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Minnesota 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
MN OFFICE OF PIPELINE SAFETY
2001 687 4 561
2002 496 14 673
2003 395 0 556
2004 352 6 406
2005 332 14 397
2006 264 13 293
2007 319 2 207
2008 131 0 246
2009 147 0 138
2010 322 2 144
2011 155 0 200
2012 93 3 228
2013 52 1 62
2014 19 0 29
2015 176 0 124
Hazardous Liquid: Probable Violations: 2001-2015 (1)
Year Number Found During Year Number Submitted to DOT for Action Number Corrected During Year
MN OFFICE OF PIPELINE SAFETY
2001 16 6 32
2002 7 4 28
2003 11 0 17
2004 9 15 9
2005 1 2 2
2006 0 1 0
2007 4 0 1
2008 4 0 4
2009 3 0 3
2010 2 0 2
2011 0 1 0
2012 0 0 0
2013 6 0 0
2014 3 0 6
2015 1 0 2

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
MN OFFICE OF PIPELINE SAFETY
2001 119 34 178,750 32 40,500
2002 145 29 22,000 25 59,750
2003 116 35 60,500 33 31,750
2004 79 21 26,750 27 52,000
2005 124 27 35,000 23 25,500
2006 98 28 246,500 22 43,000
2007 79 22 39,500 25 46,500
2008 50 13 13,000 12 12,500
2009 34 16 44,500 6 7,000
2010 67 76 3,061,800 28 57,000
2011 74 48 95,000 28 39,000
2012 47 34 1,087,500 45 85,250
2013 23 12 36,800 11 55,800
2014 15 10 6,300 8 3,850
2015 83 36 39,600 30 25,300
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
MN OFFICE OF PIPELINE SAFETY
2001 4 0 0 0 0
2002 3 0 0 0 0
2003 6 1 1,000 1 1,000
2004 4 1 1,000 1 1,000
2005 0 0 0 0 0
2006 1 0 0 0 0
2007 1 0 0 0 0
2008 1 0 0 0 0
2009 1 0 0 0 0
2010 1 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0
2013 2 0 0 0 0
2014 0 0 0 0 0
2015 2 0 0 0 0

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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