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Regulatory Fact Sheet: North Dakota

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.

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: 701-220-5779

E-mail: aarmorman@nd.gov

Office of Pipeline Safety - Central Region Office

901 Locust St., Room 462

Kansas City, MO 64106

Telephone: 816-329-3800

Director: Allan Beshore

CATS Managers: Harold Winnie

Direct: 816-329-3836

E-mail: harold.winnie@dot.gov

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

Phone: 202-366-4595

Date of Revision: 10132014