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 and hazardous liquid pipeline operators in Texas.
Through certification by OPS, the state inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for intrastate gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators in Texas. This work is performed by the Pipeline Safety Department of the Texas Railroad Commission.
- Texas Statutes (See “Utilities Code” Titles 3 & 5)
- Texas Pipeline Safety Rules (Texas Administrative Code, Title 16, See Chapters 8 & 18)
- Texas Enforcement Program
- State Program Performance Metrics
Contact information for pipeline safety regulation in Texas:
For State regulator contact information, go to: https://www.napsr.org/state-program-managers.
Office of Pipeline Safety - Southwest Region Office
8701 South Gessner, Suite 630
Houston, TX 77074
Region Director: Mary McDaniel
Community Liaisons: Bill Lowry / James "Jay" Prothro
Direct: Phone: (713) 272-2845 / (713) 272-2832
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