There is a new rule to increase the safety requirements of oil pipelines and refined products in the United States. On Friday, January 13, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) approved a new law that establishes that oil pipeline operators must have a spill detection system and establish a timeline to inspect pipelines affected by an extreme climate event or a natural disaster.

The PHMSA said that the new regulations aim to improve the quality and frequency of the tests used to advise, the risks and the conditions of the pipelines. Experts said prior to these laws, that the technology promoted by the pipeline operators routinely fails, and although there were guidelines, there were no strict federal mandates established for a particular system to detect spills.

The safety of pipelines has become a key issue in recent months, following massive protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline crude oil pipeline from Energy Transfer Partners, due to concerns about the risk of contamination to water supplies, the case of a spill of it.

The administration of the new President Elect Donald Trump, has declared his support for Dakota Access, as well as for other projects of pipelines.
A PHMSA spokesman said that the regulation was expected to enter the federal registry that same week, adding that it will take six months to become effective.


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