February 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…

Mega-Rule #1: Gas Transmission Regulation Deep Dive Virtual Workshop

RCP has been heavily involved throughout this rulemaking process and is ready to assist operators as they get prepared. Whether it’s a deep dive into MAOP records reconfirmation, conducting Engineering Critical Assessments, assessing where your Moderate Consequence Areas exist, developing Material Verification plans, reviewing existing pipeline integrity programs, developing action plans to get into compliance,…

PHMSA Civil Penalty Update

PHMSA has updated §190.223 Maximum penalties going forward in accordance with the following table. Description Citation Existing penalty New penalty (existing penalty × 1.01764) Maximum penalty for each pipeline safety violation 49 U.S.C. 60122(a)(1) 218,647 222,504 Maximum penalty for a related series of pipeline safety violations 49 U.S.C. 60122(a)(1) 2,186,465 2,225,034 Maximum additional penalty for…

PHMSA Notice Operator Qualification FAQs

[Docket No. PHMSA-2020-0086] PHMSA issued a Notice and Request for Comments regarding a revised set of operator qualification (OQ) frequently asked questions (FAQs) that will replace its current FAQs developed in 2003. The proposed revisions will provide greater clarity regarding PHMSA’s OQ regulations, and address the implementation of operator qualification regulations for gas and hazardous…

TRRC 2021 Pipeline Mileage Fees

The Texas Railroad Commission (TRRC) is reminding pipeline operators that their 2021 pipeline mileage fees are due April 1, 2021. Operators will use the number of miles they have permitted as of December 31, 2020, to calculate their 2021 pipeline mileage fee. The deadline for payment without incurring late penalties is April 1. This year’s…

PHMSA Announces Availability of More Than $17 Million for Hazardous Materials and Pipeline Safety Efforts

PHMSA announced that it will accept applications for up to $17 million in grants for safety awareness, training, research, and other activities that will help communities avert or respond to hazardous materials-related transportation incidents. Each year, PHMSA offers grants to state, tribal, non-profit, and community-based organizations through its safety programs for the nation’s pipeline network…

New PHMSA Deputy Administrator

On February 1, 2021, the Biden Administration named Tristan Brown as the new deputy administrator for PHMSA (replacing Drue Pierce).  He is also temporarily serving as acting administrator for PHMSA (replacing Skip Elliot).  Mr. Brown previously served in the offices of Senator Gary Peters and Senator Amy Klobuchar where he worked on issues related to…