May 2008

DHS Notice: Collection of Information on Top 100 Most Critical Pipelines

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invites public comment on a new Information Collection Request from the owners/operators of 125 pipeline systems. This collection provides TSA critical facility and annual product through-put information from the nation’s largest pipelines, and is necessitated by the requirements set forth in the Implementing the Recommendations…

New Wetlands Mitigation Requirements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) have announced innovative new standards to promote no net loss of wetlands. Wetlands and other aquatic resources play an important role in the environmental landscape. Those who intend to dredge or deposit fill in wetlands or other waters of the…

PHMSA Issues Revised Inspection Protocols

PHMSA has published revised inspection protocols (updated March 7, 2008) on their website. The list of recently updated inspection protocols include: PHMSA Form-1 (Standard Inspection Report of a Gas Transmission Pipeline) PHMSA Form-2 (Standard Inspection Report of Gas Distribution Operator) PHMSA Form-3 (Standard Inspection of a Liquid Pipeline Carrier) PHMSA Form-4 (Standard Inspection Report of…

PHMSA Issues Fraud Alert (2/13/08)

Companies, shippers, contractors, and potential DOT contractors are receiving fraudulent letters, or facsimile letters (often signed by an individual claiming to be a senior DOT procurement official), purporting to be issued by DOT, requesting the recipient to perform some type of action involving the submission of business sensitive financial information. The most recent fraudulent facsimile…