Biden energy agenda exposes regulatory gap
By Mike Soraghan, E&E News (Feb. 6, 2023)
“The research on safety is scant comfort for Caram of Pipeline Safety Trust. In fact, he said it shows that basic questions about hydrogen remain unanswered even as utilities make plans to incorporate it into the fuel supply that serves homes and businesses throughout the country.
‘If they really believe everything is fine, that there’s no new questions and they’re ready to go, they wouldn’t need to spend all this money on research’ Caram said.
And the usefulness of the hydrogen research could be limited if rules were completed before the research is done. He noted that PHMSA has strict prohibitions on regulating pipelines already in the ground and facilities already built.
‘We get all this research on the best way to prevent ruptures, and PHMSA will be prohibited from requiring any of that for pipelines already in the ground,’ Caram said.”
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