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TPSSC and THLPSSC Meetings

Meetings of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) and the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC) will be held on December 14 and 15, 2004, at the Marriott Washington, 1221 22nd Street, NW., Washington, DC. Members of the public may attend the meetings, and an opportunity will be provided for the public to make short statements on the topics under discussion. Anyone wishing to make an oral statement should notify Jean Milam, (202) 493-0967, not later than November 16, 2004, on the topic of the statement and the length of the presentation. The presiding officer at each meeting may deny any request to present an oral statement and may limit the time of any presentation. Any additional information or changes will be posted on the OPS Web page approximately 15 days before the meeting date at

The agenda for the THLPSSC meeting on Tuesday, December 14, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. est., includes briefings on the following:

  1. American Petroleum Institute (API) Petition-Changes to Liquid Integrity Management Program (IMP).
  2. Response Plans for Onshore Oil Pipelines.
  3. Direct Assessment for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines (scheduled for VOTE).

On Wednesday, December 15, 2004, from 8:30 p.m. to 12 p.m. est., the THLPSSC and the TPSSC will meet in joint session. OPS will provide the committees with briefings on the following:

  1. Common Ground Alliance.
  2. Community and Technical Assistance State Damage Prevention Assessment Briefing.
  3. Pipeline Industry Implementation of Public Awareness Programs (scheduled for VOTE).
  4. Annual Update of Standards Incorporated by Reference (scheduled for VOTE).
  5. Transportation Research Board Report.
  6. Passage of Internal Inspection Devices.

The agenda of the TPSSC meeting on Wednesday, December 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. est., includes the following topics:

  1. Gas Gathering Line Definition.
  2. Direct Assessment for Gas Pipelines.
  3. Protocols for Gas Integrity Management Program.
  4. Technical Studies by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Department of Energy.