Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities, Revision to OPID Assignment Request and National Registry Notification, 39508-39509 [2018-17052]

Download as PDF 39508 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 154 / Thursday, August 9, 2018 / Notices used the CY 2017 UNGS annual report data to develop the UNGS user fee rate structure for FY 2018. If Congress appropriates UNGS funds for FY 2019, PHMSA plans to use the CY 2017 UNGS annual report data to develop the UNGS user fee rate structure for FY 2019. Specifically, PHMSA will use the number of injection/withdraw wells (section C7) and monitoring/observation wells (section C8) in the rate structure. For the FY 2020 user fee rate structure, PHMSA would use the CY 2018 UNGS annual report data. For FY 2018, Congress has appropriated $8 million to the Underground Natural Gas Storage Facility Safety Account in the Pipeline Safety Fund. PHMSA has used the following steps to develop the user fee rate structure. PHMSA summed the number of wells from sections C7 and C8 of the annual report for each operator. Once PHMSA determined the number of wells for all UNGS operators, each operator was parsed into one of 10 tiers, based on an ordinal ranking of its well counts compared to other UNGS operators. The operators with the lowest well-count values were placed in tier 1, with the highest operator well-count values in tier 10. The minimum and maximum well counts for each tier were then selected so that an equal number of operators were placed in each tier. This tiered fee structure is designed to place a larger share of the user fee on operators with higher well counts. Using CY 2017 UNGS annual report data as of May 9, 2018, the following table shows the tier boundaries and user fee for each operator in the tier. When the tier boundary spans two tiers, PHMSA randomly selected operators for the lower tier. For example, four wells is the boundary between Tiers 1 and 2. Seven operators have four wells, but only two operators were randomly selected and placed in Tier 1. The remaining five operators with four wells were placed in Tier 2. Tier Amount (% of total) Tier boundaries 1 ......................... 2 ......................... 3 ......................... 4 ......................... 5 ......................... 6 ......................... 7 ......................... 8 ......................... 9 ......................... 10 ....................... $160,000 (2%) .............................................. $320,000 (4%) .............................................. $400,000 (5%) .............................................. $480,000 (6%) .............................................. $640,000 (8%) .............................................. $800,000 (10%) ............................................ $960,000 (12%) ............................................ $1,040,000 (13%) ......................................... $1,200,000 (15%) ......................................... $2,000,000 (25%) ......................................... 4 wells or less .............................................. 4 to 7 wells ................................................... 7 to 12 wells ................................................. 13 to 19 wells ............................................... 19 to 27 wells ............................................... 28 to 45 wells ............................................... 46 to 68 wells ............................................... 69 to 100 wells ............................................. 101 to 377 wells ........................................... 378 wells or more ......................................... In summary, PHMSA has used UNGS annual report data about the number of wells in the FY 2018 user fee rate structure for the Pipeline Safety Fund’s Underground Natural Gas Storage Facility Safety Account. In future years, the final tier boundaries and user fee per operator may differ slightly from those listed above based on the annual report data at the time the rate structure is established. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 3, 2018, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.97. Alan K. Mayberry, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. 2018–17053 Filed 8–8–18; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES [Docket No. PHMSA–2018–0078] Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities, Revision to OPID Assignment Request and National Registry Notification Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:11 Aug 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 9, 2018. DATES: Comments may be submitted in the following ways: E-Gov Website: http:// www.regulations.gov. This site allows the public to enter comments on any Federal Register notice issued by any agency. Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Hand Delivery: Room W12–140 on the ground level of DOT, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. ADDRESSES: BILLING CODE 4910–60–P AGENCY: PHMSA is preparing to request Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the revision of the Operator Assignment Request (PHMSA F 1000.1) and National Registry Notification (PHMSA F 1000.2) currently approved under OMB control number 2137–0627. PHMSA proposes revising certain parts of the forms and instructions. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA invites comments on the proposed revisions. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Number of operators 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 User fee per operator $12,308 24,615 30,769 36,923 49,231 61,538 73,846 86,667 100,000 166,667 Instructions: Identify the docket number, PHMSA–2018–0078, at the beginning of your comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. You should know that anyone can 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.). Therefore, you may want to review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000, (65 FR 19476) or visit http:// www.regulations.gov before submitting any such comments. Docket: For access to the docket or to read background documents or comments, go to http:// www.regulations.gov at any time or to Room W12–140 on the ground level of DOT, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt of your written comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with the following statement: Comments on: PHMSA– 2018–0078.’’ The docket clerk will date stamp the postcard prior to returning it E:\FR\FM\09AUN1.SGM 09AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 154 / Thursday, August 9, 2018 / Notices to you via the U.S. mail. Please note that due to delays in the delivery of U.S. mail to Federal offices in Washington, DC, we recommend that persons consider an alternative method (internet, fax, or professional delivery service) of submitting comments to the docket and ensuring their timely receipt at DOT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela Dow by telephone at 202–366– 1246, by fax at 202–366–4566, or by mail at DOT, PHMSA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, PHP–30, Washington, DC 20590–0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background Section 1320.8(d), Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, requires PHMSA to provide interested members of the public and affected agencies an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping requests. This notice identifies an information collection revision request PHMSA will be submitting to OMB for approval. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES B. OPID Assignment Request PHMSA intends to revise the OPID Assignment Request (PHMSA F 1000.1) form and its instructions. PHMSA proposes adding ‘‘Underground Natural Gas Storage’’ as an additional facility type in step 2 of the form. During fiscal year 2018, PHMSA began partnering with state agencies to inspect and enforce PHMSA regulations for underground natural gas storage facilities. Adding ‘‘Underground Natural Gas Storage’’ as an additional facility type is essential for routing the request to the proper state agency. PHMSA proposes collecting the state and number of miles when a request includes liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) facilities serving fewer than 100 customers from a single source. Collecting the state for LPG facilities is crucial to determining which PHMSA region or state agency should receive the request. There are eight safety programs in step 3 of the request, but only three apply to underground natural gas storage facilities. PHMSA proposes modifying step 3 to indicate the safety programs required for underground natural gas storage facilities. PHMSA proposes modifying the instructions to explain PHMSA’s past actions for small LPG and master meter operators and future expectations for these operators. Adding this information to the instructions would provide clarity for operators and state agencies inspecting the operators. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:11 Aug 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 C. National Registry Notification PHMSA intends to revise the National Registry Notification form (PHMSA F 1000.2) and its instructions. PHMSA proposes changing the name of the form from ‘‘Operator Registry Notification’’ to ‘‘National Registry Notification’’ to match the wording of the PHMSA regulations requiring the notifications. PHMSA proposes adding ‘‘Underground Natural Gas Storage’’ as an additional facility type in steps 1 and 3 of the form. During fiscal year 2018, PHMSA began partnering with additional state agencies to inspect and enforce PHMSA regulations for underground natural gas storage facilities. Adding ‘‘Underground Natural Gas Storage’’ as an additional facility type is essential for routing the notification to the proper state agency. There are eight safety programs in a type C notification, but only three apply to underground natural gas storage facilities. PHMSA proposes modifying the type C portion of the form to indicate the safety programs required for underground natural gas storage facilities. Operators report various types of construction projects to PHMSA in type F notifications. PHMSA proposes adding a single-select field to describe the main purpose of the construction project. The type J notification section assumes that all LNG construction builds new facilities. PHMSA proposes modifying the type J section to recognize that a notification may be submitted for rehabilitation or replacement of LNG facilities. In step 3 of the form, PHMSA collects data about the location of the facilities covered by the notification. When the notification covers onshore gas gathering, gas transmission, or hazardous liquid pipelines, step 3 data includes the county(ies) for the pipelines. PHMSA uses this county data to associate the notification to a specific portion of the operator’s pipeline system. When the notification covers onshore gas gathering, gas transmission, hazardous liquid facilities, or offshore pipelines or facilities, county data is not collected. PHMSA proposes modifying the form to collect county data for onshore gas gathering, gas transmission, and hazardous liquid facilities, and offshore pipelines and facilities. This change would allow PHMSA to associate each notification to a specific portion of the operator’s pipeline system. D. Summary of Impacted Collections The following information is provided below for the impacted information PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 39509 collection: (1) Title of the information collection; (2) OMB control number; (3) Current expiration date; (4) Type of request; (5) Abstract of the information collection activity; (6) Description of affected public; (7) Estimate of total annual reporting and recordkeeping burden; and (8) Frequency of collection. PHMSA requests comments on the following information collection: Title: National Registry of Pipeline and Liquefied Natural Gas Operators. OMB Control Number: 2137–0627. Current Expiration Date: 7/31/2020. Type of Request: Revision. Abstract: The National Registry of Pipeline and LNG Operators serves as the storehouse for the reporting requirements for an operator regulated or subject to reporting requirements under 49 CFR part 192, 193, or 195. This registry incorporates the use of two forms: (1) OPID Assignment Request (PHMSA F 1000.1) and (2) National Registry Notification (PHMSA F 1000.2). The burden estimate for this information collection is increasing by 10 responses and 10 burden hours to account for PHMSA F 1000.2 Part F notifications. Affected Public: Operators of Pipeline Facilities. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Total Annual Responses: 689. Total Annual Burden Hours: 689. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. Comments are invited on: (a) The need for the proposed collection of information, including whether the information will have practical utility in helping the agency to achieve its pipeline safety goals; (b) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48. Issued in Washington, DC on August 3, 2018, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.97. Alan K. Mayberry, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. 2018–17052 Filed 8–8–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P E:\FR\FM\09AUN1.SGM 09AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 154 (Thursday, August 9, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39508-39509]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-17052]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA-2018-0078]


Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities, Revision to 
OPID Assignment Request and National Registry Notification

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

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: PHMSA is preparing to request Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) approval for the revision of the Operator Assignment Request 
(PHMSA F 1000.1) and National Registry Notification (PHMSA F 1000.2) 
currently approved under OMB control number 2137-0627. PHMSA proposes 
revising certain parts of the forms and instructions. In accordance 
with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA invites comments on the 
proposed revisions.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
October 9, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted in the following ways:
    E-Gov Website: http://www.regulations.gov. This site allows the 
public to enter comments on any Federal Register notice issued by any 
agency.
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation 
(DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Room W12-140, 
Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery: Room W12-140 on the ground level of DOT, West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. 
and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: Identify the docket number, PHMSA-2018-0078, at the 
beginning of your comments. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information provided. You should know that anyone can 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.). Therefore, you may want to review DOT's complete Privacy 
Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000, (65 
FR 19476) or visit http://www.regulations.gov before submitting any 
such comments.
    Docket: For access to the docket or to read background documents or 
comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or to Room W12-
140 on the ground level of DOT, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE, Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays. If you wish to receive confirmation of 
receipt of your written comments, please include a self-addressed, 
stamped postcard with the following statement: Comments on: PHMSA-2018-
0078.'' The docket clerk will date stamp the postcard prior to 
returning it

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to you via the U.S. mail. Please note that due to delays in the 
delivery of U.S. mail to Federal offices in Washington, DC, we 
recommend that persons consider an alternative method (internet, fax, 
or professional delivery service) of submitting comments to the docket 
and ensuring their timely receipt at DOT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela Dow by telephone at 202-366-
1246, by fax at 202-366-4566, or by mail at DOT, PHMSA, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE, PHP-30, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

A. Background

    Section 1320.8(d), Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, requires 
PHMSA to provide interested members of the public and affected agencies 
an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping 
requests. This notice identifies an information collection revision 
request PHMSA will be submitting to OMB for approval.

B. OPID Assignment Request

    PHMSA intends to revise the OPID Assignment Request (PHMSA F 
1000.1) form and its instructions. PHMSA proposes adding ``Underground 
Natural Gas Storage'' as an additional facility type in step 2 of the 
form. During fiscal year 2018, PHMSA began partnering with state 
agencies to inspect and enforce PHMSA regulations for underground 
natural gas storage facilities. Adding ``Underground Natural Gas 
Storage'' as an additional facility type is essential for routing the 
request to the proper state agency.
    PHMSA proposes collecting the state and number of miles when a 
request includes liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) facilities serving fewer 
than 100 customers from a single source. Collecting the state for LPG 
facilities is crucial to determining which PHMSA region or state agency 
should receive the request.
    There are eight safety programs in step 3 of the request, but only 
three apply to underground natural gas storage facilities. PHMSA 
proposes modifying step 3 to indicate the safety programs required for 
underground natural gas storage facilities.
    PHMSA proposes modifying the instructions to explain PHMSA's past 
actions for small LPG and master meter operators and future 
expectations for these operators. Adding this information to the 
instructions would provide clarity for operators and state agencies 
inspecting the operators.

