Regulatory Oversight

Numerous government agencies are tasked with oversight of the design, construction and day-to-day operations of the company. Buckeye works intimately with the following agencies to ensure operations are conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner:

  • Federal Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • US Coast Guard
  • Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE)
  • Mineral Management Service (MMS)
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs 
  • Department of State
  • Department of Energy
  • US Forest Service
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • US Internal Revenue Service
  • Various State and local Agencies

Rigorous environmental standards ensure Buckeye’s operations are conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.  They include but are not limited to:

  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Superfund
  • Oil Pollution Act (OPA)
  • Pipeline Safety Act


The standards and criteria mandated by the regulations are administered and enforced through various types of permits, licenses, registrations and certifications. There are numerous permit programs dealing with operations within the pipeline industry. These programs include on going self-monitoring, reporting and record keeping requirements. They are used to control any activities that could have the potential to discharge various types of pollutants to the atmosphere, water or land. For example, permits set limits on the amount of pollutants allowed in the storm water run-off from a facility through the National Pollution Discharge Elimination Permit System (NPDES).

Other types of permits set limits for air emissions from truck loading racks and tankage by setting design and operating parameters for their operation. The permits generally include monitoring, reporting and record keeping criteria to assure that the conditions of the permit are met and the specified control equipment is operating optimally. Waste handling procedures are also highly regulated within the industry by requiring all hazardous waste generators to register with EPA.

Each and every hazardous waste that is generated is tracked form cradle to grave (point of generation to its point of ultimate disposal) through a hazardous waste manifest system. There are provisions within the permit systems that allow for imposition of severe penalties by the regulating agency for noncompliance.