Who Oversees Pipeline Safety?

The safety of pipelines is the accountability of pipeline companies who adhere to a comprehensive series of regulations issued by U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) that governs every step of the process from construction to operation and maintenance. Proper inspection procedures, regulatory requirements, and the undertaking of necessary repairs are checked by federal and state inspectors to ensure that they are meticulously followed. PHMSA is also in-charge of enforcing the law against violations of pipeline safety regulations. They generally control interstate and intrastate hazardous liquids transmission pipelines, but may delegate some of the authority to state agencies (which are usually members of the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives) if they are consistent with federal regulations. In the case of pipeline incidents, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is the agency responsible for investigating and reporting issues. They also produce recommendations to companies, industry groups, and regulators. To read the full article, click here…

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