Pipeline Safety: Potential for Damage to Pipeline Facilities Caused by the Passage of Hurricanes, 36042-36044 [2015-15401]

Download as PDF 36042 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 120 / Tuesday, June 23, 2015 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Linda Williams, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W23–453, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202– 366–0903, Email Linda.Williams@ dot.gov. As described by the applicant the intended service of the vessel Paradigm Shift is: Intended Commercial Use of Vessel: ‘‘Private Crewed Charter’’ Geographic Region: ‘‘Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida’’ The complete application is given in DOT docket MARAD–2015–0078 at https://www.regulations.gov. Interested parties may comment on the effect this action may have on U.S. vessel builders or businesses in the U.S. that use U.S.flag vessels. If MARAD determines, in accordance with 46 U.S.C. 12121 and MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR part 388, that the issuance of the waiver will have an unduly adverse effect on a U.S.vessel builder or a business that uses U.S.-flag vessels in that business, a waiver will not be granted. Comments should refer to the docket number of this notice and the vessel name in order for MARAD to properly consider the comments. Comments should also state the commenter’s interest in the waiver application, and address the waiver criteria given in § 388.4 of MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR part 388. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Privacy Act Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). 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). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES By Order of the Maritime Administrator. Dated: June 15, 2015. Thomas M. Hudson, Jr., Acting Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2015–15439 Filed 6–22–15; 08:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:39 Jun 22, 2015 Jkt 235001 Maritime Administration [Docket No. MARAD–2015 0079] Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws: Vessel SIREN; Invitation for Public Comments Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: As authorized by 46 U.S.C. 12121, the Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.-build requirement of the coastwise laws under certain circumstances. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. DATES: Submit comments on or before July 23, 2015. ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to docket number MARAD–2015–0079. Written comments may be submitted by hand or by mail to the Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. You may also send comments electronically via the Internet at https://www.regulations.gov. All comments will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection and copying at the above address between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An electronic version of this document and all documents entered into this docket is available on the World Wide Web at https:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Linda Williams, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W23–453, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202– 366–0903, Email Linda.Williams@ dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As described by the applicant the intended service of the vessel SIREN is: Intended Commercial Use of Vessel: ‘‘This boat is to be used as a camera boat for use in documentary film and feature film production as well as six passenger Whale watching.’’ Geographic Region: ‘‘California’’ The complete application is given in DOT docket MARAD–2015–0079 at https://www.regulations.gov. Interested parties may comment on the effect this SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 action may have on U.S. vessel builders or businesses in the U.S. that use U.S.flag vessels. If MARAD determines, in accordance with 46 U.S.C. 12121 and MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR part 388, that the issuance of the waiver will have an unduly adverse effect on a U.S.vessel builder or a business that uses U.S.-flag vessels in that business, a waiver will not be granted. Comments should refer to the docket number of this notice and the vessel name in order for MARAD to properly consider the comments. Comments should also state the commenter’s interest in the waiver application, and address the waiver criteria given in § 388.4 of MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR part 388. Privacy Act Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). 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). By Order of the Maritime Administrator Dated: June 15, 2015. Thomas M. Hudson, Jr., Acting Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2015–15420 Filed 6–22–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2015–0140] Pipeline Safety: Potential for Damage to Pipeline Facilities Caused by the Passage of Hurricanes Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice; Issuance of Advisory Bulletin. AGENCY: PHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to remind owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines of the potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by the passage of hurricanes. ADDRESSES: This document can be viewed on the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) home page at: https://ops.dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pipeline operators regulated by PHMSA should contact the appropriate PHMSA Regional Office. PHMSA’s Regional SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 120 / Tuesday, June 23, 2015 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Offices and their contact information are as follows: • Eastern Region: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia, call 609–989–2171. • Southern Region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and Tennessee, call 404–832–1140. • Central Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, call 816– 329–3800. • Southwest Region: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, call 713–272–2859. • Western