July 2012

Updated OQ Enforcement Guidance

On June 24, 2014 PHMSA published updated guidance to assist PHMSA pipeline safety investigators and other enforcement personnel in undertaking their compliance inspection and enforcement activities. Some of the changes include: Added API 1161 and ASME B31Q as other Reference Material and Sources to all sections Changes were made to the “Examples of Probable Violation”…

RCP’s DOT Workshop Survey

Have you attended an RCP DOT Compliance workshop recently? We are considering modifying the format of the workshop to prevent duplication of material and to provide more time for special topics. Gas and liquid regulations for each topic would be covered at the same time. For example, pressure testing regulations for gas and liquid pipelines…

Pipeline Regulations for iPhone

There’s an app for that! In 2009, at our request, Tekk Innovations developed an iPhone application containing the federal pipeline safety regulations (49 CFR 40, and 190-199). It has keyword search and the capability to e-mail excerpts of the regulations to others. There have been several updates since the original app was released. The current…

Advisory Committee Meetings – July 2012

[Docket No. PHMSA–2009-0203] The Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) and the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC) will meet on July 11 and 12 to discuss a proposed rulemaking to make miscellaneous changes to the pipeline safety regulations and to discuss several future regulatory initiatives. The agenda will include committee discussions and…

PHMSA’s Request for Comments on 811 Public Service Announcement

[Docket PHMSA-2012-0137] PHMSA invites comments on a new information collection to help determine the effectiveness of PHMSA’s 811 Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign. In calendar year 2012, as part of a campaign to raise awareness of 811 as the national “Call Before You Dig” toll-free telephone number, PHMSA produced a 30-second video PSA, a 30-second…

Office of Inspector General Report about IMP Oversight

Report Number: AV-2012-140 On June 18, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) oversight of hazardous liquid pipeline operators’ integrity management (IM) programs. These programs include plans, processes, and procedures aimed at reducing the likelihood and severity of pipeline accidents in High Consequence Areas.…

PHMSA Pipeline Act 2011 / Section 24 Workshop July 13, 2012 – Washington, DC

The Department of Transportation/Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is conducting a free, public workshop to discuss Section 24 of the recently passed Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 and PHMSA’s implementation challenges with Section 24. (See related article in the January Edition of the DOT Pipeline Compliance News.) Per Section…

PHMSA Advisory Bulletin (ADB–2012–07) Mechanical Fitting Failure Reports

[Docket No. PHMSA–2012–0079] The Department of Transportation/Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued Advisory Bulletin ADB-2012-07 to all Gas Distribution Operators regarding instructions on completing the Mechanical Fitting Failure Report Form, Leak Causes. As specified in §192.1009, operators of all gas distribution pipeline facilities are required to report the failure of any mechanical fitting that…