PIPES Act of 2016 Enacted, New Regulation Coming for Natural Gas Storage
June 24, 2016 § Leave a comment
The Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016, or PIPES Act, reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) oil and gas pipeline programs through 2019. Like every version, every four years, the reauthorization includes new mandates for the agency.
The 2016 reauthorization requires that PHMSA develop national regulations for the construction and operation of underground natural gas storage facilities. That provision is in response to the Aliso Canyon gas leak in southern California. For those interested in a preview of what is to come for storage, PHMSA has an upcoming workshop on July 14, 2016 that is certain to give us a roadmap. See: PHMSA WORKSHOP DETAILS