June 2002

Integrity Management FAQ

Editor’s note: This and all other Frequently Asked Questions about the Pipeline Integrity Management rule can be found at: http://primis.rspa.dot.gov/iim/faqs.htm. 12.6 Will OPS review operator notifications and formally respond to the operator? Will OPS communicate responses to specific company notifications to the broader industry? OPS expects to review all notifications received from operators. A centralized…

Development of Consensus Standards on Pipeline Public Awareness Programs

Editor’s note: The following is reproduced essentially verbatim from the May 15, 2002 Federal Register, since many of our readers are probably interested in the complete notice.) Trade associations for the natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline industry are working together to develop consensus standards to expand the public awareness programs that pipeline operators conduct,…

Pipeline Safety Reports of Abandoned Underwater Pipelines

The Pipeline Safety Act (49 U.S.C. 60108(c)(6)(B)) directs the Secretary of Transportation to require operators of an offshore pipeline facility or a pipeline crossing navigable waters to report the abandonment to the Secretary of Transportation in a way that specifies whether the facility has been abandoned properly according to applicable Federal and State requirements. RSPA’s…

Upcoming RCP Seminars

RCP will conduct a 1 day workshop on Pipeline Integrity Management on July 22 in Houston. This one day workshop is an excellent introduction to the Pipeline Integrity Management regulations, and has been scheduled for the day prior to OPS’s PIM workshop in Houston (note that the OPS workshop will assume that the attendees already…

EPA Promotes Environmental Management Systems

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman has issued the Agency’s Position Statement on Environmental Management Systems (EMS). The statement promotes broader use of the systems, which are effective management tools to help companies and other organizations fulfill their environmental responsibilities. The use of EMS complements needed regulatory controls and enables a facility to comprehensively manage…