March 2021, Vol. 248, No. 3

Government

Biden Administration Initiates Major Pipeline Leak Regulatory Reviews

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington D.C. Both gas transmission and distribution pipelines face new regulations from the Biden administration on leaks from both pumping station equipment and pipelines in part because of legislation passed in December by Congress and a Biden administration executive order (EO).   The Protecting Our Infra-Structure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2020 and Leonel Rondon Pipeline Safety Act were included in the big fiscal 2021 consolidated federal appropriations bill Congress passed at the end of December.  The first requires the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to write ne

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