DOT proposes extending low-pressure oil pipeline rules

09/25/2006
The US Department of Transportation has proposed stiffened safety requirements, including cleaning and continuous monitoring, for more than 1,200 miles of crude oil and product pipelines.If adopted, the regulations would place another 684 miles of domestic onshore oil pipelines, primarily operated by major firms, under federal regulation. Comments will be accepted for 60 days following the Aug. 31 announcement.The department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) was already preparing the proposed rules when leaks were discovered late last winter in BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.’s crude oil gathering lines at Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska.PHMSA issue...
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