Regulatory Update   |   Dec 30th, 2016 PHMSA Requirements for Underground Storage of Natural Gas

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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued new minimum federal safety standards for underground natural gas storage facilities.  This ruling is effective January 18, 2017 and operators of storage systems must implement these regulations no later than January 18, 2018. 

These regulations also incorporate by reference two new API recommended practices, RP 1170 for salt cavern storage systems and RP 1171 for depleted reservoir storage systems.  Operators must comply with the entire RP’s for newly constructed system and selected portions for existing systems.  All operators must begin annual reporting by July 18, 2017. 

Learn more about how TRC can assist any operator in complying with these requirements by January 18, 2018 by downloading the document at the bottom of this page.