In This Issue

Petitions for Reconsideration of March 11, 2015 Final Rule

[Docket No. PHMSA-2010-0026]

On March 11, 2015, PHMSA published a final rule (80 FR 12762) addressing 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.

PHMSA received three petitions for reconsideration on April 10, 2015, submitted by persons affected by the final rule: the American Gas Association (AGA), the American Public Gas Association, (APGA) and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA). APGA and AGA expressed concerns about the provisions of the Final Rule applicable to construction inspections. INGAA and AGA expressed concerns regarding provisions in the Final Rule applicable to components fabricated by welding. On August 6th, PHMSA announced that in accordance with 49 CFR 190.337(b), PHMSA anticipates acting on these three petitions by October 1, 2015.