July 2019, Vol. 246, No. 7

Government

Pipeline Companies Oppose Some Proposed Mapping Requirements

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor WASHINGTON — The proposal from the PHMSA to force transmission and distribution pipelines to submit additional geospatial data to the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) could cost the industry tens of millions of dollars in added expenses.  Arick Sears, senior regulatory attorney, MidAmerican Energy Company, said the new reporting mandates for pipelines, if finalized, will cost his company $1 million. MidAmerican owns 12,860 miles of natural gas distribution main, 678,350 gas services, 688 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline and three Liquefied Natural Gas plants. Paiute Pipeline Company, in its comments to the Pipeline and Hazardous Mate

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