October 2016, Vol. 243, No. 10

PHMSA Cautions Industry on Abandoned Pipelines Interstate and intrastate gas and hazardous liquids pipelines received a two-pronged warning from PHMSA. The agency, following up on dictates in the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016, told operators to pay attention to regulatory requirements based on the status of the pipeline’s operations, and secondly, to pay attention to obligations when abandoning pipelines. The advisory bulletin published in August by PHMSA cited several recent pipeline accidents. For example, on May 31, 2015 a 24-inch natural gas “auxiliary” pipeline crossing the Arkansas River in…

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