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Final NTSB Accident Report: San Bruno Pipeline Rupture (Sept. 26, 2011)
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NTSB Report for Bergenfield Pipeline Incident
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Keifner Leak vs. Rupture Study: Criteria for Reinspection Intervals for Low-Stress Steel Pipelines
SWRI Casing Study: Statistical Analysis of External Corrosion Anomaly Data of Cased Pipe Segments
White Paper: Identification of Pipe with Low and Variable Mechanical Properties in High Strength, Low Alloy Steels
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Review of Safety Considerations for Natural Gas Pipeline Block Valve Spacing
Industry Considerations for Emergency Response Plans - (March 2012)
AGA White Paper: Automatic Shut-off Valves (ASV) And Remote Control Valves (RCV)
Summary of Costs and Factors Impacting In-Line Inspection, Direct Assessment, Pressure Testing and Pipeline Replacements
Congressional Research Service Report; Keeping America’s Pipelines Safe and Secure: Key Issues for Congress by Paul W. Parfomak
(GAO-13-168) - Better Guidance Needed to Improve Pipeline Operator Incident Response
AGA Guidelines for Oversight of Construction for Transmission Pipelines, Distribution Mains and Services (April 2013)
AGA White Paper: Intergenerational Transfer of Knowledge for Field Supervisors
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 Congressional Research Service Report; Keeping America’s Pipelines Safe and Secure: Key Issues for Congress by Paul W. Parfomak 

Report Summary:

Nearly half a million miles of pipeline transporting natural gas, oil, and other hazardous liquids crisscross the United States. While an efficient and fundamentally safe means of transport, many pipelines carry materials with the potential to cause public injury and environmental damage. The nation’s pipeline networks are also widespread and vulnerable to accidents and terrorist attack.  Recent pipeline accidents in Marshall, MI, San Bruno, CA, Allentown, PA, and Laurel, MT, have heightened congressional concern about pipeline risks and drawn criticism from the National Transportation Safety Board. Both government and industry have taken numerous steps to improve pipeline safety and security over the last 10 years. Nonetheless, while many stakeholders agree that federal pipeline safety programs have been on the right track, the spate of recent pipeline incidents suggest there continues to be significant room for improvement. Likewise, the threat of terrorist attack remains a concern.

The federal pipeline safety program is authorized through the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, under the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-90) which was signed by President Obama on January 3, 2012. The act contains a broad range of provisions addressing pipeline safety and security. Among the most significant are provisions that could increase the number of federal pipeline safety inspectors, require automatic shutoff valves for transmission pipelines, mandate verification of maximum allowable operating pressure for gas transmission pipelines, increase civil penalties for pipeline safety violations, and mandate reviews of diluted bitumen pipeline regulation. The Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act of 2011 (H.R. 3011) would mandate a study regarding the relative roles and responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation with respect to pipeline security.

As it oversees the federal pipeline safety program and the federal role in pipeline security, Congress may wish to assess how the various elements of U.S. pipeline safety and security fit together in the nation’s overall strategy to protect transportation infrastructure. Pipeline safety and security necessarily involve many groups: federal agencies, oil and gas pipeline associations, large and small pipeline operators, and local communities. Reviewing how these groups work together to achieve common goals could be an oversight challenge for Congress.



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