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Regulatory Fact Sheet: Massachusetts

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 regulations for intrastate and interstate hazardous liquid pipeline operators in Massachusetts. OPS also inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for interstate gas pipeline operators in Massachusetts.

Through certification by OPS, the state inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for intrastate gas pipeline operators in Massachusetts. This work is performed by the Pipeline Engineering and Safety Division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

Contact information for pipeline safety regulation in Massachusetts:

For State regulator contact information, go to: http://www.napsr.org/state-program-managers.

Office of Pipeline Safety - Eastern Region Office

820 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 103

W. Trenton, NJ 08628

Telephone: 609-989-2171

Acting Region Director: Robert Burrough

Community Liaisons: Karen Gentile / Ian Woods

Direct: 609-433-6650 / 609-468-9478

E-mail: karen.gentile@dot.gov /ian.woods@dot.gov

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

1200 New Jersey Avenue SE

East Building, Second Floor

Washington D.C. 20590-0001

Administrator: Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Media Contact: Director, Office of Governmental, International and Public Affairs

Office of Pipeline Safety: Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety

Phone: 202-366-4595

Email: PHMSA.Pipelinesafety@dot.gov

Date of Revision: 01092017