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Louisiana Enforcement Program

Operator compliance with state and federal pipeline safety regulations is monitored through a comprehensive inspection and enforcement program. The program is comprised of field inspections of operations, maintenance, and construction activities; programmatic inspections of operator procedures, processes, and records; incident investigations and corrective actions; and through direct dialogue with operator management. The agency or agencies below work in partnership with the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to assure pipeline operators are meeting requirements for safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of their facilities. The tables below provide a summary of probable violations discovered and compliance actions taken by the agency(ies) as a result of these activities. These data are reported annually as part of the state's annual pipeline safety program certification or agreement to PHMSA. Information on enforcement actions taken by PHMSA is available at the Pipeline Safety Enforcement Program homepage.

These tables provide a summary of probable violations identified and corrected during each year. Probable violations are alleged non-compliances with pipeline safety regulations. Although state enforcement procedures vary, operators are provided an opportunity to respond to these alleged non-compliances and defend their actions as part of resolving each case. Separate tables are provided for hazardous liquid and gas pipeline oversight. (A)

Gas: Probable Violations: 2001-2015 (1)
Year Number Found During Year Number Submitted to DOT for Action Number Corrected During Year
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
2001 241 N/A 297
2002 133 N/A 189
2003 134 N/A 100
2004 252 N/A 123
2005 282 N/A 252
2006 78 N/A 233
2007 114 N/A 142
2008 56 N/A 90
2009 17 N/A 84
2010 36 N/A 15
2011 36 N/A 93
2012 128 N/A 64
2013 128 N/A 57
2014 210 N/A 19
2015 193 N/A 125
Hazardous Liquid: Probable Violations: 2001-2015 (1)
Year Number Found During Year Number Submitted to DOT for Action Number Corrected During Year
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
2001 11 N/A 6
2002 25 N/A 24
2003 10 N/A 16
2004 28 N/A 1
2005 36 N/A 16
2006 7 N/A 25
2007 2 N/A 21
2008 4 N/A 11
2009 0 N/A 4
2010 11 N/A 0
2011 2 N/A 6
2012 15 N/A 5
2013 4 N/A 13
2014 5 N/A 0
2015 3 N/A 8

Number Found During Year: The number of new probable violations identified during the calendar year through inspections, investigations, and other means.

Number Submitted for DOT Action: The number of probable violations that are referred to PHMSA for Federal enforcement. Compliance actions may be referred to PHMSA in situations where the state pipeline safety program is not certified to take enforcement action on certain intrastate pipelines. For example, some states do not have enforcement authority of municipal pipeline systems. Furthermore, some state pipeline safety programs are authorized by PHMSA to inspect interstate pipelines on PHMSA's behalf as Interstate Agents. In these situations, any probable violations identified by Interstate Agents must be referred to PHMSA for enforcement.

Number Corrected During Year: The number of probable violations that were satisfactorily corrected during the calendar year. These could be violations identified in the current year as well as violations that were carried over from previous years. Violations are satisfactorily resolved when the operator provides evidence and satisfies the agency that the non-compliances have been properly addressed and corrected.

A compliance action is an action or series of sequential actions taken to enforce pipeline regulations. One compliance action can cover multiple probable violations. A compliance action may take the form of a letter warning of future penalties for continued violation, an administratively imposed monetary sanction or order directing compliance with the regulations, an order directing corrective action under hazardous conditions, a show-cause order, a criminal sanction, a court injunction, or a similar formal action. This table provides the number of compliance actions taken by the state agency in each year. It also provides the number and amount of civil penalties that were assessed each year to pipeline operators and the number and amount of civil penalties that were collected each year from operators. Because there are occasions where a civil penalty is assessed in one year but not collected until a following year, the amount assessed and collected in a given year may not always be the same. (A)

Gas: Compliance Actions: 2001-2015 (1)
Year Compliance Actions Taken Number of Penalties Assessed Dollars Assessed Number of Penalties Collected Dollars of Penalties Collected
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
2001 87 5 5,800 5 5,800
2002 43 7 3,000 2 750
2003 41 14 5,850 12 4,600
2004 62 22 33,300 19 15,225
2005 89 38 8,050 30 16,850
2006 31 6 3,550 18 4,800
2007 33 5 2,350 5 3,250
2008 24 5 1,450 3 700
2009 9 0 0 1 250
2010 14 4 2,500 0 0
2011 8 5 14,500 8 10,000
2012 35 19 43,000 5 6,250
2013 39 38 51,500 36 42,250
2014 119 126 124,750 112 110,000
2015 104 92 65,750 57 58,000
Hazardous Liquid: Compliance Actions: 2001-2015 (1)
Year Compliance Actions Taken Number of Penalties Assessed Dollars Assessed Number of Penalties Collected Dollars of Penalties Collected
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
2001 5 2 300 2 300
2002 10 5 8,000 3 2,000
2003 9 6 6,500 8 12,500
2004 14 9 6,325 7 5,325
2005 21 3 3,750 4 4,250
2006 6 0 0 0 0
2007 2 1 300 0 0
2008 2 2 750 2 800
2009 0 0 0 1 250
2010 3 2 1,250 0 0
2011 1 1 500 2 1,250
2012 5 5 18,750 3 5,500
2013 3 3 10,000 3 15,000
2014 4 3 16,000 3 6,000
2015 1 1 10,000 2 20,000

Notes

  1. Some states do not have programs for both gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. Thus enforcement data is not shown when the state has no corresponding program. Alaska and Hawaii have neither a gas nor hazardous liquid pipeline safety programs. When a state has no program, oversight is provided by PHMSA.

Sources

  1. Federal State Tracking and Reporting web application (FedSTAR) as of March 31, 2016 for states with active PHMSA certification and/or agreement. NOTE: New Hampshire's (NH) data for the years 2005 through 2015 as of October 30, 2017.

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