Regulatory Reform

On October 2017, Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) published a proposed rulemaking which evaluated the actions the agency and existing regulations, and asked for public comments to identify which of these actions would be good candidates for repeal, replacement, suspension, or modification.

On November 2017, AGA, API, and INGAA jointly submitted comments to PHMSA identify regulations to be modified, provide more clarity, and minimize regulatory burden without compromising safety.

On August 10, AGA, INGAA, APGA and API, jointly filed comments in response to PHMSA’s Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Regulatory Reform for Gas Pipelines. PHMSA’s proposal incorporated several of the recommendations made by AGA in 2017, including allowing operators to manage farm taps within their DIMP, amending the monetary threshold for incident reporting, repealing requirements for submitting mechanical fitting failure reports, and revising testing requirements for pressure vessels.

In its comments, the Joint Trades asked PHMSA to clarify its proposed changes to atmospheric corrosion monitoring, intervals for monitoring rectifier stations, and minimum wall thickness requirements. The trades also asked PHMSA to not define service lines of a farm tap, align with testing requirements within ASME Standards, periodically adjust the monetary threshold  for reporting incidents, and extend the allowance for pre-tested short segments of pipe to include pipelines that operate at less than 100 psi.

This rulemaking aligns with the directive of the President’s Executive Order 13777. In February 2017, the President issued Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” which sets forth principles and requirements for each agency to evaluate and implement measures to lower regulatory burdens on the American people.