Pipeline Safety: Notice of Public Meeting on Pipeline Data, 61825-61826 [2012-24976]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 197 / Thursday, October 11, 2012 / Notices taken, are described in the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Federal Highway Administration project approved on March 28, 2012, the Finding of No Significant Impact Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions (FONSI) issued on September 14, 2012, on Proposed Highway in Illinois and in other documents in the FHWA administrative record. The EA, FONSI, AGENCY: Federal Highway and other documents in the FHWA Administration (FHWA), DOT. administrative record file are available ACTION: Notice of Limitation on Claims for Judicial Review of Actions by FHWA by contacting the FHWA or the Illinois Department of Transportation at the and other Federal Agencies. addresses provided above. The EA and SUMMARY: This notice announces actions FONSI and all other supporting taken by the FHWA and other Federal documentation can be viewed and agencies that are final within the downloaded from the project Web site at meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The www.willowroadfuture.org. actions relate to a proposed highway This notice applies to all Federal project, Willow Road (FAP 305) agency decisions as of the issuance date between Illinois Route 43 (Waukegan of this notice and all laws under which Road) and Interstate 94 (Edens such actions were taken, including but Expressway) in Cook County, Illinois. not limited to: Those actions grant licenses, permits, 1. General: National Environmental and approvals for the project. Policy Act (NEPA) [42 U.S.C. 4321– DATES: By this notice, the FHWA is 4351] Federal-Aid Highway Act [23 advising the public of final agency U.S.C. 109 and 23 U.S.C. 128]. actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). A 2. 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Stoner, replacing the bridge over the Middle Fork North Branch of the Chicago River. Division Administrator, Springfield, Illinois. The actions by the Federal agencies, and [FR Doc. 2012–24700 Filed 10–10–12; 8:45 am] the laws under which such actions were BILLING CODE 4910–RY–P pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:03 Oct 10, 2012 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61825 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket ID PHMSA–2012–0244] Pipeline Safety: Notice of Public Meeting on Pipeline Data Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: PHMSA and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR) are sponsoring this public meeting to discuss how pipeline data is currently used by stakeholders and identify potential improvements in pipeline safety performance measures. PHMSA pipeline safety regulations require integrity management program performance measures for gas distribution, gas transmission, and hazardous liquids pipelines. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of the Inspector General have recommended that PHMSA improve pipeline safety performance measures and generate meaningful metrics. This meeting provides an opportunity for pipeline safety stakeholders to suggest improvements to existing performance measures and new measures representing meaningful pipeline safety metrics. The meeting will include breakout sessions on voluntary reporting, data discrepancies, data collected but not needed, and performance measures. DATES: The public meeting on pipeline data will be held on Monday, October 29, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 30, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Name badge pickup and onsite registration will be available starting at 12:30 p.m. on October 29 and 7:30 a.m. on October 30. Registration: Please register at https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/ MtgHome.mtg?mtg=81. Please note that the meeting will be webcast, including the voluntary reporting breakout on October 30. The webcast link will be posted on the registration Web page prior to the event. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20001, phone: 888–421–1442. Please contact the Hyatt Regency before October 16, 2012, to reserve a room in the ‘‘US DOT’’ room block by phone or at https://resweb. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\11OCN1.SGM 11OCN1 61826 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 197 / Thursday, October 11, 2012 / Notices passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode= welcome_gi_new&groupID=16450837. Please contact the Hyatt Regency for information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance during these public meetings. The meeting room will be posted at the hotel on the days of the workshop. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Blaine Keener at 202–366–0970 or by email at blaine.keener@dot.gov. