Tuesday, December 27, 2011

PHMSA Pipeline Safety Webinar

Today the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration published a notice in the Federal Register (76 FR 81015-81016) about an upcoming webinar concerning the recently implemented distribution integrity management plan (DIMP; 74 FR 63906) inspection program. As of August 2nd, 2011 distribution pipeline operators were supposed to have implemented a DIMP program and Federal and State regulators have begun their inspections of these programs. This webinar will allow PHMSA to share general information gleaned from these inspections. The webinar will also address the initial analysis of Mechanical Fitting Failure Reports being submitted under the DIMP regulations.

The webinar will be held on January 25th, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST via LiveMeeting. The notice provides a link to the PHMSA DIMP web page claiming that there is additional information on the webinar on that page, but as of 7:00 a.m. EST this morning there is no link to any upcoming webinar on that page, only links to old webinars [NOTE: new link on that page now points to registration page PJC 18:25 EST 12-27-11]. The notice also provides a link to a web page for submission of questions before or during the webinar, but that page only provides a link for email submissions to DIMPsupport@cycla.com. The referenced page does request submitters to provide their name, affiliation, as well as phone and email contact information with their submitted questions.

Please note that a Privacy Act notice is provided for information submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal (www.Regulations.gov; Docket # PHMSA-2004-19854) but not for email submitted questions and those are being submitted to a Contractor; Cycla Corporation.

The notice provides contact information for Chris McLaren (phone 281-216-4455; Chris.Mclaren@dot.gov) as the POC for the webinar. Hopefully McLaren will have more information than the links provided in the notice.

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