Updates

Pipeline Safety Update - Issue No. 144

January 7, 2019

PHMSA Postpones Technical Advisory Committee Meetings

Because of a lapse in funding, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced a postponement of the meetings of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) and Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee (LPAC) that had been scheduled for January 8-10.  When the meetings are convened, the GPAC will consider the gathering line component of the notice of proposed rulemaking PHMSA issued in April 2016 to significantly revise PHMSA’s Part 192 regulations applicable to gas transmission and gathering pipelines.  The American Petroleum Institute and GPA Midstream Association have submitted a position paper and comments regarding PHMSA’s proposal.  The Pipeline Safety Trust has submitted a response.  Those documents can be found here.  Meeting presentation materials are here

In addition, the GPAC and LPAC will meet to discuss relevant policy issues and topics, including public awareness, updates on regulatory initiatives, the voluntary information sharing system working group, and research and development projects.

PHMSA Rulemakings Update.  The tables below summarize the status of the PHMSA’s pending pipeline safety rulemaking initiatives as reflected in the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) November Significant Rulemaking Report and the Office of Management & Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Fall 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.  The Unified Regulatory Agenda appears in two principal parts, Current Agenda Agency Regulatory Entries for Active Actions and Current Long Term Actions.  In addition, PHMSA recently updated its Chart of PHMSA Regulations that are required by the 2016 Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act. 

Note that many of the estimated publication dates have passed.

 

Pending Final Rules


Proceeding

DOT Estimated Publication

OIRA Estimated Publication

PHMSA's 2016 PIPES Act Chart

Enhanced Emergency Order Procedures   December 7, 2018 October 2018 December 24, 2018
Plastic Pipe Rule
Issued November 20, 2018
Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines, MAOP Reconfirmation, Expansion of Assessment Requirements and Other Related Amendments  April 4, 2019 March 2019 March 14, 2019
Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines, Repair Criteria, Integrity Management Improvements, Cathodic Protection, Management of Change, and Other Related Amendments  December 20, 2019 December 2019 Not Listed
Safety of Gas Gathering Pipelines  December 20, 2019 December 2019 Not Listed
Safety of Onshore Hazardous Liquid Pipelines
March 15, 2019 December 2018 January 7, 2019
Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities  January 21, 2019 December 2018 January 21, 2019

 

Pending Notices of Proposed Rulemakings

Proceeding

DOT Estimated Publication

OIRA Estimated Publication 

PHMSA's 2016 PIPES Act Chart

Class Location Requirements Not Provided September 2019  Not Listed 
Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform May 10, 2019 May 2019 Not Listed
Liquid Pipeline Regulatory Reform  Not Listed February 2019 Not Listed
Periodic Standards Update  Not Listed  April 2020 Not Listed
Repair Criteria for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines  Not Listed  Next Action Undetermined   Not Listed
Valve Installation and Minimum Rupture Detection Standards March 29, 2019 January 2019 January 14, 2019

 

Pending Advanced Notices of Proposed Rulemakings

Proceeding

DOT Estimated Publication 

OIRA Estimated Publication 

Coastal Ecological Unusually Sensitive Areas Not Listed April 2020



 

OTHER PHMSA UPDATES

PHMSA requests comments on proposed revisions to Operator Assignment (OPID) Request and National Registry Notification forms and instructions.  On December 18, 2018, PHMSA issued a notice requesting comments on an information collection that will be sent to OMB requesting changes to the existing OPID Assignment Request (PHMSA F 1000.1) and National Registry Notification (PHMSA F 1000.2) forms and instructions.  PHMSA previously issued a notice requesting comments on the information collection on August 9, 2018.  PHMSA received one comment noting that the reporting instructions could be more detailed.  Comments to OMB are due January 17, 2019.

UPDATES FROM OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES

BSEE requests information on decommissioning in place certain offshore pipeline facilities.  On December 28, 2018, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a notice requesting information from the public regarding issues related to the decommissioning-in-place of pipeline valves and fittings and other pipeline-related infrastructure in deepwater (i.e., depths of at least 600 feet) on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).  The comments will help BSEE to develop a consistent and reasonable approach to considering requests to allow the decommissioning-in-place of these types of pipeline facilities.  Comments are due February 26.

UPDATES FROM INDUSTRY

The CEPA Foundation and INGAA Foundation release “The Practical Guide for Facility Inspectors.”  The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) Foundation and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation released “The Practical Guide for Facility Inspectors,” designed to provide guidance to personnel who inspect a company’s construction of facilities.

To download a full text PDF, which includes Dates of Interest, upcoming PHMSA State Seminars, and State Specific Association Meetings, please click here.

Update Authors

Susan A. Olenchuk
Washington D.C.
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Bryn S. Karaus
Washington D.C.
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Marco Bracamonte
Washington D.C.
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Dates of Interest

July 2019
31 Comments  due on RRC Informal Working Draft
August 2019
20-21 Western Regional Gas Conference, Tempe, AZ
23 Comments Due on DOE Request for Information
September 2019
3 Comments due on TSA Information Collection Renewal
9-13 NAPSR National Meeting, South Portland, ME
11-12 NGA LNG/LP Safety and Emergency Response Training, Stow, MA
17-20 AOPL Annual Business Conference, San Antonio, TX
October 2019
16-17 API 2019 International Pipeline Security Forum, Chicago, IL
17-18 NGA Fall Operations Conference, Hartford, CT
21-23 GPA Midstream Fall Technical Conference, Oklahoma City, OK
21-23 North American Gas Forum, Washington, DC
November 2019
6-7 PLC Pipeline Leadership Conference, Houston, TX
7-8 Pipeline Safety Trust Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA
December 2019
3-5 APGA Pipeline Safety and Operations Seminar, Montgomery, AL