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Plumbers in KC Weigh in on Proposed PHMSA Pipeline Safety Rule

Kansas City Plumbers weigh in new PHMSA proposed regulatory amendments affecting underground natural gas storage facilities and liquefied natural gas facilities.

The PHMSA proposed regulatory amendments that implement congressional mandates in the Protecting The Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2020 to reduce methane emissions from new and existing gas transmission pipelines, distribution pipelines, regulated (Types A, B, C and offshore) gas gathering pipelines, underground natural gas storage facilities and liquefied natural gas facilities.

“Because pipelines are essential in various industries - including the oil and gas, wastewater and natural gas distribution sectors - their dependability and safety are of the utmost importance, as they ensure the secure and effective transportation of essential resources,” says John Hunt of John the Plumber, a full-service Kansas City plumber business boasting more than 30 years in the industry. “Still, pipelines are subject to several risks and restrictions, including the possibility of corrosion, leakage and accidents, which is why the pipeline industry is consistently looking into new technological innovations and advancements to find solutions to these problems and overcome these limitations.”

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Hunt points to this proposed rule by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, citing the proposed amendments for part 192: regulated gas pipelines are strengthened via leakage survey and patrolling requirements; performance standards are implemented for advanced leak detection programs; leak grading and repair criteria are introduced with mandatory repair timelines; requirements are put in place for mitigation of emissions from blowdowns; requirements are introduced for pressure relief device design, configuration and maintenance requirements as well as clarified requirements for investigating failures.

What’s more, PHMSA is proposing the expansion of reporting requirements for operators of all gas pipeline facilities within DOT’s jurisdiction, a list that includes underground natural gas storage facilities and liquefied natural gas facilities.

“According to research we’ve garnered, this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposes a series of regulatory amendments to the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations in response to a bipartisan congressional mandate in the PIPES Act and in support of the Methane Emissions Reduction Action Plan,” adds Hunt. “The amendments, as we see it, would reduce both ‘fugitive emissions’ - unintentional emissions resulting from leaks and equipment failures - and ‘vented emissions,’ meaning those resulting from blowdowns, equipment design features and other intentional releases, from over 2.7 million miles of gas transmission, distribution and gathering pipelines and other gas pipeline facilities.

“Further, 403 underground natural gas storage facilities (UNGSFs) and 165 liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities would benefit from the proposed tactics, thus improving public safety, promoting environmental justice and addressing the climate crisis. Indeed, being a leading gas pressure test business in the Kansas City plumber market, this is an area John the Plumber staff is keeping a keen eye on.”

John the Plumber brings more than 30 years of plumbing services experience to Kansas City residents in the areas of general plumbing repair, drain cleaning, rooter service, water line repair, sewer line repair, gas lines service and water heater repair.

The company is located at 5963 Paseo Boulevard in Kansas City, MO. 64110 and can be reached by calling (816) 708-2020. For more information visit the above cited website.

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Name: John Hunt
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Organization: John the Plumber LLC
Address: 5963 Paseo Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64110, United States
Phone: +1-816-708-2020

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Release ID: 89118183

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