August 2021

2022 Conference News

Western Regional Gas Conference 2022August 23-24 | Scottsdale, AZ WRGC welcomes you back to an in-person conference! Be sure to check the agenda and plan to attend DeWitt Burdeaux’s presentation on RIN2. RCP’s SME, Nhan “Barney” Pham, will be speaking at the Methane tracking and reporting for gas pipeline facilities presentation where you can learn…

The Enforcement Corner

The Enforcement Corner summarizes recent PHMSA enforcement actions, indicating where PHMSA is putting its enforcement efforts and the fines they are proposing for various types of violations. In December 2021, PHMSA issued 1 NOA and 1 NOPV with no proposed penalties at this time. Please note: Pipeline operators may disagree in whole or in part…

The Enforcement Corner

The Enforcement Corner summarizes recent PHMSA enforcement actions, indicating where PHMSA is putting its enforcement efforts and the fines they are proposing for various types of violations. In November 2021, PHMSA issued 5 NOAs, 12 NOPVs, and 6 WLs accompanied by $1,323,347 in proposed fines. Significant proposed fines were attributed to the following code sections:…

PHMSA Updates Inspection Protocols with Gas Mega Rule Questions

PHMSA has published a new inspection protocol set, applicable to gas transmission pipelines.  These protocols are designed to address new regulatory requirements from the Final Rule that was published in the Federal Register on October 1, 2019 (Pipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines: MAOP Reconfirmation, Expansion of Assessment Requirements, and Other Related Amendments).  These…

Pennsylvania NPR Construction and Operation of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

[52 Pa. Code Chapter 59 | Docket No. L-2019-3010267] On July 15, 2021, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) for the construction and operation of hazardous liquid pipelines. The proposed regulations would apply to intrastate pipelines and are primarily a mix of application of PHMSA Advisory Bulletins, industry best…

CGA Best Practices 18.0

CGA has released the newest edition of its Best Practices Guide, the trusted, consensus-based resource providing guidance to the damage prevention industry for the last two decades. The Best Practices 18.0 introduces two new practices: 2-19: Underground Electronic Utility Markers; 6-19: As-Built Mapping of Underground Electronic Utility Markers; as well as, An addition to Appendix…