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PHMSA Delivers Proposed Rule On Carbon Pipeline Safety To White House OMB

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on Feb. 2 delivered a proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget focused on improving the safety of carbon dioxide pipelines. OMB review marks a final stage before a proposed rule is released for public comment.” Erin Voegele, Carbon Capture…

Q&A Section

Do you have questions? RCP’s SMEs have the answers. Information will be posted here for questions we often get from clients or discussions we have with regulators regarding interpretations and pending regulatory deadlines. Q:  If a liquid pipeline operator installs the wrong style of gasket in a flange during a maintenance repair, and then the…

NTSB has issued its Final Incident Report on the 2021 San Pedro Bay Crude Oil Pipeline Incident

In its final report, NTSB has recommended PHMSA to encourage operators to implement PSMS. The following recommendation was approved by the NTSB Board to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  “Issue an advisory bulletin to all Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration-regulated pipeline owners and operators, promoting the benefits of pipeline safety management systems…

Did you know?

Expanding American Infrastructure Helps Achieve Climate Progress! #DidYouKnow that new pipelines could help further reduce emissions? Pipelines are key to safely capturing and storing carbon to keep it away from our air. To advance lower carbon technologies, it’s important that America expands modern infrastructure and accelerates energy innovations instead of delaying technologies and restricting needed…

The Enforcement Corner

The Enforcement Corner summarizes recent PHMSA enforcement actions, indicating where PHMSA is putting its enforcement efforts and the fines they are proposing for various types of violations. In December 2023, PHMSA issued 7 NOAs, 8 NOPVs, and 7 WLs accompanied by $527,934 in proposed fines. Significant proposed fines were attributed to the following code sections: …

PHMSA Form Updates

PHMSA has made changes to several forms as listed below.  PHMSA updated these forms on January 10, 2024  PHMSA updated these forms on January 2 & 3, 2024  You can download copies of these forms here. 

PHMSA Issues FAQ for RIN 2 Gas Transmission Rule

PHMSA has posted new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) related to “Pipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines: Repair Criteria, Integrity Management Improvements, Cathodic Protection, Management of Change, and Other Related Amendments” Rule (87 FR 52224 (Aug. 24, 2022)), as amended by 88 FR 24708 (Apr. 24, 2023) (collectively, the “2022 Gas Transmission Final Rule”).  The…

Did you know?

DID YOU KNOW? INGAA members take several proactive steps to prepare for winter weather as part of their commitment to the safe, secure, and reliable transportation of natural gas throughout the country. INGAA members’ winterization plans generally focus on three key areas: asset integrity, stakeholder coordination, and personnel safety. Click here to read more.   

Unlocking the Power of Legacy Knowledge: A Knowledge Transfer Success Story

In 2023, RCP had the opportunity to collaborate with an Operator on a vital knowledge transfer project, aiming to preserve valuable insights from the client’s retiring staff. Below is a summary of the effort in the form of a case study:   This case study illuminates how ‘Operator,’ a prominent utility company, effectively confronted the challenge…

PHMSA’s Enforcement Discretion: Onshore Gas Transmission Pipeline Regulations Update and Relief Period Extension 

PHMSA will exercise enforcement discretion for onshore gas transmission pipelines that entered into service after August 24, 2022, and will not initiate enforcement action for an additional nine (9) months (to February 24, 2024) with the exception of the following:   While these enforcement discretion actions provide limited relief in the form of an extension, pipeline operators…

Changes to the Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipeline Systems Annual Report Form F 7100.2-1

Revised Announcement for Gas Transmission and Regulated Gas Gathering Annual Report Changes:  For the 2024 report to be filed in 2025, any modifications to the gas transmission and regulated gas gathering annual report, approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will come into effect. Currently, OMB approval has been granted for certain changes,…

GPAC Meeting Notice March 2024 

The next Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) meeting will discuss the Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) and Class Location Notice of Proposed Rule Makings (NPRM). The meeting is set to take place the week of March 25th. The plan is to start on Monday at 8:30 AM and continue through Friday until both rules are…

The Enforcement Corner

The Enforcement Corner summarizes recent PHMSA enforcement actions, indicating where PHMSA is putting its enforcement efforts and the fines they are proposing for various types of violations. In November 2023, PHMSA issued 5 NOAs, 5 NOPVs, and 6 WLs accompanied by $63,900 in proposed fines. Significant proposed fines were attributed to the following code sections: …

Minnesota Pipeline Routing Rule Change 

The State of Minnesota has revised the definitions in Chapter 216G – Pipelines concerning ROUTING OF CERTAIN PIPELINES (216G.02).  The rule revisions are given below (emphasis added):   Subdivision 1. Definitions.  Note that these rules apply to “pipeline” routing, not pipeline safety, and require “pipelines” to obtain a pipeline routing permit issued by the Public Utilities…

The Enforcement Corner

The Enforcement Corner summarizes recent PHMSA enforcement actions, indicating where PHMSA is putting its enforcement efforts and the fines they are proposing for various types of violations. In October 2023, PHMSA issued 1 CAO, 6 NOAs, 1 NOPSO, 6 NOPVs, and 4 WLs accompanied by $87,800 in proposed fines. Significant proposed fines were attributed to…