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Operator User Fee Assessment Information

Fiscal Year 2019 User Fee Assessment

This notice announces that the Fiscal Year 2019 user fee assessments were mailed to pipeline operators on March 29, 2019.

Assessments must be paid in full, either by check (payable to U.S. Department of Transportation-PHMSA) or via the website at Please follow the website instructions to make your annual pipeline user fee payment online.

To ensure proper crediting when paying by check, please include the bill number on your check or return a copy of the bill with your payment. For late payments, you will be charged 1% annual interest, 6% annual penalty charge, and a $12.00 per month administrative fee. (See §3717, Title 31, U.S. Code).

Mail Payments to:

c/o ESC, AMK-325

For further information, please contact the User Fee Manager.

The fees to be assessed for natural gas transmission and hazardous liquid operators are as indicated below:

Natural gas transmission pipelines: $342.37 per mile (based on 298,960 miles of pipeline).

Hazardous liquid pipelines: $143.19 per mile (based on 213,492 miles of pipeline).

User fees for liquefied natural gas (LNG) operators are based on the total combined storage capacity of all plants/facilities reported.

Liquefied Natural Gas Operator Fees Based on Storage Capacity
Barrel RangeRate
Less than 2,000 barrels$ 2,554
2,001 - 10,000$ 5,109
10,001 - 50,000$ 7,663
50,001 - 100,000$ 10,218
100,001 - 250,000$ 12,259
250,001 - 300,000$ 17,573
300,001 - 500,000$ 20,436
500,001 - 700,000$ 30,650
700,001 - 2 million$ 36,783
over 2 million$ 42,913

Section 60301 of Title 49, United States Code, authorizes the assessment and collection of pipeline user fees to fund the pipeline safety activities conducted under 49 U.S.C. 60101 et seq. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) assesses each operator of regulated interstate and intrastate natural gas transmission pipelines (as defined in 49 CFR Part 192), and hazardous liquid pipelines carrying petroleum, petroleum products, anhydrous ammonia and carbon dioxide (as defined in 49 CFR Part 195) to pay a share of the total Federal pipeline safety program costs in proportion to the number of miles of pipeline each operator has in service the end of calendar year 2017. Operators of LNG facilities are assessed based on total storage capacity (as defined in 49 CFR Part 193).

In accordance with the provisions of 49 U.S.C. §60301, Departmental resources were taken into consideration for determining total program costs.

User fees will be due 60 days after the date of the assessment. Interest, penalties, and administrative charges will be assessed on delinquent debts in accordance with 31 U.S.C. 3717.

Updated: Tuesday, April 2, 2019