COVID-19 causes halt on PHMSA compliance enforcement efforts

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Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued last week a Stay of Enforcement for its operator qualification, control room management, or employment drug testing requirements.

The organization issued the order to state pipeline safety program managers, pipeline operators, and operators of gas storage and liquefied natural gas facilities. The outbreak of the disease has put a squeeze on pipeline operations, much as it has impacted workforce capabilities throughout the United States, and the PHMSA is adapting accordingly…Read More

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