This Rulemaking would establish limited safety rules for certain rural petroleum gathering lines that could affect high consequence areas, including populated areas, navigable waterways, and areas unusually sensitive to pipeline spills. Because rural petroleum gathering lines and low stress lines are now exempt from all pipeline safety rules, except in Gulf of Mexico inlets, the rulemaking would improve public confidence in the safety of these pipelines.
The following schedule has been developed by PHMSA for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:
- To OST: 07/20/2006
- To OMB: 08/23/2006
- OMB Clearance: 11/23/2006
- Publication Date: 11/30/2006
- End of Comment Period: 01/31/2007