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Periodic Underwater Inspections: Comment Period Extended

The Office of Pipeline Safety has issued a notice to extend the comment period to March 10, 2004 for the proposed amendment (see the January 2004 DOT Pipeline Compliance News) to the pipeline safety regulations to require operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines to have procedures for periodic inspections of pipeline facilities in offshore waters less than 15 feet deep or crossing under a navigable waterway. These inspections would ensure that the pipeline is not exposed or a hazard to navigation.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: L.E. Herrick by phone at (202) 366-5523, by fax at (202) 366-4566, or by e-mail at, regarding the subject matter of this proposed rule. General information about RSPA’s Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) programs may be obtained by accessing OPS’s Internet page at