Implications Of The PHMSA Final Rule

Law360, New York (October 28, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- On Oct. 17, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a final rule allowing operators of gas transmission pipelines to elect to calculate higher maximum allowable operating pressures (MAOP) for certain lines by using higher design factors.

Under the new regulations, pipeline operators will no longer require special permits to operate at higher pressures. The final rule takes effect Nov. 17, 2008.

Background

The federal pipeline safety regulations setting forth how gas transmission pipeline operators are to calculate MAOP were adopted...
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