Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit; Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, 24594-24595 [2019-11041]

Download as PDF 24594 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / Notices 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– 2017–0094’’ for the USA definitions and/or ‘‘Comments on PHMSA–2018– 0026’’ for public awareness and engagement. The docket clerk will date stamp the postcard prior to returning it to you via the U.S. mail. Privacy Act Statement DOT may solicit comments from the public regarding certain general notices. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to https:// www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at https://www.dot.gov/privacy. Services for Individuals with Disabilities: The public meeting will be physically accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign language interpretation or other ancillary aids, are asked to notify Dr. Christie Murray at christie.murray@dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the meeting, contact Dr. Christie Murray by phone at 202– 366–4996 or by email at christie.murray@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES I. Background Section 19 of the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (Pub. L. 114–183) required PHMSA to amend the USA definition to include the Great Lakes, coastal beaches and marine coastal waters. Proximity to a USA is one method to determine whether a pipeline could affect an HCA. GIS data of USAs are available by request for liquid pipeline operators. The definition of a USA is established in 49 CFR 195.6. Hazardous liquid pipelines that could affect HCA areas are subject to certain integrity management and reporting regulations. To address this mandate, PHMSA must define, identify data sources, and maintain a map of these areas in the National Pipeline Mapping System. In November 2017, PHMSA held a public meeting where stakeholders provided feedback on definition and data source options. Since then, PHMSA conducted research to determine the availability and quality of source data recommended at the November 2017 public meeting, and the level of effort to create and maintain the VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:49 May 24, 2019 Jkt 247001 proposed GIS data. Additionally, PHMSA analyzed HCA data, including a July 2018 update to the Ecological USA data, to identify existing gaps and overlaps of coverage in the coastal areas of interest. PHMSA advances pipeline safety by providing oversight of public awareness safety regulations and sets the national safety outreach and engagement agenda by engaging with pipeline stakeholders to proactively determine the most effective methods to inform the public, emergency responders, excavators, land use planners and others regarding the shared responsibility of pipeline safety. Sections 192.616 and 195.440 require pipeline operators to develop and implement public awareness programs that follow the guidance provided by the American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practice 1162, ‘‘Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators.’’ Stakeholders will have an opportunity to participate in pipeline safety discussions, including federal and state regulators, trade associations, pipeline operators, the public, emergency response officials, land planners, and excavators. II. Meeting Details and Agenda The meeting agenda will include briefings on topics such as amending applicable USA definitions, pipeline safety, public awareness and engagement, risk communications, API RP 1162, voluntary information sharing, risk communications, national pipeline mapping system, and more. PHMSA will publish the agenda on the PHMSA meeting page at https:// primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/ MtgHome.mtg?mtg=142, once it is finalized. Issued in Washington, DC, on May 22, 2019, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.97. Alan K. Mayberry, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. 2019–11042 Filed 5–24–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2017–0044; Docket No. PHMSA–2017–0045; Docket No. PHMSA– 2017–0046; Docket No. PHMSA–2017–0047] Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit; Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00133 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: Notice. PHMSA is publishing this notice to seek public comments on four special permit requests received from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC). AGDC is seeking compliance relief from certain requirements in the federal pipeline safety regulations for the construction of an integrated liquefied natural gas project with interdependent facilities for transporting and liquefying supplies of natural gas in Alaska. DATES: Submit any comments regarding this special permit request by July 29, 2019. ADDRESSES: Comments should reference the docket number for the specific special permit request and 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 System: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Docket Management System: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. Instructions: At the beginning of your comments, you should identify the docket number for the special permit request you are commenting on. If you submit your comments by mail, please submit two copies. To receive confirmation that PHMSA has received your comments, please include a selfaddressed stamped postcard. Internet users may submit comments at http:// www.Regulations.gov. SUMMARY: Note: Comments are posted including any personal information provided, without changes or edits to http:// www.Regulations.gov. There is a privacy statement published on http:// www.Regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: General: Ms. Kay McIver by telephone at 202–366–0113, or email at kay.mciver@dot.gov. Technical: Mr. Joshua Johnson by telephone at 816–329–3825, or email at Joshua.Johnson@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGDC plans to construct one integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) project E:\FR\FM\28MYN1.SGM 28MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / Notices jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES (Project) with interdependent facilities for transporting and liquefying supplies of natural gas in Alaska, from the Point Thompson Unit (PTU) and Prudhoe Bay Unit (PBU) production fields on the Alaska North Slope to the proposed LNG Liquefaction Facility located in the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. The overall proposed LNG Project includes: • Approximately 807-miles of 42-inch gas pipeline (Mainline Pipeline); • A LNG liquefaction facility located in the Kenai Peninsula Borough and Cook Inlet Area of Alaska; • A gas treatment plant (GTP) with the Prudhoe Bay Unit (PBU) on the North Slope; • Approximately 63-mile gas transmission line connecting the GTP to the PTU gas production facility, and • Approximately 1-mile gas transmission line connecting GTP to the PBU gas production facility. The route of the 42-inch pipeline originates in the North Slope Borough and traverses the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, the Fairbanks North Star Borough, the Denali Borough, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and terminates at the LNG Liquefaction Facility. The LNG Project will offer natural gas that has been processed into LNG for export in foreign commerce and opportunities for in-state deliveries of natural gas. The maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) of the Mainline Pipeline will be 2,075 psi. The Mainline Pipeline is essential for the export of natural gas in foreign commerce and will have a nominal design life of 30 years. PHMSA has received four special permit requests from the AGDC seeking relief from compliance with certain Federal pipeline safety regulations. The requests apply to the following areas: (1) Strain Based Design; (2) Transmission Mainline Block Valve Spacing; (3) Crack Arrestor Spacing; and (4) Three-Layer Polyethylene Coating. Each request includes technical analysis, draft special permit 24595 conditions, draft environmental assessments, and location maps (other details deemed necessary) provided by the operator and filed at http:// www.Regulations.gov, under the assigned docket numbers. We invite interested persons to participate by reviewing these special permit requests and their associated draft environmental assessments and a PHMSA prepared draft special permit with conditions at http://www.Regulations.gov, and by submitting written comments, data or other views. Please include any comments on potential safety and environmental impacts that may result if these special permits are granted. Before issuing a decision on these special permit requests, PHMSA will evaluate all comments received on or before the 60-day comment period closing date. If it is possible to do so without incurring additional expense or delays, comments received after the closing date will be evaluated. The four special permit requests are as follows: Docket No. Requester Regulation(s) Nature of special permit PHMSA–2017–0044 ........ Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC). 49 CFR 192.103, 192.105, 192.317, and 192.620. PHMSA–2017–0045 ........ Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC). 49 CFR 192.197(a)(4) ................ PHMSA–2017–0046 ........ Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC). 49 CFR 192.112(f)(1) ................. PHMSA–2017–0047 ........ Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC). 49 CFR 192.112(b) ..................... To authorize AGDC to use Strain-Based Design (SBD) for the construction of discrete and specified segments of the pipeline. The proposed SBD segments would consist of a 42-inch diameter pipe with a 0.862-inch wall thickness, constructed in accordance with API 5L Grade X70 specifications. The segments are in the Yukon-Kuyokuk and Denali boroughs, are entirely within Class 1 locations, and not in any high consequence areas. The Project will be a new 42-inch diameter natural gas pipeline of approximately 807 miles. It will originate at the Gas Treatment Plant on the Alaska North Slope site and terminate at the LNG Liquefaction Facility in the Cook Inlet, Alaska. The proposed SBD segments would have a MAOP of 2,075 psi. 49 CFR 192.103 requires pipe to be designed with sufficient wall thickness, or must be installed with adequate protection, to withstand anticipated external pressures and loads that will be imposed on the pipe after installation. To authorize AGDC to use alternatives to mainline block valve spacing of up to 50 miles in the very sparsely populated region north of Fairbanks borough in Alaska, and up to 30 miles spacing south of Fairbanks in Class 1 locations. 49 CFR 192.179(a)(4) requires a maximum Class 1 location valve spacing of 20-miles. To authorize AGDC to use three-layer polyethylene coatings on all Mainline pipeline segments that are built to comply with alternative MAOP requirements. 49 CFR 192.112(f)(1) requires a non-shielding external pipe coating. To authorize AGDC to use crack arrestor spacing of up to 1,600 feet on all Mainline pipeline segments that are built to comply with alternative MAOP pressure requirements. 49 CFR 192.112(b)(2)(iii) gives requirements for fracture arrest based upon pipe lengths. 49 CFR 192.112(b)(3) outlines alternative arrest methods. Issued in Washington, DC, on May 22, 2019, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.97. Alan K. Mayberry, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. 2019–11041 Filed 5–24–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:49 May 24, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\28MYN1.SGM 28MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 102 (Tuesday, May 28, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 24594-24595]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-11041]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA-2017-0044; Docket No. PHMSA-2017-0045; Docket No. 
PHMSA-2017-0046; Docket No. PHMSA-2017-0047]


Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit; Alaska Gasline 
Development Corporation

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: PHMSA is publishing this notice to seek public comments on 
four special permit requests received from the Alaska Gasline 
Development Corporation (AGDC). AGDC is seeking compliance relief from 
certain requirements in the federal pipeline safety regulations for the 
construction of an integrated liquefied natural gas project with 
interdependent facilities for transporting and liquefying supplies of 
natural gas in Alaska.

DATES: Submit any comments regarding this special permit request by 
July 29, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Comments should reference the docket number for the specific 
special permit request and 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 System: U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: Docket Management System: U.S. Department 
of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 
9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal 
holidays.
    Instructions: At the beginning of your comments, you should 
identify the docket number for the special permit request you are 
commenting on. If you submit your comments by mail, please submit two 
copies. To receive confirmation that PHMSA has received your comments, 
please include a self-addressed stamped postcard. Internet users may 
submit comments at http://www.Regulations.gov.

    Note:  Comments are posted including any personal information 
provided, without changes or edits to http://www.Regulations.gov. 
There is a privacy statement published on http://www.Regulations.gov.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
    General: Ms. Kay McIver by telephone at 202-366-0113, or email at 
[email protected].
    Technical: Mr. Joshua Johnson by telephone at 816-329-3825, or 
email at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGDC plans to construct one integrated 
liquefied natural gas (LNG) project

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(Project) with interdependent facilities for transporting and 
liquefying supplies of natural gas in Alaska, from the Point Thompson 
Unit (PTU) and Prudhoe Bay Unit (PBU) production fields on the Alaska 
North Slope to the proposed LNG Liquefaction Facility located in the 
Kenai Peninsula of Alaska.
    The overall proposed LNG Project includes:
     Approximately 807-miles of 42-inch gas pipeline (Mainline 
Pipeline);
     A LNG liquefaction facility located in the Kenai Peninsula 
Borough and Cook Inlet Area of Alaska;
     A gas treatment plant (GTP) with the Prudhoe Bay Unit 
(PBU) on the North Slope;
     Approximately 63-mile gas transmission line connecting the 
GTP to the PTU gas production facility, and
     Approximately 1-mile gas transmission line connecting GTP 
to the PBU gas production facility.
    The route of the 42-inch pipeline originates in the North Slope 
Borough and traverses the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, the Fairbanks 
North Star Borough, the Denali Borough, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 
the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and terminates at the LNG Liquefaction 
Facility. The LNG Project will offer natural gas that has been 
processed into LNG for export in foreign commerce and opportunities for 
in-state deliveries of natural gas. The maximum allowable operating 
pressure (MAOP) of the Mainline Pipeline will be 2,075 psi. The 
Mainline Pipeline is essential for the export of natural gas in foreign 
commerce and will have a nominal design life of 30 years.
    PHMSA has received four special permit requests from the AGDC 
seeking relief from compliance with certain Federal pipeline safety 
regulations. The requests apply to the following areas:
    (1) Strain Based Design;
    (2) Transmission Mainline Block Valve Spacing;
    (3) Crack Arrestor Spacing; and
    (4) Three-Layer Polyethylene Coating.
    Each request includes technical analysis, draft special permit 
conditions, draft environmental assessments, and location maps (other 
details deemed necessary) provided by the operator and filed at http://www.Regulations.gov, under the assigned docket numbers. We invite 
interested persons to participate by reviewing these special permit 
requests and their associated draft environmental assessments and a 
PHMSA prepared draft special permit with conditions at http://www.Regulations.gov, and by submitting written comments, data or other 
views. Please include any comments on potential safety and 
environmental impacts that may result if these special permits are 
granted.
    Before issuing a decision on these special permit requests, PHMSA 
will evaluate all comments received on or before the 60-day comment 
period closing date. If it is possible to do so without incurring 
additional expense or delays, comments received after the closing date 
will be evaluated.
    The four special permit requests are as follows:

