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 Utah. OPS also inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for interstate and intrastate hazardous liquid pipeline operators in Utah.
Through certification by OPS, the state inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for intrastate gas pipeline operators in Utah. This work is performed by the Gas Pipeline Safety Group of the Utah Division of Public Utilities within the Utah Department of Commerce.
Contact information for pipeline safety regulation in Utah:
Utah Department of Commerce
Heber M. Wells Building, 4th Floor
160 East 300 South, SM Box 146751
Salt Lake City, UT 84144-6751
Pipeline Safety Manager, Division of Public Utilities: Al Zadeh
Office: 801-530-6673; Fax: 801-530-6512
Office of Pipeline Safety - Western Region Office
12300 West Dakota Avenue, Suite 110
Lakewood, CO 80226
Director: Chris Hoidal
CATS managers: Tom Finch
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
Assistant Administrator / Chief Safety Officer: Mark Carr
Media Contact - Deputy Director, Office of Governmental, International and Public Affairs: Patricia Klinger
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety: Jeff Wiese
Date of Revision: 01152013