June 2016, Vol. 243, No. 6

Features

Federal Regulator Eyes New Rules for Gas Gathering Lines

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the federal agency charged with administering the nation’s pipeline safety program, published a long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for gas transmission and gathering pipelines. Under development for more than four years, the NPRM proposes significant changes to PHMSA’s safety standards for gas pipeline facilities in 49 C.F.R., Part 192. Of particular importance to the upstream and midstream sectors, the NPRM includes a proposal to modify the federal safety standards for onshore gas gathering lines in four significant ways. First, PHMSA is proposing to change the framework

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