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PHMSA Notice, Information Collection Request, National Pipeline Mapping Program

[Docket No. PHMSA-2013-0137]

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a notice announcing that the renewal of the Information Collection Request regarding the annual update of information for the National Pipeline Mapping Program is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

Each operator of a pipeline facility (except distribution lines and gathering lines) must provide contact information and geospatial data on their pipeline system. This information should be updated on an annual basis. The provided information is incorporated into the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) to support various regulatory programs, pipeline inspections, and authorized external customers. The periodic updates of operator pipeline data inform the NPMS of any changes to the data over the previous year and allow PHMSA to maintain and improve the accuracy of the information.

A Federal Register Notice (78 FR 36016) with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the information collection was published on June 14, 2013. During the two-month response period for the information collection renewal, PHMSA received one comment from the Pipeline Safety Trust. This 30-day notice responds to the comments, which may be found at at docket number PHMSA-2013-0137.

PHMSA is publishing this notice to respond to the comment, provide the public with an additional 30 days to comment, and announce that the revised Information Collection will be submitted to the OMB for approval. Comments are invited on:

  • whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection;
  • ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and
  • ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Send comments to the OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for PHMSA, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503. Comments must be submitted on or before October 18, 2013.

For a copy of this PHMSA Notice, contact Jessica Roger.