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            Docket No.                     Requester              Regulation(s)        Nature of special permit
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PHMSA-2017-0044...................  Alaska Gasline           49 CFR 192.103,         To authorize AGDC to use
                                     Development              192.105, 192.317, and   Strain-Based Design (SBD)
                                     Corporation (AGDC).      192.620.                for the construction of
                                                                                      discrete and specified
                                                                                      segments of the pipeline.
                                                                                      The proposed SBD segments
                                                                                      would consist of a 42-inch
                                                                                      diameter pipe with a 0.862-
                                                                                      inch wall thickness,
                                                                                      constructed in accordance
                                                                                      with API 5L Grade X70
                                                                                      specifications. The
                                                                                      segments are in the Yukon-
                                                                                      Kuyokuk and Denali
                                                                                      boroughs, are entirely
                                                                                      within Class 1 locations,
                                                                                      and not in any high
                                                                                      consequence areas.
                                                                                     The Project will be a new
                                                                                      42-inch diameter natural
                                                                                      gas pipeline of
                                                                                      approximately 807 miles.
                                                                                      It will originate at the
                                                                                      Gas Treatment Plant on the
                                                                                      Alaska North Slope site
                                                                                      and terminate at the LNG
                                                                                      Liquefaction Facility in
                                                                                      the Cook Inlet, Alaska.
                                                                                     The proposed SBD segments
                                                                                      would have a MAOP of 2,075
                                                                                      psi. 49 CFR 192.103
                                                                                      requires pipe to be
                                                                                      designed with sufficient
                                                                                      wall thickness, or must be
                                                                                      installed with adequate
                                                                                      protection, to withstand
                                                                                      anticipated external
                                                                                      pressures and loads that
                                                                                      will be imposed on the
                                                                                      pipe after installation.
PHMSA-2017-0045...................  Alaska Gasline           49 CFR 192.197(a)(4)..  To authorize AGDC to use
                                     Development                                      alternatives to mainline
                                     Corporation (AGDC).                              block valve spacing of up
                                                                                      to 50 miles in the very
                                                                                      sparsely populated region
                                                                                      north of Fairbanks borough
                                                                                      in Alaska, and up to 30
                                                                                      miles spacing south of
                                                                                      Fairbanks in Class 1
                                                                                      locations. 49 CFR
                                                                                      192.179(a)(4) requires a
                                                                                      maximum Class 1 location
                                                                                      valve spacing of 20-miles.
PHMSA-2017-0046...................  Alaska Gasline           49 CFR 192.112(f)(1)..  To authorize AGDC to use
                                     Development                                      three-layer polyethylene
                                     Corporation (AGDC).                              coatings on all Mainline
                                                                                      pipeline segments that are
                                                                                      built to comply with
                                                                                      alternative MAOP
                                                                                      requirements. 49 CFR
                                                                                      192.112(f)(1) requires a
                                                                                      non-shielding external
                                                                                      pipe coating.
PHMSA-2017-0047...................  Alaska Gasline           49 CFR 192.112(b).....  To authorize AGDC to use
                                     Development                                      crack arrestor spacing of
                                     Corporation (AGDC).                              up to 1,600 feet on all
                                                                                      Mainline pipeline segments
                                                                                      that are built to comply
                                                                                      with alternative MAOP
                                                                                      pressure requirements. 49
                                                                                      CFR 192.112(b)(2)(iii)
                                                                                      gives requirements for
                                                                                      fracture arrest based upon
                                                                                      pipe lengths. 49 CFR
                                                                                      192.112(b)(3) outlines
                                                                                      alternative arrest
                                                                                      methods.
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    Issued in Washington, DC, on May 22, 2019, under authority 
delegated in 49 CFR 1.97.
Alan K. Mayberry,
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
[FR Doc. 2019-11041 Filed 5-24-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-60-P