Region: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, call 720– 963–3160. Intrastate pipeline operators should contact the appropriate State pipeline safety authority. A list of State pipeline safety authorities is provided at: https://www.napsr.org/managers/napsr_ state_program_managers2.htm. For general information about this notice, contact David Lehman, Director for Emergency Support and Security, 202–366–4439 or by email at PHMSA.OPA90@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The purpose of this advisory bulletin is to remind owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines, particularly those with facilities located in offshore and inland areas, about the serious safety-related issues that can result from the passage of hurricanes. Potential damage can occur to offshore platforms and pipelines, onshore pumping stations, compressor stations, and terminals. Operators have a general obligation to identify any conditions that can adversely affect the operation of their pipelines and to take appropriate corrective measures upon discovering such conditions. Specifically, § 192.613 of the gas pipeline safety regulations states that ‘‘[e]ach operator shall have a procedure for continuing surveillance of its facilities to determine and take appropriate action concerning . . . unusual operating and maintenance conditions,’’ and ‘‘[i]f a segment of pipeline is determined to be in unsatisfactory condition but no immediate hazard exists, the operator shall initiate a program to recondition or phase out the segment involved, or, if VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:39 Jun 22, 2015 Jkt 235001 the segment cannot be reconditioned or phased out, reduce the maximum allowable operating pressure in accordance with § 192.619(a) and (b).’’ Section 195.401(b)(1) of the hazardous liquid pipeline safety regulations states that ‘‘[w]henever an operator discovers any condition that could adversely affect the safe operation of its pipeline system, it must correct the condition within a reasonable time. However, if the condition is of such a nature that it presents an immediate hazard to persons or property, the operator may not operate the affected part of the system until it has corrected the unsafe condition.’’ Section 195.401(b)(2) further states that ‘‘[w]hen an operator discovers a condition on a pipeline covered under [the integrity management requirements in] § 195.452, the operator must correct the condition as prescribed in § 195.452(h).’’ Operators of shallow-water gas and hazardous liquid pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico and its inlets have a specific obligation to ‘‘prepare and follow a procedure to identify [their] pipelines . . . that are at risk of being an exposed underwater pipeline or a hazard to navigation . . . [and to] conduct appropriate underwater inspections . . . [of those pipelines] based on the identified risk[;]’’ and upon discovering that ‘‘its pipeline is an exposed underwater pipeline or poses a hazard to navigation,’’ to promptly report the location of that pipeline to the National Response Center, to mark its location, and to ensure its reburial within a specified time. 49 CFR 192.612, 195.413. Hurricanes can adversely affect the operation of a pipeline and require corrective action under §§ 192.613 and 195.401. Hurricanes also increase the risk of underwater pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico and its inlets becoming exposed or constituting a hazard to navigation under §§ 192.612 and 195.413. The concentration of U.S. oil and gas production, processing, and transportation facilities in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore Gulf Coast means that a significant percentage of domestic oil and gas production and processing is prone to disruption by hurricanes. In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused significant damage to the oil and gas production structures. The onshore damage caused a significant impact in the ability of the oil and gas industry to respond due to the lack of resources, personnel, and infrastructure, as well as significant damage to onshore processing facilities and power supplies. There were significant competing resource needs with the impacts caused by the devastation of PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36043 New Orleans and western Louisiana/ eastern Texas shore communities that normally provide the services and supplies for the industry. II. Advisory Bulletin (ADB–2015–02) To: Owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipeline systems. Subject: Potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by hurricanes. Advisory: All owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines are reminded that pipeline safety problems can occur from the passage of hurricanes. Pipeline operators are urged to take the following actions to ensure pipeline safety: 1. Identify persons who normally engage in shallow-water commercial fishing, shrimping, and other marine vessel operations and caution them that underwater offshore pipelines may be exposed or constitute a hazard to navigation. Marine vessels operating in water depths comparable to a vessel’s draft or when operating bottom dragging equipment can be damaged and their crews endangered by an encounter with an underwater pipeline. 2. Identify and caution marine vessel operators in offshore shipping lanes and other offshore areas that deploying fishing nets or anchors and conducting dredging operations may damage underwater pipelines, their vessels, and endanger their crews. 3. After a disruption, operators need to bring offshore and inland transmission facilities back online, check for structural damage to piping, valves, emergency shutdown systems, risers and supporting systems. Aerial inspections of pipeline routes should be conducted to check for leaks in the transmission systems. In areas where floating and jack-up rigs have moved and their path could have been over the pipelines, review possible routes and check for sub-sea pipeline damage where required. 