-tax and aftertax revenues. In that decision, the Board stated that it would institute a separate proceeding in which Class I railroads would be required to submit the annual tax information necessary for the Board’s annual RSAM calculation. Id. at 5–6. In Annual Submission of Tax Information for Use in the Revenue Shortfall Allocation Method, EP 682 (STB served Feb. 26, 2010), the Board adopted rules to require AAR—a national trade association—to annually calculate and submit to the Board the weighted average state tax rate for each Class I railroad. See 49 CFR 1135.2(a). On May 30, 2012, AAR filed its calculation of the weighted average state tax rates for 2011, listed below for each Class I railroad: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: reh’g, CSX Transp., Inc. v. STB, 584 F.3d 1076 (DC Cir. 2009). PO 00000 Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 111 (Friday, June 8, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 34123-34124]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13991]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA-2012-0100]


Pipeline Safety: Public Meeting on Integrity Management of Gas 
Distribution Pipelines

AGENCY: Office of Pipeline Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials 
Safety Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice; public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 
(PHMSA) and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives 
(NAPSR) are jointly sponsoring a public meeting on Implementing 
Integrity Management of Gas Distribution Pipelines. The meeting will be 
held on June 27, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. At the meeting, PHMSA/
NAPSR will discuss observations from initial inspections of operators' 
implementation of integrity management requirements for gas 
distribution pipelines and current regulatory topics affecting 
distribution pipeline operators. The meeting will also include panel 
and breakout session discussions involving gas distribution pipeline 
industry representatives on topics relating to their experiences 
implementing the distribution integrity management regulation.

DATES: The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT. Name badge pickup and onsite registration 
will be available starting at 7:30 a.m. Refer to the meeting Web site 
for a more detailed agenda and times at https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/Home.mtg. Please note that the public meeting will be webcast 
and presentations will be available on the meeting Web site within 30 
days following the public meeting.

ADDRESSES: The meeting is open to all. There is no cost to attend. The 
meeting will be held at the OMNI Hotel, 1300 Houston Street, Fort 
Worth, TX 76102-6556. Hotel reservations under the ``U.S. DOT DIMP'' 
room block for the nights of June 26-27, 2012, can be made at 1-800-
843-6664. A daily rate of $139.00 is available. Information about the 
meeting room will be posted at the hotel on the day of the public 
meeting.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Mclaren, Office of Pipeline 
Safety at 281-216-4455 or email at chris.mclaren@dot.gov, regarding the 
subject matter of this notice.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A final rule establishing requirements for 
assuring the continued integrity of gas distribution pipelines (DIMP) 
was published on December 4, 2009, (74 FR 63906). The rule required 
that operators of gas distribution pipelines develop and implement 
integrity management plans for their pipeline systems by August 2, 
2011. PHMSA and states have conducted a number of inspections of gas 
distribution pipeline operator integrity management programs. Many more 
inspections will follow. This public meeting is intended to allow 
PHMSA, NAPSR, and industry representatives to share observations 
resulting from these initial inspections.
    The public meeting is designed to enhance pipeline safety through 
improved integrity management of natural gas distribution pipeline 
systems and will consist of presentations and panel discussions 
provided by a variety of stakeholders. Panel participants will 
represent industry, PHMSA, and NAPSR. Panels will present information 
on PHMSA and NAPSR's expectations of implemented distribution integrity 
management programs (DIMP) and observations from DIMP Inspections 
conducted by PHMSA and NAPSR. PHMSA and NAPSR will promote compliance 
with regulations by providing an overview of the rule, including 
expectations of regulatory definitions (such as identification of 
threats, methodologies for segmentation of assets for evaluation of 
risk, risk ranking, measures designed to reduce risk, and measuring and 
monitoring performance) and discussing methodologies that industry is 
employing to meet the requirements of the rule. Inspection findings 
from DIMP inspections conducted by PHMSA and state programs and issue 
areas and areas of concern will be discussed.
    Participants of the public meeting will benefit from (1) hearing 
their peers explain methods of implementation for certain provisions of 
the rule and associated questions experienced during program 
development and implementation; (2) listening to PHMSA, NAPSR, and 
industry experience on implementing the specific elements of the rule; 
(3) discussing rule compliance concerns; developing a clearer 
understanding of the DIMP rule provisions, and (4) participating in the 
development of additional guidance if deemed necessary through 
stakeholder feedback.
    Interested persons may obtain more information on DIMP by accessing 
the DIMP Web site through the PHMSA Pipeline Safety Community page at 
https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline by selecting ``Integrity Management 
Program (IMP)'' and then ``Integrity Management--Distribution.''

Preliminary Agenda

     Discuss Implementation of the DIMP Regulation and 
Regulatory Developments affecting Distribution Operators.
     Regulators' (NAPSR and PHMSA) Perspective on 
Implementation of the DIMP Regulation.
     Breakout Sessions to discuss various topics regarding the 
implementation of distribution IM Programs and meeting the requirements 
of the DIMP rule.
     Presentations from representatives of the breakout 
sessions, NAPSR, and industry.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on June 5, 2012.
Jeffrey D Wiese,
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
[FR Doc. 2012-13991 Filed 6-7-12; 8:45 am]
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