This page provides information on comments and testimony of the Pipeline Safety Trust related to federal pipeline safety legislation, federal agency initiatives, and state agency initiatives. It is ordered chronologically, beginning with comments from the current year and continuing back in time to previous years’ comments.


2016

Federal Legislation and Testimony

PST testimony to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on the Reauthorization of DOT’s Pipeline Safety Program – 2/25/16

PST testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the Reauthorization of DOT’s Pipeline Safety Program – 3/1/2016

Federal Agency comments

PST Comments regarding Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety, docket number PHMSA-2010-0229; submitted January 7, 2016.

PST Comments on four special permit applications seeking exemption from pressure testing or pipe replacement because of a change in class location PHMSA-2016-0004, -0006,-0007,-0008. TGP special permit commentsSouthern special permit commentsElPaso special permit commentsColorado gas spec permit app

PST Comments regarding Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines (Docket PHMSA-2011-0023), submitted July 6, 2016

Appendices
A Review, Analysis and Comments on Engineering Critical Assessments as proposed in PHMSA’s Proposed Rule on Safety Of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines, by Richard Kuprewicz, Accufacts, Inc.
Pipeline Blowdown Emissions and Mitigation Options, by MJ Bradley and Associates
Report to the Secretary: Pipeline Integrity Management, an Evaluation to Help Improve PHMSA’s Oversight, Rick Kowalewski

State Agency comments

PST comments on Washington State Department of Ecology preliminary draft language for spill response planning rule changes


2015

Federal Legislation and Testimony

Trust Testimony from the July 14, 2015 House Subcommittee Hearing on Oversight of Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 and Related Issues. Other testimony and hearing information is available here, and the video of the hearing is available here.

 

State Legislation and Testimony

Trust Testimony from June 26, 2015, at the Joint Hearing of the California Assembly Natural Resources Committee And Senate Select Committee on The Refugio Oil Spill

 

Federal Agency comments

PST Comments regarding the National Pipeline Mapping System, docket number PHMSA-2014-0092; submitted November 24, 2015.

 


2014

Federal Legislation and Testimony

Trust Testimony from the May 20, 2014 House oversight hearing on the implementation of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011, before the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. After the hearing we were asked some follow up questions for the record regarding the proper authority for siting oil and gas pipelines. Our answers to those question can be found here. The hearing can be viewed through the subcommittee website, and written testimony from others can be downloaded there as well.

Federal Agency comments

PST comments regarding the National Pipeline Mapping System, docket number PHMSA-2014-0092; submitted December 1, 2014.

PST comments regarding annual data collection for state program certifications (both gas and hazardous liquid), docket number PHMSA 2014-0005; submitted June 5, 2014

PST comments regarding pipeline operator data collection, docket number PHMSA 2014-0018; submitted May 30, 2014

PST comments regarding gas gathering line definition, docket number PHMSA 2014-0004; submitted Feb 11, 2014


2013

Federal Legislation and Testimony

Trust Testimony from 7/9/2013 U.S. House hearing on H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act.
Pipeline Safety Trust Board President Rick Kessler testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives, Energy & Commerce Committee on Tuesday, July 9, against H.R. 1900. View the hearing here including Rick’s testimony (starting at 1:39:48).

Trust Testimony from 1/28/2013 U.S. Senate field hearing in West Virginia
Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion, Sissonville, WV
“So here we are again after the very recent failure of a pipeline in Sissonville which completely destroyed three homes, damaged other homes, caused extensive damage to an interstate highway, and once again terrorized a community. This recent failure falls too soon after a spate of significant failures over the past few years in Michigan, California, Pennsylvania, Montana, and Utah. Many of these failures had common themes and common solutions that could have prevented or at least minimized their impacts. We have been asking for action on these issues in previous hearings following previous tragedies for years now. Last Congress passed the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011, which began to move the regulators and the pipeline industry in the right direction on some of these issues, but the speed of review, rule making, implementation and enforcement of the needed changes was not sufficient to prevent the tragedy in Sissonville. It is our sincere desire not to be back in front of this committee again in the future saying the same things after yet another tragedy.”

Federal Agency comments

PST class location comments regarding docket number PHMSA 2013-0161; Nov 1, 2013. A class location public workshop on this docket was held Ap 16, 2014, which included a presentation by Carl Weimer.

