April 2017

2017 Pipeline Conference Schedule

Have you registered and confirmed your reservations for these upcoming conferences? RCP will be attending the following conferences. We hope to see you there! AGA Pipeline Safety Management Systems WorkshopApril 12 – 13Omni Jacksonville, Florida This workshop will feature presentations and case studies from pipeline operators, regulators, and service providers. Presentations will focus on information…

April is National Safe Digging Month

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is a member-driven association of individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground utility industry. CGA is committed to saving lives and preventing damage to underground infrastructure by promoting effective damage prevention practices. Damage prevention starts with one phone call, and since 2007 the phone number for that…

PHMSA Advisory Bulletin: Guidance on Training and Qualifications for the Integrity Management Program (ADB-2017-02)

[Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0067] PHMSA issued a new Advisory Bulletin (ADB-2017-02) for operators of natural gas transmission pipelines, outlining their expectations for qualifications of personnel who perform or supervise integrity management activities. PHMSA inspectors will use this Advisory Bulletin to clarify the intent of existing regulatory language when evaluating operator IM program personnel training and qualification…

PHMSA Deactivation of Threats Advisory Bulletin (ADB-2017-01)

Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0131 PHMSA has issued an advisory bulletin ADB-2017-01 to inform owners and operators of gas transmission pipelines that PHMSA has issued guidance on threat identification and the minimum criteria for deactivation of threats as well as guidance regarding documenting rationale of analyses, justifications, determinations, and decisions related to threat identification. According to ASME…

Comments Filed: Proposed Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines

Three industry associations have filed joint comments to PHMSA regarding the proposed rulemaking for the Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines. AGA, API and INGAA filed comments, including proposed redlines for the topics that were covered at the first Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee meeting. These topics include: Transmission Integrity Management reassessment intervals Continuing surveillance…

Underground Gas Storage User Fees

[Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0092] PHMSA issued a notice to Underground Gas Storage operators on how it plans to assess annual user fees. PHMSA will use working-gas capacity as the basis for the user-fee rate structure. PHMSA will use the working-gas capacity values from the most recent Form EIA-191 Monthly Underground Natural Gas Storage Report. PHMSA will…