July 2022, Vol. 249, No. 7


How Operators Can Respond to PHMSA Gas Gathering Reporting Rule

By Tom Meek, Vice President of Regulatory Compliance, Veriforce  In the last 15 years, the amount of gas that has been extracted and transported through pipelines has increased immensely, along with more reports of serious pipeline incidents.   A new gas gathering rule, issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), expands safety oversight to all onshore gas-gathering pipelines, with the intent to make all processes associated with pipelines safer.   That includes about 425,000 miles (684,000 km) of onshore gas-gathering lines not previously documented in an annual report.  Newly targeted pipelines were traditionally low

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