February 2019

2019 Industry Conference Schedule

(JANUARY THRU MAY) Have you registered and confirmed your reservations for these upcoming conferences? RCP will be attending the following conferences. We hope to see you there! PIPELINE PIGGING AND INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT (PPIM) CONFERENCEFebruary 18-21, 2019George R. Brown Convention Center, HoustonRCP Booth #406 / Be our Guest and Click Here for a Free Exhibition Pass. Members…

CEPA Foundation and INGAA Foundation release “The Practical Guide for Facility Inspectors”

[PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2018] The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) Foundation and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation released “The Practical Guide for Facility Inspectors,” designed to provide guidance to personnel who inspect a company’s construction of facilities.

New Mexico Pipeline Safety Excavation Damage Prevention

[TITLE 18.60.5 NMAC / CASE #18-00262-PL] Effective January 15, 2019 the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission updated requirements regarding excavation area locate requests pertaining to the state One-Call system. Excavators must now contact the one-call notification system 2 working days prior to any excavation reasonably expected to take more than 15 days. This replaces the…

Proposed Changes to Oklahoma Gas and Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Regulations

[CAUSE NO. RM 201800020 / NUMBER 165:20 – GAS & HAZARDOUS LIQUID PIPELINE SAFETY] The Transportation Division of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (“Commission”) recommended that the Commission amend the Gas and Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety rules that are set forth in the Oklahoma Administrative Code (“OAC”) 165:20. The proposed rules from December 20, 2018, have…

Missouri Updated Chapter 40 Gas Regulations

The Missouri Public Service Commission has updated its regulations for Gas Utilities and Gas Safety Standards, effective January 30, 2019. The updates included: New and revised definitions. Clarifying that the PHMSA additional design and construction requirements for steel pipe using alternative maximum allowable operating pressure are not adopted for state requirements. Added conditions and requirements…

PHMSA Plastic Pipe Rule

[DOCKET NO. PHMSA-2014-0098] On December 20, 2018, the American Gas Association filed a petition for reconsideration of the Plastic Pipe Rule. The AGA raised concerns about the ability of operators to fully implement the rule by the effective date of January 22, 2019. Specific concerns were raised regarding implementation timeframe for training, operator qualification, modifications…