The new pipeline will be regulated by the California State Fire Marshal as an intrastate pipeline and will be subject to rigorous design, construction, operation and maintenance standards. Design and construction methods will meet or exceed all applicable local, state and federal pipeline standards.
Permitting for the replacement pipelines is a comprehensive and lengthy process that includes multiple opportunities for public involvement. Plains expects that acquisition of the necessary permits for the project will take a couple of years.
Permitting requires approval / authorizations by three county governments and multiple state and federal agencies, and is accompanied by a requirement to conduct environmental review in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
While Plains’ current plans are to pursue the replacement project and keep the existing lines shut down, repairing and restarting the existing pipelines remains a viable alternative should the permitting process for the replacement pipelines become excessively delayed or prove unsuccessful.