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What's New

WASHINGTON--A newly released compendium of gas pipeline regulations around the country reveals that States implement stricter rules and laws than required by the federal government. The "Compendium of State Pipeline Safety Requirements & Initiatives Providing Increased Public Safety Levels" report, authored by the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR) and sponsored by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, demonstrates that the large majority of State agencies enforce requirements above and beyond those mandated by federal policies... Click here to read the entire News Release.

USDOT Announces New Safety Guidelines to Better
Protect Communities Close to Transmission Pipelines
Guidelines Will Foster Improved Land-Use Planning and Development Practices

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today released new safety guidelines to help local governments, developers, and community planners better protect areas near transmission pipelines. The guidelines, developed by the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA), mark the first time a set of recommendations for development near existing transmission pipelines has been issued.

The report, Partnering to Further Enhance Pipeline Safety in Communities through Risk-Informed Land Use Planning, offers nearly 50 recommended practices for local communities, developers and pipeline operators to use to help reduce the safety risks that result from growth of communities near pipelines. The recommendations offer options on how land-use planning and development decisions can help protect existing pipeline infrastructure and growing communities. The report also provides recommendations on how communities can gather information about local transmission pipelines and how local planners, developers and pipeline operators should communicate during all phases of new development to understand pipeline risks, and how to minimize pipeline excavation damages during site preparation and construction.

New coalition partners include the National Association of Home Builders, the National League of Cities, and the National Association of Counties. They join longtime pipeline safety organizations such as the Pipeline Safety Trust, the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives, and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, as well as government partners such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

PHMSA Training & Qualifications Regulations & Code Compliance Seminar: The Training and Qualification section of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration (PHMSA), in conjunction with the Arkansas Gas Association, the Pipeline Safety Office and the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission, conducted a two-day seminar on pipeline safety regulations with a special focus on new regulations. The seminar was held on July 5th and 6th, 2013, at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Copies of the seminar's presentations are included in the links below:

Recent Events, Updates, and Reauthorization
Part 192 Welding and Subpart E
Part 192 External Corrosion
Safety Related Conditions
AOGC Update 2013
Public Awareness and Form 21
Part 192 Inspection Basics
Part 192 DIMP Pilot Inspections and Real Findings
Emergency Plans
(posted 7/10/2013)

Integrity Management for Gas Distribution - Phase 1 Report

Revised Arkansas Gas Pipeline Code -  A revised version of the Arkansas Gas Pipeline Code, effective September 25th, 2014,  has been placed on our website. You may review it by clicking on the "Rules/Forms" link above, then click on the "View A Listing Of All Commission Rules" link at the top of the ensuing page.

Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators

Contact Information:

Robert Henry
Chief, Pipeline Safety
Arkansas Public Service Commission

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  • Arkansas Gas Association
  • American Gas Association
  • National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
  • Pipeline Safety Trust promotes fuel transportation safety
  • Arkansas 811 is the state-wide call before you dig center for excavation in Arkansas
  • 811 Promise