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Enforcement Overview

The Pipeline Safety Enforcement Program is designed to monitor and enforce compliance with pipeline safety regulations and confirm operators are meeting PHMSA's expectations for the safe, reliable, and environmentally-sound operation of their facilities.

Enforcement Actions

PHMSA employs a range of enforcement mechanisms to require pipeline operators to take appropriate and timely corrective actions for violations of federal pipeline safety regulations, and that they take preventive measures to preclude future failures or non-compliant operation of their pipelines.

PHMSA's enforcement actions are available online, including information on pending and closed cases against pipeline operators found non-compliant with federal pipeline safety regulations.

Enforcement Guidance

Enforcement guidance documents are available to clarify PHMSA's enforcement authority by identifying and summarizing precedent, including those from interpretations, advisory bulletins, final orders, and decisions on petitions for reconsideration. The material contained in these documents describe the practices used by PHMSA personnel in undertaking their compliance, inspection, and enforcement activities. This guidance facilitates improved enforcement consistency and is particularly helpful where precedence exists for clarifying performance-based requirements. For enforcement guidance, please select from the documents below:

Corrosion Enforcement Guidance Part 192 (12/7/2015)

Corrosion Enforcement Guidance Part 195 (6/22/2016)

Operator Qualification Enforcement Guidance (8/25/2016)

Gas Integrity Management Enforcement Guidance (12/7/2015)

DIMP Enforcement Guidance (12/7/2015)

Public Awareness Enforcement Guidance Part 192 (12/7/2015)

Public Awareness Enforcement Guidance Part 195 (12/7/2015)

Hazardous Liquid Integrity Management Enforcement Guidance (12/7/2015)

O-M Enforcement Guidance Part 192 (7/21/2017)

O-M Enforcement Guidance Part 195 (7/21/2017)

Response Options for Operators

Response Options for Pipeline Operators in Enforcement Proceedings (8-23-2017)

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

The Small Business and Agricultural Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and 10 Regional Fairness Boards were established to receive comments from small businesses about federal agency enforcement actions. The Ombudsman will annually evaluate the enforcement activities and rate each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on the enforcement actions of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, call 1-888-REG-FAIR (1-888-734-3247). For more information about The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, please click here.

Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017