On March 15, 2006, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published its final rule on the definition of gas gathering lines. This rule completely changes the previous regulations for gas gathering. Pipelines that were previously considered to be regulated gas gathering may now be exempt. Likewise, other pipelines that were previously considered to be exempt gas gathering will now be regulated.
The new definition depends largely on API RP 80 to define the lines that are “gas gathering,” with a few modifications. For those lines that are regulated, there will be two levels of compliance requirements. Confused? You are not alone. Join us in Houston as we delve into the details of the new regulations.
What: Gas Gathering Jurisdiction Workshop
When: May 10, 2006
Where: Houston, Texas
We’ll cover the following topics:
- How does RP 80 distinguish Production from Gathering?
- How does RP 80 distinguish Gathering from Transmission?
- What are the criteria for determining regulated onshore gathering lines?
- What are the compliance requirements and deadlines for regulated onshore gathering lines?
- How should operators proceed under these new regulations?
The presentation will include specific examples and case studies, and will include time for questions and answers.
Bill Byrd of RCP, Inc., is a nationally recognized pipeline safety expert and experienced workshop leader. He has conducted dozens of pipeline jurisdictional determinations that consider the intricacies of federal and state pipeline safety regulations in complex operating environments.