November 2003

RCP Services Spotlight – DOT Pipeline Public Awareness Programs

RCP’s Pipeline Public Awareness Program clients include several pipeline companies throughout the US, from local distribution systems to a major natural gas transmission company with over 10,000 miles of pipeline spanning the US from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest, Northeast and Canada. Our services include: Development of a comprehensive written Public Awareness Program utilizing…

Gathering Line Definition: Public Meeting and Request for Comments

OPS has announced a public meeting and an opportunity to submit written comments on the safety regulation of gas and hazardous liquid gathering lines. Congress has directed RSPA to define “gathering line” for gas and hazardous liquid pipeline transportation and, if appropriate, define as “regulated gathering line” those rural gathering lines that, because of specific…

RSPA Administrator Presentation

Samuel G. Bonasso’s presentation at the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on October 9, 2003 is available at ops.dot.gov/whatsnew/mccainhearing.htm. This presentation gives an excellent overview of the history of the Office of Pipeline Safety, their recent activities, and areas of emphasis.

National Forest Service Interim Direction for Processing Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Proposals

The Forest Service has issued an interim directive to guide its employees in processing proposals for interstate natural gas pipeline projects. This interim directive is designed to supplement existing direction in the Forest Service Manual chapter 2720, consistent with a May 2002 interagency agreement between the Department of Agriculture and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.…

Direct Assessment Meeting

The Research and Special Programs Administration’s (RSPA) Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR) will cosponsor a workshop with the pipeline industry trade associations (API, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, Association of Oil Pipelines, American Gas Association, National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), and American Public Gas…

National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Schedule

The Coast Guard, the Research and Special Programs Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Minerals Management Service, in concert with representatives from various State governments, industry, environmental interest groups, and the general public, developed the Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Guidelines to reflect the consensus agreement of the entire oil spill response community.…

TCEQ Adopts New Requirements for Petroleum Storage Tank Releases

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has adopted new requirements for investigating and reporting of releases from petroleum storage tanks. Releases from underground storage tanks or above-ground storage tanks where the release is reported on or after September 1, 2003, are subject to the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) rule (30 Texas Administrative Code…

Electronic Contingency Plans

Ahead of our time…. Companies have recently asked us whether we can assist them with electronic contingency planning. Of course, the answer is yes. In fact, we developed software over 3 years ago that is perfectly suited for electronic contingency plans. We call it “Intellinav”. Using Intellinav, your contingency plan documents can reside on a…

Pipeline Industry Implementation of Effective Public Awareness Programs Self Assessment Now Available

The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) has issued an advisory bulletin to owners and operators of regulated hazardous liquid pipelines, gas transmission pipelines, gas distribution pipelines, and crude oil and gas gathering pipeline systems. The Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (PSIA) requires that each owner or operator of a gas or hazardous liquid pipeline…