WATCHING GOVERNMENT: Assessing oil pipeline risks

It quickly grew obvious that US regulators would expand their crude oil pipeline oversight after BP PLC announced 2 weeks ago that it had to shut down part of its Alaska North Slope system because of internal corrosion. Much less apparent was the debate that had raged for several weeks already over a US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed rulemaking.At issue is the extent to which the Department of Transportation agency should regulate currently exempt low-volume, low-pressure oil lines. PHMSA began to consider this soon after another part of BP’s ANS pipeline network sprung a leak in early March. It held a meeting with stakeholders in Washington, DC, in ...

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