SAN BRUNO VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES DESERVE LONG-OVERDUE ACTION

September 9, 2020 By Member Jennifer Homendy, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Safety Compass Today marks 10 years since the devastating natural gas pipeline rupture that shattered a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, California. The September 9, 2010, explosion destroyed 38 homes and damaged 70 others. Even worse, 8 people were killed, 10 people sustained seriousContinue reading “SAN BRUNO VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES DESERVE LONG-OVERDUE ACTION”

U.S. Government Accountability Office Issues Report on LNG Exports

GAO Report on Natural Gas Exports: Updated Guidance and Regulations Could Improve Facility Permitting Processes In 2019, about 39% of U.S. natural gas exports went through export facilities—in which the gas is liquefied and loaded onto ships for transport. Multiple federal agencies regulate export facility design. Federal guidance says that agencies should review regulations everyContinue reading “U.S. Government Accountability Office Issues Report on LNG Exports”

Columbia Gas Sentenced in Connection with September 2018 Gas Explosions in Merrimack Valley

Photo: Nina Flores and jliss 1979 via CNN June 23, 2020 U.S. Department of Justice Press Release Company to sell its business in Massachusetts and pay $53 million fine, the largest criminal fine ever imposed under the Pipeline Safety Act BOSTON – Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (CMA) was sentenced today in connection with the gasContinue reading “Columbia Gas Sentenced in Connection with September 2018 Gas Explosions in Merrimack Valley”

NEWS ALERT: PHMSA Announces Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Thursday, May 28, 2020Contact: Ben Kochman, DOT/PHMSA202-366-4831 PHMSA is proposing a number of amendments to modernize federal pipeline safety regulations that would reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens consistent with E.O. 13771, 13777, and 13783. PHMSA considered public comments on DOT notices on regulatory reform, petitions for rulemaking, and PHMSA’s own review of existing regulations to identify areas whereContinue reading “NEWS ALERT: PHMSA Announces Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform Notice of Proposed Rulemaking”

Trail of Spills Haunts Dakota Access Developer

Photo: http://www.processingmagazine.com https://www.eenews.net/stories/1063234239 By Mike Soraghan, E&E News reporter, May 26, 2020 Federal pipeline inspectors didn’t like what they found when they looked at construction of the Permian Express pipeline. Unqualified welders were fusing the pipe together in central Texas, using unapproved methods. Regulators with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) were alarmedContinue reading “Trail of Spills Haunts Dakota Access Developer”

Virus Leads Pipeline Agency to Ease Job Qualification Rules

A federal safety agency is helping hazardous material transporters and pipeline operators prepare for the spread of Covid-19 by easing staff training and qualifications requirements. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a stay on enforcement March 20, applicable only to requirements for pipeline operator employee qualifications and training. The agency issued a second stay on enforcement MondayContinue reading “Virus Leads Pipeline Agency to Ease Job Qualification Rules”

Implementing the Recently Published Gas Transmission and Hazardous Liquid Final Rules- Documents Now Available

On February 26 & 27, 2020 PHMSA held public meetings for Pipeline Safety officials to discuss with pipeline safety stakeholders the implementation of the gas transmission and the hazardous liquid pipeline final rules published in the Federal Register on October 1, 2019. PHMSA made available for comment draft frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers forContinue reading “Implementing the Recently Published Gas Transmission and Hazardous Liquid Final Rules- Documents Now Available”

Pipeline Rules Adopted Years After Deadly Explosion, Spills

Matthew Brown, Associated Press Updated 1:06 pm PDT, Tuesday, October 1, 2019 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials on Tuesday adopted long-delayed measures that are meant to prevent pipeline spills and deadly gas explosions but don’t address recommended steps to lessen accidents once they occur. The new rules from the Department of Transportation apply to moreContinue reading “Pipeline Rules Adopted Years After Deadly Explosion, Spills”