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Pipeline Guidance

This listing is provided as part of the Pipeline Safety Office's ongoing efforts to provide easy access to commonly used guidance.

Agency Guidance
Pipeline Safety Guidance
 
Stay of Enforcement
API 5L and API 1104
 
Enforcement Guidance
In some selected areas Enforcement Guidance is available that clarifies PHMSA's enforcement authority by identifying and summarizing precedent, including that from Interpretations, Advisory Bulletins, Final Orders, and Decisions on Petitions for Reconsideration. This guidance facilitates improved enforcement consistency, provides a strong tool for building sound enforcement cases, and is particularly helpful where precedence exists for clarifying performance-based requirements.
 
Pipeline Advisory Bulletins
PHMSA uses Advisory Bulletins to inform affected pipeline operators and all Federal and State pipeline safety personnel of matters that have the potential of becoming safety and/or environmental risks.
 
Letters of Interpretation
Pipeline Safety provides written clarifications of the Regulations (49 CFR Parts 186-199) in the form of interpretation letters.
 
Special Permits
Operator petitions for Special Permits (formerly "Waivers") from regulations.
 
Onshore Gas Gathering FAQ (PDF)
This set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) is intended to clarify, explain, and promote better understanding of the Gas Gathering Line rules. Find more information and FAQs at Pipeline Regulations.
 
Gas Integrity Management
This website provides information to regulators and pipeline operators on Gas Integrity Mangement including information on PHMSA's inspection and enforcement of the Gas IM Rule. It includes links to guideance on Gas IM protocols and an extensive Gas IM FAQ.
 
Hazardous Liquid Integrity Mangement
This website provides infromation to regulators and pipeline operators on Hazardous Liquid Integrity Management including information on PHMSA's inspection and enforcement of the HL IM Rule. It includes links to guidance on HL IM protocols and an extensive HL IM FAQ.
 
Small Natural Gas Systems Manual
The natural gas pipeline industry consists of transmission and distribution companies. These pipeline systems can be simple or complicated. However, all gas pipeline companies are held to the same safety standards.
 
Small LP Gas Systems Manual
This manual for operators of small LP gas systems was developed to provide an overview of pipeline compliance responsibilities under the Federal pipeline safety regulations. It is designed for the non-technically trained person who operates a master meter system, a small municipal system, or small independent system.
 
Drug and Alcohol Program
Policy and investigation to deter and detect illegal drug use and alcohol misuse in the pipeline industry.
 
Pipeline Safety Initiatives
Risk Management, R&D, programs/initiatives for mandated regulatory and enforcement responsibilities.
 
Training & Qualifications pages
For industry, the regulator, and the inspector.
 
Alternative Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (MAOP) FAQs
Alternative Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (MAOP) FAQs ¿ This section includes a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) intended to clarify, explain, and promote better understanding of the pipeline alternative maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) rules
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Locate official documents and records.
 
NTSB Recommendations: Hazmat
PHMSA is required by law to respond to recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
 
NTSB Recommendations: Pipeline
PHMSA is required by law to respond to recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
 
Regulations.gov
One-stop site to find, view, and comment on Federal regulations and other Federal actions.
 
eCFR - Code of Federal Regulations
The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) provides daly updates to the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government, including PHMSA.
 
CFR Retrieve by Citation
Title, Part, and either a Section Number or a Subpart letter are required.
 
Federal Register
The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other presidential documents.
 
Grants.gov
Grant programs offered by all Federal grant making agencies.
 
Forms.gov
Provides citizens access to federal agency forms.
 
USA.gov
Government information by topic.
 
The United States Code
Provides codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.
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