January 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…

PHMSA Posts 2021 Inspection Protocols

PHMSA has published the updated 2021 inspection protocols for Gas Distribution, Gas Transmission, Hazardous Liquids, Liquified Natural Gas, Underground Gas Storage and Drug & Alcohol. Changes this year include D&A questions, new Liquid Rule content, new gas rule content and miscellaneous changes from the various content teams. You can access these on PHMSA’s Forms page:…

Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform

PHMSA issued this Final Rule (Pipeline Safety: Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform; Docket No. PHMSA-2018-0046; Amdt Nos. 191-29; 192-128) on January 5, 2021, and it has been submitted to the Office of the Federal Register for publication.  It is unclear when or if this rule will actually make it to the Federal Register before the next…

Pipeline Information Collection Notice and Request for Comments

[Docket No. PHMSA-2019-0172] On December 17, 2020, PHMSA published a notice and request for comments for gas pipelines and gas storage facilities reporting requirements, as summarized below.  PHMSA proposes to revise PHMSA F 7100.2-1 Annual Report for Natural and Other Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipeline Systems, to add a section to collect data about the…

Midstream Facilities Draft FAQ’s Released

[Docket No. PHMSA-2019-0199] PHMSA published a notification in the Federal Register seeking public comments on a document titled ‘‘Pipeline Safety: Midstream Facilities Frequently Asked Questions,’’ a set of seven draft frequently asked questions developed by the Midstream Processing Working Group, established by the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee and the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee. PHMSA received…

New Underground Damage Prevention Authority in Alabama

The State of Alabama has created a new organization as described in state regulations 910 – Underground Damage Prevention Authority.  The Authority has the power to write rules, adjudicate complaints, and issue penalties for violations of damage prevention laws and regulations.  The penalty provisions are as follows: 910-X-4-.01 Penalty Provisions Any person who violates the…

Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) Rulemaking on Natural Gas and LNG Facility Operators

Proposed Rule Number: 2020-P234 The MPUC has initiated a rulemaking to amend Number 65-407 Ch. 420 – Safety Standards for Natural Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas Facility Operators. The proposed amendments are intended to update and modernize the Commission’s gas safety rules.  The Commission held a public hearing on January 6, 2021, 1:30 p.m. remotely…

Virginia Proposed Rule: Professional Engineering Stamps for Gas Projects

[Case No. URS-2020-00052] The State of Virginia proposes to establish a new chapter, 20VAC5-360, Licensed Professional Engineer to Exercise Responsible Charge over Certain Natural Gas Engineering Projects. The new regulation requires that licensed professional engineers exercise responsible charge over certain pipeline projects undertaken by natural gas companies jurisdictional to the State Corporation Commission where such…

DOT COVID-19 Drug & Alcohol Testing Statement of Enforcement Discretion for Substance Abuse Professionals and Service Agents

On March 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC) provided guidance about the impact of COVID-19 on DOT drug and alcohol testing requirements for employers, employees, and service agents.  On April 4, 2020, ODAPC provided supplemental information specific to performing remote evaluations by Substance Abuse Professionals (SAP)…