January 2019

PHMSA Random Drug Testing Rate

[Docket No. PHMSA-2018-0137] Effective January 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has determined that the minimum random drug testing rate for all covered employees will be 50% during calendar year 2018. Operators of gas, hazardous liquid, and carbon dioxide pipelines and operators of liquefied natural gas facilities…

NTSB Emergency Recommendation in response to the Merrimack Valley Incident

[Docket No. PHMSA-2018-0073] On September 13, 2018, a series of explosions and fires occurred after high-pressure natural gas was released into a low-pressure gas distribution system in the northeast region of the Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts. The distribution system was owned and operated by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, a subsidiary of NiSource. The National Transportation Safety…

PHMSA Pipeline Safety: Guidance on the Extension of the 7-year Integrity Management Reassessment Interval by 6 Months

[Docket No. PHMSA-2018-0073] On November 15, 2018, PHMSA published a document titled “Pipeline Safety: Guidance on the Extension of the 7-year Integrity Management Reassessment Interval by 6 Months.” PHMSA is requesting comments on the FAQs developed for the aforementioned subject. Under the amended section 5 of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act…

PHMSA Plastic Pipe Final Rule

[Docket No. PHMSA-2014-0098: Amdt. No. 192-124] PHMSA is amending the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations that govern the use of plastic piping systems in the transportation of natural and other gas. These amendments are necessary to enhance pipeline safety, adopt innovative technologies and best practices, and respond to petitions from stakeholders. The changes include increasing the…

DOT Pipeline Compliance Workshop

JANUARY 8-10, 2019 Join us January 8-10, 2019 in Houston at our corporate office and dedicated training facility for an informative, lively, and interactive workshop on DOT Pipeline Compliance topics. The workshop provides an overview of the DOT pipeline regulations in 49 CFR 191, 192, 194, 195, 196, and 199. It also describes pipeline operations…

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! API INSPECTION AND MECHANICAL INTEGRITY SUMMITJanuary 28-31, 2019Galveston Island Convention Center, Galveston, TexasRCP Booth #200 Sheri Baucom, RCP’s Director, Integrity Services, will be presenting “A Practicum on Pressure…

BSEE Notice Regarding Pipeline Decommissioning in Deep Water

[Docket No. BSEE-2018-0017] The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is soliciting information and public comments regarding potential impact [including impacts on future use of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)] related to decommissioning-in-place (DIP) of certain pipeline-related infrastructure in deep water (i.e., depths of at least 600 feet) on the OCS. Responses to this…

PHMSA Revision to OPID Assignment Request & Registry Notification

[Docket No. PHMSA-2018-0078] The National Registry of Pipeline and LNG Operators serves as the storehouse for the reporting requirements for an operator regulated or subject to reporting requirements under 49 CFR Part 192, 193, or 195. This registry incorporates the use of two forms: OPID Assignment Request (PHMSA F 1000.1) and National Registry Notification (PHMSA…

PHMSA 2019 Random Drug Testing Rate

[Docket ID PHMSA-2018-0103] The minimum random drug testing rate for covered employees will remain at 50 percent during calendar year 2019. Drug and alcohol testing information must be submitted for contractors who are performing or are ready to perform covered functions. For electronic reporting, the “user name” and “password” for the Drug and Alcohol Management…