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Regulatory Fact Sheet: Virginia

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 Virginia.

Through certification by OPS, the state inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for intrastate gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators in Virginia. The VA SCC inspects but does not enforce municipal gas systems in Virginia through a signed agreement with PHMSA. Also, by signed agreement with OPS, Virginia inspects and OPS enforces the pipeline safety regulations for interstate hazardous liquid pipeline operator in Virginia. This work is performed by the Division of Utility and Railroad Safety of the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

Contact information for pipeline safety regulation in Virginia:

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

Office of Pipeline Safety - Eastern Region Office

840 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 300

W. Trenton, NJ 08628

Telephone: 609-771-7800

Fax: 609-882-1209

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