October 2020

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…

Mega-Rule #1: Gas Transmission Regulation Deep Dive Virtual Workshop

RCP has been heavily involved throughout this rulemaking process and is ready to assist operators as they get prepared. Whether it’s a deep dive into MAOP records reconfirmation, conducting Engineering Critical Assessments, assessing where your Moderate Consequence Areas exist, developing Material Verification plans, reviewing existing pipeline integrity programs, developing action plans to get into compliance,…

PHMSA ADB-2020-01 Pipeline Safety: Meters and Regulators Inside Buildings

[Docket No. PHMSA-2020-0115] PHMSA issued an advisory bulletin to alert owners and operators of natural gas distribution pipelines to the consequences of failures of meters and regulators inside buildings. PHMSA is also reminding operators of existing Federal regulations covering the installation and maintenance of meter and regulators inside buildings, including the integrity management regulations for…

PHMSA ADB-2020-02 Overpressure Protection on Low-Pressure Natural Gas Distribution System

[Docket No. PHMSA-2020-0025] PHMSA issued an advisory bulletin to remind owners and operators of natural gas distribution pipelines of the possibility of failure due to an over-pressurization on low-pressure distribution systems. PHMSA also reminds pipeline operators of their obligations to comply with the gas DIMP regulations at 49 CFR Part 192, Subpart P.  PHMSA encourages…

Mega Rule FAQs

[Docket Number PHMSA-2019-0225] On September 15, 2020, PHMSA posted Batch 1 FAQs on the Gas Transmission Final Rule (aka Mega Rule) to assist gas transmission pipeline operators in complying with the pipeline safety regulations in 49 CFR Parts 191 and 192. The FAQs include PHMSA’s responses to public comments and address a number of issues…

PHMSA Announces Nearly $8 Million in Pipeline Safety R&D Awards

PHMSA announced an award package totaling $7,810,213. The awards will fund 10 pipeline safety research and development (R&D) projects that address pipeline safety priorities including Damage/Threat Prevention, Leak Detection, Anomaly Detection/Characterization, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and Improved Materials. Project awardees will contribute an additional $4,082,308 in cost-share funds. A Merit Review Panel consisting of 28…

California Adopts New Article 7 for Risk Analysis and Best Available Technology for Minimizing Releases from Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

California’s Office of the State Fire Marshal has adopted requirements that govern the requirements for hazardous liquid pipeline construction and operation near environmentally and ecologically sensitive areas in the Coastal Zone. Hazardous liquid pipeline operators are required to conduct and submit a Risk Analysis with associated Implementation Plans to the State Fire Marshal for detecting…

Corps of Engineers NOPR to Reissue Nationwide Permits 2 Years Ahead of Schedule

[Docket No. COE-2020-0002] On September 15, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to replace the 2017 Nationwide Permits (NWPs) by the end of 2020. NWPs provide a streamlined process for the Corps to authorize work in streams, wetlands, lakes, and tidal waters under Section 404 of…

Michigan Gas Regulation Changes

The Michigan Public Service Commission has made a number of minor changes to its regulations in Chapter 460, Technical Standards for Gas Service.  It also added a new section regarding security reporting, a new section on statistical quality sampling program for diaphragm-type meters, and incorporated a number of industry standards. 

Washington State’s Proposed New Reporting Requirements for Crude Oil Movement by Rail and Pipeline

[Chapter 173-185 WAC] The Washington State Department of Ecology proposed new reporting requirements for pipeline and rail transport of crude oil. These new requirements include reporting the gravity, vapor pressure and the type of crude oil. The new information will be reported to the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC). Three Public Hearings are scheduled  through…

Washington State New Reporting Requirements for Gas Pipelines

[RCW 81.88.160] Starting March 15, 2021, gas pipeline operators will be required to file an annual report with Washington’s State Department of Ecology. The reporting requirements include information about the number and size of gas leaks, pipeline repair activities, and the scheduling of future pipeline repairs. The information reported will be included in the estimated…