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  1. New PHMSA rule requires faster pipeline accident notification

    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a final rule laying out a specific timeframe for electronic or telephone notifications of pipeline accidents. Specifically, it will require operators to report an incident or accident within 1 hr of its discovery, and revision or confirmation within 48 hr of the confirmed discovery. Quicker reporting will benefit the public and the environment, and limit property damages, the US Department of Transportation agency said in a Jan. 23 Federal Register notice. The rule also amends drug and alcohol testing requirements and incorporates consensus standards by reference for in-line inspection and stress corrosion cracking direct assessment, it indicated. The final rule is effective Mar. 24. It also adds provisions for cost recovery for design reviews of certain new projects and for the renewal of expiring special permits, and sets out the process for requesting protection of confidential commercial information, PHMSA said. Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com .

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017

  2. PHMSA issues CAO to Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. following ND leak

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a corrective action order to Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. in Casper, Wyo., following a Dec. 5 crude oil leak on one of its pipelines in North Dakota.

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016

  3. PHMSA issues interim final rule to address gas storage issues

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued an interim final rule (IFR) that aims to address issues related to underground natural gas storage facilities downhole facilities, including well integrity, wellbore tubing, and casing.

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    Wed, 14 Dec 2016

  4. PHMSA orders Colonial to shut Line No. 1 down, prepare restart plan

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ordered Colonial Pipeline Co., Alpharetta, Ga., to shut down a segment of its Line No. 1 near Helena, Ala., a week after a gasoline leak was detected there. The US Department of Transportation agency’s Sept. 16 corrective action order ...

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  1. PHMSA conditionally allows Colonial Pipeline to restart Line No. 1

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    Wed, 21 Sep 2016

  2. PHMSA finalizes excess flow valve rule for gas distribution pipelines

    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a final rule on Oct. 7 for excess flow valves on new and replaced distribution pipelines. The final rule requires installation of EFVs in new or replaced service lines for multifamily residences—including apartment buildings and ...

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    Wed, 12 Oct 2016

  3. API, other groups ask PHMSA to clarify rail tank car safety roles

    The American Petroleum Institute and nine other oil and gas industry and other business trade associations asked the US Pipeline & Hazardous Material Safety Administration to clarify its role as a rail tank car safety regulator and the industry’s role in recommending and developing new standards.

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    Mon, 15 Aug 2016

  4. PHMSA issues pipeline status advisory bulletin

    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued an advisory bulletin about procedures for changing a pipeline’s status from active to abandoned for pipeline owners and operators, and federal and state pipeline safety personnel.

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  5. PHMSA proposes crude-by-rail response, data-sharing procedures

    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Material Safety Administration proposed new oil spill response and information procedures for high-hazard flammable trains (HHFT) in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration.

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    Fri, 22 Jul 2016

  6. PHMSA orders Texas Eastern to address Penn Jersey pipeline failure

    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration issued a corrective action order requiring Texas Eastern Transmission LP to take necessary corrective actions following the failure of a gas pipeline on its Penn Jersey system.

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    Thu, 5 May 2016

  7. House Energy and Commerce Committee approves pipeline safety bill

    The US House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed HR 5050, the pipeline safety reauthorization bill, on Apr. 27. The action followed the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s approval of its own pipeline safety bill, HR 4937, a week earlier.

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    Wed, 27 Apr 2016

  8. DOE, PHMSA jointly launch interagency gas storage safety task force

    The US Department of Energy and US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration jointly launched an interagency task force to examine natural gas storage safety, DOE Undersecretary Lynn Orr and PHMSA Administrator Marie Therese Dominguez jointly announced.

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    Mon, 4 Apr 2016

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