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 liaisons operate from each of the five OPS regional offices.
Community Liaisons (formerly known as CATS Managers) are available to assist the public, state or local officials, and other stakeholders with inquiries concerning pipeline safety-related matters.
OPS inspects and enforces the pipeline safety requlations for interstate gas pipeline operators in Colorado. OPS also inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for both intrastate and interstate hazardous liquid pipeline operators in Colorado.
Through certification by OPS, the state inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for intrastate gas pipeline operators in Colorado. This work is performed by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission's (COPUC) Gas Pipeline Safety Section (GPS).
- Colorado Statutes
- Colorado Pipeline Safety Regulations/Rules (See Department 700, Agency 723, CCR Title: 4 CCR 723-4)
- Colorado Enforcement Program
- State Program Performance Metrics
Contact information for pipeline safety regulation in Colorado:
For State regulator contact information, go to: https://www.napsr.org/state-program-managers.
Office of Pipeline Safety - Western Region Office
12300 West Dakota Avenue, Suite 110
Lakewood, CO 80226
Region Director: Dustin Hubbard
Community Liaisons: Tom Finch / Dave Mulligan
Direct: 720-963-3175 / 720-963-3193
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
East Building, Second Floor
Washington D.C. 20590-0001
Office of Pipeline Safety: Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety
Date of Revision: 01092017