On June 11, 2012, the Energy Bar Association (EBA) hosted a panel regarding new developments in PHMSA enforcement and compliance.  The panelists included, among others, Vanessa Allen Sutherland (PHMSA Chief Counsel), Ben Fred (PHMSA Hearing Officer), and Rod Dyck (PHMSA Director, Office of Enforcement).  Notable discussion topics included: (1) PHMSA’s forthcoming rulemaking regarding administrative enforcement procedures, (2) recent complaints that the Agency and State regulators are trying to enforce requirements found in guidance documents which PHMSA called a valid and legitimate concern, (3) PHMSA’s work toward drafting a Penalty Policy, and (4) PHMSA’s outreach and oversight of State pipeline safety programs.  Click here for PHMSA’s presentation materials.