June 2006

API/AOPL submit recommendations for High Volume, Low Stress liquid pipelines

The API and AOPL have submitted comments to PHMSA regarding currently unregulated pipelines that operate less than 20% SMYS and are located in Unusually Sensitive Areas. If this proposal is accepted and incorporated into final rulemaking, operators of “Regulated Low Stress Pipelines” will have to develop a written program for minimizing risk of a release…

Hazardous Liquid Annual Report 7000-1.1

PHMSA has revised the instructions for the hazardous liquid pipeline annual report for 7000-1.1, to eliminate confusion that has lead to errors in previous reports. Specific areas of concern in previous reports, which now have more explicit instructions, include “actions taken” in response to integrity inspections, and “completed assessments”. The annual report form and revised…

Summary of PHMSA Enforcement Actions

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has prepared a summary of their enforcement actions from January 1, 2000 through March 31, 2006. This document reveals PHMSA’s increased emphasis on enforcement actions and penalties, in accordance with their multi-year roadmap for strengthening enforcement, called the Enforcement Program Performance Plan. PHMSA has developed a new enforcement…

Public Awareness Program Submittal

Pipeline operators will be required to submit their public awareness programs to PHMSA. Exactly how these programs are to be submitted, however, is still undetermined. According to PHMSA, they plan to use the following approach: “PHMSA will publish an Advisory Bulletin in the Federal Register. PHMSA will prominently post the Advisory Bulletin on its web…

B31Q Status

The new pipeline industry standard on operator qualification, ASME B31Q, has been approved and is awaiting the final procedural review from the ASME board (which should just be a formality). It should be published this summer. Once the standard is published, the Office of Pipeline Safety is expected to issue a modified Operator Qualification rule…

Technical Advisory Committee Meetings – Workshops

Dockets: PHMSA-98-4470 / PHMSA-2004-18938 / PHMSA-2004-18584 PHMSA will hold public meetings of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) and Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC), and 2 public workshops, on June 26-28, 2006. PHMSA will hold a half day public workshop on Hazardous Liquid Low Stress Pipelines to solicit comments on a…

PHMSA Administrator Confirmed

On Friday, May 26, the Senate confirmed Admiral Thomas J. Barrett as the Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Barrett graduated from Coast Guard Officer Candidate School, Yorktown, Va. and was commissioned in January 1969. He served first as a deck officer, including aboard the USCG Cutter Chase (WHEC718) with deployment to…