Federal Agency Threatens Funding Reduction Over South Dakota’s Lax Pipeline Safety Enforcement

(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.

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