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PHMSA Revision Request for National Pipeline Mapping System Program

[Docket No. PHMSA-2014-0092]

PHMSA announced that their information collection request for the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) Program will be forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. This request would increase the geospatial data that operators of gas transmission pipelines, hazardous liquid pipelines, and liquefied natural gas facilities submit to NPMS. On June 22, 2016, PHMSA published a notice and requested comments on proposed revisions to the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) Program. During the comment period, PHMSA received several comments on ways to improve this data collection and to consider a phased timeline to collect data. PHMSA published this notice to address the comments received, to notify the public of proposed revisions to this information collection, and to announce that they are requesting a 3-year approval of this information collection from OMB.

PHMSA determined that further research is needed to develop the necessary safeguards and procedures for collecting the following data: maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP/MOP); percentage of SMYS (specified minimum yield strength); whether a hazardous liquid pipeline segment could affect a drinking water Unusually Sensitive Area; pump and compressor station locations; mainline block valve locations; and gas storage fields. If collected, these elements would be designated as Sensitive Security Information (SSI) and have been removed from the proposal pending further research.

PHMSA also released an updated draft 2019 NPMS Operator Standards Manual.

Submit written comments by May 13, 2019 via the E-Gov Website.  Identify the docket number PHMSA–2014–0092 at the beginning of your comments. For a copy of PHMSA’s Notice from the Federal Register outlining the revisions and phased timeline to collect data, contact Jessica Foley.