AGA Submits Petition to Reconsider PHMSA's Transmission Rule
On October 31st, AGA, INGAA, APGA, and API jointly filed comments requesting further clarification on PHMSA’s final rule Pipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines: MAOP Reconfirmation, Expansion of Assessment Requirements, and Other Related Amendments . The Joint Associations asked for PHMSA to clarify that the applicability of class location requirements (§192.5), and when operators must reconfirm the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) of their pipelines (§192.624). The Joint Associations asked that PHMSA explicitly clarify the scope of §192.5 only applies to transmission pipelines. This aligns with the discussions during the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) meetings and the preamble for the final rule. The Joint Associations also asked PHMSA to modify their regulatory language and not require that operators reconfirm MAOP for pipelines with traceable, verifiable and complete pressure test record. This request aligns with the recommendations made by the GPAC.