PHMSA Guidance and Advisory

Ongoing PHMSA Regulatory Efforts and Schedule

The tables below summarize the status of PHMSA’s pipeline safety-related rulemakings, as reflected in DOT’s October 2017 Significant Rulemaking Report and OMB’s Fall Unified Regulatory Agenda.  The Report and Agenda are not binding, and anticipated publication dates are frequently missed.  For example, although DOT anticipated publishing by January 2018 the Enhanced Emergency Order Procedures contemplated by the PIPES Act and the final Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities regulations, neither have appeared in the Federal Register yet.

Notably, PHMSA plans to finalize both proposed major overhauls of the hazardous liquids and gas pipeline safety regulations by August 2018, despite that the administration is apparently reconsidering the content of the draft regulations, which may potentially necessitate re-proposal prior to finalization.

Pending Final Rules

RULE

DOT Estimated Submission to OMB

DOT Estimated Publication

OIRA Estimated Publication

Enhanced Emergency Order Procedures

n/a

n/a

January 2018

Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines

May 10, 2018

August 22, 2018

August 2018

Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

January 24, 2018

April 27, 2018

August 2018

Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities

n/a

n/a

January 2018

Pending Notices of Proposed Rulemaking & Advanced Notices of Proposed Rulemakings (ANPRM)

RULE

DOT Estimated Submission to OMB

DOT Estimated Publication

OIRA Estimated Publication

Class Location Requirements (ANPRM)

December 26, 2017

April 9, 2018

April 2018

Standards Update Rule – 2015 and Beyond

n/a

n/a

June 2018

Valve Installation and Minimum Rupture Detection Standards

n/a

n/a

April 2018