September 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’s NPRM Offers Pipeline Operators New Alternatives to Addressing Changes in Population Density Near Natural Gas Pipelines

On September 3, 2020, PHMSA transmitted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to the Federal Register. The NPRM seeks public comment on proposed revisions to safety regulations pertaining to class location requirements for natural gas transmission pipelines. The proposals would provide new options for required actions following a change in class location due to population…

Changes to PHMSA Portal, OMS Functions, OPID Contact Management

Over the past six years, pipeline operators have had the ability to update contacts for an OPID in the PHMSA Portal for the following: Compliance Officers Compliance Assistants Inspections Emergency Situations Senior Executive Official NPMS Submissions Drug & Alcohol User Fee Some OPID have consistently updated contacts as they change while others have not. Also,…

GPAC Virtual Public Meeting Notice

There will be a virtual public meeting of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) to discuss the Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform NPRM that PHMSA published in the Federal Register on June 9, 2020 (85 FR 35240).  GPAC will review the NPRM and its associated regulatory analysis.  The meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, October…

TRRC Notice to Pipeline Operators: Recent Amendments 16 TAC §3.70 and Updates to the Pipeline Online Permitting System

On September 1, 2020, the Texas Railroad Commission (TRRC) will require pipeline operators to file for the renewal of their pipeline permits by the last day of their designated month. This is in accordance with amendments to 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §3.70 which were adopted by TRRC on January 6, 2020 and take effect…

PHMSA Grants to Enhance Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety

PHMSA announced that it is awarding over $97 million in grants through its pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs.  The awards will be distributed to states, local communities, tribal entities, universities, and non-profit organizations to support state pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs.  Award recipients will use the funds for projects such as training first…

Job Posting

RCP and our clients are always on the lookout for good technical and regulatory compliance personnel.  If you know of someone who might be in need of a position, please have them send a resume to RCP’s HR department.

RCP’s 25th Anniversary

This year marks a remarkable and very successful 25th anniversary for RCP. After our opening in 1995 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, we now have employees throughout the U.S. Our projects range from Maine to Hawaii, Florida to Alaska, Canada and overseas. I want to sincerely thank our clients for the privilege of being your Professional…