November 2015, Vol. 242, No. 11

Features

Government: Senate Hears Criticism of Upcoming Gas Transmission Proposal

INGAA CEO Don Santa showed increasing frustration with PHMSA’s continued failure to move forward with important pipeline safety regulations. At Senate hearings Sept. 29, he said gas transmission pipelines are hesitant to make extensive safety investments now since those investments could be proved inadequate or wrong-headed once PHMSA finally publishes an upcoming safety rule containing numerous changes dictated by the 2011 Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act. The final rule isn’t expected for two years, although a proposed rule is apparently imminent. The key components of that proposed rule, according to Santa, will be a presumed expansion of the 2004

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