PHMSA publishes amendments to the pipeline safety rules

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PHMSA has amended the pipeline safety regulations with various changes

SUMMARY: PHMSA is amending the pipeline safety regulations to make miscellaneous changes that update and clarify certain regulatory requirements. These amendments address several subject matter areas including the performance of post-construction inspections, leak surveys of Type B onshore gas gathering lines, qualifying plastic pipe joiners, regulation of ethanol, transportation of pipe, filing of offshore pipeline condition reports, and calculation of pressure reductions for hazardous liquid pipeline anomalies. The changes are addressed on an individual basis and, where appropriate, made applicable to the safety standards [[Page 12763]] for both gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. Editorial changes are also included. DATES: The effective date of these amendments is October 1, 2015. Immediate compliance with these amendments is authorized. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of March 6, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kay McIver, Transportation Specialist, by telephone at 202-366-0113, or by electronic mail at

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Thanks to Matt Stratmann for forwarding this information to the Association!

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