The number of federal pipeline safety inspectors has more than doubled since 2011 and federal officials have broad discretion and authority to conduct site visits, inspect safety records, impose substantial fines and penalties, and physically stop pipeline operations.
Pipeline regulations are not just enforced and monitored by the DOT. Other agencies frequently include:
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Department of Interior
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- U.S. Coast Guard
- Department of Labor
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Various other local and state regulations
Activist organizations opposed to the use of fossil fuels have purposefully driven false narratives about the safety of our nation’s pipeline system to stop development and much-needed infrastructure. Pipeline problems are extremely rare, and while our goals should always be to strive for zero accidents and to hold operators to the highest standards, no one incident should be used out of context to stop the delivery of electricity, home heating, and transportation fuels we need every day to keep our country moving.