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Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines Overview: Repair Criteria, Integrity Management Improvements, Cathodic Protection, Management of Change, and Other Related Amendments, RIN 2 Overview


PHMSA revised the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations to improve the safety of onshore gas transmission pipelines. This final rule addressed several lessons learned following the Pacific Gas and Electric Company incident that occurred in San Bruno, CA, on September 9, 2010, and responded to public input received as part of the rulemaking process. The amendments in this final rule clarify certain integrity management provisions, codify a management of change process, update and bolster gas transmission pipeline corrosion control requirements, require operators to inspect pipelines following extreme weather events, strengthen integrity management assessment requirements, adjust the repair criteria for high-consequence areas, create new repair criteria for non-high consequence areas, and revise or create specific definitions related to the above amendments.

2022 Final Rule Publication Date: August 24, 2022
Effective Date: May 05, 2023