Industry seeks flexibility in federal pipeline safety rules for rupture response

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Proposed federal rules governing the response of natural gas pipeline operators to ruptures on their systems could have unintended consequences if the rules do not allow the companies adequate flexibility, the gas industry warned.

In lodging their concerns, industry representatives sought to influence the final version of rules proposed in February by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or PHMSA. The long-overdue rules would require gas pipeline operators to install remote-controlled or automatic shutoff valves on certain new or replacement pipelines and meet new standards for isolating transmission lines following a rupture.

The rulemaking would satisfy congressional mandates and National Transportation Safety Board recommendations that sought to prevent problems…Read More

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