Pipeline maps related documents

  • 9e967e7598b8d8e8

    Regulatory Review: Hindering The Pennsylvania Buildout

    2016:01:29

    Regulatory Review: Hindering The Pennsylvania Buildout Across several states, legislatures are considering bills that would impose state government rules on the midstream. The Gas Processors Association (GPA) has kept a close eye on that activity and recently submitted comments to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on a draft report prepared by the states Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (PITF) that is expected to be nalized this month.The task force was created last May by Gov. Tom Wolf to address future pipeline infrastructure construction needed to accommodate the transportation of natural gas and related products from the increased production within the state. GPA is strongly concerned that the PITF is providing recommendations for how all pipelines will be built in Pennsylvania, which has the potential to create regulatory uncertainty for midstream operators, as well as an unnecessary and duplicative set of regulations.The goal of the PITF was to hold meetings among a group of selected stakeholders to review best management practices and prepare a report to Wolf by this month. GPA submitted an application to participate on the PITF but was not selected.The PITF included 12 working groups, several of which had littleif anyrepresentation from the midstream industry. As an association representing the midstream business, with member companies intimately involved in the buildout of midstream operations in Pennsylvania, GPA believes the process was fatally awed due to the lack of representation of midstream companies in key working groups. We also believe it was awed due to the inability to modify recommendations once they reached the full task force.We further believe the task force should have more thoroughly examined the current state and federal laws on the books with which midstream operators are required to comply.A review of the commonwealths laws and regulations would show that Pennsylvanias regulatory structure is among the most rigorous in the nation. Failing to take into account the regulatory efforts already on the books, or being developed, can only lead to duplicative efforts and regulatory uncertainty.As an example, GPA believes a number of the task force recommendations call for new requirements for pipeline safety that exceed federal requirements and conict with Pennsylvanias Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Act, which prohibits the commonwealths requirements for pipeline safety from being inconsistent with or greater or more stringent than the minimum standards and regulations adopted under the federal pipeline safety laws. These recommendations fail to consider the federal governments pending activity in reviewing pipeline safety standards for hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines.While the PITF was intended to identify best practices that would allow for a collaborative and transparent process between industry and the public, it failed to recognize the primary role of Pennsylvania citizens who are property owners in the siting and location of pipel