PHMSA has issued a pre-publication copy of its much-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning hazardous liquid pipeline safety issues.
Continue Reading Extensive New Rules for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines Proposed by PHMSA

PHMSA is proposing to amend its regulations applicable to natural gas distribution/service lines at 49 C.F.R. Part 192 to require expanded use of excess flow valves (EFVs) and manual service line shut-off valves (e.g. curb valves) in certain applications.
Continue Reading PHMSA Proposes Expanded Use of Excess Flow Valves on Gas Distribution Lines

PHMSA issued a Final Rule that amends various Part 195 and 192 regulations relating to post-construction inspections, welding, gas component pressure testing requirements, and calculating pressure reductions for immediate repairs on liquid pipelines, among other changes.
Continue Reading PHMSA Final Rule Amends Numerous Pipeline Safety Regulations

PHMSA regulations require operators to perform random drug testing on a certain percentage of their “covered employees” (i.e. employees, contractors, and contractor employees who perform regulated operations, maintenance, or emergency response functions on a pipeline or LNG facility, 49 C.F.R. Part 199.3).  49 C.F.R. Part 199.105(c).  The Agency publishes the minimum percentage of covered employees subject to random drug testing each year, with the percentage to become applicable on January 1 of the calendar year following publication.  Id.  According to a recent Federal Register Notice, PHMSA has determined that the minimum random drug testing rate for covered employees will remain at the current rate, 25 percent, during calendar year 2015.

Continue Reading PHMSA Issues Notice of Random Drug Testing Annual Percentage Rate for Calendar Year 2015

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 Proposed Expansion of NPMS Information Comment Period Extended

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