March 2006

API Hurricane Conference

On March 1st and 2nd the API sponsored a Hurricane Preparedness Conference in Houston, Texas. Attended by representatives from dozens of pipeline and energy companies, the purpose of the conference was to gather and share the “lessons learned” after the unprecedented hurricane season of 2005 in order to better prepare for the possibility of another…

NTSB Publishes Oil Pipeline SCADA Systems Study

The National Transportation Safety Board has published its study of SCADA systems in the liquid pipeline industry. This study includes the NTSB’s five recommendations to PHMSA concerning liquid pipeline SCADA systems (see our December, 2005 http://www.dotpipeline.org/newsletters/DOTNewsDec2005.htm newsletter for additional information). The recommendations are: Require operators of hazardous liquid pipelines to follow the American Petroleum Institute’s…

OPS Releases Gas Distribution IMP Report

A collaborative effort of regulatory agencies, gas distribution operators, and public stakeholders have published “Integrity Management for Gas Distribution – Report of Phase I Investigations.” Four multi-stakeholder work/study groups were established to collect and analyze available information and to reach findings and conclusions to inform future work by the PHMSA relative to implementing integrity management…

Gas Integrity Management FAQ Updates

Several questions have been answered by OPS within the past couple months and posted on their website. FAQ-244: “Should” in standards Question: What is the OPS position with regard to implementation of “should” statements in industry standards that are invoked by the rule? Answer: OPS expects operators to implement “should” statements in industry standards that…

Will your SPCC Plan pass an EPA inspection based on the new SPCC Inspectors’ Guidance document?

RCP can conduct a gap analysis of your current SPCC Plan and provide updates and recommendations based on the new SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors that was published Dec. 2, 2005. The new guidance document includes more detail than is in many of the plans in use today. RCP can review and update your plan…