[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 126 (Thursday, July 1, 1999)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 35580-35581]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-16806]




Research and Special Programs Administration

49 CFR Part 192

[Docket No. RSPA-98-4868, Notice 3]

RIN 2137-AB15

Gas Gathering Line Definition

AGENCY: Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of extension of public comment period.


SUMMARY: This notice announces an extension to October 8, 1999 for 
RSPA's public comment period for identifying issues related to gas 
gathering lines.

DATES: Submit comments to the docket on or before October 8, 1999.

ADDRESSES: Address written comments to the Dockets Management System, 
U.S. Department of Transportation, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, SW, 
Washington, DC 20590-0001. Comments should identify the Docket No. 
RSPA-98-4868. Persons wishing to receive confirmation of receipt of 
their comments should include a self-addressed, stamped postcard.

    The Dockets Management System is located on the Plaza Level of the 
Department of Transportation's Nassif Building at 400 Seventh Street, 
SW, Washington, DC. Public dockets may be reviewed in person between 
the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except 
Federal holidays. In addition, the public may also review comments by 
accessing the Docket Management System's home page at http://
dms.dot.gov. An electronic copy of any document may be downloaded from 
the Government Printing Office Electronic Bulletin Board Service at 
(202) 512-1661.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: L.E. Herrick, (202) 366-5523, Research 
and Special Programs Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 
400 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On 11 March, 1999, we published a notice in 
the Federal Register announcing an Internet public discussion forum on 
gas gathering for the purposes of pipeline safety regulation (64 FR, 
12147-12148 , March 11, 1999). This Internet discussion forum was 
scheduled from April 13, 1999 through May 3, 1999. In addition to the 
Internet discussion forum, we provided the opportunity for interested 
persons to submit comment to a rulemaking docket. This rulemaking 
docket comment period was scheduled to close on April 28, 1999. At the 
request of several participants in the Internet discussion forum, we 
extended the forum for an additional three weeks until May 17, 1999. In 
order to provide sufficient opportunity for review of the discussion 
forum we extended the rulemaking docket comment period to July 7, 1999 
(64 FR 23256, April 30, 1999).

    On June 22, 1999, we received a request from the American Petroleum 
Institute (API) to further extend the comment period an additional 90 
days. API stated that an industry coalition had been formed to address 
our request for comments. The coalition includes representation from 
the American Petroleum Institute, the Gas Processors Association, the 
Appalachia Producers Association, the Independent Petroleum Association 
of America, oil and gas associations from Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, 
Kansas, Alaska, Colorado, and others. According to API, the coalition 
members plan to file written comments after reaching a consensus that 
addresses industry concerns. However, due to the complexity of the 
issue, the summer schedule, and to ensure that the comments reflect a 
broad consensus within the petroleum industry and with state and local 
interests, a 90-day extension to the comment period was needed.

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    We commend the API for taking steps to insure that this issue is 
addressed thoroughly. Therefore we are granting a 90-day extension.

    Issued in Washington, DC on June 25, 1999.
Richard B. Felder,
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
[FR Doc. 99-16806 Filed 6-30-99; 8:45 am]