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Pipeline Safety: Meeting of the Voluntary Information-Sharing System Working Group

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




This notice announces a public meeting of the recently created Voluntary Information-Sharing System (VIS) Working Group. The VIS Working Group will convene to continue the discussion on the need for, and the identification of, a voluntary information-sharing system.


The VIS Working Group will meet on June 29, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 30, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET.

The meeting will not be web cast; however, any documents presented will be available on the meeting Web site and posted on the E-Gov Web site: under docket number PHMSA-2016-0128 within 30 days following the meeting.

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The meeting will be held at the Hilton Arlington, 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22203. The meeting agenda and any additional information will be published on the following VIS Working Group and registration page at:​meetings/​MtgHome.mtg?​mtg=​125.

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:​meetings/​MtgHome.mtg?​mtg=​125 no later than 10 days prior to the meeting date, 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.

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 10 days prior to the meeting.

Written comments: Written comments on the meeting may be submitted to the docket 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 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 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.

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For information about the meeting, contact Cheryl Whetsel by phone at 202-366-4431 or by email at

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I. Background

The VIS Working Group is a recently created advisory committee established in accordance with Section 10 of the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (Pub. L. 114-183), the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., App. 2, as amended) and 41 CFR 102-3.50(a). On December 15, 2016, the Secretary of Transportation (the Secretary) appointed 24 members to the committee. The first committee meeting convened on December 19, 2016, to conduct committee and staff introductions, review the mandate requirements, review the committee charter and bylaws, introduce the concept of voluntary information-sharing, and discuss plans for future meetings.

II. Meeting Details and Agenda

The VIS Working Group agenda will include briefings on topics such as mandate requirements, existing integrity management regulations, data types and tools, ILI repair methods, geographic information system pipeline data and operator implementation, potential subcommittee needs, past integrity management lessons learned, examples of existing information-sharing systems, safety management systems, and the potential need for additional expertise with committee membership. As part of its work, the committee will ultimately provide recommendations to the Secretary, as required and specifically outlined in Section 10 of Public Law 114-183, addressing:

(a) The need for, and the identification of, a system to ensure that dig verification data are shared with in-line inspection operators to the extent consistent with the need to maintain proprietary and security-sensitive data in a confidential manner to improve pipeline safety and inspection technology;

(b) Ways to encourage the exchange of pipeline inspection information and the development of advanced pipeline inspection technologies and enhanced risk analysis;

(c) Opportunities to share data, including dig verification data between operators of pipeline facilities and in-line inspector vendors to expand knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of in-line inspection technology and methodologies;

(d) Options to create a secure system that protects proprietary data while encouraging the exchange of pipeline inspection information and the development of advanced pipeline inspection technologies and enhanced risk analysis;

(e) Means and best practices for the protection of safety and security-sensitive information and proprietary information; and

(f) Regulatory, funding, and legal barriers to sharing the information described in paragraphs (a) through (d).

The Secretary will publish the VIS Working Group's recommendations on a publicly available DOT Web site. The VIS Working Group will fulfill its purpose once its recommendations are published online.

The agenda will be published on the PHMSA meeting page​meetings/​MtgHome.mtg?​mtg=​125, once it is finalized.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on June 13, 2017, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.97.

Linda Daugherty,

Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations.

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[FR Doc. 2017-12517 Filed 6-14-17; 8:45 am]