Client Alert: PHMSA Announces New Regulations on Pipeline Operators

On January 23, 2017, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) issued final regulations applicable to pipeline operators that include several new regulations, including stringent accident notification requirements and new notification requirements for certain changes to pipeline operations.  The new regulations are in addition to, and not a substitute for, more substantial PHMSA regulations governing the safety and upkeep of onshore hazardous liquid pipelines that were finalized in January 2017 but not officially published before the new Presidential administration took office.