January 2020, Vol. 247, No. 1


Where PHMSA’s Voluntary Information-Sharing Program Stands

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) officials are apparently still interested in developing a voluntary information sharing (VIS) safety reporting program.  However, exactly where their effort stands – after three years of hard work – is perhaps best characterized by Winston Churchill’s reference to the old Soviet Union: “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”   PHMSA’s Working Group’s sent a final report recommending such a program to Transportation Secretary Chao last April. The VIS Working Group was comprised of participants from two PHMSA standing committees: the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Commit

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