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Pipeline Safety Reports of Abandoned Underwater Pipelines

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Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), DOT.


Notice and request for public comments and OMB approval.


This notice requests public participation in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval process regarding the renewal of an existing RSPA/Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) collection of information for Pipeline Safety Reports of Abandoned Underwater Pipelines. Specifically, public comment is requested to minimize the burden of this collection of information on the public, along with other factors listed in the body of this notice. RSPA/OPS published a notice requesting public comment on May 20, 2002 (67 FR 35618). No comments were received. RSPA/OPS is offering the public another opportunity to comment on this information collection. It is also requesting OMB approval for the renewal of this information collection under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR part 1320.


Comments on this notice must be received within 30 days of the publication date of this notice to be assured of consideration.


Interested persons are invited to send comments directly to OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 726 Jackson Place, Washington, DC 2003 ATTN: Desk Officer for the Department of Transportation. Comments can be reviewed at the Department of Transportation Dockets Facility, Plaza Start Printed Page 52518401, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays, when the facility is closed. Comments must identify docket number of this notice. Persons should submit the original documents and one (1) copy. Persons wishing to receive confirmation of receipt of their comments must include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. Please identify the docket and notice numbers shown in the heading of this notice. Documents pertaining to this notice can be viewed in this docket. The docket can also be viewed electronically at

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Marvin Fell, (202) 366-6205, to ask questions about this notice; or write by e-mail to

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Title: Pipeline Safety Reports of Abandoned Underwater Pipelines.

Type of Request: Renewal of existing information collection.

Abstract: Underwater pipelines are being abandoned at an increasing rate as older facilities reach the end of their useful life. This trend is expected to continue. In 1992, Congress responded to this issue by amending the Pipeline Safety Act (49 U.S.C. 60108(c)(6)(B) to direct the Secretary of Transportation to require operators of an offshore pipeline facility or a pipeline crossing navigable waters to report the abandonment to the Secretary of Transportation in a way that specifies whether the facility has been abandoned properly according to applicable Federal and State requirements. RSPA's/OPS's regulations for abandonment reporting can be found at Title 49 CFR 192.727 and 195.402.

Respondents: Gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 400.

Estimated Number of Responses Per Respondent: 1.

Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2,400 hours.

Comments are invited on: (a) The need for the proposed collection of information for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (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.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on August 7, 2002.

Stacey L. Gerard,

Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.

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[FR Doc. 02-20368 Filed 8-9-02; 8:45 am]