January 2023

RIN2 Compliance Enforcement Discretion

In relation to its final rulemaking entitled “Pipeline Safety:  Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines: Repair Criteria, Integrity Management Improvements, Cathodic Protection, Management of Change, and Other Related Amendments,” PHMSA is providing notice that it will exercise regulatory enforcement discretion against operators of existing onshore gas transmission pipelines in service as of the publication date of…

PHMSA Pipeline Safety: CY 2023 D&A Random Rate and MIS Reporting

[Docket No. PHMSA-2022-0137] PHMSA announced that it has determined that the minimum random drug testing rate for covered employees will be reduced to 25 percent during calendar year 2023 (effective January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2023). Operators are reminded that drug and alcohol testing information must be submitted for contractors who are performing or…

California State Fire Marshall Amends Enforcement Proceedings

The California State Fire Marshall has updated their hazardous liquid regulations associated with enforcement proceedings.  Several new sections have been added to State Fire Marshall code under Chapter 14 – Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety, Article 6. Enforcement Proceedings.  These new and amended regulations address how hazardous liquid pipeline operators and the State Fire Marshall address…

Texas Railroad Commission Notice to Pipeline Operators: Gathering Line Mileage Fee and Permit Clarification

On November 15, 2021, PHMSA published a final rule titled “Pipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Gathering Pipelines: Extension of Reporting Requirements, Regulation of Large, High-Pressure Lines, and Other Related Amendments.” The final rule makes changes to the federal pipeline safety regulations to improve the safety of onshore gas gathering pipelines. Operators of certain Type C…

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 2022, PHMSA issued 1 WL, 6 NOAs, and 5 NOPVs accompanied by $254,700 in proposed fines. Significant proposed fines were attributed to the following code sections:…

Did you know?

INGAA and its members are strongly committed to ensuring the security, reliability, and resilience of natural gas transmission pipelines, and work diligently to secure and protect their cyber and physical assets every day. Whether the threat stems from a natural event, criminal or terrorist activity, or a cyber attack, the design and operational attributes of…

2023 Conference News

PPIM 2023 (Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference)February 6-10, 2023 | George R. Brown Convention Center | Houston, TX RCP Booth #520 / Be our Guest and Click Here for a Free Exhibition Pass.Stop by RCP’s booth and talk to our integrity team and learn more about how we can help support your pipeline integrity…