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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AF22 Publication ID: Spring 2016 
Title: ●Pipeline Safety: Underground Storage Facilities for Natural Gas 
Abstract:

PHMSA has safety authority over the underground storage facilities used in natural gas pipeline transportation, but has no safety regulations in the DOT Code (49 CFR part 192) that apply to the downhole underground storage reservoir for natural gas. PHMSA is planning to issue an interim final rule to require operators of underground storage facilities for natural gas to comply with minimum safety standards, including compliance with API RP 1171, Functional Integrity of Natural Gas Storage in Depleted Hydrocarbon Reservoirs and Aquifer Reservoirs, and API RP 1170, Design and Operation of Solution-mined Salt Caverns Used for Natural Gas Storage. PHMSA is considering adopting the non-mandatory provisions of the RPs in a manner that would make them mandatory, except that operators would be permitted to deviate from the RPs if they provide justification.

 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 192   
Legal Authority: 49 CFR 1.97    49 U.S.C 60102   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  08/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Energy Effects: Statement of Energy Effects planned as required by Executive Order 13211.  Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Tewabe Asebe
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202-366-5523
Email: tewabe.asebe@dot.gov