Under the new pipeline safety act, operators of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines were required to submit mapping data to the Department of Transportation by June 17, 2003. Rep. James L. Oberstar (Minn.), the ranking Democratic on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, wants DOT to make sure they comply. Rep. Oberstar sent a letter to Sam G. Bonasso, Acting Administrator of the Research and Special Programs Administration, to ensure that all pipeline operators have submitted the required data. “The ability to locate our pipeline systems through a linked map system is a crucial tool for enhancing safety and security,” Oberstar wrote. Oberstar’s letter asks RSPA to provide a list of pipeline operators who failed to comply with the deadline and enforcement actions that have been taken to ensure compliance. The letter requests this information by July 10, 2003.
Sooooo – expect some heat from OPS if your company missed the reporting deadline.
Aaaaaand – don’t forget that we’d be glad to help you make your submittal to the NPMS, if you haven’t already done so.