On May 8, 2015, DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx sent a study on the Review of Existing Federal and State Regulations for Gas and Hazardous Liquid Gathering Lines to various chairpersons of committees in Congress. The cover letters state:
“PHMSA is considering the need to propose additional regulations to ensure the safety of natural gas and hazardous liquid gathering lines. Furthermore, and subject to a risk-based assessment of prioritization, PHMSA is reviewing the need to propose changes to existing exemptions from Federal regulation for gas and hazardous liquid gathering lines. As a part of the regulatory process, PHMSA will analyze the economic impact, technical practicability, and challenges of applying any proposed regulations to gathering lines that are not currently subject to Federal regulation when compared to public safety benefits.”
The report and transmittals can be accessed by clicking here. In short, we should stay tuned for further developments.