[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 118 (Tuesday, June 19, 2012)]
[Pages 36606-36607]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-14903]



Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket ID PHMSA-2012-0146]

Pipeline Safety: Government/Industry Pipeline Research and 
Development Forum, Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


SUMMARY: The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 
(PHMSA) and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives 
are hosting a Government/Industry Pipeline Research and Development 
(R&D) Forum. The R&D Forums are held periodically to generate a 
National research agenda that will foster solutions for the many 
challenges with pipeline safety and with protecting the environment.
    The forum allows public, government and industry pipeline 
stakeholders to discuss the technical gaps and challenges for future 
research. The forum is also intended to help reduce duplication of 
programs, factor ongoing research efforts, leverage resources and 
broaden synergies. The national research agenda coming out of these 
events is aligned with the needs of the pipeline safety mission, makes 
use of the best available knowledge and expertise, and considers 
stakeholder perspectives. Specifically the forum will:
     Identify key pipeline technical challenges facing industry 
and government;
     Disseminate information on current research efforts; and
     Identify new research that can help to meet known 
    The Forum will be structured with a combination of general sessions 
to provide introductory, panel, and summary presentations, and 
concurrent working group sessions.

DATES: The R&D Forum will be held July 18, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. until 
approximately 5:00 p.m. EDT and July 19, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:40 
p.m. EDT. Name badge pickup and onsite registration will be available 
starting at 7:00 a.m. EDT each day.

ADDRESSES: The forum will be held at The Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 
North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia, 22203, Phone: 703-717-6200, Web 
site: http://www.WestinArlingtonGateway.com/. Please contact the Westin 
directly to make room reservations. When making your hotel reservation, 
please use the Room Block Name: ``DOT R&D Forum.'' There will be a room 
rate of $169/night for the nights of July 17 and 18. A very small block 
of rooms is also available at this rate on the night of July 19. The 
deadline for securing a room at the rate of $169/night is June 30. The 
meeting rooms will be posted at the hotel on the days of the forum.
    The Hotel is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant having 
12 ADA accessible guest rooms. All public spaces are ADA accessible. 
Contact the Westin for more information.
    Refer to the meeting Web site for updated registration information, 
agenda, and times at https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/MtgHome.mtg?mtg=77. Please note that the forum will not be webcast due 
to the numerous concurrent running sessions. All presentations will be 
available on the meeting Web site within days following the forum.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Merritt at 303-683-3117, or by 
email at [email protected].


Preliminary Agenda

July 18

     Overcoming Challenges with the PHMSA Program (General 
     Panel 1--National Perspectives on Key Challenges (General 
     Panel 2--Current Research Roadmaps (General Session)
     Panel 3--Advancing Technology into the Market (General 
     Working Group Overview (General Session)
     Working Groups Phase 1 (Concurrent Sessions)
    --Working Group 1: Threat Prevention
    --Working Group 2: Leak Detection/Mitigation & Storage
    --Working Group 3: Anomaly Detection/Characterization
    --Working Group 4: Anomaly Repair & Remediation
    --Working Group 5: Design/Materials/Welding-Joining/Valves

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July 19

 Working Groups Phase 2 (Concurrent Sessions)
 Working Groups Phase 3 (Concurrent Sessions)
 Working Group Reports-Out (General Session)
 Summary and Next Steps (General Session)

    Issued in Washington, DC, on June 14, 2012.
Linda Daugherty,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Programs.
[FR Doc. 2012-14903 Filed 6-18-12; 8:45 am]