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PHMSA Increases Penalty Limits for Pipeline Safety Violations

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) revised its regulations to increase the maximum civil penalties for violations of Federal pipeline safety laws, as well as any...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - May 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the FAA’s regulatory reform review, the FAA’s and PHMSA’s increases in civil penalty amounts, recent amendments of hazardous materials regulations, the...more

Some Not-So-Good News Out of Washington, D.C. for Pipeline Operators – Feds Increase Fines for Pipeline Safety Violations

by Stoel Rives LLP on

President Trump’s recent executive orders have benefited the oil pipeline industry in a number of ways, including most notably, giving the final “okay” to the Dakota Access Pipeline. But some legislative mandates have been...more

PHMSA Increases Pipeline Safety Requirements

by King & Spalding on

On January 23, 2017, the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) issued several revisions to its pipeline safety regulations, focusing in particular on reporting requirements for incident response....more

Energy Newsletter - January 2017

by King & Spalding on

LNG in Europe 2016/2017: An Overview of LNG Import Terminals in Europe - The increase in the supply of LNG to Europe in 2015 and the first half of 2016 was led by the UK and Italy, with other significant increases in...more

PHMSA Adjusts Incident Reporting in Response to Public Comment

by King & Spalding on

The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently revised submission requirements for incident reporting by operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. While the December 27, 2016 notice appears...more

PHMSA Sets Standards to Enhance Safety of Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On December 14, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a division of the Department of Transportation (DOT), issued an Interim Final Rule (the “IFR”) to implement safety standards for the...more

PHMSA Sets Safety Standards for Underground Gas Storage Facilities

by Morgan Lewis on

Operators of underground storage facilities will need to assess the operational safety of their facilities and document the implementation of safety solutions....more

December 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s proposed rule on the use of cell phones to make voice calls on commercial flights, the results of DOT’s negotiated rulemaking on accessible...more

PHMSA Issues Interim Final Rule on Underground Natural Gas Storage Safety - Incorporation of Industry Recommended Practices to...

by King & Spalding on

On December 14, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR or Rule) addressing critical safety issues related to downhole facilities, including wells, wellbore...more

In Effort to Increase Both Transparency and Safety, PHMSA Releases Civil Penalty Framework

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) issued a General Policy Statement for civil penalties (“Penalty Framework”) on October 17, 2016. The Penalty Framework...more

What To Know About PHMSA's New Emergency Authority Rule - October 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Law360, New York (October 24, 2016, 11:47 AM EDT) -- On Oct. 14, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published an interim final rule (IFR) establishing procedures to implement new imminent hazard...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Federal report recommends gas-storage safety changes - OC Register - Oct 18 - A task force commissioned by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...more

Hot Pocket: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Highlights Risk of Lithium Batteries During Air Transportation

by Benesch on

Air transportation of lithium ion batteries recently garnered significant attention due to events following reports of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s batteries overheating, catching fire, and even exploding. See Samsung Recalls...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, October 2016

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Issues Statements Of Findings For September 2016: On September 23, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice announcing its findings after its review of Toxic...more

PHMSA Implements New Emergency Safety Authority Effective Immediately

by Bracewell LLP on

On October 3, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced an Interim Final Rule (IFR) establishing when and how it will issue Emergency Orders to address imminent safety hazards across...more

Pipeline Operators Take Note: PHMSA Issues Interim Emergency Pipeline Safety Rules – Should You Be Concerned?

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On October 3, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”), within the U.S. Department of Transportation, released a new rule on its authority to issue emergency orders for pipeline safety. The...more

Pipeline Safety: PHMSA Releases New Rule on Emergency Authority

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On Monday, October 3, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) released an interim final rule (IFR) establishing procedures to implement new imminent hazard authority created by the PIPES Act...more

PHMSA Implements Authority to Issue Emergency Orders

by Morgan Lewis on

Interim Final Rule allows the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to respond immediately to unsafe conditions or practices that pose an imminent hazard to public health and safety or to the...more

DOT/PHMSA Proposes to Harmonize U.S. Lithium Battery Transport Requirements With International Standards

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a proposed rule that would harmonize U.S. hazardous materials regulations with international hazardous materials transport...more

Department of Transportation Clarifies Regulations Regarding Abandoned Pipelines

by BakerHostetler on

On Aug. 16, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued Advisory Bulletin ADB-2016-05 to owners and operators of pipelines used for the transportation of...more

All or Nothing: Regulators Strictly Define Pipeline Abandonment

by Liskow & Lewis on

On August 16th, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) issued an advisory bulletin to clarify the regulatory requirements that may vary depending on the operational status of a pipeline under 49...more

Fifth Circuit Declines to Stay of Compliance Order Flowing from Spill But Directs Expedited Briefing Schedule

On August 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion rejecting the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company’s request for a stay pending appeal of a Compliance Order issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous...more

PHMSA Looks to Stakeholders to Complete Crude-by-Rail Response Plan Rule

by King & Spalding on

The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently issued a proposed rule that aims to expand oil spill response plan (OSRP) requirements for railroads transporting oil. Stakeholders have already...more

August 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses new FAA reauthorization legislation, DOT awards for U.S. carrier scheduled service to Cuba, DOT’s decision to address consumer notification requirements...more

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