PHMSA Grants Industry Petition Concerning Gas Transmission Rule

By Erin Kurilla posted 01-09-2020 10:46 AM

On December 20, 2019 the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) granted APGA our Petition for Reconsideration for two elements of the Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines: Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure Reconfirmation, Expansion of Assessment Requirements, and Other Related Amendments Final Rule. Following its publication on October 1, 2019 APGA along with the American Gas Association, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, and American Petroleum Institute submitted a Petition for Reconsideration requesting that PHMSA: (1) clarify that the recordkeeping requirement related to class location changes, §192.5(d), is specific to gas transmission pipelines and does not include gas distribution pipelines; and, (2) confirm the applicability of the maximum allowable operating pressure reconfirmation requirements limited to pipeline segments that do not have traceable, verifiable and complete pressure test records per § 192.624(a)(2). PHMSA has granted the industry’s petition requests for both elements.

Click here for industry’s Petition for Reconsideration and PHMSA’s response.

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