New Pipeline Safety Proposal Contains Multiple New Requirements

May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

Pipeline industry executives are pouring over the 500-plus page safety proposal from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an effort that will take some time before informed comments can be made. The initial comment deadline is at the end of May. “The typical 60 days in which to submit comments will have to no doubt be expanded,” states Thomas Lael, formerly a state and federal pipeline inspector and now a consultant to transmission companies. “The last 100 pages of so of the document I downloaded from the PHMSA web site contained the proposed…

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