In response to industry requests for an extension of the comment period for PHMSA’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the safety of natural gas transmission lines, the Agency has extended the comment period from December 2, 2011 to January 20, 2012. Click here to view the Federal Register Notice published November 16, 2011. Click
PHMSA announced that it is seeking information on whether or not to propose new safety requirements for gas transmission pipelines. In particular, PHMSA is considering whether integrity management requirements should be revised and expanded, including adding more prescriptive language in some areas, and whether other issues related to system integrity should be addressed by strengthening…
PHMSA held a public meeting on July 21, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia on “Improving Risk Assessment and Recordkeeping” due to recent pipeline incidents involving gaps in data and recordkeeping that have resulted in an increased focus on improving risk assessments.
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure held an oversight hearing on July 20, 2011 regarding the Silvertip Pipeline release in Yellowstone County, Montana.