6.2.8 Minimizing Pipeline Leaks

LPDD Recommendation: “PHMSA should adopt more stringent repair requirements for renewable gas pipelines to minimize pipeline leaks and associated costs.”

Pipeline Safety Act

Grants authority to adopt federal regulations, prescribing minimum standards for the construction, operation, and maintenance of pipeline facilities transporting natural and other flammable, toxic, or corrosive gas.

Proposed METHANE Act

Would require owners and operators of pipelines and pipeline facilities to use the best available technology to detect and repair leaking pipelines.

Report, Improving Regulation of Gas Pipeline Leaks

Analyzes the current state and federal regulations with respect to leak detection, repair, and reporting. It recommends changes to those regulations designed to encourage improved leak management.