November 2022

PHMSA Notice of USA Limited Enforcement Discretion to Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

[Docket No. PHMSA–2017–0152; Amdt. No. 195–104] Effective Monday, October 24, 2022, PHMSA issued a limited enforcement discretion relative to the Unusually Sensitive Areas (USA) Interim Final Rule (IRF).  [See related article in the January Edition of the DOT Pipeline Compliance News.] PHMSA will exercise its discretion to refrain from taking enforcement action against hazardous liquid…

PHMSA’s Annual Incident Report Changes

[Docket No. PHMSA-2021-0054] Here is a summary of the changes that are being proposed to current reports. Excavation Damage Information Collection in Annual Reports In 2018, the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) updated its Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) which collects excavation damage data including root causes. PHMSA plans on realigning their Annual Report form for…

PHMSA Pipeline Safety 49 CFR Part 192.3 Correction

[Docket No. 2011-0023; Amdt. No. 192-132; RIN 2137-AF39] Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines: Repair Criteria, Integrity Management Improvements, Cathodic Protection, Management of Change, and Other Related Amendments In the Rule Document published in the Federal Register Doc. C1-2022-17031, appearing on pages 52224-52279, in the issue of Wednesday, August 24, 2022, make the following correction to…

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 September 2022, PHMSA issued 3 WLs, 2 NOAs, and 7 NOPVs accompanied by $746,900 in proposed fines. Significant proposed fines were attributed to the following code sections:…

Iowa Utilities Division – Proposed Rule on Biogas Gathering

[Docket No. RMU-2022-0010] The Iowa Utilities Board (herein Board) proposes to amend Chapter 10, “Intrastate Gas Pipelines and Underground Gas Storage,” Iowa Administrative Code.  This proposed rule making requires companies proposing to construct renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities that render natural gas from landfills and animal operations (such as dairies) and that interconnect with intrastate…

New Jersey Natural Gas Pipeline Readoption and Proposed New Rule

[BPU Docket No. GX22020048] The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has proposed changes to its Natural Gas Pipelines regulations and for a general reauthorization of those regulations. New requirements cover the frequency and type of emergency response drills, construction requirements for plastic pipe, new requirements for incident reporting, new requirements for classifying gas leaks,…

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2022 Conference News

Pipeline Safety TrustDecember 1-2 |Hotel Monteleone |New Orleans, LA The Pipeline Safety Trust (PST) 2022 conference will be an in-person event. Keynote Speakers include Jennifer Homendy – Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board and Tristan Brown – Deputy Administrator of the PHMSA. Registration and hotel information can be found on the PST website. NISTM…

Fundamentals of Pressure Testing (eLearning Course)

Check out our latest eLearning course on Fundamentals of Pressure Testing at the Pipeline Safety Institute. In this course, you will be guided through the processes of designing, planning, executing, and evaluating/validating a pressure test. This course is designed for attendees from a variety of backgrounds including engineers, field techs, and other pipeline professionals. Certificates…

Pipeline Safety Institute

Welcome to the Pipeline Safety Institute – your one-stop destination for pipeline compliance training. Whether you are new to the industry, an experienced oil & gas professional that needs a refresher, or you want to take a deep dive into the latest regulation changes, you have come to the right place. Training topics cover pipeline…