July 2014

Send us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of Pipeline Samples, yearning to breathe free.

Is your pipeline company merging? Divesting? Moving? Are old hands retiring, and clearing out their offices? No matter the reason, if you have interesting pipeline samples that need a new home, please let us know. We do training frequently, and would like to have physical pipe samples of corrosion, cracking, welding defects, seam defects, etc.…

New RCP Pipeline Pressure Testing Workshop August 26 & 27

For the first time, RCP is offering a 2-day workshop on Pipeline Pressure Testing. RCP personnel have established themselves as industry experts, designing, implementing and validating pressure test programs for various operators. Recent PHMSA advisories and pending regulations will soon mandate pressure tests for operating gas and liquid pipelines that have not previously been subjected…

Summer / Fall Conference Schedule

Have you registered and confirmed your reservations for these upcoming conferences? RCP will be attending. We hope to see you there! Louisiana Gas Association (LGA) 2014 Pipeline Safety Conference July 21 – 25, 2014 New Orleans, LA Southern Gas Association (SGA) Operating Conference & Exhibits July 28 – 30, 2014 New Orleans, LA Western Regional…

Pipeline Safety: Government/Industry Pipeline R&D Forum

[Docket No. PHMSA-2014-0091] August 6 & 7, 2014 – Rosemont, IL] The Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives periodically hold this event to generate a National research agenda that fosters solutions for the many challenges with pipeline safety and with protecting the environment.…

Public Workshop on Managing Pipeline Cracking Challenges

[Docket No. PHMSA-2014-0090] August 5, 2014 – Rosemont, IL] The Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives are holding this event to gather and disseminate information on the state of the art of crack detection in hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines. Perspectives on…

RCP Employee Receives ASME Old Guard Early Career Engineer Award

RCP’s Jennifer S. Cooper recently received 2nd prize in the 2014 ASME Old Guard Early Career Engineer Award for her work in the development of ASME student and early career programs including the Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division’s Student Paper Competition, ASME’s Early Career Web Content, and the ASME ECLIPSE Affinity group. Jennifer is…

State Damage Prevention Activities

The 2006 PIPES ACT provided PHMSA the authority “to enforce excavation damage laws in those states that have inadequate enforcement.” In order to do so, PHMSA is expected to publish the final rule known as the “Pipeline Safety: Enforcement of State Excavation Damage Laws” in August 2014. State legislators have been busy updating and rewriting…

Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission – Risk-Based Inspections

The Colorado State Legislature has directed the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to develop and use a risk-based strategy when inspecting oil and gas operations, including pipelines. This risk-based approach will prioritize the phases of oil and gas operations by the likelihood of spills, excess emissions and other types of violations. Those with…

Draft Pipeline Safety Management System Recommended Practice, API 1173, Available for API and ANSI Approval Ballot and Public Comment

The final draft Pipeline Safety Management System Recommended Practice, API 1173 (PSMS), is being balloted by API and ANSI for final approval and public comment. The final draft incorporates comments from the previous review and critique by safety management system subject matter experts. Public comments on the document will be accepted online only until August…

RP 1172 Construction Parallel to Existing Underground Transmission Pipelines – FINAL

1st Edition, April 2014 The American Petroleum Institute (API) recently published the first edition of recommended practice (RP) 1172 for Construction Parallel to Existing Underground Transmission Pipelines. This new RP is intended as a resource to assist all parties to safely manage construction activities of new or modified facilities parallel to existing underground transmission pipelines.…