On March 16, 2017, the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, Department of Commerce (Commerce) published in the Federal Register a notice seeking information on the construction and maintenance of American pipelines. This information will help the Department develop a plan for the domestic sourcing of materials for the construction, retrofitting, repair, and expansion of pipelines inside the United States as directed by the January 24, 2017 Presidential Memorandum regarding “Construction of American Pipelines” (Presidential Memorandum). The Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with relevant agencies, is required to deliver this plan to the President by July 23, 2017.
In response to this directive, Commerce is conducting industry outreach to better understand: current pipeline construction technology and requirements; potential advances in pipeline technology; domestic and foreign supply chain for pipeline materials; and all other information respondents consider pertinent to the development of the domestic sourcing plan. Responses to this notice (posted at https://www.regulations.gov) will inform the Secretary’s plan for the domestic sourcing of materials used in pipelines within the boundaries of the United States.
Comments must be received by 5 p.m. (EDT) on April 7, 2017.