PST comments on changes to incident and annual reports for gas pipeline operators regarding docket number PHMSA 2013-0084; submitted Aug 26 and Dec 20, 2013

PST mapping information comments regarding docket number PHMSA 2013-0137; submitted Aug 13 and Oct 21, 2013

PST comments on revisions to annual reports for hazardous liquid pipeline operators regarding docket number PHMSA 2013-0003; submitted Aug 12, 2013

Trust comments submitted to the US Department of Transportation regarding their draft Strategic Plan; Sept 10, 2013

State Agency comments

Trust comments submitted to WA State Department of Ecology on 9/9/2013 regarding the Kinder-Morgan Transmountain Pipeline Oil Spill Contingency Plan.


2012

Federal Agency comments

Comments on the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Relating to the Safety of Gas Transmission Lines (docket PHMSA-2011-0023) – January 19, 2012

State Agency comments

Comments on the Draft Report of the Montana Oil Pipeline Safety Review Council – June 2012


2011

Federal Legislation and Testimony

Testimony to Congress 2011

PST testimony on July 15, 2011 before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Power

PST testimony on July 14, 2011 before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials

PST testimony June 16, 2011 before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Power

Pipeline Safety Legislation In Congress 2011

Bill from Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ)

Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011

Bill from Senators Feinstein and Boxer (CA)

Strengthening Pipeline Safety and Enforcement Act of 2011

Bill from Rep. Jackie Speier (CA)

Pipeline Safety and Community Empowerment Act of 2011

Bill from the Obama Administration

Strengthening Pipeline Safety and Enforcement Act of 2011

 

Federal Agency Comments

 

Presentation of Carl Weimer to Pipeline Safety Forum: “What are the highest Pipeline risks?” – April 18, 2011

Comments on Pipeline Safety; Safety of On‐Shore Hazardous Liquid Pipelines – (docket PHMSA-2010-0229) February, 2011

 


2010

Federal Legislation and Testimony

Congressional Hearings on Pipeline Safety –

These links lead to copies of the testimony given and videos of the hearings.

May 20, 2010 9:30AM

Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

Implementation of the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement and Safety Act of 2006 and Reauthorization of the Pipeline Safety Program

June 24, 2010 2:30 PM

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security

Ensuring the Safety of Our Nation’s Pipelines

June 29, 2010 2:00PM

Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

The Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines: Regulated vs. Unregulated Pipelines

July 15, 2010 10:00AM

Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

The Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines (Part 2): Integrity Management

July 21, 2010 2:00PM

Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

Pipeline Safety Public Awareness and Education

September 15, 2010 10:00AM

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Enbridge Pipeline Oil Spill in Marshall, Michigan

September 23, 2010 10:29

Hearing on “Pipeline Safety Oversight and Legislation”

Hearings – Subcommittee on Energy and Environment

September 28, 2010 3:00 PM

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security

Pipeline Safety: Assessing the San Bruno, California Explosion and Other Recent Accidents

Pipeline Safety Trust’s 2010 Congressional Testimony

Carl Weimer – May 20. 2010

Carl Weimer – June 24, 2010

Lois Epstein – June 29, 2010

Rick Kessler – July 21, 2010

Rick Kessler – September 23, 2010

Rick Kessler – September 28, 2010

Multi-organization Sign On Letter to Chairman Rockefeller

 

Background Information

Pipeline Safety and Security: Federal Programs

Congressional Research Services, February 18, 2010

 


2009

Federal Agency Comments

Docket number PHMSA-2008-0291 regarding reporting requirements for operators of liquid, gas, and LNG lines; PST comments, August 27, 2009


2007

Federal Legislation and Testimony

PST testimony on March 12, 2007 before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality


2006

Federal Legislation and Testimony

PST testimony on Nov 16, 2006 before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, Hearing on Reauthorization of the Pipeline Safety Program – testimonies and information available through this link

PST testimony on July 27, 2006 before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality; all testimonies available through this link

PST testimony on March 16, 2006 Testimonies before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Highways, Transit, and Pipelines – all testimonies available here


2004

Federal Legislation and Testimony

Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives; July 20, 2004
U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Preliminary Information on the Office of Pipeline Safety’s Actions to Strengthen Its Enforcement Program
The Testimony of Mr. Breean Beggs Board of Directors, Pipeline Safety Trust


2000 and earlier

Federal Legislation and Testimony

March 13, 2000 – US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Testimony of Katherine Dalen

Testimony of SAFE Bellingham

Testimonies of Marlene Robinson and Bruce Brabec

October 27, 1999 – Subcommittee on the Economic Development, Publice Buildings, Hazardous Materials, and Transportation and Infrastructure, Hearing on Bellingham Washington Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Explosion

Testimony of SAFE Bellingham

July 27, 1999 – House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, Hazardous Materials, and Pipeline Transportation

Testimony of Jim Hall, Chairman- National Transportation Safety Board