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DOT/RSPA RIN: 2137-AC99 Publication ID: Fall 1998 
Title: Regulations Implementing Memorandum of Understanding With the Department of the Interior 
Abstract: In December 1996 the Secretary of Transportation and the Secretary of the Interior signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the sharing of regulatory responsibilities for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) pipelines between the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) and the Minerals Management Service (MMS). This new agreement replaces a 1976 MOU. The new MOU allows MMS to perform routine inspections of DOT-subject facilities located on offshore platforms, with referral of enforcement actions to OPS. It also sets up a coordinated program of offshore operator inspections. This Direct Final Rule is designed to update the pipeline safety regulations to reflect features of the new MOU regarding the boundary between MMS and OPS regulatory oversight. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 192    49 CFR 195   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 60101 to 60125   
Action Date FR Cite
Direct Final Rule  11/19/1997  62 FR 61692   
Confirmation of Direct Final Rule  03/16/1998  63 FR 1265   
Direct Final Rule Effective  03/19/1998  62 FR 61692   
Additional Information: Docket No. RSPA-97-2096.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Fred Joyner
Senior Engineer
Department of Transportation
Research and Special Programs Administration
400 Seventh Street SW.,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-3530