PHMSA has released their study on gathering lines. The Executive Summary describes the report as follows:
The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 requires the DOT Secretary to: (1) conduct a review of existing state and federal regulations for gas and hazardous liquid gathering lines located onshore and offshore in the United States, including the Gulf of Mexico, and (2) submit a report of the review to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate. In addition to review results, the report is also required to include the Secretary’s recommendations with respect to: (a) the sufficiency of existing federal and state laws and regulations to ensure the safety of gas and hazardous liquid gathering lines; (b) the economic impacts, technical practicability, and challenges of applying existing federal regulations to gathering lines that are not currently subject to federal regulation when compared to the public safety benefits; and (c) subject to a risk-based assessment, the need to modify or revoke existing exemptions from federal regulation for gas and hazardous liquid gathering lines.
You can download the full report here.
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