The Public Service Commission of West Virginia and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association are holding Pipeline Safety Seminars in Charleston on April 20 and Bridgeport on April 25, 2017. The one-day seminars will focus on a review of federal and state requirements including recent changes, top safety issues and common violations during the construction and repair of gas pipelines. “The purpose of the seminar is to ensure all regulated pipeline operators in West Virginia understand and comply with pipeline safety regulations to ensure the safety and integrity of West Virginia’s pipelines,” said […]
Southern California Gas Co. today announced it is joining the Gold Shovel Standard, a first-of-its-kind safety program developed to increase the bar for excavation safety performance and lower the more than 2,000 dig-ins that occur annually throughout the company’s 20,000-square-mile service area. “The safety of our employees, customers, and communities we serve is our top priority,” said Gina Orozco-Mejia, vice president of gas operations for SoCalGas. “As the largest natural gas distribution utility in the nation, we hope our participation will make a significant positive impact by encouraging contractors to adopt industry best practices for excavation safety.” The Gold Shovel Standard […]
PHMSA has issued a final rule entitled, “Operator Qualification, Cost Recovery, Accident and Incident Notification, and Other Pipeline Safety Changes.” The final rule lays out a specific time frame requirement for telephonic or electronic notifications of accidents and incidents and addresses mandates included in the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011. It also amends drug and alcohol testing requirements, and incorporates consensus standards by reference for in-line inspection and Stress Corrosion Cracking Direct Assessment. The rulemaking is scheduled to publish in the Federal Register on January 23, 2017 and is currently on public inspection. The rulemaking will become […]
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today appointed 24 members to the pipeline safety Voluntary Information-Sharing System (VIS) Working Group. The newly created advisory committee that will provide the Secretary of Transportation with advice and recommendations related to pipeline safety, including whether an information-sharing system for pipeline owners and operators is needed. “This is an important step to enhancing safety and making it easier to share best practices,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The new VIS Working Group will not only utilize the expertise of the pipeline industry, but […]
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state panel that oversees the safety of pipelines carrying oil and other substances around Michigan is meeting Monday. The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Michigan Agency for Energy building in Lansing. The board is co-chaired by Executive Director Valerie Brader of the Michigan Agency for Energy and Heidi Grether, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. It also advises state agencies on matters related to pipeline routing, construction, operation, and maintenance.
API has released a new report, with the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL), confirming that pipelines continue to be one of the safest ways to efficiently transport energy across the United States. The report highlights liquid pipeline safety performance and industry-wide efforts to improve pipeline safety in 2016 and beyond. “Safety is a core value throughout our industry,” said API Pipeline Manager David Murk. “This report shows the tremendous priority we place on pipeline safety, but as an industry we can always do more. By constantly evaluating our safety programs and activities, learning from past experiences, and […]
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Accident-prone tank cars used to haul crude oil and ethanol by rail could remain in service for another 15 years under federal rules that allow companies to phase in upgrades to the aging fleet, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. Transportation officials and railroad representatives have touted the rules as a key piece of their efforts to stave off future disasters, following a string of fiery derailments and major spills that raised concerns about the crude-by-rail industry. Yet without mandatory, periodic benchmarks for meeting the requirements, the decision to […]
Two House committees passed nearly identical pipeline safety bills. Once combined into a single piece of legislation, the House will work with the Senate, which previously passed a bill, to come up with a single version for President Obama’s signature. All three bills pale beside the 2011 pipeline bill that contained many new regulatory mandates for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a significant number of which have not been completed. In this new batch of bills, there are only two significant provisions. One in the two House bills gives PHMSA “emergency order”...