On January 25, 2002, the DOT / RSPA removed Docket No. RSPA-97-2426 (RIN 2137-AB48) from their regulatory agenda. This docket item dealt with mapping standards for gas and liquid pipelines, and was initiated in 1997. The docket item is being removed from DOT’s regulatory agenda because it has been superceded by the National Pipeline Mapping System, and for other security related reasons.
Editor’s note: This action doesn’t change any rules and regulations a pipeline operator currently must comply with. So, it didn’t relax any current mapping requirements. The DOT has simply decided to not pursue further development of this particular regulation in this docket.