Federal Pipeline Safety Policy
Here we provide a brief primer on federal pipeline safety law, the language of the current law, access to federal pipeline safety regulations and enforcement information, and information about recent developments in pipeline safety regulation.
- A brief history of federal pipeline safety laws
- The Pipeline Safety Trust’s Guide to Pipeline Safety Rulemaking
- Pipeline Safety Act of 2016
- Pipeline Safety Regulatory Certainty and Job Creation Act of 2011 (pdf)
- Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement, and Safety Act of 2006 (pdf)
- Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (pdf, 166kb)
- Federal pipeline safety regulations http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline/regs
- Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS)
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) http://www.ferc.gov/about/ferc-does.asp FERC requires operators to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity before constructing a new interstate natural gas pipeline. FERC has issued a policy statement and two clarifying statements describing the factors that FERC will consider in determining whether to approve a new application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. Those can be found here: http://www.ferc.gov/legal/maj-ord-reg/PL99-3-001.pdf ; http://www.ferc.gov/legal/maj-ord-reg/PL99-3-000.pdf; and here: http://www.ferc.gov/legal/maj-ord-reg/PL99-3-002.pdf.
- National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) http://www.ntsb.gov/about/office_rph.html
- Read the open recommendations of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to PHMSA by clicking here
You can also find testimony that the Trust has given related to federal legislation on our Regulatory Comments page.