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New Pipeline Safety Proposal Contains Multiple New Requirements

May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

Pipeline industry executives are pouring over the 500-plus page safety proposal from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an effort that will take some time before informed comments can be made. The initial comment deadline is at the end of May. “The typical 60 days in which to submit comments will have to no doubt be expanded,” states Thomas Lael, formerly a state and federal pipeline inspector and now a consultant to transmission companies. “The last 100 pages of so of the document I downloaded from the PHMSA web site contained the proposed...

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FERC Investigates Possible Overcharging at 4 Pipelines

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

It is not unprecedented for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to investigate potential overcharging at pipelines, as it announced it was doing in January. But it doesn’t happen frequently, just three other times since 2009. The agency announced Jan. 21 that it will initiate Natural Gas Act, Section 5 investigations of the rates charged by Tuscarora Gas Transmission Co., Empire Pipeline, Inc., Iroquois Gas Transmission System, LP and Columbia Gulf Transmission. The commission charged each pipeline is collecting revenue substantially in excess of the pipeline’s actual cost of service, including a reasonable return on […]

Liquid Pipeline Safety Proposal Criticized from All Sides

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

Reaction to the PHMSA’s proposed rule (NPRM) to tighten liquid pipeline safety regulations has run along predictable lines. The pipelines think the proposal is too expansive and expensive. The environmental community and some notable safety experts believe the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) should have gone further. “We are greatly frustrated by the NPRM’s many deficiencies,” said Lois Epstein, Arctic program director at The Wilderness Society. “Our organizations are concerned that this very long rulemaking process did not produce a more substantial regulatory product.” Epstein submitted comments on behalf of several environmental groups. […]