4. Operators should take action to minimize and mitigate damages caused by flooding to gas distribution systems, including the prevention of overpressure of low pressure and high pressure distribution systems. PHMSA would appreciate receiving information about any damage to pipeline facilities caused by hurricanes. The Federal pipeline safety regulations require that operators report certain incidents and accidents to PHMSA by specific methods. Damage not reported by these methods may be reported to David Lehman, Director for Emergency Support and Security, 202–366–4439 or by email at PHMSA.OPA90@dot.gov. Chapter 601; 49 CFR 1.97. E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1 36044 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 120 / Tuesday, June 23, 2015 / Notices Issued in Washington, DC, on June 18, 2015. Jeffrey D. Wiese, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. 2015–15401 Filed 6–22–15; 08:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. EP 290 (Sub-No. 5) (2015–3)] Quarterly Rail Cost Adjustment Factor AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT. ACTION: Approval of rail cost adjustment factor. The Board approves the third quarter 2015 Rail Cost Adjustment Factor (RCAF) and cost index filed by the Association of American Railroads. The third quarter 2015 RCAF (Unadjusted) is 0.829. The third quarter 2015 RCAF (Adjusted) is 0.354. The third quarter 2015 RCAF–5 is 0.334. DATES: Effective Date: July 1, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pedro Ramirez, (202) 245–0333. Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: (800) 877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Additional information is contained in the Board’s decision, which is available on our Web site, https://www.stb.dot.gov. Copies of the decision may be purchased by contacting the Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at (202) 245– 0238. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through FIRS at (800) 877–8339. This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or energy conservation. SUMMARY: By the Board, Acting Chairman Miller and Vice Chairman Begeman. Decided: June 17, 2015. Kenyatta Clay, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2015–15356 Filed 6–22–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program; Notice of Funding Availability VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:39 Jun 22, 2015 Jkt 235001 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of 1-year renewal funding in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the 21 currently operational FY 2014 VA Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Special Need Grant Recipients and their collaborative VA Special Need partners (as applicable) to make re-applications for assistance under the Special Need Grant Component of VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program. The focus of this NOFA is to encourage applicants to continue to deliver services to the homeless Special Need Veteran population as outlined in their current Special Need application. This NOFA contains information concerning the program, application process, and amount of funding available. SUMMARY: An original signed and dated request for re-application letter, on agency letterhead, for assistance under the VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program and associated documents, must be received by the GPD Program Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 (see application requirements below). Applications may not be sent by facsimile. In the interest of fairness to all competing applicants, this deadline is firm as to date and time, and VA will treat any application that is received after the deadline as ineligible for consideration. Applicants should make early submission of their materials to avoid any risk of loss of eligibility as a result of unanticipated delays or other delivery-related problems. DATES: An original signed, dated, completed, and collated grant reapplication letter and all required associated documents must be submitted to the following address: VA Homeless Providers GPD Program Office, 10770 N. 46th Street, Suite C– 200, Tampa, Florida 33617. Applications must be received by the application deadline. Applications must arrive as a complete package. Materials arriving separately will not be included in the application package for consideration and may result in the application being rejected or not funded. ADDRESSES: Mr. Jeffery L. Quarles, Director, VA Homeless Providers GPD Program, Department of Veterans Affairs, 10770 N. 46th Street, Suite C–200, Tampa, FL 33617; (toll-free) 1–(877) 332–0334. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Veterans Health Administration, VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program, Department of Veterans Affairs. AGENCY: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). ACTION: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Funding Opportunity Description This NOFA announces the availability of FY 2015 funds to renew assistance provided under VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program for the 21 FY 2014 operational GPD Special Need recipients and their collaborative VA partners (as applicable). Eligible applicants may obtain grant assistance to cover additional operational costs that would not otherwise be incurred but for the fact that the recipient is providing supportive housing beds and services for the following special needs homeless Veteran populations: (1) Women; (2) Frail elderly; (3) Terminally ill; (4) Chronically mentally ill; or (5) Individuals who have care of minor dependents. Definitions of these populations are contained in 38 CFR 61.1 Definitions. Eligible applicants should review these definitions to ensure their proposed populations meet the specific requirements. VA is pleased to issue this NOFA for the Homeless Providers GPD Program as a part of the effort to end homelessness among our Nation’s Veterans. 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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 120 (Tuesday, June 23, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36042-36044]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-15401]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA-2015-0140]


