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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AE72 Publication ID: Fall 2017 
Title: +Pipeline Safety: Gas Transmission 
Abstract:

This rulemaking would amend the pipeline safety regulations to address integrity management principles for gas transmission pipelines. The rulemaking would address repair criteria for high-consequence areas (HCA) and non-HCA areas, assessment methods, validating and integrating pipeline data, risk assessments, knowledge gained through the integrity management program, corrosion control, change management, gathering lines, and safety features on launchers and receivers.

 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 192   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 60101 et seq   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

This rulemaking is in direct response to Congressional mandates in the 2011 Pipeline Reauthorization Act, specifically sec. 4 (e) Gas IM plus 6 months), sec. 5(IM), 8 (leak detection), 23(b)(2)(exceedance of MAOP); sec. 29 (seismicity). These statutory mandates and recommendations stem from a number of high profile and high consequence gas transmission and gathering pipeline incidents and changes in the industry since the establishment of existing regulatory requirements (e.g., San Bruno, CA explosion that killed eight people).

Summary of the Legal Basis:

Congress has authorized Federal regulation of the transportation of gas by pipeline under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Authorization is codified in the Pipeline Safety Laws (49 U.S.C. secs. 60101 et seq.), a series of statutes that are administered by the DOT, PHMSA. PHMSA has used that authority to promulgate comprehensive minimum safety standards for the transportation of gas by pipeline.

Alternatives:

PHMSA considered alternatives to establishing a newly defined moderate consequence area and evaluated requiring assessments for all pipelines outside HCAs.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

Preliminary estimates of annualized costs are in the range of $40 million; annualized benefits, including cost savings, are over $200 million.

Risks:

This rule addresses known risks to gas transmission and gathering including the "grandfather clause" (exemption for testing to establish maximum operating pressure for transmission lines) and new unregulated gathering lines that resemble transmission lines.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  08/25/2011  76 FR 53086   
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  04/08/2016  81 FR 20721   
NPRM Comment Period End  06/08/2016 
Final Rule  08/00/2018 
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: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
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
Phone:202-366-8553
Email: cameron.satterthwaite@dot.gov