August 2014, Vol. 241, No. 8

Government

PHMSA's Attention To Pipeline Safety Becomes Issue

Pipeline safety is back on the congressional agenda, in part because of a recent Department of Transportation Inspector General’s report, in part because of PHMSA’S failure to finish rulemakings mandated by the 2011 pipeline safety bill. PHMSA’s foot-dragging has irritated the industry and the major pipeline safety advocacy group equally. The unhappiness surfaced at a May 20 hearing in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The lightening rod was PHMSA’s failure to finalize rules required by the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011. Rulemakings on remote and automatic shutoff valves, on changes to hazardous l

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