- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico regulators are slashing fees for residential and commercial pipeline operators thanks to high marks earned by the state’s Pipeline Safety Bureau.

The fees imposed by the bureau each year are based on grant money it receives from the federal government for overall performance in preventing pipeline damage through inspections and enforcement.

Bureau chief Jason Montoya says the better the state does in ensuring the safety of its pipelines, the more federal funding it can get to continue its work and the less it has to charge pipeline operators.

This year, fees are being reduced from 86 cents to 17 cents for residential service and $8.83 to $1.75 for commercial service.

The bureau has six inspectors and oversees about 27,000 miles of pipelines within the state.

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