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 interstate gas pipeline operators in North Carolina. OPS also inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for interstate and intrastate hazardous liquid pipeline operators in North Carolina.
Through certification by OPS, the state inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for intrastate gas pipeline operators in North Carolina. This work is performed by the Operations Division, Pipeline Safety Section of the North Carolina Utility Commission.
- North Carolina Statutes
- North Carolina Pipeline Safety Regulations/Rules
- North Carolina Enforcement Program
- State Program Performance Metrics
Contact information for pipeline safety regulation in North Carolina:
For State regulator contact information, go to: https://www.napsr.org/state-program-managers.
Office of Pipeline Safety - Southern Region Office
233 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 600
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Region Director: James Urisko
Community Liaisons: Arthur Buff / James Kelly
Direct: 404-226-6153 / 404-990-1848
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