October 2003

The Railroad Commission Of Texas Announces Fourth Annual Regulatory Expo & Commissioners’ Offices Open House

The Railroad Commission of Texas has scheduled its 4th Annual Regulatory Expo for October 22 and 23 at 1701 North Congress in Austin, Texas. The Expo is designed to provide participants with a better understanding of commission forms and procedures and provide an overview of essential information. The Expo also offers an opportunity to personally…

More Texas Pipeline Safety Regulations

In addition to the Texas pipeline safety regulations that were discussed in last month’s newsletter, the Texas RailRoad Commission has also approved the following new regulations:   §8.201.Pipeline Safety Program Fees – concerning fees to be assessed against operators of    distribution pipelines and master meter systems, and   §8.240.Discontinuance of Service – concerning deadlines to discontinue gas…

Direct Assessment Meeting

The Research and Special Programs Administration’s (RSPA) Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR) will cosponsor a workshop with the pipeline industry trade associations (API, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, Association of Oil Pipelines, American Gas Association, National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), and American Public Gas…

FERC Stakeholder Involvement Meeting

The FERC Office of Energy Projects will host the fifth workshop in its “Better Stakeholder Involvement Series.” This workshop will focus on “lessons learned” from a project where the Commission’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Pre-Filing Process was implemented. It will be held at the Holiday Inn-Tanglewood, 4468 Starkey Road, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00…

Misc. Liquid Rule Changes

The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) is changing several safety standards for hazardous liquid and carbon dioxide pipelines, effective October 14, 2003. The changes, which concern welder qualifications, backfilling, records, training, and signs, are based on recommendations by the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR). RSPA/OPS believes the changes will improve the clarity and…

Advisory Bulletin Re: Pipeline Industry Implementation of Effective Public Awareness Programs

The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) has issued an advisory bulletin to owners and operators of regulated hazardous liquid pipelines, gas transmission pipelines, gas distribution pipelines, and crude oil and gas gathering pipeline systems. The Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (PSIA) requires that each owner or operator of a gas or hazardous liquid pipeline…