The rapid and unprecedented recent pipeline construction boom to satisfy energy demand has successfully delivered needed energy supplies to growing markets. In the United States, inspectors from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) significantly increased their inspection focus to cover many projects over the last four years. The results of many inspections were the subject of a PHMSA public meeting in April 2009, along with at least one Advisory Bulletin. This paper describes key issues PHMSA has witnessed, addressed, and taken action. The paper will also provide guidance on where industry should focus quality improvement initiatives.

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