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OPS Issues NPRM for Public Education Programs for Hazardous Liquid and Gas Pipeline Operators

The Research and Special Programs Administration’s (RSPA) Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) proposes to require all gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators to develop and implement public education programs based on the provisions of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Recommended Practice (RP) 1162, Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators. API RP 1162 provides guidance on development, implementation, and evaluation of pipeline operator “public awareness” programs. Note that “public education programs,” as used in this proposal, and “public awareness programs,” as used in API RP 1162, are considered to be the same and are used interchangeably for the purposes of this proposed rule.

This proposed rule applies to all pipelines regulated under 49 CFR parts 192 and 195, including:

  • Interstate and intrastate hazardous liquid transmission pipelines.
  • Interstate and intrastate natural gas transmission pipelines.
  • Natural gas distribution pipelines.
  • Oil and gas gathering lines.

Each operator is required to establish and periodically update a written public education program covering all program elements. Baseline and supplemental program requirements for different pipeline operator types are summarized in a set of tables in API RP 1162 that may be found at:   If an operator’s current public education program does not comply with API RP 1162, the operator would be required to modify the program to come into compliance. Information on API RP 1162, including a link to the document, may be found at:

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by August 23, 2004 (DOT DMS Docket Number RSPA-03-15852). If you would like copies of these petitions, e-mail Laura Wager or call (713) 655-8080.