November 2014

Pressure Test Certification

RCP is an industry leader when it comes to ensuring that pipeline pressure tests are professionally executed. We consistently provide convincing, time tested arguments that a line can be safely operated as defined by CFR 49 Parts 192 and 195. RCP owns and utilizes a proprietary pressure test model that evaluates test pressure, temperature and…

Underwater Inspection Procedures & Inspection Interval Risk Model Updates

Now that Hurricane season is almost over, this is a reminder to those that have UIP and IIRM plans that you may want to review them soon. RCP’s latest Inspection Interval Risk Model (IIRM) has been improved to include additional inspection trigger results for hazardous liquid pipelines that cross navigable waterways within Inlets of the…

Pipeline Safety Trust Meeting

New Orleans – Nov 20-21, 2014 The Pipeline Safety Trust will once again gather pipeline operators, regulators, local governments and concerned citizens in the French Quarter of New Orleans to talk all things pipeline safety. Due to the increasing popularity of the conference, the meeting venue has moved to the Royal Sonesta Hotel, providing significantly…

PHMSA NPMS Public Meeting

Arlington, VA – Nov. 17 PHMSA is holding a public meeting on November 17 to discuss the proposed information collection for the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS). PHMSA issued an Information Collection Notice (OMB Control No. 2137-0596) on 7/30/14. Comments are due by 12/1/14. The primary goals of the public meeting are to: Provide an…

Illinois Pipeline Regulation Update

On November 7, 2014 the Illinois Commerce Commission released a Notice of Proposed Amendment that changed the date of the 49 CFR 192 incorporated by reference from January 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014 to capture recent revisions to the federal regulations. In addition to incorporating the new federal regulation amendments, the proposed state change…

PHMSA Revised O&M Enforcement Guidance

On October 30, 2014 The Department of Transportation/Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) posted updated guidance for inspectors to use during inspections for Gas and Liquid Operations Manuals. This guidance is meant to help with consistency in inspections. The guidance describes the practices used by PHMSA inspectors and other enforcement personnel when undertaking their official…

PHMSA Advisory Bulletin (ADB-2014-05) Guidance for Strengthening Pipeline Safety through Rigorous Program Evaluation & Meaningful Metrics

[Docket No. PHMSA-2014-0086] The Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an Advisory Bulletin to owners and operators of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines that PHMSA has developed guidance on the elements and characteristics of a mature Integrity Management (IM) program evaluation process using meaningful metrics. This document, “Guidance for Strengthening Pipeline Safety through…