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PHMSA will be holding this public meeting to provide an open forum for exchanging information about how pipeline data is used by stakeholders and how performance measures could be improved. The NTSB and the DOT Office of the Inspector General have recommended that PHMSA improve pipeline safety performance measures and generate meaningful metrics. Various stakeholders, including Federal and state regulatory agencies, industry, advocacy groups and the media often use data collected by PHMSA and made publicly available to describe the reliability of the pipeline infrastructure, portray safety trends, or identify emerging safety concerns. Further, this data is often used as part of evaluating the safety performance of individual companies, the industry as a whole, and the effectiveness of the regulatory process. PHMSA regulations require integrity management program performance measures for gas distribution pipelines (49 CFR 192.1007(e)), gas transmission pipelines (49 CFR 192.945) and hazardous liquids pipelines (49 CFR 195.452(k)). The information exchanged at this public meeting will help inform PHMSA as rulemakings or information collections are considered to improve integrity management performance measures and establish new performance measures for aspects of pipeline safety other than integrity management programs. The keynote speaker will be NTSB member Mr. Mark Rosekind. Presenters will include PHMSA, NAPSR, the Pipeline Safety Trust, and representatives from the pipeline industry. As speakers are identified by name, the agenda on the registration Web page will be updated. PHMSA invites all stakeholders to actively participate in the meeting and specifically engage in thoughtful input and discussion during the topic specific breakout session. The overall objectives of the meeting are to: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:03 Oct 10, 2012 Jkt 229001 1. Determine how stakeholders, including PHMSA, industry, and the public use the data. 2. Determine how industry and PHMSA currently measure performance, how performance measures could be improved, and what additional data is needed to do so. 3. Determine the best method(s) for collecting, analyzing, and ensuring transparency of additional data needed to improve performance measures. 4. Summarize the data PHMSA currently collects, who we collect it from, and why we collect it. 5. Discuss data quality improvement including past efforts and future opportunities as well as universally understood definitions. PHMSA is preparing a document summarizing the pipeline data currently collected by PHMSA. This document will be available on the registration Web page by October 22, 2012. All presentations made during the meeting will be available on the registration Web page a few days after the meeting ends. Jeffrey D. Wiese, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. 2012–24976 Filed 10–10–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2012–0201] Pipeline Safety: Communication During Emergency Situations Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA); DOT. ACTION: Notice; Issuance of Advisory Bulletin. AGENCY: PHMSA is issuing this Advisory Bulletin to remind operators of gas, hazardous liquid, and liquefied natural gas pipeline facilities that operators should immediately and directly notify the Public Safety Access Point (PSAP) that serves the communities and jurisdictions in which those pipelines are located when there are indications of a pipeline facility emergency. Furthermore, operators should have the ability to immediately contact PSAP(s) along their pipeline routes if there is an indication of a pipeline facility emergency to determine if the PSAP has information which may help the operator confirm an emergency or to provide assistance and information to public safety personnel who may be responding to the event. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 John Gale by phone at 202–366–0434 or by email at john.gale@dot.gov. Information about PHMSA may be found at https:// phmsa.dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. Background Federal regulations for gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities require operators to have written procedures for responding to emergencies involving their pipeline facility. The regulations further require that operators include procedures for planning with and notifying local emergency response and other public officials to ensure a coordinated response. Under 49 CFR §§ 192.605, 192.615, 193.2509, and 195.402, pipeline facility operators must include provisions for coordinating with appropriate fire, law enforcement, emergency management, and other public safety officials in their emergency plans. Immediate contact by pipeline facility operators with local emergency responders located in potentially affected areas provides for appropriate, more coordinated and effective response to emergency situations involving pipelines, and can minimize potential injury, death and environmental damage. Under §§ 192.616 and 195.440, pipeline facility operators must also develop and implement, and sustain a written public education program that follows the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Recommended Practice (RP) 1162. Incorporated by reference into §§ 192.616 and 195.440, API RP 1162 further requires operators to provide notice of, and information regarding their emergency response plans to appropriate local emergency officials. These response plans should include information about how emergency officials can determine potential pipeline related risks, and implement appropriate response plans. In addition, on December 11, 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued safety recommendations following its investigation of the September 9, 2010, natural gas pipeline rupture in the city of San Bruno, CA. Included in these recommendations was NTSB Safety Recommendation P–11–9, which suggested that PHMSA require operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines ‘‘to ensure that their control room operators immediately and directly notify the 9–1–1 emergency call center(s) for the communities and jurisdiction in which those pipelines are located when a possible rupture of any pipeline is indicated.’’ Pipeline facility E:\FR\FM\11OCN1.SGM 11OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 197 (Thursday, October 11, 2012)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket ID PHMSA-2012-0244]


