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PHMSA’s Enforcement Discretion: Onshore Gas Transmission Pipeline Regulations Update and Relief Period Extension 

PHMSA will exercise enforcement discretion for onshore gas transmission pipelines that entered into service after August 24, 2022, and will not initiate enforcement action for an additional nine (9) months (to February 24, 2024) with the exception of the following:  

  1. §§ 192.917(b) applies to data gathering and integration, and 192.13(d) pertains to the Management of Change 
  1. §§ 192.319 establishes coating evaluation and records retention requirements for construction projects of 1,000 ft or more, while 192.461 establishes coating assessment requirements for repair or replacement projects of 1,000 ft or more. Additionally, 192.613 establishes requirements for inspection after extreme weather events 

While these enforcement discretion actions provide limited relief in the form of an extension, pipeline operators should initiate their program updates as soon as practicable, as RIN 2 requirements are robust and require careful and thorough Operations and Maintenance and Integrity Management Program updates. 

For more information regarding this enforcement discretion, please contact Jessica Foley