August 2002

High Consequence Areas For Gas Transmission Pipelines – Final Rule

On August 6, 2002, RSPA published the final rule defining high consequence for gas pipelines. The definition includes: current class 3 and 4 locations; facilities with persons who are mobility-impaired, confined, or hard to evacuate, and places where people gather for recreational and other purposes. For facilities with mobility-impaired, confined, or hard-to-evacuate persons and places…

OPS Job Openings

Editor’s note: our thanks to Ben Cooper at AOPL for informing us about this, which is repeated from AOPL’s newsletter: OPS this week posted notice of seven position vacancies, five of which will be new positions in OPS regional offices.  The regional positions are to provide technical and communications services to protect underground utilities (specifically pipelines)…

FERC Workshop; Better Stakeholder Involvement: How to Make It Work

The Office of Energy Projects is continuing the second phase of its Better Stakeholder Involvement Series with a workshop to be held in Denver, Colorado on Thursday, August 8, 2002 at the Red Lion Hotel Denver Central, 4040 Quebec Street, Denver, Colorado 80216, phone number 1-303-321-6666.  Interstate natural gas companies; Federal, state and local agencies; landowners…

API Training and Development Conference

The American Petroleum Institute will conduct the API Gulf Coast Training & Development Conference at Moody Gardens Hotel at 7 Hope Boulevard in Galveston, TX 77554, October 23-25, 2002.  The conference program will provide you with tools to help meet industry’s many challenges and a chance to have fun doing it in a beautiful, tropical setting!  Don’t…

Pipeline Integrity Management for Hazardous Liquid Operators With Less Than 500 Miles of Pipelines – CORRECTION

In the Federal Register of January 16, 2002, DOT/RSPA published a Final Rule extending the regulations on managing the integrity of hazardous liquid and carbon dioxide pipelines that affect high consequence areas to operators with less than 500 miles of regulated pipelines.  Inadvertently, the date after which prior integrity assessments may qualify for use was incorrectly…

Request for public comments and OMB approval concerning Operator Qualification Record keeping Burden

RSPA is requesting public participation in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval process regarding the renewal of an existing RSPA/Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) collection of information for Operator Qualification of Pipeline Personnel.  RSPA/OPS published a notice requesting public comment on April 18, 2002, and only one comment was received.  Because this was the only…

Revised Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline Incident and Annual Report Forms – CORRECTION

In the Federal Register of June 5, 2002, RSPA published a Notice document to owners and operators of natural gas transmission systems, concerning revised forms for incident reporting and annual reporting (see our July, 2002 newsletter for additional information).  The Notice document contained the wrong Advisory Bulletin number.   The correct number is ADB-02-02, not ADB-02-01. FOR…

Revised EPA SPCC and OPA-90 Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is amending the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation promulgated under the authority of the Clean Water Act.  This rule includes requirements for Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans, and for Facility Response Plans (FRPs).  The final rule includes new subparts outlining the requirements for various classes of oil; revises the applicability of the…

Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Operator Annual Report Form: NPRM

This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) would require hazardous liquid pipeline operators to submit an annual report (proposed form RSPA F7000-1.1).  The report form asks for information that the Research and Special Programs Administration’s (RSPA) Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) does not currently collect, such as: breakout tank location and capacity; hazardous liquid pipeline mileage by…

New RCP Office in Baton Rouge

RCP is relocating the Baton Rouge office to a newer, more spacious location effective August 16, 2002.   The new address will be:     RCP – Your Regulatory Compliance Partner     3975 O’Neal Lane, Suite A     Baton Rouge, LA 70816www.your-rcp.com Our main Baton Rouge local phone number will remain the same: 225-755-7760.  The toll free number of our Baton…