Electronic Reading Room

Only Reading Room records created on or after November 1, 1996, are required to be made available electronically.

Other Reading Room records maintained by PHMSA can be accessed from the following conventional (paper) Reading Rooms(s):

DOT Dockets Office
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Room W12-140
Washington, D.C. 20590

10:00-17:00 ET
Monday through Friday,
except Federal holidays.

A computer terminal and printer are available at this location for accessing Electronic Reading Room records.

For access, call 202-366-9322, 202-366-9826, or 800-647-5527

This Electronic Reading Room notes four categories of records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA):


I. Final Opinions and Orders

Hazmat Decisions on Appeal
Hazmat Orders of the Chief Counsel
Pipeline Final Orders (2002-Present)
Pipeline Corrective Action Orders (2002-Present)
Pipeline Closed Notices of Amendment (2002-Present)
Pipeline Compliance Documents (pre-2002)

II. Policy Statements

Hazmat Interpretations
Pipeline Interpretations
Unsolicited Proposal Policy
Hazmat Systems Integrity Safety Program Policy
Web Policies
PHMSA Recruitment, Relocation & Retention Policy
PHMSA Telework Policy
PHMSA Merit Promotion Plan Policy
PHMSA Federal Student Loan Repayment Program

III. Staff Manuals and Instructions

Administrative staff manuals and instructions to staff that affect a member of the public are included here.

Pipeline Civil Penalty Summary
Enforcement Guidance
Pipeline Technical Resources
Hazardous Liquid Integrity Management Inspection Protocols
Gas Integrity Management Inspection Protocols
Pipeline Operator Drug & Alcohol Inspection Forms
Pipeline Operator Qualification Inspection Protocols
Hazmat Enforcement Operations Manual
Joint Operations Manual for 49 CFR Part 109

IV. Frequently Requested Records Under FOIA

NEW ~ May 18, 2016 MOU between PHMSA and CASFM Regarding Plains L901/L903 Transfer of Regulatory Oversight
NEW ~ 10/23/2013 Failure Investigation Report – ExxonMobil Pegasus Pipeline, Mayflower, AR
NEW ~ Plains Pipeline LP Line 901 Failure Investigation Report, May 2016
NEW! ~ Enbridge Makinac Straits ILI Review
2007 Plains All American Pipeline Inline Inspection Survey Report, Las Flores to Gaviota
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) FY 2012 and 2013 Evaluations
Purchase Card Holders
Port Everglades Investigation Report
West Texas Fertilizer Company April 17, 2013 incident
Enbridge release - July 26, 2010
Discovery of a crude oil leak on July 26, 2010 in the pipeline between Griffith, Indiana to Sarnia, Ontario.
ExxonMobil - 3-29-13 AR Pipeline Failure
PHMSA issued a Corrective Action Order to ExxonMobil Pipeline Company as a result of the operator’s March 29, 2013 failure in Mayflower, Arkansas. The order prevents ExxonMobil from restarting operations on the failed segment until the agency is satisfied with repairs and is confident that all immediate safety concerns have been addressed.
ExxonMobil Laurel, MT October 2012 Report
ExxonMobil Laurel, MT July 2011
On July 1, 2011 a failure occurred on ExxonMobil Pipeline Company's Silvertip Pipeline in Yellowstone County, Montana resulting in the release of 750-1000 barrels of crude into the Yellowstone River. The failure occurred in the vicinity of Laurel, Montana.
Oil Spill Response Plans
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Failure - Root Cause Analysis Report
November 16, 2011
About Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Electronic Reading Room
How to Make a FOIA Request
Make a FOIA Payment
How to Make a FOIA Payment
PHMSA Records Schedules