January 2016

TRRC Year in Review

The Railroad Commission of Texas (TRRC) released the agency’s 2015 Year in Review highlighting the accomplishments, milestones and improvements achieved at the agency over the past year. For the first time the Commission is releasing its Year in Review in digital format. The interactive 2015 Year in Review includes video, photos, infographics and links to…

API RP1173 Assessment Services

API recently published a new Recommended Practice (RP) concerning safety management systems for pipelines. API RP 1173 provides pipeline operators with a comprehensive way to make safe operations and continuous safety improvement a constant focus of their operations. The first step for most pipeline operators will be to assess their current safety management system maturity…

API Pipeline Safety Management System Workshop

HOUSTON GALLERIA – FEBRUARY 16, 2016 The American Petroleum Institute (API) will be hosting a Pipeline Safety Management System (PSMS) workshop regarding API’s Recommended Practice (RP) 1173 requirements. The Workshop will be held at the Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria on February 16, 2016. Click here for a link to the API RP 1173 Workshop which includes a preliminary program, online registration…

New Recommended Practice for Hazardous Liquids Emergency Response

FIRST EDITION, DECEMBER 2015 API has recently published RP 1174, Recommended Practice for Onshore Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Emergency Preparedness and Response. This RP was developed as part of the pipeline industry’s initiatives to proactively address emergency response in an ongoing and systematic manner. The document provides operators with an enhanced framework to enable continual improvement…

Report on the Spills of Diluted Bitumen from Pipelines Published

In 2012, Congress tasked the Secretary of Transportation to “determine whether any increase in the risk of release exists for pipelines transporting diluted bitumen.” The US Department of Transportation turned to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which recently published its report on its study. In addition to discussing the chemical properties, physical…

Drug and Alcohol Programs – Notice

PHMSA has determined that the minimum random drug testing rate for covered employees will remain at 25 percent during calendar year 2016. Operators are reminded that drug and alcohol testing information must be submitted for contractors performing or ready to perform covered functions. For calendar year 2015 reporting, PHMSA will not attempt to mail the…

2016 Pipeline Conference Schedule

Have you registered and confirmed your reservations for these upcoming conferences? RCP will be attending. We hope to see you there! Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management ConferenceFebruary 8 – 11, 2016Marriott Westchase Hotel / Houston, TexasRCP Booth #512 Click Here for a Free Exhibition Pass. The industry’s only forum devoted exclusively to pigging for maintenance…

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.