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Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit

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




Pursuant to the Federal pipeline safety laws, PHMSA is publishing this notice of a special permit request we have received from a pipeline operator, seeking relief from compliance with certain requirements in the Federal pipeline safety regulations. This notice seeks public comments on this request, including comments on any safety or environmental impacts. At the conclusion of the 30-day comment period, PHMSA will evaluate the request and determine whether to grant or deny a special permit.


Submit any comments regarding this special permit request by September 25, 2013.


Comments should reference the docket number for the specific special permit request and may be submitted in the following ways:

  • E-Gov Web site: 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: You should identify the docket number for the special permit request you are commenting on at the beginning of your comments. 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


Comments are posted without changes or edits to, including any personal information provided. There is a privacy statement published on

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General: Kay McIver by telephone at 202-366-0113, or email at

Technical: Steve Nanney by telephone at 713 272 2855, or email at

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PHMSA has received a request for a special permit from a pipeline operator seeking relief from compliance with certain pipeline safety regulations. The request includes a technical analysis provided by the operator. The request has been filed at and assigned a docket number. We invite interested persons to participate by reviewing this special permit request at, and by submitting written comments, data or other views. Please include any comments on potential environmental impacts that may result if this special permit is granted.

Before acting on this special permit request, PHMSA will evaluate all comments received on or before the comments closing date. Comments will be evaluated after this date if it is possible to do so without incurring additional expense or delay. PHMSA will consider each relevant comment we receive in making our decision to grant or deny a request.

PHMSA has received the following special permit request:

Docket No.RequesterRegulation(s) affectedNature of special permit
PHMSA-2013-0146North Slope Borough, Alaska49 CFR 192.939To authorize the North Slope Borough, Alaska variance from 49 CFR 192.939 for the reassessment interval of its 6-inch Natural Gas Transmission Line that runs from South Barrow Gas Fields, approximately 4 miles southeast of the City of Barrow, to the Barrow Utilities & Electric Cooperative Inc. (BUECI) in the city of Borough, Alaska. The total length of the pipeline is 29,000 feet.
On June 4, 2013, North Slope Borough Assembly, identified and allocated funding for the construction of a new secondary redundant pipeline. North Slope Borough requested relief from the requirements of § 192.939 until December 31, 2016. This is to allow for completion of the new pipeline and removal of the current pipeline from service, in order to address the reassessment requirements without creating a hazard or loss of product supply to the Alaska community.
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Start Printed Page 52822 Authority: 49 U.S.C. 60118 (c)(1) and 49 CFR 1.53.

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Issued in Washington, DC on August 20, 2013.

Jeffrey D. Wiese,

Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.

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[FR Doc. 2013-20640 Filed 8-23-13; 8:45 am]