PHMSA Advisory Bulletin Reminds Oil Pipeline Operators to Update Facility Response Plans. The Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is issuing this advisory bulletin to remind all onshore oil pipeline operators of the circumstances of the 2010 Marshall, Mich., pipeline accident and the need to update Facility Response Plans (FRPs) every five years from the date of last submission or the last approval. Plans must also be updated whenever new or different operating conditions would affect the implementation of a response plan. This bulletin also a
Excavation damage is a leading cause of serious pipeline incidents, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Our State Damage Prevention grants, which are now open for applications, foster strong state programs that work to eliminate these accidents entirely through education, technology, enforcement, and by coordinating communications between pipeline operators and excavators.
At PHMSA, we work to oversee a nationwide network of pipelines, but excavation happens at a local level. These grants support state efforts to create programs that can address each state’s unique needs. In short, these state programs account for that last mile in getting information about pipeline safety to the people who need it.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today launched a national pipeline safety initiative to repair and replace aging pipelines to prevent potentially catastrophic incidents.