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Pipeline Safety Division

In 1981, the California Legislature established the Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Act with the intent that the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) shall exercise exclusive safety regulatory and enforcement authority over intrastate hazardous liquid pipelines. The Office of the State Fire Marshal currently regulates the safety of approximately 4,500 miles of intrastate hazardous liquid transportation pipelines. The Pipeline Safety Division consists of engineers, analytical staff, and clerical support located in northern, central and southern California. Pipeline Safety staff inspect pipeline operators to ensure compliance with federal and state pipeline safety laws and regulations. The Division is also responsible for the investigation of all spills, ruptures, fires, or pipeline incidents for cause and determination of probable violations.

Pipeline Safety Seminar Registration Flyer

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is proud to host the 2016 Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Seminar featuring the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

For more information and to register please visit:
2016 OSFM Pipeline Safety Seminar




On January 5, 2016, the Pipeline Safety Division held an informational meeting for the pipeline industry. This meeting was to inform Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Operators in California of two significant pipeline safety bills (SB 295 and AB 864) that were recently signed into law. Changes to out-of-service pipeline designation were also discussed. Click on the link below to view the presentation:

PIPELINE SAFETY DIVISION INFORMATION MEETING - New Pipeline Safety Laws and Out-of-Service Pipelines.

pipeline inspectionThe Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Pipeline Safety Division recently hosted two successful Pipeline Safety Seminars. These free one-day trainings were held in two different locations:

  • June 2, 2015 Bakersfield
  • June 9, 2015 Long Beach

These seminars intended to inform the hazardous liquid pipeline operators and affected community of the latest changes in state and federal regulations.
Click here to view the Seminar presentations: 

Pipeline Safety:   Protecting Unusually Sensitive Areas (USAs) From Onshore Hazardous Liquid Gathering Lines and Low-Stress Lines

Effective July 3, 2008, the following pipelines have become subject to rules and regulations of CFR Part 195 and are now under the regulatory authority of the California State Fire Marshal.

Letter to Operators of Rural Low Stress and Gathering Hazardous Liquid Lines.

Federal Register/Vol. 73, No 107/Tuesday, June 3, 2008/ Rules and Regulations

Part 195 / 195.1, 195.11, 195.12, 195.48, 195.452

Additional information available at:

Contact: Lane Miller (405) 954-4969 or by email at   Lane.Miller@dot.gov

PHMSA Website: http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline

Final Report of Kinder Morgan LS-16 Walnut Creek Accident. (Posted on 07/06/2005)

Notice of Violation and Civil Penalty.

Pipeline Failure Investigation Report.

Illustration 1: Walnut Creek - Accident Site.

Illustration 2: Map of Rupture Site.

Photo A, B, C, D,and E.

Item 1 - Kinder Morgan Alignment Sheet 16-7D.

Item 2 - Carollo Drawing 05/10/02 - Last Revision 06/23/04.

Item 3 - USA/North Ticket Data.   

Or you can view the whole Report by click here.

Encroachments into or on Pipeline Easements: To view the Information Bulletin, click here.

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