September 2005

Pipeline Associations Write to Senate on Pipeline Security (Courtesy of Ben Cooper, Association of Oil Pipe Lines)

AOPL, API, the American Gas Association, and the American Public Gas Association sent a joint letter of views to the Senate Commerce and Transportation Committee this week on a pending bill to reauthorize the authority for the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). The bill, S. 1052, the Transportation Security Improvement Act of…

Pipeline Safety Trust Newsletter – #2

The second edition of the Pipeline Safety Trust’s newsletter is now available at: http://pstrust.org/newsletter/vol1no2/index.htm. The Pipeline Safety Trust promotes fuel transportation safety through education and advocacy, by increasing access to information, and by building partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government, and industry, that result in safer communities and a healthier environment. This newsletter contains more…

Advisory Bulletin on Pilot Operated Pressure Relief Valve Testing

The Office of Pipeline Safety has issued the following Advisory Bulletin to operators of hazardous liquid pipelines with pilot-operated pressure relief valves: Advisory Bulletin (ADB-05-05) OPS shares NTSB’s concern that pipeline operators could be conducting in-service tests that do not identify unreliable pilot-operated pressure relief valves. Therefore, we are issuing the following advisory bulletin: To:…

Public Meeting on Integrity Management of Gas Distribution Pipelines

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is sponsoring a public meeting on Enhancing Integrity Management of Gas Distribution Pipelines. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Westin Park Central Hotel, 12720 Merit Drive, Dallas, TX 75251 (1-972-851-2037 or 1-800-Westin1). At the meeting,…

Integrity Management Services

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Countermeasures to Prevent Human Fatigue in the Control Room

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) urges operators to evaluate potential risks associated with pipeline operator fatigue and shift rotation schedules and take measures to alleviate such risks. PHMSA has issued an advisory bulletin (ADB-05-06) help operators ensure that controllers are not assigned to shift duties while fatigued, to advise pipeline operators on…