October 2005

Gas Gathering Line Definition – Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

At present, PHMSA’s safety standards do not apply to onshore gathering lines in rural locations, while onshore gathering lines in non-rural locations must meet the same requirements as transmission lines. In addition, PHMSA does not regulate “production facilities” in either rural or non-rural environment, since these facilities are under the jurisdiction of the EPA. The…

FERC Pre-Filing for LNG

Pre-Filing Procedures for Review of LNG Terminals and Other Natural Gas Facilities The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) is proposing regulations in accordance with section 311(d) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) to implement mandatory procedures requiring prospective applicants to begin the Commission’s pre-filing review process at least six months prior to…

Reissued TX OCS Discharge Permit

Reissuance of the NPDES General Permit for the Territorial Seas Off Texas The Regional Administrator of EPA Region 6 has issued the final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) “General Permit for the Territorial Seas off Texas” (No. TXG260000) for discharges from existing and new dischargers and New Sources in the Offshore Subcategory of the…

EPA Prepares for Publication of SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors

EPA is preparing to release its SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors. The document is undergoing thorough review, and it will be made publicly available within the next several weeks. Please check back, more information will be posted soon. The document is intended to assist regional inspectors in reviewing a facility’s implementation of the Spill Prevention,…

Katrina Transmission Advisory

Advisory Bulletin (ADB-05-08) – Hurricane Katrina and Transmission Pipelines The Office of Pipeline Safety recently issued the following advisory bulletin. The full bulletin, with introductory language, is available on OPS’s website. To: Owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipeline systems. Subject: Potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by the passage of Hurricane…

Distribution Facilities and Katrina

Advisory Bulletin (ADB-05-07) – Katrina and Gas Distribution Facilities The Office of Pipeline Safety recently issued the following advisory bulletin for gas distribution pipeline facilities in the path of Hurricane Katrina. The full advisory bulletin, with introductory information, is available on OPS’s website. To: Owners and operators of natural gas distribution pipeline facilities. Subject: Potential…

MMS Temporary Office

NTL No. 2005-G11: Gulf of Mexico Regional Office Operations after Hurricane The Minerals Management Service (MMS) Gulf of Mexico Regional and New Orleans District Offices have resumed most operations under its Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) subsequent to Hurricane Katrina. The COOP team is stationed in Houston, Texas. MMS is committed to conducting operations in…

Integrity Management Services

RCP can assist pipeline operators with ongoing compliance management and engineering associated with your IMP. This includes direct assessment strategies, tool and vendor selection, ILI/ECDA report analysis, corrosion control programs, repair strategies, and IMP/risk model updates. For more information on how RCP can support your ongoing IMP needs, Click Here.

RCP Services Spotlight – RCP Auditing, Due Diligence and Expert Witness Services

RCP’s approach to audits and assessments is typically either consultative or enforcement oriented depending upon the client’s needs. The consultative approach is typically viewed by clients as a cooperative effort that assesses regulatory compliance status in concert with operational and maintenance issues. This method provides feedback on existing management practices versus industry standards. The consultative…