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PHMSA Class Location Change Requirements Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

[DOCKET NO. PHMSA–2017–0151]

PHMSA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking public comment on its existing class location requirements for natural gas transmission pipelines as they pertain to actions operators are required to take following class location changes due to population growth near the pipeline. Operators have suggested that performing integrity management measures on pipelines where class locations have changed due to population increases would be an equally safe but less costly alternative to the current requirements of either reducing pressure, pressure testing, or replacing pipe.

This request for public comment continues a line of discussion from a Notice of Inquiry published in 2013 and a report to Congress in 2016 regarding whether expanding integrity management requirements would mitigate the need for class location requirements.

Persons interested in submitting written comments on this ANPRM must do so by October 1, 2018. Comments can be submitted on the website. Identify the Docket number at the beginning of your comments.

For a copy of this ANPRM, contact Jessica Foley.