Transportation – Pipeline Safety
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Pipeline Safety Bureau:
- Enforces federal and state pipeline safety regulations in order to provide for the safe operation of natural gas and hazardous liquid facilities;
- investigates intrastate pipeline incidents and accidents that take place in New Mexico;
- enforces the State Excavation Damage Prevention Law; and
- is responsible for licensing crude oil, natural gas, and oil and gas product pipelines.
Through its 60105 Agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Pipeline Safety Bureau is responsible for conducting safety compliance inspections and enforcing state and federal pipeline safety regulations for intrastate gas, hazardous liquid, and CO2 pipeline facilities. These include private and municipal gas distribution systems, master meter gas systems, LPG systems, transmission systems, and jurisdictional gathering lines. The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration (PHMSA) conducts annual program evaluations used primarily to determine performance (e.g., operating practices, quality of State agency inspections, investigations, compliance actions and adequacy of recordkeeping). The Pipeline Safety Bureau performance is the major factor considered in allocation grant-in-aid funds from the federal government each year.
When to contact NM811
If you plan on digging, excavating, blasting or moving earth in any way, contact New Mexico 811 and all non-members two working days prior to the start of the excavation. Non-members include homeowners, master meter systems, and non-jurisdictional members (i.e. Native American reservations and federal facilities). New Mexico 811 is open from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, except on holidays.
When requesting line locates, NM811’s preference is for you to call by telephone or enter your requests at nm811.org. Calls to New Mexico 811 (NM811) are free.
NM811 can be reached:
Toll free from anywhere in New Mexico by calling: 811
Toll free from anywhere in the United States by calling: 1-800-321-2537
Damage to an underground facility
If an underground facility is damaged during excavation, you must stop the excavation, call 911 if appropriate, notify the UFO immediately, and call 811 to report the damage. Damage may include nicks, dents, gouges, cuts, scrapes or scratches to the coating, insulating jacket or tracer wire.
Utilities affected by damage
If your utilities are affected when a damage occurs, you will need to submit a 3rd party damage report.
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Part 3: How are Pipelines Regulated?
Public Regulation Commission
Pipeline Safety Bureau
P.O. Box 1269
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Emergency/After Hours Number:
This number is for emergency/after hours phone calls only and is not monitored for text messages.
To contact the Pipeline Safety Bureau with non-emergency information, please call (505) 629-9603 or use the staff list on this page for individual contact information.
|Jason Montoya||Bureau Chief||(505) 946-8314|
|Tina Cigliano-Sisneros||Management Analyst||(505) 670-3149|
|Gabriel Cassell||Administrative Assistant||(505) 629-9603|
|James Stanovcak||Pipeline Safety Supervisor||(505) 490-2135|
|David Gates||Pipeline Safety Inspector||(505) 490-2958|
|Antonio Archuleta||Pipeline Safety Inspector||(505) 490-0567|
|David Walters||Pipeline Safety Inspector||(505) 629-3561|
|Chris Gutierrez||Pipeline Safety Inspector||(505) 699-8693|
||Pipeline Safety Inspector||(505) 699-2680|
|Zane Ward||Pipeline Safety Inspector||(505) 470-7854|
|Kevin Duke||Pipeline Safety Inspector||(505) 470-0042|
|Joe Lopez||Damage Prevention Inspector, NM – South||(505) 231-5204|
|Ricardo Herrera||Damage Prevention Inspector, NM – Central||(505) 629-3564|
|Joaquin Pineda||Damage Prevention Supervisor/Inspector, NM – North||(505) 795-0969|
Master Meter Program
New Mexico Excavation Law Classes
Pipeline Safety Manuals and Forms
Title 18: Transportation and Highways
Chapter 60: Pipeline Construction and Maintenance