January 2003

Pipeline Communications Meeting

RSPA/OPS invites the public to a meeting on January 29, 2003, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on pipeline communications, including current RSPA initiatives, the development of American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice 1162, integrity management communications, and pipeline performance metrics (docket number RSPA-02-14079). This meeting is a continuation of a meeting held on February 12-14,…

NPDES Permit Deadline Extension for Storm Water Discharges for Oil and Gas Construction Activity That Disturbs One to Five Acres of Land

EPA proposes to postpone until March 10, 2005, the permit authorization deadline for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) storm water permits for oil and gas construction activity that disturbs one to five acres of land. On December 8, 1999 (64 FR 68722), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule expanding the…

MMS Workshop International Offshore Pipeline Workshop February 26-28, 2003 New Orleans, Louisiana

The Minerals Management Service (MMS) will hold the International Offshore Pipeline Workshop on February 26-28, 2003 at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, U.S.A. The workshop will start at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. on the first two days. The third day will be a half day…

RRT VI Semi-Annual Meeting

The EPA / USCG Region VI Regional Response Team (RRT) will have its’ next meeting on January 29-30 at the Radisson Market Square hotel in San Antonio, TX. Hotel accommodations can be made at the Radisson Market Square Hotel, 502 West Durango, (210) 224-7155. Government rate (single rate $91.00, Double occupancy rate ($101.00), State rate…

Self Disclosure Pays Off

How do you turn a $1,914,965 fine into a $31,741 fine? Conduct a due-diligence audit, and turn yourself in. ADT Security Services, Inc. disclosed, pursuant to the EPA “Incentives for Self-Policing: Discovery, Disclosures, Correction and Prevention of Violations” (“Audit Policy”), 65 FR 19618 (April 11, 2000), that they failed to prepare SPCC plans for eight…

Notification of the Susceptibility to Premature Brittle-Like Cracking of Older Plastic Pipe – correction.

In the Federal Register of November 26, 2002, ( 67 FR 70806 ) the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) published a notice document issuing an advisory bulletin on the susceptibility to premature brittle-like cracking of older plastic pipe (ADB-02-7). RSPA has submitted a correction notice to reflect minor wording changes and include a website…

SPCC Plan Extension in the works

EPA has announced its intention to extend the deadlines for compliance with the recently published Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) plan regulation (see our August, 2002 newsletter). The original deadline to have plan revisions completed was February 17, 2003. Facility modifications were required by 8/18/03. EPA has stated to API that they will publish…

2003 User Fee Assessment

The DOT assesses and collects user fees to fund pipeline safety program activities. Annual fiscal year appropriations normally form the basis of the user fee assessments that are deposited in the Pipeline Safety Fund (PSF). The PSF provides the funding for DOT’s pipeline safety activities, including the daily operations and program activities of the Office…

Environmental Report Preparation and Post-Certificate Environmental Compliance Training Seminars

The FERC Office of Energy Projects (OEP) staff will conduct five sessions of its Environmental Report Preparation Seminar, as well as five sessions of the Post-Certificate Environmental Compliance Seminar, throughout 2003. The training seminars will be delivered by FERC staff and consultants with significant industry experience. Details on the content of both seminars and the…

DOT Pipeline Compliance Workshop – March 19-20, 2003 – Houston Includes update on the new Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 signed into law on Dec 17, 2002

RCP will conduct a 2 day workshop on DOT Pipeline Regulations on March 19th and 20th in Houston. Day 1 of this workshop will present an overview of all the current DOT regulations for pipeline operators. Day 2 will review recent regulatory initiatives such as pipeline integrity management, hazardous liquid corrosion control requirements, high consequence…

New Pipeline Safety Act – Now Law

Editor’s note: you should be wide awake when reading this, because it is very important! On Tuesday, December 17, 2002, President Bush signed the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002. This law contains several self-implementing requirements, that place certain obligations on pipeline operators whether the Office of Pipeline Safety issues additional regulations or not. This…

Operator Qualification Pipeline Industry Forum January 21 and January 23, 2003

Several industry associations and interest groups are partnering to co-sponsor a Forum on Operator Qualification at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk – San Antonio, Texas, on January 21 and 23, 2003, in conjunction with the OPS OQ meeting on January 22, 2003 (see below for OPS meeting registration). The sponsors have organized this Forum to provide…

Qualification of Pipeline Personnel: Notice of Public Meeting

The Research and Special Programs Administration’s (RSPA) Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) will conduct a public meeting at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio (Riverwalk), 123 Losoya Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Tel: 210-222-1234; Fax: 210-227-4928; Web: www.sanantonioregency.hyatt.com) on January 22, 2003 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to discuss progress in implementing the operator personnel qualification…