OMB Declines to Approve PHMSA Proposal to Modify the National Pipeline Mapping System

On March 23, 2017, OMB concluded its review of PHMSA’s proposed expansion of the data collected under the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS).  OMB elected to reapprove the current information collection supporting NPMS and not the revisions propo(…)

Pipelines are safe. They already are the safest way to transport energy – and getting safer.

In a recent op-ed published in the Post-Gazette, “Gas Pipelines Represent Prosperity” (Sept. 5 Perspectives), David Spigelmyer and James Kunz of the Marcellus Shale Coalition described the many benefits that Pennsylvanians could see from the expansion(…)

PHMSA Releases Emergency Order Interim Final Rule

On October 14, the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published its Interim Final Rule (IFR) entitled “Pipeline Safety: Enhanced Emergency Order Procedures” in the Federal Register.  The agency had previously issued a pre(…)

PHMSA Releases a Final Rule Expanding the Required Use of Excess Flow Valves

On October 14, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published its Final Rule entitled “Expanding the Use of Excess Flow Valves in Gas Distribution Systems to Applications Other Than Single-Family Residences” (EFV Final Ru(…)

PHMSA Issues New Advisory Bulletin Covering “Purged but Active” Pipelines

Today, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published an Advisory Bulletin entitled  “Clarification of Terms Relating to Pipeline Operational Status.”  Section 23 of the PIPES Act required PHMSA to issue an ADB within 90(…)

PHMSA Releases New Crude By Rail Rulemaking Proposal

On July 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) released an advance copy of a rulemaking proposal that would amend the oil spill response plan requirements in 49 C.F.R. Part 130(…)

PHMSA Increases Maximum Civil Penalties for Violations of Pipeline Safety Laws and Regulations

On June 30, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an interim final rule, effective August 1, 2016, titled “Pipeline Safety:  Inflation Adjustment of Maximum Civil Penalties.”  This interim rule increases the m(…)

Pipeline Safety Alert: Reauthorization Bill Provides PHMSA with Significant New Authority

On June 22, 2016, the President signed into law the PIPES Act, reauthorizing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) federal pipeline safety program through fiscal year 2019.  Among several amendments to the Pipeline Safet(…)

Issuance of PHMSA Corrosion Control Advisory Bulletin (ADB-2016-04) (PHMSA-2016-0071)

On June 15, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an advisory bulletin to pipeline operators related to the effectiveness of coating and corrosion control measures on buried, insulated pipelines. PHMSA’s advis(…)

PIPES Act Sent To President For Signature

On June 13, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act) legislation that reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) federal pip(…)

Federal Pipeline Safety Regulator Extends Comment Period for Integrity Management and Class Location Inquiry

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a notice in today’s Federal Register extending the period for responding to its inquiry about expanding the integrity management program r(…)

Federal Pipeline Safety Regulator Amends Administrative Enforcement Procedures

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule in today’s edition of the Federal Register that amends its administrative procedures for federal enforcement actions effectiv(…)

Federal Pipeline Safety Regulator Revises Draft Integrity Verification Process and Extends Public Comment Period

As announced in today’s Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has released a new draft of its proposed Integrity Verification Process (IVP) for gas transmission lines a(…)

Federal Pipeline Safety Regulator Proposes to Update Industry Standards Incorporated by Reference

On August 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register that contained a package of periodic updates to the vol(…)

PHMSA Considers Expanding Integrity Management and Eliminating Class Location Requirements for Gas Pipelines

On August 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on whether to apply its integrity management (IM) program requi(…)

Federal Pipeline Safety Regulator to Hold Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced in today’s Federal Register that a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting will be held on August 8 to 9, 2013, in Arlington, Virginia.(…)

PHMSA Hails Authority to Inspect NGL Plants

In a press release issued earlier today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) stated that a recent federal court decision confirms its authority to inspect natural gas liquids (NGL) pla(…)

PHMSA Proposes to Collect Additional Data for Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Accidents

On April 23, 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on its proposal to collect additional data on hazardous liquid pip(…)

PHMSA Releases Updated Enforcement Guidance

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently released updated enforcement guidance for complying with its operator qualification (OQ) and hazardous liquid integrity management program(…)

Federal Pipeline Safety Agency to Revise Annual Gas Distribution Report

On February 13, 2013, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a notice in the Federal Register proposing to revise its annual report for gas distribution systems.  According to the notice, PHMSA would like operator(…)

PHMSA Advises Pipeline Operators to Report Incidents to NRC Within One Hour of Discovery

On January 30, 2013, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published an advisory bulletin urging pipeline operators to report pipeline incidents to the National Response Center (NRC) within one hour of discovery.  PHMSA al(…)

FERC Concludes LNGFIRE3 is Suitable for Siting Onshore LNG Facilities

On January 30, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) published a notice in the Federal Register of the availability of a report prepared by the Office of Energy Projects, “Recommended Parameters for Solid Flame Models for Land Based Li(…)

U.S. Senate Transporation Committee Holds Pipeline Safety Field Hearing in West Virginia

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a field hearing in Charleston, West Virginia, to discuss pipeline safety issues in the wake of the December 2012 gas pipeline incident in Sissonville, West Virginia.  T(…)

PHMSA Touts Record Enforcement Numbers in 2012

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a press release today indicating that the agency posted record enforcement numbers in 2012.  According to the press release, PHMSA issued 116 final orders for the year, the seco(…)

U.S. Government Accountability Office Releases Pipeline Safety Report

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report today concluding that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) needs to collect better data and provide additional guidance to improve the ability of pipeline(…)

PHMSA Extends Deadline for Submitting 2012 Gas Transmission Line Annual Reports

According to the revised reporting instructions available on its website, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has agreed to extend the deadline for gas transmission line operators to submit their 2012 annual reports from(…)

PHMSA Cites Progress in Implementing Reauthorization of Pipeline Safety Laws

Yesterday, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) released an update on its progress in implementing the requirements of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act, the most recent reauthorization of th(…)

Obama Reelection Sets the Stage for Significant Pipeline Safety Regulatory Actions

As explained in the December edition of the PIOGA Press, President Obama’s reelection has set the stage for a series of regulatory actions by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).  The(…)

Federal Reporting Deadline Looms for Gas Transmission Line Operators

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the federal agency responsible for ensuring the safety of our nation’s gas pipelines, has given transmission line operators until March 15, 2013, to determine whether they have suffic(…)