June 2022, Vol. 249, No. 6


PHMSA Finalizes New Remote Valve Requirements

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington, D.C. After more than a decade of considering whether pipelines should install automatic shut-off valves (ASVs), the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a final rule; however, it fell short of what the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wanted.   Over the past decade, NTSB has repeatedly asked PHMSA to impose shut-off valve requirements following its investigation of the Sept. 9, 2010 Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) accident in San Bruno, Calif., in which a ruptured gas transmission pipeline caused an explosion that killed eight people.  NTSB made recommendations a

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