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PHMSA and TSA update pipeline security agreement in US

The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have updated a 2004 agreement that defines the agencies’ respective responsibilities regarding pipeline safety and security.

“This action will improve the safety and security of our nation’s energy infrastructure,” said US Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The updated annex in the agreement provides for interagency information-sharing regarding incidents, security threats and the inspection of pipeline infrastructure that crossed the US-Canada border.

It facilitates strategic planning for natural and manmade disasters, as well as memorialising best practices for interagency engagement.

“The revised annex […] will enhance our agencies’ ability to coordinate efforts to advance the security and safety of pipelines, including sharing information on security incidents,” added PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott. “We have committed to reviewing it at least once every five years to ensure that our safety efforts remain effective.”