Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration June 24, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Pipeline Safety: Public Workshop on Underground Natural Gas Storage Safety
Document Number: 2016-14953
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-24
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a public meeting to solicit input and obtain background information concerning underground natural gas storage safety. PHMSA and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR) are co-sponsoring this one-day workshop. The workshop will bring federal and state regulators, emergency responders, industry, and interested members of the public together to participate in understanding and shaping the future for maintaining the safety of underground natural gas storage facilities. PHMSA and NAPSR recognize that the October, 2015, Southern California Gas Company's (SoCal Gas) Aliso Canyon underground natural gas storage facility leak on Well SS25 located in the Porter Ranch area near Los Angeles, California, has drawn concerns regarding natural gas storage well safety and the environmental effects of an incident. Currently, throughout the United States, approximately 400 interstate and intrastate underground natural gas storage facilities are operating with more than four trillion cubic feet of natural gas working capacity.