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Operator User Fee Assessment Information

Fiscal Year 2017 User Fee Assessment - (Partial Billing - Second/Final Invoice)

This notice announces that the Fiscal Year 2017 user fee (partial) assessments were mailed to pipeline operators on June 1, 2017.

Assessments must be paid in full, either by check (payable to U.S. Department of Transportation) 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: $159.62 per mile (based on 299,439 miles of pipeline).

Hazardous liquid pipelines: $84.48 per mile (based on 206,571 miles of pipeline).

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

Liquified Natural Gas Operator Fees Based on Storage Capacity
Barrel Range Rate (Partial Billing)
Less than 2,000 barrels $1,202
2,001 - 10,000 $2,404
10,001 - 50,000 $3,606
50,001 - 100,000 $4,809
100,001 - 250,000 $5,769
250,001 - 300,000 $8,270
300,001 - 500,000 $9,617
500,001 - 700,000 $14,424
700,001 - 2 million $17,310
over 2 million $20,195

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 2015. 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 30 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: Wednesday, February 7, 2018