[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 98 (Tuesday, May 23, 2017)]
[Pages 23714-23715]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-10621]



Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0136]

Pipeline Safety: Meeting of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee

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

ACTION: Notice of advisory committee meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice announces a public meeting of the Technical 
Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, also known as the Gas Pipeline 
Advisory Committee (GPAC). The GPAC will meet to continue discussing 
topics and provisions for the proposed rule titled ``Safety of Gas 
Transmission and Gathering Pipelines.''

DATES: The committee will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both 
Tuesday, June 6, 2017, and Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Westin Arlington Gateway, 
801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203. The meeting agenda, and any 
additional information will be published on the following pipeline 
advisory committee meeting and registration page: https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/MtgHome.mtg?mtg=123.
    The meetings will not be webcast; however, presentations will be 
available on the meeting Web site and posted on the E-Gov Web site, 
http://www.regulations.gov, under docket number PHMSA-2016-0136 within 
30 days following the meeting.

Public Participation

    This meeting will be open to the public. Members of the public who 
wish to attend in person are asked to register at the meeting links 
above no later than Friday, June 2, 2017 in order to facilitate entry 
and guarantee seating. Members of the public who attend in person will 
also be provided an opportunity to make a statement during the meeting.
    Written comments: Persons who wish to submit written comments on 
the meeting may submit them to the docket in the following ways:
    E-Gov Web site: http://www.regulations.gov. This site allows the 
public to enter comments on any Federal Register notice issued by any 
    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 the DOT West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. 
and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.
    Instructions: Identify the docket number PHMSA-2016-0136 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. 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, 
consider reviewing DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal 
Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477), or view the Privacy 
Notice at http://www.regulations.gov before submitting any such 
    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 the 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-2016-0136.'' The docket clerk 
will date stamp the postcard prior to returning it to you via the U.S. 

Privacy Act Statement

    In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the 
public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these 
comments, without edit, including any personal information the 
commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov as described in the system 
of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 

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    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 Cheryl Whetsel at 
[email protected] by Friday, June 2, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the meeting, 
contact Cheryl Whetsel by phone at 202-366-4431 or by email at 
[email protected].


I. Meeting Details and Agenda

    The GPAC will be considering the proposed rule titled, ``Safety of 
Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines,'' which was published in the 
Federal Register on April 8, 2016, (81 FR 20722) and on the associated 
regulatory analysis. In the proposed rule, PHMSA is proposing the 
following changes to Part 192:
     Require periodic assessments of pipelines in locations 
where persons are expected to be at risk that are not already covered 
under the integrity management program requirements.
     Modify the repair criteria, both inside and outside of 
high consequence areas (HCAs).
     Require inspections of pipelines in areas affected by 
extreme weather, man-made and natural disasters, and other similar 
     Provide additional specificity for in-line inspections, 
including explicit requirements to account for uncertainty of reported 
inspection data when evaluating in-line inspection data to identify 
     Expand integrity assessment methods to explicitly address 
guided wave ultrasonic inspection and excavation with direct in-situ 
     Provide clearer functional requirements for conducting 
risk assessments for integrity management, including addressing seismic 
     Expand the mandatory data collection and integration 
requirements for integrity management, including data validation and 
     Add requirements to address management of change.
     Repeal the use of API Recommended Practice 80 for 
gathering lines.
     Apply Type B requirements along with emergency 
requirements to newly regulated greater than 8-inch Type A gathering 
lines in Class 1 locations (GAO Recommendation 14-667).
     Extend the reporting requirements to all gathering lines.
     Expand requirements for corrosion protection to specify 
additional post-construction quality checks, and periodic operational 
and maintenance checks to address coating integrity, cathodic 
protection, and gas quality monitoring.
     Require operators to report maximum allowable operating 
pressure exceedances.
     Require safety features on in-line inspection tool 
launchers and receivers.
     Add certain types of roadways to the definition of 
``identified sites'' (NTSB P-14-1).
     Address grandfathered pipe and pipe with inadequate 
    The GPAC meeting agenda will include a discussion on the following 
topics as time permits:

--Corrosion control.
--IM Clarifications.
--Strengthened assessment requirements.
--Assessments outside of HCAs.
--Repair criteria revisions.
--Material documentation.
--Integrity Verification Process for grandfathered segments.

    The agenda will be published on the PHMSA meeting page https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/MtgHome.mtg?mtg=123, once it is 

II. Committee Background

    The GPAC is a statutorily mandated advisory committee that advises 
PHMSA on proposed gas pipeline safety standards and their associated 
risk assessments. The committee is established in accordance with the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2, as amended) and 49 
U.S.C. 60115. The committee consists of 15 members with membership 
evenly divided among federal and state governments, the regulated 
industry, and the general public. The committees advise PHMSA on the 
technical feasibility, reasonableness, cost-effectiveness, and 
practicability of each proposed pipeline safety standard.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on May 18, 2017, under authority 
delegated in 49 CFR 1.97.
Alan K. Mayberry,
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
[FR Doc. 2017-10621 Filed 5-22-17; 8:45 am]