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Reports of Abandoned Underwater Pipelines

Underwater pipelines are being abandoned at an increasing rate as older facilities reach the end of their useful life. This trend is expected to continue. RSPA’s/OPS’s regulations for abandonment reporting can be found at Title 49 cfr 192.727 and 195.402. RSPA requests public participation in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval process regarding the renewal of an existing RSPA/Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) collection of information for Pipeline Safety Reports of Abandoned Underwater Pipelines. RSPA/OPS published a notice requesting public comment on May 20, 2002 (67 FR 35618). No comments were received. RSPA/OPS is offering the public another opportunity to comment on this information collection. It is also requesting OMB approval for the renewal of this information collection.
Comments are invited on: (a) The need for the proposed collection of information for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques. Comments on this notice must be received within 30 days of August 12, 2002, to be assured of consideration [Docket Number: RSPA-4957]. Interested persons are invited to send comments directly to OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 726 Jackson Place, Washington, DC 2003 ATTN: Desk Officer for the Department of Transportation.

  • Respondents: Gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators.
  • Estimated Number of Respondents: 400.
  • Estimated Number of Responses Per Respondent: 1.
  • Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2,400 hours.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marvin Fell, (202) 366-6205, to ask questions about this notice; or write by e-mail to