January 2019, Vol. 246, No. 1



By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington D.C. Distribution Pipelines Win Big on New Plastic Pipe Rules    Distribution pipelines will not face track and trace requirements for newly installed or repaired plastic pipelines, which comes as a relief for the American Gas Association, a group that strongly opposed the potential mandate when Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) first proposed a series of new standards in 2015.    PHMSA also backed away from some of the other changes to its pipeline safety regulations proposed in 2015, either because of industry opposition or because of the advice of its Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee. The changes to agency r

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