On May 6, 2005, OPS will hold a meeting to discuss pipeline repairs and permitting at the Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel, 1800 Presidents Street, Reston, VA 20190, (703) 925–8225. This meeting provides the pipeline industry an opportunity to share its experience with making pipeline repairs and obtaining permits.
During the meeting, OPS would like participants to discuss the repair process, repair criteria, and the agency permitting process. During the discussion on the repair process, and in exploring ways to streamline the permit process, OPS would like participants to share the type of experience they have had with the repair process, e.g., pipeline assessment, excavations, and nature of repairs. For the repair criteria, OPS would like participants to describe their experience with factors that allow them to meet or prevent them from meeting the repair criteria defined in the gas or hazardous liquid IMP regulations.
OPS would also like participants to share their experience with the Federal permitting process, such as the type of permits requested, and the average time it takes to obtain permits. The agenda for this meeting will include a discussion on:
- Repair Process
- Repair Criteria
- Agency Permitting Process
OPS plans to establish a docket and place the record of the meeting in the docket (dms.dot.gov). Interested persons may also submit their views to the docket following the meeting. For further information contact: Mike Khayata, OPS, (404) 832–1155 or Rita Freeman-Kelly, OPS (202) 366–5443.