August 2005

Pipeline Professionals Referrals

From time to time, we are asked by pipeline operators if we know of any qualified pipeline professionals that are active in the job market.  In addition, RCP is always interested in highly qualified individuals in the job market that have expertise in regulatory compliance management.  If you are aware of any pipeline professionals that…

Temporary Water Right Authorizations Required from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requested that the Texas Railroad Commission post an advisory notice concerning use of surface water in association with oil and gas activities. Water flowing in Texas creeks, rivers, and bays is state water or “waters of the state.” Under Section 11 of the Texas Water Code anyone who…

Congress Clears Energy Bill

The US Senate approved a national energy plan 74-26 on July 29th. With this vote, the Conference Committee on the energy bill (H.R. 6) issued a report confirming that the reform is now ready for the President’s signature, as the bill cleared the House of Representatives earlier. The President is expected to sign the bill,…

Public Meeting on Applying, Interpreting, and Evaluating Data from ILI Devices

Editor’s note: I apologize for the length of the following article, but I think you will find the information very helpful in understanding OPS’s concerns on this topic. The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) is hosting a public meeting to discuss concerns it has with how operators are applying, interpreting, and evaluating data acquired from…

RCP Services Spotlight – Underwater Inspection Procedures and Interval Risk Modeling

Underwater Inspection Procedures – On August 10, 2004, the DOT published final amendments to 49 CFR 195.413 and 49 CFR 192.612 for Periodic Underwater Inspections of regulated pipeline facilities located in water depths of 15’ or less in the Gulf of Mexico and its inlets. Effective August 10, 2005, operators of certain hazardous liquid and…

“Person Who Offers” a Hazardous Material for Transportation

PHMSA is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to add a definition for “person who offers or offeror.” The definition adopted in this final rule codifies long-standing interpretations and administrative determinations on the applicability of those regulations. This final rule makes the following revisions to the HMR: Defining “person who offers or offeror” to mean any…

Proposed Rule to Update Regulatory References to Technical Standards

The Office of Pipeline Safety proposes to update the pipeline safety regulations to incorporate by reference all or parts of new editions of voluntary consensus technical standards to enable pipeline operators to utilize current technology, materials, and practices. 49 CFR parts 192, 193, and 195 incorporate by reference all or parts of 60 standards and…

Integrity Management Services

RCP can assist pipeline operators with ongoing compliance management and engineering associated with your IMP. This includes direct assessment strategies, tool and vendor selection, ILI/ECDA report analysis, corrosion control programs, repair strategies, and IMP/risk model updates. For more information on how RCP can support your ongoing IMP needs, Click Here.

Pipeline Emergencies Training Program

The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation, has developed a new training program to help local emergency response agencies adequately respond to pipeline emergencies, and is currently holding regional Train-The-Trainer sessions to ensure local communities receive the crucial training. The Pipeline Emergencies training program equips experienced…