[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 30 (Wednesday, February 13, 2013)]
[Pages 10261-10262]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03331]

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Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No.: PHMSA-2013-0004]

Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities, Revision to 
Gas Distribution Annual Report

AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), 

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: PHMSA is preparing to request Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) approval for the revision of the gas distribution annual report 
currently approved under OMB Control 2137-0522. In addition to 
making several minor changes to the report, PHMSA will also request a 
new OMB Control number for this information collection. In accordance 
with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA invites comments on the 
proposed revisions to the form and instructions.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
April 15, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted in the following ways:
    E-Gov Web Site: http://www.regulations.gov. This site allows the 
public to enter comments on any Federal Register notice issued by any 
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation 
(DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Room W12-140, 
Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery: Room W12-140 on the ground level of DOT, West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. 
and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: Identify the docket number, PHMSA-2013-0004, at the 
beginning of your comments. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information provided. You should know that anyone is able to 
search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our 
dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or 
signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, 
business, labor union, etc.). Therefore, you may want to review DOT's 
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on 
April 11, 2000, (65 FR 19477) or visit http://www.regulations.gov 
before submitting any such comments.
    Docket: For access to the docket or to read background documents or 
comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or to Room W12-
140 on the ground level of DOT, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays. If you wish to receive confirmation of 
receipt of your written comments, please include a self-addressed, 
stamped postcard with the following statement: ``Comments on: PHMSA-
2013-0004.'' The Docket Clerk will date stamp the postcard prior to 
returning it to you via the U.S. mail. Please note that due to delays 
in the delivery of U.S. mail to Federal offices in Washington, DC, we 
recommend that persons consider an alternative method (Internet, fax, 
or professional delivery service) of submitting comments to the docket 
and ensuring their timely receipt at DOT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cameron Satterthwaite by telephone at 
202-366-1319, by fax at 202-366-4566, or by mail at DOT, PHMSA, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE., PHP-30, Washington, DC 20590-0001.


A. Background

    Section 1320.8(d), Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, requires 
PHMSA to provide interested members of the public and affected agencies 
an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping 
requests. This notice identifies an information collection request that 
PHMSA will be submitting to OMB for approval.

B. Gas Distribution Annual Report

    PHMSA intends to revise the gas distribution annual report (PHMSA F 
7100.1-1, gas distribution annual report) to improve the granularity of 
the data collected. Background for these topics is as follows:

Specify Commodity

    We have added a section for operators to specify the commodity type 
transported, similar to the gas transmission and hazardous liquid 
reporting forms. These commodity groups include ``Natural Gas,'' 
``Synthetic Gas,'' ``Hydrogen Gas,'' ``Propane Gas,'' ``Landfill Gas,'' 
and ``Other Gas.'' Operators will select a commodity group based on the 
predominant gas carried and complete the report for that commodity 
group. If ``Other Gas'' is selected, operators will need to provide the 
name of the other gas. Operators will need to file a separate report 
for each commodity group included in a specific Operator Identification 

Specify Operator Type

    We have added a section to the report for submitters to identify 
the operator type. The operator type groups include ``Municipal,'' 
``Privately Owned,'' and ``Other'' (e.g., cooperatives, public utility 
    Additional Material Type: We are adding ``Reconditioned Cast Iron'' 
as a pipe material and defining it as a cast iron gas distribution pipe 
that has been lined internally by use of suitable materials that ensure 
safe operation at a MAOP not to exceed the previously established MAOP. 
``Reconditioned Cast Iron'' does not include cast iron pipe inserted 
with a gas pipe that is, by itself, suitable for gas service under Part 
192, (e.g., an ASTM D2513 pipe meeting code requirements for the 
intended gas service.) Such insertions are to be reported as the 
material used in the insertion. The definition is intended to make a 
clear distinction between a liner and inserted pipe. Reconditioning 
techniques would not include new, stand-alone polyethylene pipe, 
composite pipe, or a tight-fitting liner that does not rely on the 
structural integrity of the host pipe (the cavity of the host pipe is 
simply used for installation purposes). Other methods, such as pipe-
splitting or bursting that involve the installation of a new stand-
alone pipe while the host pipe is destroyed do not result in 
``Reconditioned Cast Iron''.

Removal of Requirement To Populate Certain Fields in Part B Tables

    We have removed the requirement to populate certain fields in 
Tables B1, B2, and B3 as that data will now be calculated automatically 
and populated appropriately from the operator filling in the data for 
certain other fields in the tables.

Revision of Leak Cause Categories in Part C

    We have revised the ``Cause of Leak'' categories in Part C to align 
the leak causes in the gas distribution annual report with the incident 
causes from the gas distribution incident reporting form (PHMSA F 
7100.1, Incident Report--Gas Distribution System).

Addition of Excavation Damage Cause Categories in Part D

    We added a new data collection in ``Excavation Damage'' to include 

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four causes from Part I of the ``Damage Information Reporting Tool 
(DIRT)--Field Form.'' These cause categories are also aligned with the 
fields that must be input when completing Part G4, field number 14 in 
the gas distribution incident reporting form.

C. Summary of Impacted Collections

    The following information is provided for that information 
collection: (1) Title of the information collection; (2) OMB control 
number; (3) Current expiration date; (4) Type of request; (5) Abstract 
of the information collection activity; (6) Description of affected 
public; (7) Estimate of total annual reporting and recordkeeping 
burden; and (8) Frequency of collection. PHMSA is only focusing on the 
revisions detailed in this notice and will request revisions to the 
following information collection activities. PHMSA requests comments on 
the following information collection:
    1. Title: Annual Report for Gas Pipeline Operators.
    OMB Control Number: N/A.
    Current Expiration Date: N/A.
    Type of Request: New Collection.
    Abstract: PHMSA is looking to revise the gas distribution annual 
report (PHMSA F 7100.1-1) to improve the granularity of the data 
collected in several areas.
    Affected Public: Gas distribution pipeline operators.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:

Total Annual Responses: 1,440.
Total Annual Burden Hours: 23,040.
Frequency of Collection: Annually.

    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.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2013.
Alan K. Mayberry,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations.
[FR Doc. 2013-03331 Filed 2-12-13; 8:45 am]