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Better Data and Guidance Needed to Improve Pipeline Operator Incident Response

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on January 23, 2013 per its requirement out of The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011. This act directed GAO to examine the ability of transmission pipeline operators to respond to a product release. Accordingly, GAO examined (1) opportunities to improve the ability of transmission pipeline operators to respond to incidents and (2) the advantages and disadvantages of installing automated valves in high-consequence areas and ways that PHMSA can assist operators in deciding whether to install valves in these areas. GAO examined incident data; conducted a literature review; and interviewed selected operators, industry stakeholders, state pipeline safety offices, and PHMSA officials.

For a one-page highlight of the report, click here.

The full report can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here.

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