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US GAO Releases Gas Pipeline Safety Report

Guidance and More Information Needed before Using Risk-Based Reassessment Intervals

The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 directed the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine the results of these baseline assessments and reassessments and the potential impact of making the current process more risk-based. GAO analyzed (1)PHMSA’s assessment data on repairs made and the appropriateness of the 7-year reassessment requirement, (2) the impact of the 7-year reassessment requirement on regulators and operators, and (3) the potential challenges of implementing risk-based reassessment intervals beyond 7 years. GAO analyzed assessment data; reviewed legislation and regulations; and interviewed pipeline operators, federal and state regulators, and other stakeholders.

The full report can be reviewed on the GAO’s website by clicking here.

Highlights of the report can be reviewed here.

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