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Pipeline Safety Alert: Five Questions About PHMSA's Proposed Rules for Gas Transmission and Gathering Lines

On March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a pre-publication version of its long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for gas transmission and gathering lines.  The 549-page NPRM has been issued in response to issues raised in National Transportation Safety Board recommendations, congressional mandates, and Government Accountability Office reports.  PHMSA has provided a short, 60-day comment period, which will be a challenge to those developing comments on a proposed rule of this complexity and length.  For more information, read our Pipeline Safety Alert.