The Act will double most fines, require automatic shut-off valves and authorize more federal inspections.
The California Public Utilities Commission’s ruling, along with the pending Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011, will mark the beginning of an extended period of regulatory scrutiny with respect to a utility’s records management processes.
On May 10, 2011, the Administrative Law Judge with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in the PG&E San Bruno gas pipeline case issued a proposed decision determining maximum allowable operating pressure methodology and requiring the filing of natural gas transmission pipeline replacement or testing implementation plans.
What does the ruling specify?
From an industry perspective, the CPUC ruling effectively created a new standard of data accuracy and completeness that is likely to be adopted by other regulators.
This ruling, along with the pending Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011, will mark the beginning of an extended period of regulatory scrutiny with respect to a utility’s records management processes.
The Act will double most fines, require automatic shut-off valves, authorize more federal inspections, and require the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to evaluate whether integrity management system requirements should be expanded beyond currently defined high consequence areas (HCAs).
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