Pipeline Safety: Potential for Damage to Pipeline Facilities 
Caused by the Passage of Hurricanes

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

ACTION: Notice; Issuance of Advisory Bulletin.

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SUMMARY: PHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to remind owners and 
operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines of the potential for 
damage to pipeline facilities caused by the passage of hurricanes.

ADDRESSES: This document can be viewed on the Office of Pipeline Safety 
(OPS) home page at: https://ops.dot.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pipeline operators regulated by PHMSA 
should contact the appropriate PHMSA Regional Office. PHMSA's Regional

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Offices and their contact information are as follows:
     Eastern Region: Connecticut, Delaware, District of 
Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, 
New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West 
Virginia, call 609-989-2171.
     Southern Region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, 
Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and 
Tennessee, call 404-832-1140.
     Central Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, 
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and 
Wisconsin, call 816-329-3800.
     Southwest Region: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, 
Oklahoma, and Texas, call 713-272-2859.
     Western Region: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, 
Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, 
call 720-963-3160.
    Intrastate pipeline operators should contact the appropriate State 
pipeline safety authority. A list of State pipeline safety authorities 
is provided at: https://www.napsr.org/managers/napsr_state_program_managers2.htm.
    For general information about this notice, contact David Lehman, 
Director for Emergency Support and Security, 202-366-4439 or by email 
at PHMSA.OPA90@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The purpose of this advisory bulletin is to remind owners and 
operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines, particularly those 
with facilities located in offshore and inland areas, about the serious 
safety-related issues that can result from the passage of hurricanes. 
Potential damage can occur to offshore platforms and pipelines, onshore 
pumping stations, compressor stations, and terminals.
    Operators have a general obligation to identify any conditions that 
can adversely affect the operation of their pipelines and to take 
appropriate corrective measures upon discovering such conditions. 
Specifically, Sec.  192.613 of the gas pipeline safety regulations 
states that ``[e]ach operator shall have a procedure for continuing 
surveillance of its facilities to determine and take appropriate action 
concerning . . . unusual operating and maintenance conditions,'' and 
``[i]f a segment of pipeline is determined to be in unsatisfactory 
condition but no immediate hazard exists, the operator shall initiate a 
program to recondition or phase out the segment involved, or, if the 
segment cannot be reconditioned or phased out, reduce the maximum 
allowable operating pressure in accordance with Sec.  192.619(a) and 
(b).'' Section 195.401(b)(1) of the hazardous liquid pipeline safety 
regulations states that ``[w]henever an operator discovers any 
condition that could adversely affect the safe operation of its 
pipeline system, it must correct the condition within a reasonable 
time. However, if the condition is of such a nature that it presents an 
immediate hazard to persons or property, the operator may not operate 
the affected part of the system until it has corrected the unsafe 
condition.'' Section 195.401(b)(2) further states that ``[w]hen an 
operator discovers a condition on a pipeline covered under [the 
integrity management requirements in] Sec.  195.452, the operator must 
correct the condition as prescribed in Sec.  195.452(h).''
    Operators of shallow-water gas and hazardous liquid pipelines in 
the Gulf of Mexico and its inlets have a specific obligation to 
``prepare and follow a procedure to identify [their] pipelines . . . 
that are at risk of being an exposed underwater pipeline or a hazard to 
navigation . . . [and to] conduct appropriate underwater inspections . 
. . [of those pipelines] based on the identified risk[;]'' and upon 
discovering that ``its pipeline is an exposed underwater pipeline or 
poses a hazard to navigation,'' to promptly report the location of that 
pipeline to the National Response Center, to mark its location, and to 
ensure its reburial within a specified time. 49 CFR 192.612, 195.413.
    Hurricanes can adversely affect the operation of a pipeline and 
require corrective action under Sec. Sec.  192.613 and 195.401. 
Hurricanes also increase the risk of underwater pipelines in the Gulf 
of Mexico and its inlets becoming exposed or constituting a hazard to 
navigation under Sec. Sec.  192.612 and 195.413. The concentration of 
U.S. oil and gas production, processing, and transportation facilities 
in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore Gulf Coast means that a significant 
percentage of domestic oil and gas production and processing is prone 
to disruption by hurricanes.
    In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused significant damage to 
the oil and gas production structures. The onshore damage caused a 
significant impact in the ability of the oil and gas industry to 
respond due to the lack of resources, personnel, and infrastructure, as 
well as significant damage to onshore processing facilities and power 
supplies. There were significant competing resource needs with the 
impacts caused by the devastation of New Orleans and western Louisiana/
eastern Texas shore communities that normally provide the services and 
supplies for the industry.

