February 2011, Vol. 238 No. 2

Government

In Wake of San Bruno, PHMSA Calls Oversight Of IM Programs "Lacking"

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing March 1-2 in Washington may push Congress to renew failed efforts from last fall to upgrade pipeline safety laws. The hearings will air the NTSB’s preliminary findings from the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) pipeline explosion in California in September where seven people were killed. Recommendations from the NTSB in January to PG&E, the state of California and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) grew out of the NTSB’s belief that PG&E conducted a faulty risk analysis on the pipeline segment at issue leading to a miscalculation of Maximum Allowable Operating P

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