Natural gas pipelines (1 - 7 of 7 items)
Pipeline Safety: Department of Transportation Needs to Complete Regulatory, Data, and Guidance Efforts
GAO-15-843T: Published: Sep 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2015.
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has begun but not completed efforts to improve pipeline safety in response to GAO's prior recommendations:Gathering pipelines : In 2012, GAO found that while gathering pipelines that are not regulated by PHMSA were generally considered to present less safety risk than other pipelines, PHMSA did...
Pipeline Safety: Better Data and Guidance Needed to Improve Pipeline Operator Incident Response
GAO-13-168: Published: Jan 23, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2013.
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has an opportunity to improve the ability of pipeline operators to respond to incidents by developing a performance-based approach for incident response times. The ability of transmission pipeline operators to respond to incidents--such as leaks and ruptures--is affected by numerous variables, s...
Pipeline Safety: Management of the Office of Pipeline Safety's Enforcement Program Needs Further Strengthening
GAO-04-801: Published: Jul 23, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2004.
While pipelines are inherently safer to the public than other modes of freight transportation, pipeline accidents involving natural gas and hazardous liquids (such as gasoline) can have serious consequences. For example, a natural gas pipeline ruptured near Carlsbad, New Mexico, in 2000, killed 12 people, and resulted in $1 million in damages or losses. The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) administ...
Natural Gas: Factors Affecting Approval Times for Construction of Natural Gas Pipelines
RCED-92-100: Published: Feb 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC): (1) process for approving applications for constructing natural gas pipelines; and (2) efforts to streamline the approval process.GAO found that: (1) between October 1, 1987, and February 28, 1991, FERC approved 171 applications to construct new natural gas pipelines and related facilities, with a...
Natural Gas Prices: FERC Should Improve Its Initial Review of Pipelines' Natural Gas Costs
RCED-86-12: Published: Nov 4, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reviews natural gas pipeline companies' requests to change their rates to reflect changes in their natural gas costs, focusing on whether: (1) the filings submitted were complete and consistent; and (2) FERC analysts appropriately reviewed the filings before they went into effect.GAO found that a...
Need To Assess Federal Role in Regulating and Enforcing Pipeline Safety
RCED-84-102: Published: Jul 10, 1984. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal gas and hazardous liquids pipeline safety programs.The Department of Transportation's (DOT) goal is to perform a comprehensive annual inspection of each pipeline operator under its jurisdiction. GAO found that, in 1983, DOT performed comprehensive inspections of only 24 percent of these operators. As of April 1984, DOT had 17 regional offic...
Energy Health and Safety Issues Need a Coordinated Approach
EMD-80-52: Published: Jul 24, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1980.
Several energy-related accidents have heightened public concern about the effectiveness of the Government's role in energy health and safety. Numerous agencies are involved in regulating energy health and safety and, for the most part, they regulate independently of each other. The Federal Government has not developed a coordinated approach to examine broad conceptual issues such as the energy hea...