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Gas Pipeline Advisory Notice

Gas pipeline operators are required by 49 CFR 192.945 to make their first semi-annual submission of integrity management performance measures by August 31, 2004. The four overall performance measures that gas transmission pipeline operators are required to submit are:

  1. Number of pipeline miles inspected versus program requirements.

  2. Number of immediate repairs completed as a result of the integrity management inspection program.

  3. Number of scheduled repairs completed as a result of the integrity management program.

  4. Number of leaks, failures, and incidents (classified by cause).

RSPA/OPS is developing an electronic form to facilitate submission of the required measures. This form will be available on the OPS Home Page (, no later than August 1, 2004. The electronic report form for the August 2004 report will ask operators to verify that they began integrity management assessments, consistent with Advisory Bulletin ADB-03-07, by June 17, 2004. However, integrity management plans, including identification of high consequence area mileage, are not required to be completed until December 2004. Much of the data that might be reported in August would be preliminary and subject to change. Use of that data for comparison to later reports, (e.g., to identify trends), could be seriously misleading. RSPA/OPS has concluded that reporting numerical results for the four overall performance measures would be premature for the initial submission of performance measures required by August 31, 2004.

RSPA/OPS expects that the electronic submission form to be created for the August 2004 submissions will indicate the form in which data will be collected for future intervals, but that those data fields will be inoperable for this reporting cycle. Likewise, operators reporting by mail or facsimile need not include numerical data related to the four overall performance measures, and should simply indicate that they began assessment activities by the required date. RSPA/OPS will provide additional advice regarding reporting for specific performance measures at a later date, if needed. For a copy of the full advisory notice, contact Laura Wager at