Examines projections of continued natural gas use and the zero-carbon fuels, details the state of the existing US natural gas pipeline network, and makes recommendations for minimizing leakage and refurbishing sections in the network.
Gas rate recovery is not linked to actual leakage each year, but rather fixed every three years to reflect historical averages.
Examines the current frameworks for recovery of lost and unaccounted-for gas in each U.S. jurisdiction, and recommends changes to those frameworks to encourage improved management of pipeline leaks.
Aimed at supporting the development of new technologies to address natural gas pipeline leaks, providing $225 million for research on leak control technologies.
Allowed pipeline operators to recover repair and replacement costs annually, rather than waiting for the next rate case.
Requires producers to inspect and repair leaks every month.
Recommends that the EPA work with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, develop a strategy to address the financial and policy barriers, establish performance goals, track distribution sector emissions, and more.
Requires pipeline operators to repair Grade 3 leaks within 36 months.
Requires that pipeline operators repair Grade 3 leaks within 60 months.
Requires that pipeline operators repair Grade 3 leaks within 24 months.