November 2021

2022 Conference News

Western Regional Gas Conference 2022August 23-24 | Scottsdale, AZ WRGC welcomes you back to an in-person conference! Be sure to check the agenda and plan to attend DeWitt Burdeaux’s presentation on RIN2. RCP’s SME, Nhan “Barney” Pham, will be speaking at the Methane tracking and reporting for gas pipeline facilities presentation where you can learn…

The Enforcement Corner

The Enforcement Corner summarizes recent PHMSA enforcement actions, indicating where PHMSA is putting its enforcement efforts and the fines they are proposing for various types of violations. In December 2021, PHMSA issued 1 NOA and 1 NOPV with no proposed penalties at this time. Please note: Pipeline operators may disagree in whole or in part…

The Enforcement Corner

The Enforcement Corner summarizes recent PHMSA enforcement actions, indicating where PHMSA is putting its enforcement efforts and the fines they are proposing for various types of violations. In November 2021, PHMSA issued 5 NOAs, 12 NOPVs, and 6 WLs accompanied by $1,323,347 in proposed fines. Significant proposed fines were attributed to the following code sections:…

Gas Gathering Final Rule

[Docket No. PHMSA-2011-0023] PHMSA has provided an advanced copy of what will be the Final Rule for regulated gas gathering pipelines once published in the Federal Register (expected November 15, 2021).  The rule (Pipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Gathering Pipelines: Extension of Reporting Requirements, Regulation of Large, High-Pressure Lines, and Other Related Amendments) was originally…

Mandatory Revisions to Gas Pipeline O&M Manuals by December 27, 2021

As a reminder, there are mandatory revisions to gas pipeline O&M manuals due by December 27, 2021. The PIPES Act of 2020 (Section 113) contains self-executing provisions requiring pipeline facility operators to update their inspection and maintenance plans to address the elimination of hazardous leaks and minimization of releases of natural gas (including, and not…

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Proposed Regulation Changes

[RM#20-03] The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is proposing a draft set of changes and additions to the 170 IAC 5-3. Many of the changes are clarifications to the existing regulations and modifications to 49 CFR 192. These clarifications include more precise definitions, providing detailed examples and specific reporting requirements. The proposed definition changes include ‘operator’…

Nevada New Pipeline Safety Regulations to Conduct Annual Leak Detection Surveys

[Docket No. 19-09011] The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) adopted proposed regulations for annual leak surveys for all distribution systems. Nevada becomes the first state in the nation to apply such a standard to every type, vintage and mile of distribution pipe. These regulations were approved by the state Legislative Commission on October 22, 2021. The PUCN opened…

Pipeline Transportation: Hydrogen and Emerging Fuels R&D Virtual Public Meeting

PHMSA is holding a virtual public meeting and forum titled: “Pipeline Transportation and Emerging Fuels R&D Public Meeting and Forum.”  The public meeting and forum will serve as an opportunity for pipeline stakeholders to discuss research gaps and challenges in pipeline safety and emerging fuels, including hydrogen transportation. It will also serve as a venue for…

Louisiana Underground Utilities and Facilities Damage Prevention Law

On January 2, 2022 amendments to the Louisiana Underground Utilities and Facilities Damage Prevention Law go into effect. These changes affect both the operator and excavator. When an operator receives a notification request to mark a pipeline and determines their pipeline and facilities are not affected and do not need marking, they must let the…