Rules and Regulations for Pipelines
Operators comply with minimum federal and state requirements and often go above and beyond through industry standards.
Decommissioning is the process of taking a pipeline and its component parts out of service. A pipeline may be decommissioned when its operation is no longer economically feasible. For example, a pipeline may reach a point when maintenance costs exceed the value the pipeline generates in operation. Industry practice is to leave a mainline pipe in the pipeline trench to prevent environmental disturbances that could result from removing the pipe and other underground components.
Operators take several steps to maintain pipeline’s safety when decommissioning: