The Michigan Oil and Gas Association recently provided its support to the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and 11 oil and natural gas producer associations in comments submitted to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on its notice of proposed rulemaking on Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines.
The Independent Producers argue that PHMSA has not supported the proposal to upend the existing framework for regulating natural gas production and gathering lines. The comments point to PHMSA’s failure to comply with a congressional mandate prior to proposing new regulations for gathering lines.
Tom Stewart of Oilfield Policy Advisors LLC and co-chair of IPAA’s Pipeline Safety Task Force stated, “We are independent producers of America’s reliable energy resources, a high responsibility. In our comments we ask only that the agencies obey the law, regulate as necessary, yet respect the authorization provided them by Congress. We all have mutual goals of protecting the public interest. But, we will fight unwarranted and intrusive regulators who think they have the right to rise above the rule of law; even as we will operate our investments in America’s energy infrastructure to the highest standards possible.”
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