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PHMSA Notice of Limited Enforcement Discretion for Existing Onshore Gas Transmission Pipelines

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

In relation to its final rulemaking entitled “Pipeline Safety:  Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines: Repair Criteria, Integrity Management Improvements, Cathodic Protection, Management of Change, and Other Related Amendments,” PHMSA is providing notice that it will exercise regulatory enforcement discretion against operators of existing onshore gas transmission pipelines in service as of the publication date of the Final Rule on August 24, 2022.  PHMSA has determined additional agency guidance and time to ensure timely, careful, and complete implementation of the Final Rule would provide additional safety benefits to the public.  The enforcement discretion will remain in place, with certain exceptions, until February 24, 2024.

See the Enforcement Discretion for complete details.