C. National Registry Notification

    PHMSA intends to revise the National Registry Notification form 
(PHMSA F 1000.2) and its instructions. PHMSA proposes changing the name 
of the form from ``Operator Registry Notification'' to ``National 
Registry Notification'' to match the wording of the PHMSA regulations 
requiring the notifications.
    PHMSA proposes adding ``Underground Natural Gas Storage'' as an 
additional facility type in steps 1 and 3 of the form. During fiscal 
year 2018, PHMSA began partnering with additional state agencies to 
inspect and enforce PHMSA regulations for underground natural gas 
storage facilities. Adding ``Underground Natural Gas Storage'' as an 
additional facility type is essential for routing the notification to 
the proper state agency.
    There are eight safety programs in a type C notification, but only 
three apply to underground natural gas storage facilities. PHMSA 
proposes modifying the type C portion of the form to indicate the 
safety programs required for underground natural gas storage 
facilities.
    Operators report various types of construction projects to PHMSA in 
type F notifications. PHMSA proposes adding a single-select field to 
describe the main purpose of the construction project.
    The type J notification section assumes that all LNG construction 
builds new facilities. PHMSA proposes modifying the type J section to 
recognize that a notification may be submitted for rehabilitation or 
replacement of LNG facilities.
    In step 3 of the form, PHMSA collects data about the location of 
the facilities covered by the notification. When the notification 
covers onshore gas gathering, gas transmission, or hazardous liquid 
pipelines, step 3 data includes the county(ies) for the pipelines. 
PHMSA uses this county data to associate the notification to a specific 
portion of the operator's pipeline system. When the notification covers 
onshore gas gathering, gas transmission, hazardous liquid facilities, 
or offshore pipelines or facilities, county data is not collected. 
PHMSA proposes modifying the form to collect county data for onshore 
gas gathering, gas transmission, and hazardous liquid facilities, and 
offshore pipelines and facilities. This change would allow PHMSA to 
associate each notification to a specific portion of the operator's 
pipeline system.

D. Summary of Impacted Collections

    The following information is provided below for the impacted 
information collection: (1) Title of the information collection; (2) 
OMB control number; (3) Current expiration date; (4) Type of request; 
(5) Abstract of the information collection activity; (6) Description of 
affected public; (7) Estimate of total annual reporting and 
recordkeeping burden; and (8) Frequency of collection.
    PHMSA requests comments on the following information collection:
    Title: National Registry of Pipeline and Liquefied Natural Gas 
Operators.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0627.
    Current Expiration Date: 7/31/2020.
    Type of Request: Revision.
    Abstract: The National Registry of Pipeline and LNG Operators 
serves as the storehouse for the reporting requirements for an operator 
regulated or subject to reporting requirements under 49 CFR part 192, 
193, or 195. This registry incorporates the use of two forms: (1) OPID 
Assignment Request (PHMSA F 1000.1) and (2) National Registry 
Notification (PHMSA F 1000.2). The burden estimate for this information 
collection is increasing by 10 responses and 10 burden hours to account 
for PHMSA F 1000.2 Part F notifications.
    Affected Public: Operators of Pipeline Facilities.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Total Annual Responses: 689.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 689.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Comments are invited on:
    (a) The need for the proposed collection of information, including 
whether the information will have practical utility in helping the 
agency to achieve its pipeline safety goals;
    (b) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information;
    (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

    Issued in Washington, DC on August 3, 2018, under authority 
delegated in 49 CFR 1.97.
Alan K. Mayberry,
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
[FR Doc. 2018-17052 Filed 8-8-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-60-P