March 2016

2016 Pipeline Conference Schedule

Have you registered and confirmed your reservations for these upcoming conferences? RCP will be attending. We hope to see you there! API Pipeline ConferenceApril 5 – 7, 2016Omni La Costa / Carlsbad, CA API’s Pipeline Conference is the premier event of its kind in the U.S. Held every year in April the conference provides attendees…

API RP1173 Assessment Services

API recently published a new Recommended Practice (RP) concerning safety management systems for pipelines. API RP 1173 provides pipeline operators with a comprehensive way to make safe operations and continuous safety improvement a constant focus of their operations. The first step for most pipeline operators will be to assess their current safety management system maturity…

API RP 1174 Assessment

API recently published Recommended Practice (RP) 1174 for Onshore Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Emergency Preparedness and Response (1st Edition, December 2015). API RP 1174 provides operators with an enhanced framework to enable continual improvement of pipeline emergency planning and response processes. RCP can assist operators with preparing for a safe, timely, and effective response to a…

Pipeline Safety Program Reauthorization and Gas Pipeline NPRM

[REVISED 2/22/2016] Both the House and the Senate are moving forward with bills to reauthorize the federal Pipeline Safety Act. The House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing on February 25th on reauthorization of the Department of Transportation’s pipeline safety program. There was testimony from the federal safety agency, industry stakeholders,…

PHMSA FAQ-41 TIMP Reassessment Intervals

[REVISED 2/22/2016] The Department of Transportation/Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently revised FAQ-41 to reflect the language in the Pipeline Safety Act of 2011. FAQ-41. Does the requirement that gas pipeline operator establish assessment intervals not to exceed a specified number of years mean calendar years (i.e., pipe assessed in 2004 must be re-assessed…

PHMSA Advisory ADB-2016-03 Snow & Ice on Gas Distribution Systems

[DOCKET NO. PHMSA-2016-0013] The Department of Transportation/Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an Advisory Bulletin (ADB-2016-03) to advise owners and operators of petroleum gas and natural gas facilities of the need to take the appropriate steps to prevent damage to pipeline facilities from accumulated snow or ice. Past events on natural gas distribution system…

Save the Dates!

RCP Workshop Schedule for 2017 DOT Gas & Liquid Pipeline Workshop: March 21-23 (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday) Fundamentals of Pipeline Operations Workshop: May 24-25 (Wednesday & Thursday) Pressure Test Workshop: June 20-21 (Tuesday & Wednesday) Visit our training website for updates, registration, and hotel information.