USA, Alaska, Dalton Highway pipeline in valley

As the economy recovers, use of natural gas continues to increase and excavation and development projects ramp up nationwide. Protecting underground pipelines continues to be important.

Unlike most issues where regulatory primacy is left to the federal government or the states, pipeline safety is one of the rare areas where jurisdiction is shared. Interstate pipelines clearly fall under the federal government’s jurisdiction to regulate, while intrastate pipelines primarily fall within the state’s regulatory authority.

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