Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania's Act 127: New Pipeline Safety Regulation

 

By Kurt L. Krieger and Russell L. Schetroma 

Effective February 20, 2012, Act 127, or the Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Act ("Act" or "Act 127"), expands the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's ("PaPUC") jurisdiction over operators who transport gas or hazardous liquids by pipeline or pipeline facility in Pennsylvania by requiring registration and subsequent assessment of costs to all "pipeline operators."  A primary focus of Act 127 is to provide the PaPUC with jurisdiction to regulate the safety aspects of non-public utility onshore gathering lines, and hydrocarbon liquid lines. 

Under Act 127, entities that transport gas and hazardous liquids by pipeline may now need to register annually with the Commission. Failure to register may result in civil penalties to the pipeline operator subject to the Act.  Moreover, these entities will be assessed the Commission's costs, according to the length of pipeline each entity operates in Pennsylvania.

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Kurt L. Krieger focuses his practice in the area of energy law with experience representing regulated companies and interested parties before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") and state and commonwealth public service or utility commissions.

Russell L. Schetroma focuses his practice in the areas of energy and oil and gas law.

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