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.
- Virginia Statutes
- Virginia Pipeline Safety Regulations/Rules
- Virginia Enforcement Program
- State Program Performance Metrics
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
Region Director: Robert Burrough
Community Liaisons: Karen Gentile / Ian Woods
Direct: 609-433-6650 / 609-468-9478
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