February 2022, Vol. 249, No. 2


PHMSA Announces Long Awaited, New Regulation of Gathering Lines

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington, D.C. After a decade of consideration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule that creates two new classes of onshore gathering lines — R and C. The rule imposes a series of regulations and compliance deadlines that the GPA Midstream Association (GPA) and American Petroleum Institute (API) say will be exceedingly difficult to meet, and expensive, too.   Those groups have asked PHMSA to reconsider provisions in the rule and delay some of its deadlines. Matt Hite, vice president of government affairs, GPA, said, “Our major issue is the extremely short deadlines that are in the rules. So, we

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