November 2004

RCP Services Spotlight – API Recommended Practice RP 1162 – Pipeline Public Awareness Program UPDATE

In our July 2004 newsletter, we mentioned that OPS is proposing to incorporate API RP 1162 into the gas and hazardous liquid pipeline regulations. Our Vice President of Project Development, Susan Waller, served on the API committee that developed RP 1162. She would like to add the following comments: “There is no doubt that everyone…

Petroleum and Transportation Security

Recent advances in technology have proven to increase the efficiency and control of our pipelines. However, because we have these improvements, there is the flip side to the coin. There are more opportunities for individuals to create hazards for the pipelines and the people associated with their operation. These people include employees, the community, contractors,…

TPSSC and THLPSSC Meetings

Meetings of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) and the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC) will be held on December 14 and 15, 2004, at the Marriott Washington, 1221 22nd Street, NW., Washington, DC. Members of the public may attend the meetings, and an opportunity will be provided for the public…

Operator Qualification for ILI

In 2001 it was recognized that the existing Operator Qualification (OQ) Rule did not cover performing an ILI or ILI data analysis as “covered tasks”. Both industry and the regulators agreed that the criticality of ILI qualified personnel for Integrity Management is necessary. ASNT agreed to aid in the development of a standard for “ILI…

EPA Issues Final NPDES General Permit for New and Existing Sources and New Dischargers in the Offshore Subcategory of the Oil and Gas Extraction Category for the Western Portion of the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico

Region 6 of the EPA has issued a final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit for the western portion of the outer continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico (No. GMG290000). This permit authorizes discharges from new sources, existing sources, and new dischargers in the offshore subcategory of the Oil and Gas Extraction Point…

Standards for Direct Assessment of Gas and Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

The DOT has proposed regulations that would require pipeline operators to meet certain standards if they use direct assessment to evaluate the threat of corrosion on regulated onshore gas, hazardous liquid, and carbon dioxide pipelines. The standards, which are already in effect for gas transmission lines in high-consequence areas, involve processes of data collection, indirect…