• Pipelines Maximum Pressure Documentation Must be Traceable, Verifiable, and Complete
  • November 30, 2012 | Author: R. Lee Vail
  • Law Firm: Kean Miller LLP - New Orleans Office
  • Each pipeline has a regulatory maximum operating pressure: Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (“MAOP”) for gas pipelines and Maximum Operating Pressure (“MOP”) for hazardous liquids pipelines. See 49 C.F.R. 192.619(a) and 49 C.F.R. 195.406(a). The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) recently issued an Advisory Bulletin requiring that owners and operators “assure that all MAOP and MOP are supported by records that are traceable, verifiable, and complete.” See 77 Fed. Reg. 26822, 26823 (May 7, 2012).