Black was commenting on a joint report from AOPL and the American Petroleum Institute (API) that found, among other things, liquid pipelines stretched across 199,243 miles of the United States at the end of 2014, based on information submitted by operators to PHMSA as recently as October.
We have, of course, seen remarkable growth in mileage over the past several years based on the demand to take away products from new production," said John Stoody, AOPL vice president of Government.
Stoody said that while the AOPL has a keen interest in Washington legislative affairs, the organization does not see new problems arising in the wake of the Keystone XL rejection by President Obama.
While AOPL is supportive of pipeline safety issues that come before various committees on topics ranging from leak protection to improving smart technology and maintains "an active slate of industrywide efforts" in this regard, Stoody said the organization's top legislative priority is the reauthorization of the federal pipeline safety law.
On June 18, 2004, the API and the AOPL
asked PHMSA to increase the maximum interval between inspections of HCA segments from five years to 68 months, to extend the time the liquid lines have for correcting imperfections turned up by an IMP inspection and allowing a pipeline to notify the agency a repair has been delayed.