As we mentioned in last month’s newsletter, the State of Louisiana publishes their own set of pipeline regulations, and does not simply incorporate the federal rules by reference. Intrastate pipelines in Louisiana must comply with the state rules, where they are more strict than the federal rules. Persons with Louisiana intrastate pipelines should note that Louisiana changed several important items concerning pipeline integrity management programs for pipeline operators with more than 500 miles of hazardous liquid pipelines. So, if you have prepared a pipeline integrity management program that includes Louisiana intrastate pipelines, you must carefully check the state rules to ensure that you are complying with those requirements.
RCP has prepared a document that summarizes the differences between the Louisiana and Federal PIM program requirements. For a copy, contact Dan Shelledy at firstname.lastname@example.org.