Bloomberg Law
May 16, 2023, 9:04 PM

Federal Pipeline Shutoff-Valve Rule Wiped Out by D.C. Circuit

Shayna Greene

The D.C. Circuit vacated a Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration rule Tuesday regarding shut-off valves in pipelines, after two oil and gas associations petitioned to have the rule reviewed.

GPA Midstream and the American Petroleum Institute argued that the PHMSA rule shouldn’t apply to “gathering” pipelines, which are used to collect raw gas or crude oil from a well.

They also alleged that PHMSA, part of the Department of Transportation, failed to disclose the economic basis for regulating gathering pipelines when it proposed the safety standard—which requires automatic or remote-controlled shut-off valves in many new or replaced pipelines with ...

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