Don Santa, president and chief executive officer of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, today comment on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s natural gas transmission safety rule, released today:
“We are encouraged that the long-awaited proposal has been released, and we intend to submit comments to PHMSA by its deadline. Our initial analysis will focus on whether PHMSA’s proposal is consistent with the voluntary pipeline safety program INGAA’s members undertook in 2012.
“INGAA’s members, as part of an initiative called Integrity Management Continuous Improvement, committed to a goal of zero pipeline incidents and set out a specific path to achieve that goal even in the absence of new federal regulation. This plan included several provisions that we anticipate will be addressed in this new rule, including expanding the federal pipeline integrity management program and ensuring that all pipelines are fit for service.”