August 2015

Late Summer / Fall Conference Schedule

August – November 2015 Have you registered and confirmed your reservations for these upcoming conferences? RCP will be attending. We hope to see you there! Power-Gen Natural Gas – New this year!August 18 – 20, 2015Greater Columbus Convention Center /Columbus, OHAn annual conference and exhibition targeting gas-fired generation related to the development of natural gas…

Pressure Test WebEx

September 15, 2015 RCP is a leading industry expert on pressure testing and will be hosting a WebEx presentation on TestOp™, our new comprehensive pressure testing tool. TestOp™ is a proprietary web-based application that provides operators with a platform to plan, design, certify and document their pressure tests. For use on gas and liquid lines,…

FERC Issues Best Practices for Natural Gas Industry

July 2015 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects published its “Suggested Best Practices for Industry Outreach Programs to Stakeholders.” The document highlights public outreach tools to effectively engage stakeholders during the process of siting, constructing, and operating interstate natural gas and LNG facilities. Topics discussed in the Best Practices include: Development…

Petitions for Reconsideration of March 11, 2015 Final Rule

[Docket No. PHMSA-2010-0026] On March 11, 2015, PHMSA published a final rule (80 FR 12762) addressing several subject matter areas including the performance of post-construction inspections, leak surveys of Type B onshore gas gathering lines, qualifying plastic pipe joiners, regulation of ethanol, transportation of pipe, filing of offshore pipeline condition reports, and calculation of pressure…

Miscellaneous Corrections to the Final Rule of January 5, 2015

[Docket No. PHMSA-2011-0337; Amdt. Nos. 192-119; 193-25; 195-99] On August 6, PHMSA issued miscellaneous corrections to the final rule of January 5, 2015, concerning periodic updates of regulatory references to technical standards. The January document inadvertently removed paragraphs (b)(1) through (b)(4) in 49 CFR 192.153. The August 6 rule removes that amendment and makes several…

Pipeline Damage Prevention Programs

[Docket No. PHMSA-2009-0192; Amdt. No. 196-1; 198-7] On July 23, 2015, PHMSA published a final rule to allow for Federal administrative enforcement action in States with inadequate enforcement programs of excavation damage prevention requirements. The Federal requirements PHMSA will enforce in States with inadequate excavation damage prevention law enforcement programs, as well as the adjudication…

PHMSA – Expanding the Use of Excess Flow Valves in Gas Distribution Systems

[Docket No. PHMSA 2011-0009] On July 15, 2015 PHMSA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning the use of excess flow valves (EFVs). The proposed rule will expand the requirement for installation of excess flow valves to include installation in new or replaced branched service lines servicing SFRs, multi-family residences, and small commercial entities…

Save the Dates!

RCP Workshop Schedule for 2017 DOT Gas & Liquid Pipeline Workshop: March 21-23 (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday) Fundamentals of Pipeline Operations Workshop: May 24-25 (Wednesday & Thursday) Pressure Test Workshop: June 20-21 (Tuesday & Wednesday) Visit our training website for updates, registration, and hotel information.