In honor of National Safe Digging Day tomorrow, Aug. 11, Dominion Energy Ohio today announced a reminder that Ohio law mandates that property owners and contractors to call 8-1-1 — to have underground utility lines marked — at least two business days, but no more than 10 business days, prior to any digging project. Making the call to 8-1-1 connects the general public and contractors to the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS), the local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. This service is free of charge. Professional locators […]
In honor of National Safe Digging Day on Friday, August 11, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is asking all Californians to help prevent damage to gas pipelines and other underground utilities. With a free call to 811 or submission on 811express.com at least two working days ahead of any digging projects, homeowners, renters and contractors can ensure their outdoor project is safe to start. National Safe Digging Day is observed across the nation each year to recognize the importance of calling 811 prior to digging. Following the call or online submission, 811 will dispatch a […]
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has designated June 12-18, 2017, as “Safe + Sound Week,” a new nationwide effort that urges organizations of all sizes in a wide range of industries to raise awareness of the value and importance of workplace safety and health programs. Joining OSHA to sponsor the effort are the National Safety Council, American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Society of Safety Engineers and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In addition, 85 trade associations, industry and professional groups are partnering with the Safe + Sound Week […]
Construction management and consulting firm, TRC Companies, released its top 12 predictions for the energy, utility, and oil and gas sectors for 2017, which included robust funding for utility mergers, acquisitions and infrastructure upgrades, along with big shifts in power plant and pipeline construction focus. “Even as oil and gas prices fluctuate and regulatory policies evolve, we see market drivers remaining very strong for investment in energy system upgrades and environmental and infrastructure work for the ongoing expansion of renewables,” said TRC CEO Chris Vincze. “Our country has a tremendous need to update antiquated and deficient...
Key Republicans and Democrats in the House were determined to pass a pipeline safety bill this year, although it may have some differences with the bill just passed by the Senate. That bill is called the Securing America’s Future Energy: Protecting Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (SAFE PIPES) Act (S. 2276) and was passed by the Senate on March 3. The House pipeline subcommittee held hearings on potential legislation on Feb. 25 and the Energy & Commerce Committee followed with its own hearings a week later. The Senate bill includes one new mandate for […]
Pipeline industry executives are pouring over the 500-plus page safety proposal from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an effort that will take some time before informed comments can be made. The initial comment deadline is at the end of May. “The typical 60 days in which to submit comments will have to no doubt be expanded,” states Thomas Lael, formerly a state and federal pipeline inspector and now a consultant to transmission companies. “The last 100 pages of so of the document I downloaded from the PHMSA web site contained the proposed...
Reaction to the PHMSA’s proposed rule (NPRM) to tighten liquid pipeline safety regulations has run along predictable lines. The pipelines think the proposal is too expansive and expensive. The environmental community and some notable safety experts believe the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) should have gone further. “We are greatly frustrated by the NPRM’s many deficiencies,” said Lois Epstein, Arctic program director at The Wilderness Society. “Our organizations are concerned that this very long rulemaking process did not produce a more substantial regulatory product.” Epstein submitted comments on behalf of several environmental groups. […]