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Standing Rock Dispute Presents Issues Unique to Indian Country

Posted in Environmental, Judicial/ Administrative Decisions, Policy, Public Awareness/ Community Relations
Since the Administration denied a Presidential (border crossing) Permit to the Keystone XL Project in 2015, a number of regional, state or local objections to new pipeline construction projects have emerged around the U.S. Most of the protests have continued themes relied on by opposition to Keystone, including the claim that fossil fuels should remain in the ground in order to limit the impacts of climate change.… Continue Reading

Advisory Regarding Damage to Pipelines from Flooding

Posted in Administrative Guidance, Incident Response, Integrity Management, Operation & Maintenance, PHMSA, Public Awareness/ Community Relations
PHMSA issued an updated advisory regarding the potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by severe flooding. Presumably prompted by the January 2015 release to the Yellowstone river in Glendive, Montana, associated with an area of exposed pipeline on the river bottom, the Agency reiterated the nine (9) actions it has set forth in prior advisories to prevent and mitigate damage to pipelines impacted by flooding. … Continue Reading

Proposed Expansion of NPMS Information Comment Period Extended

Posted in PHMSA, Public Awareness/ Community Relations, Recordkeeping, Reporting Obligations
PHMSA extended the comment period for its recent proposed expansion of information that operators must submit to the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS).  In response to an industry request for additional time, the Agency extended the comment period (which originally expired on September 29th) to December 1, 2014.… Continue Reading

Proposal to Substantially Expand Information Required in NPMS Submissions

Posted in PHMSA, Public Awareness/ Community Relations, Recordkeeping, Reporting Obligations
PHMSA recently proposed to significantly expand the information collected from operators through the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS). In the Agency’s notice and request for comment, PHMSA proposes to collect extensive information regarding pipeline attributes and extends reporting requirements to newly abandoned pipelines, regulated breakout tanks, and offshore gas gathering lines. … Continue Reading

PHMSA Issues Advisory Bulletin Regarding 2010 Marshall, Michigan Release

Posted in Administrative Guidance, Control Room Management, Incident Response, Integrity Management, PHMSA, Public Awareness/ Community Relations
Almost four years after the Enbridge crude oil spill near Marshall, Michigan, PHMSA issued an Advisory Bulletin urging operators to evaluate their safety programs and implement changes to eliminate deficiencies identified by the NTSB’s investigation of the release. … Continue Reading

PHMSA Announces Over $1.5 Million in Pipeline Safety Grants to States

Posted in PHMSA, Policy, Public Awareness/ Community Relations
PHMSA announced over $1.5 million in grants to 22 states to support state pipeline damage prevention programs.  Excavation damage continues to be the number one cause of pipeline accidents that result in fatalities and injuries and since 2002 it has resulted in over $190 million in property damage nationwide. Coincident with these grants, the Agency… Continue Reading

PHMSA Extends Comment Period Regarding Pipeline Damage Prevention NPRM

Posted in Administrative Rulemaking, PHMSA, Public Awareness/ Community Relations
PHMSA granted industry requests for an extension of the comment period for its April 2, 2012 NPRM to amend the damage prevention program regulations with respect to evaluating state pipeline excavation damage prevention law enforcement programs.  Comments are now due on or before July 9, 2012.  Click here for the Notice (to be published in the… Continue Reading

PHMSA Issues NPRM regarding pipeline damage prevention programs

Posted in Administrative Rulemaking, PHMSA, Public Awareness/ Community Relations
PHMSA proposes to amend the damage prevention regulations to (1) establish criteria and procedures for determining the adequacy of state pipeline excavation damage prevention enforcement programs; (2) establish an administrative process for making adequacy determinations; (3) establish the Federal requirements PHMSA will enforce in states with inadequate excavation damage prevention enforcement programs; and (4) establish… Continue Reading