September 2022

PHMSA Pipeline Safety: Information Collection of API RP 1173 for Gas Distribution Systems

[Docket No. PHMSA–2022–0060] The PIPES Act contains a provision for PHMSA to prepare a report for Congress on the status of the implementation of safety management systems in the gas distribution industry. PHMSA is proposing to conduct a one-time information request of gas distribution operators whether they are implementing safety management systems. PHMSA is requesting…

PHMSA NPRM for Periodic Standards Update and Miscellaneous Changes

On August 29th, PHMSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to incorporate by reference 28 updated industry standards and make several non-substantive edits and clarifications to certain other provisions of Parts 191, 192 and 195.  PHMSA incorporates more than 80 consensus standards by reference into the pipeline safety regulations, many of which become outdated…

TRRC Accepting Public Comment on Critical Designation of Natural Gas Infrastructure Rule

The Texas Railroad Commission (TRRC) is accepting public comment on proposed amendments to 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §3.65, relating to Critical Designation of Natural Gas Infrastructure. The proposed rule amendments simplify the rule language and process for designating certain natural gas facilities and entities critical during energy emergencies as specified in House Bill 3648…

2022 Conference News

APGA 2022 Operations ConferenceOctober 11-13 | Savannah, GA RCP’s Vice President, Chris Foley, will be giving a presentation on the Valve & Rupture Detection Rule at 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12th (Safety & Compliance Track). Click here to download the schedule at a glance. This event typically attracts over 250 natural gas distribution industry…

The Enforcement Corner

The Enforcement Corner summarizes recent PHMSA enforcement actions, indicating where PHMSA is putting its enforcement efforts and the fines they are proposing for various types of violations. In July 2022, PHMSA issued 3 WLs, 2 NOAs, and 5 NOPVs accompanied by $2,156,100 in proposed fines. Significant proposed fines were attributed to the following code sections:…

Did you know?

Investors View Natural Gas Utilities as Desirable Investments Investors continue to see natural gas utilities as a great investment, according to a new report commissioned by the American Gas Association and the Canadian Gas Association. The report presents foundational background, analysis, and learnings from qualitative interviews with members of the investment community, which indicate that investors feel that…

Fundamentals of Pressure Testing (eLearning Course)

Check out our latest eLearning course on Fundamentals of Pressure Testing at the Pipeline Safety Institute. In this course, you will be guided through the processes of designing, planning, executing, and evaluating/validating a pressure test. This course is designed for attendees from a variety of backgrounds including engineers, field techs, and other pipeline professionals. Certificates…

Pipeline Safety Institute

Welcome to the Pipeline Safety Institute – your one-stop destination for pipeline compliance training. Whether you are new to the industry, an experienced oil & gas professional that needs a refresher, or you want to take a deep dive into the latest regulation changes, you have come to the right place. Training topics cover pipeline…