PHMSA Issues Stay of Enforcement for Pipeline Operators Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
PHMSA is continuing to monitor the effects the COVID-19 outbreak is having on the nation’s pipeline operations. As a result, PHMSA's Pipeline Safety Program issued a Stay of Enforcement to state pipeline safety program managers, pipeline operators, and operators of gas storage and liquefied natural gas facilities. The document explains that the agency will temporarily halt its enforcement of compliance with operator qualification, control room management, and employment drug testing requirements, but does not relieve operators of their safety responsibility to use trained, non-impaired workers to perform operation and maintenance tasks. PHMSA also encourages state pipeline safety partners to consider suspending certain enforcement efforts for noncompliance in the interest of prompt and efficient pipeline safety activities related to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
See PHMSA's Stay of Enforcement letter for more details.