Pipeline Safety: Notice of Public Meeting on Pipeline Data

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: PHMSA and the National Association of Pipeline Safety 
Representatives (NAPSR) are sponsoring this public meeting to discuss 
how pipeline data is currently used by stakeholders and identify 
potential improvements in pipeline safety performance measures. PHMSA 
pipeline safety regulations require integrity management program 
performance measures for gas distribution, gas transmission, and 
hazardous liquids pipelines. The National Transportation Safety Board 
(NTSB) and the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of the 
Inspector General have recommended that PHMSA improve pipeline safety 
performance measures and generate meaningful metrics. This meeting 
provides an opportunity for pipeline safety stakeholders to suggest 
improvements to existing performance measures and new measures 
representing meaningful pipeline safety metrics. The meeting will 
include breakout sessions on voluntary reporting, data discrepancies, 
data collected but not needed, and performance measures.

DATES: The public meeting on pipeline data will be held on Monday, 
October 29, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 30, 
2012, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Name badge pickup and onsite registration 
will be available starting at 12:30 p.m. on October 29 and 7:30 a.m. on 
October 30.
    Registration: Please register at https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/MtgHome.mtg?mtg=81. Please note that the meeting will be 
webcast, including the voluntary reporting breakout on October 30. The 
webcast link will be posted on the registration Web page prior to the 
event.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency 
Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20001, phone: 888-421-1442. Please contact the Hyatt Regency before 
October 16, 2012, to reserve a room in the ``US DOT'' room block by 
phone or at https://resweb.

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passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome--gi--new&groupID=16450837. Please 
contact the Hyatt Regency for information on facilities or services for 
individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance during 
these public meetings. The meeting room will be posted at the hotel on 
the days of the workshop.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Blaine Keener at 202-366-0970 or by 
email at blaine.keener@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    PHMSA will be holding this public meeting to provide an open forum 
for exchanging information about how pipeline data is used by 
stakeholders and how performance measures could be improved. The NTSB 
and the DOT Office of the Inspector General have recommended that PHMSA 
improve pipeline safety performance measures and generate meaningful 
metrics. Various stakeholders, including Federal and state regulatory 
agencies, industry, advocacy groups and the media often use data 
collected by PHMSA and made publicly available to describe the 
reliability of the pipeline infrastructure, portray safety trends, or 
identify emerging safety concerns. Further, this data is often used as 
part of evaluating the safety performance of individual companies, the 
industry as a whole, and the effectiveness of the regulatory process.
    PHMSA regulations require integrity management program performance 
measures for gas distribution pipelines (49 CFR 192.1007(e)), gas 
transmission pipelines (49 CFR 192.945) and hazardous liquids pipelines 
(49 CFR 195.452(k)). The information exchanged at this public meeting 
will help inform PHMSA as rulemakings or information collections are 
considered to improve integrity management performance measures and 
establish new performance measures for aspects of pipeline safety other 
than integrity management programs.
    The keynote speaker will be NTSB member Mr. Mark Rosekind. 
Presenters will include PHMSA, NAPSR, the Pipeline Safety Trust, and 
representatives from the pipeline industry. As speakers are identified 
by name, the agenda on the registration Web page will be updated. PHMSA 
invites all stakeholders to actively participate in the meeting and 
specifically engage in thoughtful input and discussion during the topic 
specific breakout session.
    The overall objectives of the meeting are to:
    1. Determine how stakeholders, including PHMSA, industry, and the 
public use the data.
    2. Determine how industry and PHMSA currently measure performance, 
how performance measures could be improved, and what additional data is 
needed to do so.
    3. Determine the best method(s) for collecting, analyzing, and 
ensuring transparency of additional data needed to improve performance 
measures.
    4. Summarize the data PHMSA currently collects, who we collect it 
from, and why we collect it.
    5. Discuss data quality improvement including past efforts and 
future opportunities as well as universally understood definitions.
    PHMSA is preparing a document summarizing the pipeline data 
currently collected by PHMSA. This document will be available on the 
registration Web page by October 22, 2012. All presentations made 
during the meeting will be available on the registration Web page a few 
days after the meeting ends.

Jeffrey D. Wiese,
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
[FR Doc. 2012-24976 Filed 10-10-12; 8:45 am]
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