II. Advisory Bulletin (ADB-2015-02)

    To: Owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipeline 
systems.
    Subject: Potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by 
hurricanes.
    Advisory: All owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid 
pipelines are reminded that pipeline safety problems can occur from the 
passage of hurricanes. Pipeline operators are urged to take the 
following actions to ensure pipeline safety:
    1. Identify persons who normally engage in shallow-water commercial 
fishing, shrimping, and other marine vessel operations and caution them 
that underwater offshore pipelines may be exposed or constitute a 
hazard to navigation. Marine vessels operating in water depths 
comparable to a vessel's draft or when operating bottom dragging 
equipment can be damaged and their crews endangered by an encounter 
with an underwater pipeline.
    2. Identify and caution marine vessel operators in offshore 
shipping lanes and other offshore areas that deploying fishing nets or 
anchors and conducting dredging operations may damage underwater 
pipelines, their vessels, and endanger their crews.
    3. After a disruption, operators need to bring offshore and inland 
transmission facilities back online, check for structural damage to 
piping, valves, emergency shutdown systems, risers and supporting 
systems. Aerial inspections of pipeline routes should be conducted to 
check for leaks in the transmission systems. In areas where floating 
and jack-up rigs have moved and their path could have been over the 
pipelines, review possible routes and check for sub-sea pipeline damage 
where required.
    4. Operators should take action to minimize and mitigate damages 
caused by flooding to gas distribution systems, including the 
prevention of overpressure of low pressure and high pressure 
distribution systems.
    PHMSA would appreciate receiving information about any damage to 
pipeline facilities caused by hurricanes. The Federal pipeline safety 
regulations require that operators report certain incidents and 
accidents to PHMSA by specific methods. Damage not reported by these 
methods may be reported to David Lehman, Director for Emergency Support 
and Security, 202-366-4439 or by email at PHMSA.OPA90@dot.gov.
    Chapter 601; 49 CFR 1.97.


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    Issued in Washington, DC, on June 18, 2015.
Jeffrey D. Wiese,
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
[FR Doc. 2015-15401 Filed 6-22-15; 08:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-60-P