Public Awareness/ Community Relations

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 Proposal to Substantially Expand Information Required in NPMS Submissions

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 Issues Advisory Bulletin Regarding 2010 Marshall, Michigan Release

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

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

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