Comments of API on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Pipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines (Submitted on July 7, 2016)
The American Petroleum Institute (API) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA or Agency) on April 8, 2016, in the above-referenced proceeding. API members are dedicated to a risk-based approach to pipeline safety—one that strives for continuous improvement through addressing known, quantifiable issues. Significantly, that is the same approach that Congress has used over the decades in its directives to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and PHMSA for regulating pipeline safety. API acknowledges PHMSA for issuing this NPRM and responding to outstanding congressional mandates and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations.
The pipeline industry is committed to protecting the health and safety of its neighbors, workers, customers, and the communities through which natural gas and other gaseous materials are shipped. Pipeline operators work diligently to construct, operate, and maintain their facilities in a safe and reliable manner.
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