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New Regulatory Requirements Impacting Producers & Gas Gathering Operators

The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued its final rule that expands federal pipeline safety oversight to all onshore gas gathering pipelines. This rule is 10 years in the making and expands the definition of a ‘regulated’ gas gathering pipeline that is more than 50 years old. It will apply federal pipeline safety regulations to thousands of miles of unregulated gas gathering pipelines. The final rule will require pipeline operators to report safety information for all gas gathering lines which represents approximately an additional 400,000 miles of gathering pipe, covered by federal reporting requirements. ... Continue Reading

USACE CWA Permit Program Suspended

The Water Quality Certification’s (WQC) 2020 Rule associated with the Clean Water Act, Section 401, which took effect September 11, 2020, has been vacated by the U.S. District Court for Northern California. As result of the decision, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters has notified districts to suspend the issuance of Section 404 permits that require a WQC. Until such time that new guidance is provided by Headquarters to the Districts, all pending approvals for work in waters of the United States is on-hold indefinitely creating gridlock in the federal permit process. ... Continue Reading

Regulatory 101: Edition 2 Commonly Encountered Environmental Regulations for Pipeline Projects

In our first edition, we introduced you to the origin of environmental regulation in the United States and why it is significant for our country. At PCS our primary focus is on engineering design and project management for the midstream marketplace. Today we would like to familiarize you with the regulatory framework as it pertains to pipelines. To simplify the myriad of regulations, we have divided them into three basic categories: physical, biological and cultural. ... Continue Reading

Regulatory 101: Edition 1 Where & Why

Have you wondered where environmental regulations originate and why we must adhere to them? Regulations were enacted in the United States throughout the 20th century to protect water and air quality, along with natural and cultural heritage sites. While the regulations were passed to protect the environment, they were written with language that was intended to interfere minimally with efficiency of commerce and the liberty of the people. ... Continue Reading

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