Pipeline Integrity Management Systems (PIMS) are now in common practice, driven by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requirements in the U. S. In June 2022, PHMSA updated an advisory bulletin on earth movement and geohazards to monitor changing weather patterns and consider the risk posed by climate change. Beginning in 2022, and prompted by the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack in 2021, PHMSA is inspecting for and enforcing components of cybersecurity, mainly control room regulations, integrity management plan requirements and emergency plan regulations. This paper discusses the threats associated to Climate Change, Vandalism and Cyberattack, from the perspective of existing risk models.

Date Published: March 16, 2023