→ Safety of underground natural gas storage facilities

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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is reopening the comment period on an interim final rule titled: “Pipeline Safety: Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities,” in response to a petition for reconsideration filed jointly by the American Gas Association, American Petroleum Institute, and the American Public Gas Association. The rule 'revises the Federal pipeline safety regulations to address critical safety issues related to downhole facilities, including wells, wellbore tubing, and casing, at underground natural gas storage facilities.' According to the text of the interim final rule, 'the promulgation of minimum federal standards would, for the first time, establish safety standards under the Pipeline Safety Regulations... for the currently unregulated downhole facilities at 197 interstate underground gas storage facilities and provide consistent, minimum standards for the remaining 203 intrastate facilities.'