New Underground Construction Standards Imminent From OSHA; Pipeline Bill In Congress; Wetland Gas Repairs

June 2011 Vol. 66 No. 6

NWPs 3 and 12, on the other hand, allow regional Corps administrators to require preconstruction notices (PCNs) before any work is done. Those can take time to approve, and delay fixes of troubled pipeline segments. Both the American Gas Association and Interstate Natural Gas Association of America are asking the Corps to include language in NWP 3 and NWP 12 that pre-authorizes projects that are considered “immediate repairs,” "Corrective Action Order” projects, and “Safety Order” projects. That would allow pipeline companies to immediately address natural gas pipeline leaks, pressure malfunctions, natural disaster damage, terrorist threats, or other events that pose a danger to public safety, including work necessary to respond, replace, repair, test or inspect affected utility lines.