We've wrapped up another great Integrity Management & Compliance Symposium down in Galveston, TX.
Damage Prevention plays an important role in assessing your pipeline risk, safety, and compliance. Part of a successful program is utilizing and integrating One Call data effectively. We've put together a quick 5 question quiz to help you determine how well your organization is executing an effective program.
With the passing of the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act of 2016) in June, and the new deadlines and requirements placed on PHMSA, there have been a handful of pipeline safety rules and policies released by PHMSA over the past few weeks. We wanted to give you a one stop shop to read up on each of these rules. Find a short summary of each below as well as a link to PHMSA's released statement.
PHMSA recently released an Advisory Bulletin on Pipeline Safety: Clarification of Terms Relating to Pipeline Operational Status, Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0075 concerning the idle pipeline integrity management (IM) assessments. The Advisory Bulletin states:
“Owners and operators of pipelines that are not operating but contain hazardous liquids and gas must comply with all relevant safety requirements, including periodic maintenance, integrity management assessments, damage prevention programs, and public awareness programs,”
“PHMSA will accept deferral of certain activities for purged but active pipelines. These deferred activities might include actions impractical on most purged pipelines, such as in-line inspection.”
At New Century Software and Integrity Plus, we take pride in knowing that our teams are comprised of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in the industry. We strive to build our teams with people that understand the nuances of the pipeline industry, and have studied and grown their skillsets over time. This led us to think, how do our customers and others in the industry know they are getting the best solution and service from a qualified team? To help answer this question, we developed a three-part series, How to Spot an Expert. We’ll touch on DOT compliance consultants, risk and integrity management analysts, and GIS experts.
In the first of our three-part series, we’ll be focusing on the realm of regulatory compliance. To ensure safety and reliability, pipeline operators must show due diligence in developing, implementing and documenting pipeline safety programs that meet Federal and State regulations. From our perspective, there are three critical elements that every consultant should provide to help operators achieve their regulatory goals (and if your consultant isn’t doing these … you might want to start asking some questions).
At New Century Software, we have a strong history of conducting mock audits and compliance status evaluations. In fact, we’re so good, we train the inspectors. With over 20 years of combined experience, we’ve developed audit strategies and processes focused on transparent compliance demonstrations and in-depth regulatory audit preparation.
Recently, PHMSA released an advisory bulletin outlining how operations of underground storage facilities for natural gas should be reviewed and maintained, as well as how integrity management programs surrounding these facilities should be developed, implemented and updated. This is significant since PHMSA has not regulated this in the past, and the last similar bulletin was posted in 1997, which left regulationof gas storage facilities up to the states.
We’ve pulled together some of the primary bullet points of PHMSA’s bulletin for you to review here in this blog post.
Navigating ever-changing regulations in natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline management has never been more challenging. Additionally, the industry-wide shortage of regulatory and compliance expertise has left many operators unsure where to turn.
This week has a been a whirlwind for the teams here at New Century! Our DOT Compliance team is down at the Louisiana Gas Association's Pipeline Safety Conference in NOLA representing the company and taking in all they can about pipeline safety. As Gold Sponsors of the event, we've been thrilled with the sessions, networking opportunities, and attendance. It's been a great week and it's still going - be sure to stop by booth 12 if you're down there!