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Enforcement

PHMSA's Pipeline Safety Enforcement Program is a key component of our oversight mission.

The Pipeline Safety Enforcement Program is designed to monitor and enforce compliance with pipeline safety regulations and confirm operators are meeting PHMSA expectations for safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of their facilities.

On this website PHMSA offers a variety of reports detailing its enforcement activity. These reports are offered on both nationwide and operator-specific bases.

Nationwide Enforcement Activity

A high-level summary of PHMSA's overall enforcement activity.

Enforcement Actions

A summary of the various enforcement actions that have been undertaken by PHMSA.

Enforcement Case Status

The status of various types of enforcement cases by the year they were initiated.

Civil Penalty Case Status

The status of enforcement cases involving civil penalties.

Enforcement Information for Specific Operators

The national-level reports above are also provided on an operator-specific basis.

See the menu in the left-hand sidebar for other enforcement reports.

PHMSA monitors compliance through field inspections of facilities and construction projects; programmatic inspections of operator management systems, procedures, and processes; incident investigations; and through direct dialogue with operator management. To facilitate compliance, PHMSA clarifies its regulatory expectations with published inspection forms and protocols; rule interpretations; guidance manuals and advisory notices; FAQs; posting of final orders on its website; and public meetings and workshops. Finally, PHMSA has available a full range of enforcement mechanisms to require that operators take appropriate and timely corrective actions for violations, and that they take preventive measures to preclude future failures or non-compliant operation of their pipelines.

The reports above provide information on PHMSA's enforcement actions. State pipeline safety agencies also provide oversight and enforcement on certain intrastate pipeline facilities. Information on state initiated enforcement actions is available here.

For more information on PHMSA's enforcement processes, see Regulatory Enforcement Mechanisms and Operator Compliance and the Inspection and Enforcement Process Flow Chart.

To find out if a transmission pipeline is located near you, visit the National Pipeline Mapping System and search by your county or zip code.

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