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Current Developments and Trends in PHMSA Inspections and Enforcement

Many in the energy industry recognize the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) integral role in ensuring and enhancing the safety of our nation’s pipelines. The current administration’s focus on climate change has resulted in increased enforcement activity related to leak detection/control room management, aging infrastructure and upgrading systems. The agency is also evaluating the impact of its regulations, permitting and actions on minority and low-income populations, and is prioritizing transparency, stakeholder engagement and integrity management. Issues on the horizon include the implementation of new rulemakings, the anticipated Congressional reauthorization of the federal pipeline safety program and actions focused on the energy transition.

Bracewell’s Annie Cook, Catherine Little and Mandi Moroz analyze these important PHMSA developments, trends and other initiatives in this Environmental Essentials for In-House Counsel webinar.

© 2023 Bracewell LLPNational Law Review, Volume XII, Number 299
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Annie Cook Energy Law Attorney Bracewell Law Firm Washington DC
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Annie Cook represents oil and natural gas pipeline, terminal and LNG facility operators with regard to transportation, safety and related laws. Annie regularly advises clients on construction and siting, incident response, regulatory compliance, litigation strategy and enforcement defense under the Pipeline Safety Act, the Natural Gas Act and related state laws. Annie has assisted clients in successfully challenging administrative agency actions at the federal appellate level. She also assists with confidential and large-scale investigations and compliance audits to identify legal risks...

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Catherine Little Energy Law Attorney Bracewell Washington DC
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For more than 30 years, Catherine Little has counseled oil and gas pipeline, terminal and LNG clients across the United States on energy, transportation and safety-related legal matters at the federal, state and local levels. In particular, Catherine regularly advises on a full range of regulatory compliance and enforcement defense matters, including construction and siting, operations, maintenance, inspection, incident response and security issues. Catherine counsels clients with respect to litigation strategy and frequently manages large-scale confidential investigations and compliance...

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Mandi Moroz assists clients with both energy and environmental regulatory matters. She has extensive experience advising oil and natural gas pipeline, terminal and LNG facility operators on a variety of regulatory compliance matters under the Pipeline Safety Act. This work includes enforcement defense and counseling clients on matters related to operations, maintenance, incident response, integrity management and other regulatory requirements. In her practice, Mandi also has experience collaborating with trade groups, advising clients on protections for confidential and security...

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