(Pierre, SD) — Federal regulators are threatening to reduce funding over South Dakota’s lax pipeline safety enforcement. U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration warned in a letter that if the state doesn’t do a better job preventing excavation damage to buried pipelines. It comes after a July review that found the state’s enforcement “inadequate” for the second year in a row. PHMSA said there were 489 reports of excavation damage to natural gas distribution pipelines last year in South Dakota, and only seven complaints.
Federal Agency Threatens Funding Reduction Over South Dakota’s Lax Pipeline Safety Enforcement