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PHMSA Announces Additional Public Comment Period for Underground Natural Gas Storage Interim Final Rule

Thursday, October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017 -- Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced that it would provide an additional public comment period for its December 19, 2016 Interim Final Rule (IFR) titled “Pipeline Safety: Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities.” The IFR established minimum federal safety standards for intrastate and interstate underground natural gas storage facilities under PHMSA’s regulatory authority. PHMSA is reopening the comment period for 30 days in response to a joint Petition for Reconsideration filed by the American Gas Association (AGA), the American Petroleum Institute (API), and the American Public Gas Association (APGA). PHMSA will respond to all public comments and address the petition for reconsideration in a final rule. The comment period ends on November 20, 2017. Read notice and submit comments here.

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Updated: Thursday, November 30, 2017