Pipeline Safety Update – Issue No. 138

Pipeline Safety Update – Issue No. 138

Susan A. Olenchuk, Bryn S. Karaus, & Barbara A. Deathe | The National Law Review

he Office of Management & Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released its Spring 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.  The tables below summarize the status of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) pending pipeline safety rulemaking initiatives.  New and revised information appears in bold.  The Department of Transportation (DOT) has referred to the Unified Agenda in lieu of releasing a Significant Rulemaking Report for May.

Noteworthy new regulatory initiatives include:

Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform and Liquid Pipeline Reform:  These separate rulemakings would amend existing regulations to “ease regulatory burdens on the construction and operation” of gas transmission, gas gathering, and hazardous liquid pipeline systems.  The anticipated measures would include those identified through internal agency review, existing petitions for rulemaking, and public comments received on DOT’s recent notices addressing regulatory reform and impediments to transportation infrastructure projects.  According to OIRA, notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) are expected in February 2019…(Read the full story)

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