8.2.4 Pipeline Leaks

LPDD Recommendation: “PHMSA or state pipeline safety authorities could update their existing regulations to require the prompt detection and repair of all leaks.”

LPDD Recommendation: “State PUCs could change existing cost recovery frameworks where they discourage repair by, for example, impos­ing the risk of increased leakage entirely on customers.”

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.