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Pipeline Safety Emergency Order Procedures

[Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0091; Amdt. No. 190-21] RIN 2137-AF26

The “Enhanced Emergency Order Procedures” final rule adopts, with modifications, the provisions of a 2016 interim final rule that established temporary emergency order procedures in accordance with a provision of the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act). An emergency order may impose emergency restrictions, prohibitions, or other safety measures on owners and operators of gas or hazardous liquids pipeline facilities.

These regulations establish procedures that PHMSA would follow for the issuance of emergency orders.  These orders may address an unsafe condition or practice, or a combination of unsafe conditions or practices, that constitute or cause an imminent hazard to public health and safety or the environment. The regulations describe the duration and scope of such orders and provide a mechanism by which pipeline owners and operators subject to, and aggrieved by, emergency orders can seek administrative or judicial review. 

This final rule is effective December 2, 2019.

For a copy of the Enhanced Emergency Order Procedures final rule, contact Jessica Foley.