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 North Dakota. OPS also inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for interstate and intrastate hazardous liquid pipeline operators in North Dakota.
Through certification by OPS, the state inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for intrastate gas pipeline operators in North Dakota. This work is performed by the North Dakota Public Service Commission.
- North Dakota Statutes
- North Dakota Pipeline Safety Regulations/Rules
- North Dakota Enforcement Program
- State Program Performance Metrics
Contact information for pipeline safety regulation in North Dakota:
North Dakota Public Service Commission
600 E. Boulevard, Dept. 408
Bismarck, ND 58505
Gas Pipeline Safety Inspector/Program Manager Compliance and Competitive Markets: Aaron Morman
Office of Pipeline Safety - Central Region Office
901 Locust St., Room 462
Kansas City, MO 64106
Director: Allan Beshore
CATS Managers: Harold Winnie
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
East Building, Second Floor (PH)
Washington D.C. 20590-0001
Administrator: Cynthia L. Quarterman
Media Contact - Deputy Director, Office of Governmental, International and Public Affairs: Patricia Klinger
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety: Jeff Wiese
Date of Revision: 10132014