September 21, 2017
Law360 published an article written by Laura LaValle (Principal, Austin) and Hana Vizcarra (Associate, Washington, DC) on September 20 as an Expert Analysis titled "GAO Report May Impact PHMSA Pipeline Safety Inspections." The article predicts that the new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which questions the assumptions behind the Risk Ranking Index Model currently used by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to determine the frequency at which pipelines must be inspected, will lead to changes in pipeline inspection procedures.
This article is an expansion of a previous news alert written by Laura and Hana on the Beveridge & Diamond website, titled " GAO Recommends that PHMSA Evaluate its Model for Pipeline Safety Inspections ."
The Law360 article can be found here (subscription required).