PHMSA Seeking Nominees for Pipeline Safety Information-Sharing Group

PHMSA on Wednesday announced its interest in creating a Voluntary Information-Sharing System (VIS) Working Group whose mission would be to explore ways federal and state governments and the industry can better share information relating to the nation’s pipeline infrastructure.

The group would consist of no more than 30 members for a three-year term, and PHMSA is seeking out diverse nominees who work in safety advocacy groups, research institutions, public utility commissions, state pipeline safety inspectors, labor representatives, and other industry stakeholder groups.

“The VIS Working Group will advise the Secretary of Transportation on important pipeline safety issues, including whether PHMSA should establish an information-sharing system for pipeline owners and operators, ways to encourage pipeline inspection information sharing, and best practices for protecting proprietary and security-sensitive information,” PHMSA stated in the announcement.

PHMSA is encouraging viewers to submit nominees, or self-nominate, by November 28, 2016.

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