Spurred by pipeline incidents in San Bruno, California and Allentown, Pennsylvania that resulted in 22 deaths, the United States Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has focused on improving the safe and reliable delivery of resources through pipelines across the country. The PHMSA called upon the industry to rehabilitate, repair, and improve the quality of pipelines being installed and replaced.
One year later, PHMSA issued Secretary LaHood's Call to Action Pipeline Safety Chronology Report outlining actions taken between April 4, 2011 through March 30, 2012 to spearhead this effort.
The most notable action in the past year occurred in January 2012 when the United States Congress and the Obama Administration heeded this call, passing the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act. Among other important functions, the Act raises the maximum fine for pipeline safety violations to $2 million dollars and requires automatic shut-off valves on new or replaced pipelines.
Click here to read the entire alert.