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This Web page represents a compilation of materials pertaining to pipeline safety and, specifically, Colorado PUC-regulated pipeline systems. These materials are intended for use by the entire Colorado community: The public, government entities, and pipeline system operators. The materials presented here are not intended to represent a comprehensive list of all links and/or documents, but are intended to serve as a basis for further research and inquiry on pipeline safety topics. Questions or comments about these materials or pipeline safety generally may be e-mailed to the COPUC Pipeline Safety Section at firstname.lastname@example.org. A section representative should respond/contact you within 1 business day.
The COPUC is one of several state and Federal agencies verifying that pipeline operations in Colorado comply with regulations designed to protect and/or enhance public health and welfare. These regulations address pipeline safety, environmental protection, and oil and gas conservation and are administered by:
A document summarizing the various pipeline oversight agencies in Colorado has been created and resides on the COGCC website at:
A Regulatory Review of Liquid and Natural Gas Pipelines in Colorado
The COPUC’s Pipeline Safety Section works closely with PHMSA’s Western Region, based home in Lakewood, CO. PHMSA has a dedicated Community Assistance and Technical Services (CATS) team that works to facilitate communications among all pipeline stakeholders, including the public, the operators, and government officials. All current PHMSA CATS team contacts may be found at PHMSA CATS.
Most pipeline safety topics center on WHAT (are pipelines/what are their risks?), HOW (do pipelines work?), WHERE (are pipelines located?), and WHY (do pipelines fail?). As with any complicated transportation system, the answers to these questions are not simply summarized. The best and most complete place to begin answering these questions is PHMSA's pipeline homepage, which not only houses various internal PHMSA informational resources, but has an excellent Stakeholder's Communication website with a Community Toolbox and links to many different resources on a variety of pipeline safety topics.
Additionally, most of Colorado’s major pipeline system operators have websites devoted to pipeline and pipeline-related safety topics, including:
Additional resources are:
Colorado Public Utilities Commission Pipeline Safety Regulations - Colorado Code of Regulations 723-4-4900 through 723-4-4999.
U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Regulations - Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 192, 193, 199 and 40.
ALL FEDERAL PIPELINE SAFETY REGULATIONS includes:
Title 49, Part 40 (Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs)