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Pipeline Safety: Government/Industry Pipeline Research and Development Forum

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


Notice of forum.


PHMSA executes a collaborative, coordinated, competitive and co-funded research and development (R&D) program with the pipeline industry and other Federal and State regulators. PHMSA periodically holds a Pipeline R&D Forum to generate recommendations on the future R&D required in addressing mutual challenges. Specifically, this forum will bring government and industry pipeline stakeholders together for the following purposes:

(1) Develop recommendations to address the technical gaps & challenges for future R&D;

(2) Identify both short and long term research objectives for liquid/gas transmission and gas distribution pipelines;

(3) Quantify technical details on identified technical gaps so solicited research is addressing the need effectively; and

(4) Provide details on the ultimate research goals so appropriate end users are factored into project scopes.


The forum will be held starting on June 24, 2009, at 8 a.m. and concluding on June 25, 2009, at 4 p.m. Pre-Registration is available now and until June 19, 2009, to obtain a name tag to this free public event. Onsite registration will be available for the public on the morning of June 24, 2009. Please note that a Web cast will not be available for the forum. However, presentations will be available on the R&D Program Web site (​rd/​workshops.htm) shortly after the forum.

Please visit​meetings/​MtgHome.mtg?​mtg=​59 for more information on the agenda and reservations.


The workshop will be held at the Marriott Crystal City, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202, Phone: 1-800-228-9290, or Phone: 1-703-413-5500. The Marriott Web page for this hotel is found at:​hotels/​travel/​wascc-crystal-city-marriott-at-reagan-national-airport/​ or​default.mi and by typing DCA into the City or Airport Code Search.

Hotel reservations must be made on or before June 9, 2009, to receive a rate of $209 for the nights of Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24. Mention “USDOT R&D Forum” when you make your reservations to receive this rate. Please call the Marriott for more information on the Americans with Disabilities Act amenities at this location.

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Robert Smith at (202) 366-3814, or by e-mail at

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Registration: Members of the public may attend this free forum. To help assure that adequate space is provided, all attendees are encouraged to pre-register for the forum at​meetings/​MtgHome.mtg?​mtg=​59. Hotel reservations must be made by contacting the hotel directly.

Information on Services for Individuals with Disabilities: For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities, or to request special assistance at the meeting, please contact Robert Smith or the Marriott by June 23, 2009.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2009.

Jeffrey D. Wiese,

Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.

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[FR Doc. E9-13180 Filed 6-4-09; 8:45 am]