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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AE72 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: +Pipeline Safety: Gas Transmission (RRR) 
Abstract: This rulemaking action would enhance safety, revise and clarify the pipeline safety regulations applicable to the transmission and gathering of natural gas by pipeline. This rulemaking would address the implementation of integrity management principles for gas transmission pipelines in and out of High Consequence Areas (HCAs). In addition, PHMSA would also address the repair criteria for both HCA and non-HCA areas, corrosion control requirements, MAOP exceedance reporting and expanding requirements for integrity management. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 192   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 60101 et seq   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: PHMSA will be reviewing the definition of an HCA ( including the concept of a potential impact radius), the repair criteria for both HCA and non-HCA areas, requiring the use of automatic and remote controlled shut off valves, valve spacing, and whether applying the integrity management program requirements to additional areas would mitigate the need for class location requirements. This rulemaking is in direct response to Congressional mandates in the 2011 Pipeline Reauthorization Act, specifically; section 4 (e) Gas IM plus 6 months), section 5(IM), 8 (leak detection), 23 (b)(2)(exceedance of MAOP); section 29 (seismicity). Congress has requested PHMSA to review the existing regulations for gas transmission by pipeline and strengthen them through more clarity and expansion of of IM for gas pipelines. The goal of this rule is to improve gas transmission pipeline safety.

Summary of the Legal Basis: This action would respond to the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-90), which requires that the Secretary of Transportation to study and submit to Congress reports on various topics related to transmission of natural gas by pipeline and to amend the current pipeline safety statutes through the rulemaking process after submission of these reports. The mandates which this rule responds to are found in section 4 (e) (Gas IM) , section 5 (IM), section 23 (b)(2)(exceedance of MAOP) and section 29 (seismicity).

Alternatives: Alternative analyzed included no change and extention of the compliance deadlines associated with the major cost of the requirement area; namely, development and implementation of management of change processes that apply to all gas transmission pipelines beyond that which already applies to beyond IMP- and control center-related processes.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: PHMSA does not expect the proposed rule to adversely affect the economy or any sector of the economy in terms of productivity and employment, the environment, public health, safety, or State, local, or tribal government. PHMSA has also determined, as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act, that the rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities in the United States. Additionally, PHMSA determined that the rule would not impose annual expenditures on State, local, or tribal governments in excess of $152 million, and thus does not require an Unfunded Mandates Reform Act analysis. However, the rule would impose annual expenditure on private sector in excess of $152 million and is therefore economically significant.

Risks: This proposed rule will strengthen current pipeline regulations and lower the safety risk of all regulated entities.

Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  08/25/2011  76 FR 5308   
ANPRM Comment Period Extended  11/16/2011  76 FR 70953   
ANPRM Comment Period End  12/02/2011 
End of Extended Comment Period  01/20/2012 
NPRM  07/00/2014 
Additional Information: SB- Y IC-N SLT-N;
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Cameron H. Satterthwaite
Transportation Regulations Specialist
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590

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