New federal pipeline safety rules draw praise from industry, scorn from critics

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New federal rules on pipeline safety are being praised by the oil and gas industry but dismissed by pipeline critics in Pennsylvania as unlikely to make pipelines any safer.

The rules from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will increase requirements on operators to follow “risk-based integrity management” practices to keep pipelines in good condition; protect pipelines from extreme weather; and give PHMSA more power to shut down or restrict pipeline operations to ensure safety…read more

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