OPS proposes public education program; offers worker-safety guidance

The US Department of Transportation's Office of Pipeline Safety last month said it wants public comment on a congressionally mandated rule that requires natural gas, oil, and product pipeline operators to perform public education programs. Comments are due Aug. 23, 2004.In a note to clients, the law firm Van Ness Feldman said the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 instructs OPS to establish standards for a public education program. The agency currently wants operators to follow an existing industry standard set by the American Petroleum Institute."The intended goal is a reduction in the number of pipeline accidents caused by third-party damage, as well as an improvement in emerge...

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