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Regulatory Fact Sheet: Montana

The federal government establishes minimum pipeline safety standards under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 49 "Transportation", Parts 190 - 199. The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS), within the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), has overall regulatory responsibility for hazardous liquid and gas pipelines under its jurisdiction in the United States.

OPS is headquartered in Washington, DC, and supported through five regional offices located in Trenton, NJ; Atlanta, GA; Kansas City, MO; Houston, TX; and Denver, CO. OPS regional directors, pipeline inspectors/investigators, and community assistance and technical services (CATS) managers operate from each of the five OPS regional offices.

CATS managers are available to assist the public and state or local officials with inquiries concerning pipeline safety-related issues.

OPS inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for interstate gas pipeline operators in Montana. OPS also inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for interstate and intrastate hazardous liquid pipeline operators in Montana.

Through certification by OPS, the state inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for intrastate gas pipeline operators in Montana. This work is performed by the Montana Public Service Commission.

Contact information for pipeline safety regulation in Montana:

For State regulator contact information, go to: http://www.napsr.org/state-program-managers.

Office of Pipeline Safety - Western Region Office

12300 West Dakota Avenue, Suite 110

Lakewood, CO 80226

Telephone: 720-963-3160

Director: Chris Hoidal

CATS managers: Tom Finch / Dave Mulligan

Direct: 720-963-3175 / 720-963-3193

E-mail: thomas.finch@dot.gov / david.mulligan@dot.gov

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

1200 New Jersey Avenue SE

East Building, Second Floor

Washington D.C. 20590-0001

Administrator: Marie Therese Dominguez

Media Contact: Patricia Klinger, Deputy Director, Office of Governmental, International and Public Affairs

Office of Pipeline Safety: Jeff Wiese, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety

Phone: 202-366-4595

Email: PHMSA.Pipelinesafety@dot.gov

Date of Revision: 02182016