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PHMSA Electronic Reading Room


In accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(2), the following four categories of records are available in the Electronic Reading Room, without the need for a FOIA request:

  • Category 1 - Final Opinions and Orders.  Final opinions and orders rendered in the adjudication of administrative cases are found here.
  • Category 2 – Policy Statements
  • Category 3 – Staff Manuals and Instructions. Administrative staff manuals and instructions to staff that affect a member of the public are included here.
  • Category 4 – Frequently Requested Records.  Records requested or anticipated to be requested three or more times are available here.

Only Reading Room records created on or after November 1, 1996, must be made available electronically.  For access to pre-November 1, 1996 Reading Room records created by PHMSA, please contact PHMSA's FOIA Requester Service Center at (202) 366-4400 or visit the following conventional (paper) Reading Room:

     DOT Dockets Office, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
     Room W12-140, Washington, D.C. 20590

     Hours of operation: 9:00-5:00 ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Telephone: (202) 366-9322 or (202) 366-9826
     Toll-Free: (800) 647-5527
     Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays

A computer terminal and printer are available at the DOT Dockets Office for accessing Electronic Reading Room records.

Electronic Reading Room

Category 1 - Final Opinions and Orders


Pipeline Final Orders (2002-Present)

Pipeline Corrective Action Orders (2002-Present)

Pipeline Closed Notices of Amendment (2002-Present)

Pipeline Compliance Documents (pre-2002)

     Hazardous materials

Hazmat Decisions on Appeal

Hazmat Orders of the Chief Counsel

Category 2 - Policy Statements


Pipeline Interpretations

     hazardous materials

Hazmat Interpretations

Hazmat Systems Integrity Safety Program (SISP) Policy



Federal Student Loan Repayment Program

PHMSA Merit Promotion Plan Policy

PHMSA Recruitment, Relocation & Retention Policy

PHMSA Telework Policy

Unsolicited Proposal Policy

Web Policies

Category 3 - Staff Manuals and Instructions


Pipeline Civil Penalty Summary

Pipeline Enforcement Guidance

Pipeline Enforcement Procedures

Pipeline Gas Integrity Management Inspection Protocols

Pipeline Hazardous Liquid Integrity Management Inspection Protocols

Pipeline Technical Resources

Pipeline Operator Drug & Alcohol Inspection Forms

Pipeline Operator Qualification Inspection Protocols

Pipeline Technical Resources

     Hazardous materials

Hazmat Enforcement Operations Manual

Hazmat Joint Operations Manual for 49 CFR Part 109


Category 4 - Frequently Requested Records Under FOIA


Colonial Pipeline

Colonial Pipeline Co Emergency Response Plans - Southeast Response Zone Oct 2015 - Part 1

Colonial Pipeline Co Emergency Response Plans - Southeast Response Zone Oct 2015 - Part 2

Columbia Gas Pipeline

PHMSA Letters to/from Senator Warren and Senator Markey regarding the September 13, 2018 incident

10/13/2018 Incident Report 20180092-31066

Dakota Access Pipeline

Dakota Access Pipeline Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP) and Facility Response Plan (FRP), North Response Zone - June 22, 2017

Enbridge Pipeline

Enbridge Makinac Straits ILI Review

Enbridge Release on Lakehead System Line 6B - July 26, 2010

ExxonMobil Pipeline

ExxonMobil Pegasus Pipeline Failure Investigation Report, Mayflower, Arkansas, October 23, 2013

ExxonMobil Failure in Mayflower Arkansas, March 29, 2013

ExxonMobil Laurel, Montana Failure Investigation Report October 2012

ExxonMobil Failure in Laurel, Montana July 1, 2011

Plains Pipeline

2007 Plains All American Pipeline Inline Inspection Survey Report, Las Flores to Gaviota

Plains Pipeline LP Line 901 Failure Investigation Report, May 2016

Plains L901/L903 Transfer of Regulatory Oversight MOU between PHMSA and CASFM, May 18, 2016

Spectra Energy

NEW ~ Spectra Energy Partners, LP - Technical Root Cause Analysis of Delmont Line 27 Failure - April 29, 2016


California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) FY 2012 and 2013 Evaluations

     Hazardous Materials

Transportation Services Unlimited Investigation Report No. 15248007, January 12, 2015



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Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2018