Office of Pipeline Safety
The Department of Transportation's (DOT
) Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA
), acting through the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS), administers the Department's national regulatory program to assure the safe transportation of natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous materials by pipeline. OPS develops regulations and other approaches to risk management to assure safety in design, construction, testing, operation, maintenance, and emergency response of pipeline facilities. Since 1986, the entire pipeline safety program has been funded by a user fee assessed on a per-mile basis on each pipeline operator OPS regulates.
The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) carries out a national program to ensure the safe, reliable, and environmentally-sound operation of the Nation’s pipeline transportation system.
U.S. Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
East Building, 2nd Floor
Mail Stop: E24-455
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590
The Office of Pipeline Safety:
- Supports the operation of, and coordinates with, the United States Coast Guard on the National Response Center. Also serves as a DOT liaison with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency on matters involving pipeline safety.
- Develops and maintains partnerships with other Federal, state, and local agencies, public interest groups, tribal governments, and the regulated industry and other underground utilities to address threats to pipeline integrity, service, and reliability and to share responsibility for the safety of communities.
- Administers Pipeline Safety regulatory programs and establishes the regulatory agenda. Develops regulatory policy options and initiatives, and researches, analyzes, and documents social, economic, technological, environmental, safety, and security impacts upon existing/proposed regulatory, legislative, or program activities involving pipeline safety.
- Oversees pipeline operator implementation of risk management and risk-based programs. Administers a national pipeline inspection and enforcement program.
- Provides technical and resource assistance for state pipeline safety programs to ensure oversight of intrastate pipeline systems and educational programs at the local level.
- Supports the development and conduct of pipeline safety training programs for Federal and state regulatory and compliance staff and the pipeline industry.
- Serves as focal point for pipeline safety studies and reports by the National Transportation Safety Board, DOT Inspector General, and Government Accountability Office and other oversight and/or stakeholder entities.
Calendar of Events
Glossary of Terms
OPS Organizational Chart (PDF)
Pipeline Job Openings
|Pipeline Safety Offices
- Administration and Resource Management
- Emergency Support and Security
- Engineering and Research
- Field Operations
- Inspector Training and Qualifications
- Policy and Programs
- Program Development
- Safety Data Systems and Analysis
- Standards and Rulemaking
- State Programs
Last Updated: Mar 24, 2015