April 2020

PHMSA Issues Guidance and Stay of Enforcement Due to COVID-19

[The following article was previously published in RCP’s Special Edition March 2020 Newsletter.] On March 19th & 20th, PHMSA issued two guidance statements related to pipeline operators’ potential inability to comply with federal safety requirements throughout the United States as a result of COVID-19. Notice of Stay of Enforcement and Notice of Enforcement Discretion to Operators…

NEW Recommended Practice Published: API RP 1182, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Large Diameter Rural Gas Gathering Lines

The American Petroleum Institute (API) announced it has published a new recommended practice (RP) for rural gas gathering pipelines with outside diameters (OD) greater than 12.75-inches.  This RP is expected to be incorporated by reference into Part 192 when the Safety of Gas Gathering Pipelines rule is finalized by PHMSA.  API RP 1182 creates two…

NEW Recommended Practice Published: API RP 80, 2nd Edition, Definition of Onshore Gas Gathering Lines

The American Petroleum Institute (API) announced it has published the second edition of recommended practice (RP) 80, Definition of Onshore Gas Gathering Lines. This RP is expected to be incorporated by reference into Part 192 when the Safety of Gas Gathering Pipelines rule is finalized by PHMSA.  The second edition restructures the outline of the…

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. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, April 2020 will be a very different National Safe Digging Month than ever before. CGA recognizes that the industry is focused on adjusting operations in the…

RCP On-Line Training Survey

RCP is well known for our popular 3-day workshops in DOT compliance for both gas and liquid pipelines. These workshops provide an overview of the DOT pipeline regulations in 49 CFR 191, 192, 194, 195, and 199. For the past 20+ years, these workshops have been held at our corporate office in Houston, Texas.  Our…