Planning Near Pipelines

U.S. D.O.T.'s PHMSA released Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) includes recommended practices for stakeholder communications to improve safety. See the full report here

Under a US DOT PHMSA TAG, The Chester County Commissioner’s are constructing a Pipeline Notification Protocol to be used by pipeline operators when planning a new pipeline, expansion or maintenance.  Read More.

Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA)

The US Department of Transportation has federal oversight of gas transmission pipelines through the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Office of Pipeline Safety.  To assist communities become risk-informed about transmission pipelines and make better land use planning and development decisions related to pipelines, PHMSA initiated and supports the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA). 

The initial PIPA effort was conducted by approximately 130 stakeholder participants representing a wide range of interests, organizations, and viewpoints on pipelines and community planning.  PIPA has developed recommended practices for protecting communities, protecting transmission pipelines and communicating among stakeholders. The PIPA recommended practices can help communities make risk-informed decisions for land use planning and development adjacent to transmission pipelines.