January 2022

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…

Client Feedback

RCP has a tradition of creating and sustaining trusted partnerships with the companies we serve. This has translated into long-term relationships that are based not only on the quality and scope of the work we provide, but also on the manner in which we provide it. We routinely hear from our clients with positive feedback…

The Enforcement Corner

The Enforcement Corner summarizes recent PHMSA enforcement actions, indicating where PHMSA is putting its enforcement efforts and the fines they are proposing for various types of violations. In December 2021, PHMSA issued 1 NOA and 1 NOPV with no proposed penalties at this time. Please note: Pipeline operators may disagree in whole or in part…

Interim Final Rule: Unusually Sensitive Areas for the Great Lakes, Coastal Beaches and Certain Coastal Waters

[Docket No. PHMSA–2017–0152; Amdt. No. 195–104] PHMSA published an Interim Final Rule (IFR) effective 2/25/2022 that defines “certain coastal waters” and “coastal beaches” and includes both in the definition of Unusually Sensitive Areas (USAs) for hazardous liquid pipelines. These areas include the Great Lakes and the territorial seas (12 miles from shore) all the way…

PHMSA 2022 Drug & Alcohol Testing Rate

[Docket No. Docket No. PHMSA-2021-0107] PHMSA has determined the minimum random drug-testing rate for covered employees will remain at 50 percent during calendar year 2022.  Operators are reminded that drug and alcohol testing information must be submitted for contractors who are performing or are ready to perform covered functions.  For calendar year 2021 reporting, the…

The Enforcement Corner

The Enforcement Corner summarizes recent PHMSA enforcement actions, indicating where PHMSA is putting its enforcement efforts and the fines they are proposing for various types of violations. In November 2021, PHMSA issued 5 NOAs, 12 NOPVs, and 6 WLs accompanied by $1,323,347 in proposed fines. Significant proposed fines were attributed to the following code sections:…

Client Feedback

RCP has a tradition of creating and sustaining trusted partnerships with the companies we serve. This has translated into long-term relationships that are based not only on the quality and scope of the work we provide, but also on the manner in which we provide it. We routinely hear from our clients with positive feedback…