Who Watches Out for
First and foremost... pipeline companies are responsible for the
safety and reliability of their own pipeline systems. Additionally,
federal and state regulators oversee compliance with a host of regulatory
Almost all aspects of the pipeline business and pipeline operations
The safety aspects of pipeline operations are audited and inspected
frequently by the federal Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) in cooperation
with the states in which pipelines are located.
When new oil pipelines are being considered, operators must work
with both state and federal permitting agencies, which are responsible
for protecting wetlands, wildlife, ecosystems, and drinking water
Whenever new pipe is installed in the ground, workers are protected
by requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Facilities including pipeline terminals and tank farms fall under
local requirements based on codes published by the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA).
The tariffs pipelines charge for the transportation services they
provide are overseen by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
For links to these
regulatory agencies, visit the Pipeline 101 - Links page.