November 2010

Maine – Proposed Changes to Gas Pipelines; LNG Facilities; and Propane Gas System Regulations

In a Maine Public Rulemaking Notice on 10/13/2010, the State of Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reopened their rulemaking for consideration of a revised draft rule to repeal and replace Ch. 420 which is Maine’s Rule setting forth safety standards for natural gas transmission and distribution systems and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities (number 65-407…

SPCC Compliance Date Amendment

EPA-HQ-OPA-2009-0880; FRL-9213-8; RIN 2050-AG59 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided an additional year for certain facilities to comply with the new Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule. This action allows additional time for those affected in the regulated community to understand the revisions to the SPCC rule finalized in December 2008 and…

Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Onshore Liquid Pipeline Regulations

[Docket No. PHMSA-2010-0229]; RIN 2137-AE66 PHMSA has published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to get public comment on potential changes to their regulations covering hazardous liquid onshore pipelines. PHMSA is seeking public comment on six specific topic areas: whether it should extend regulation to certain pipelines currently exempt from regulation; whether other areas…

PHMSA Advisory Bulletin ADB–10–08 Emergency Preparedness Communications

The Department of Transportation/Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued ADB-10-08 on October 28, 2010 to remind gas and liquid pipeline operators that they are required to maintain an informed relationship with emergency responders in their jurisdiction, and in particular, the need to share the operator’s emergency response plans with emergency responders. PHMSA recommends that…

Safety and Environmental Management Systems on the OCS – Final Rule

Docket ID BOEM-2010-0046; RIN 1010-AD15 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has finalized regulations to require operators to develop and implement Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) for oil and gas and sulphur operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This rulemaking will incorporate in its entirety and make mandatory the…