In This Issue

Operator Qualification Public Meeting

The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) will conduct a public meeting on Wednesday, April 23, 2003, beginning at 8:30 a.m., ending at 4 p.m. to discuss progress in implementing the operator qualification (OQ) rule for gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. The meeting will focus on development of the 13 OQ issues identified at previous public meetings on February 25, 2003, in Houston, TX, and March 25, 2003, in Mesa, AZ. Discussion will include protocols and explanation of changes, supplementary guidance, definitions of terms, and development of a national consensus standard. Persons wishing to make a presentation or statement at the meeting should notify Janice Morgan, (202) 366-2392, no later than April 14, 2003. A record of previous public meetings on Qualification of Pipeline Personnel that were held in San Antonio, TX; Houston, TX; and Phoenix, AZ, are available in this docket (RSPA-03-14448).

This meeting is free and open to the public. You may register electronically for this meeting at: The public meeting will be held at the Double Tree Hotel Atlanta-Buckhead, 3342 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326 (telephone: 404/231-1234, fax: 404/231-5236, Web: The deadline for making a hotel reservation is April 11, 2003, (refer to the U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) (Operation Qualification Group block for government rates). You may contact Richard Sanders at (405) 954-7214 or (405) 954-7219, regarding the agenda of this public meeting.