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PUBLIC LAW 101-599—NOV. 16, 1990 104 STAT. 3041 "(2) Upon notification by any other person of a hazard or potential hazard to navigation with respect to a pipeUne, the Secretary shall promptly determine whether a hazard exists, and if so shall immediately notify Coast Guard headquarters, the Office of Pipeline Safety, other affected Federal and State agencies, vessel owners and operators in the pipeline's vicinity, and the owner and operator of the pipeline. "(c) ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS.— The Secretary shall, within six months after the date of enactment of this section, establish standards, for the purposes of this section, for what constitutes a hazard to navigation. "(d) DEFINITION.— For purposes of this section, the term 'pipelines' has the meaning given the term 'pipeline facilities' in the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 and the Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Act of 1979.". SEC. 3. STUDY. (a) STUDY REQUIREMENT.—The Secretary of Transportation shall— (1) consult with appropriate Federal and State agencies, pipeline owners and operators, the fishing and maritime industries, and other affected groups, with respect to underwater pipeline burial; (2) study feasible methods of determining how deeply underwater pipelines are buried; (3) research existing marine safety and vessel operational practices relating to underwater pipeline rights-of-way, particularly in shallow offshore waters, and related marine safety and navigational technology; and (4) consider the availability and quality of navigational charts showing the location of pipelines in the marine environment. Not later than six months after the date of enactment of this Act, Reports, the Secretary of Transportation shall report to the Congress on the results of actions taken under this section. (b) DEFINITIONS.—For purposes of this section— (1) the term "marine environment" has the meaning given such term in section 3(1) of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act (33 U.S.C 1222(1)); and (2) the term "pipelines" has the meaning given the term "pipeline facilities" in the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 and the Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Act of 1979. Approved November 16, 1990. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.R. 4888: HOUSE REPORTS: No. 101-814, Pt. 1 (Comm. on Public Works and Transportation), Pt. 2 (Comm. on Energy and Commerce), and Pt. 3 (Comm. on Merchant Marine and Fisheries). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 136 (1990): Oct. 15, considered and passed House. Oct. 27, considered and passed Senate. o