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Upcoming Conferences

2017 API Tanks, Valves, & Piping Conference and Expo

Oct 23, 2017 - Oct 26, 2017 (Seattle, WA)

API’s Conference & Expo will give attendees an opportunity to learn about new and existing industry codes and standards, and to hear about emerging trends from industry experts. This two-day conference offers over 50 sessions addressing the needs of individuals involved in production systems, pipelines, terminals, refining and chemical manufacturing, and storage facilities. Each day focuses on presentations relevant to upstream, midstream, and downstream. To register click here.

Pipeline Leadership Conference

Nov 8, 2017 - Nov 9, 2017 (Dallas, TX)

Join top executives involved in building and operating oil and gas pipelines throughout North America at the Annual Pipeline Leadership Conference. The event will bring together thought leaders to discuss innovative approaches and best practices for managing new construction, ensuring safety, improving efficiency and overcoming challenges from inside and outside the industry. To register click here.

Common Ground Alliance Excavation Safety Conference & Expo

March 6, 2018 – March 8, 2018 (Phoenix, AZ)

The Common Ground Alliance 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo is an annual event that is dedicated to providing educational content about protecting buried assets. This conference includes hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and educational presentations by industry specialists. For more information, click here.

International Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management Conference

Jan 29, 2018 – Feb 1, 2018 (Calgary, Alberta)

The industry's only forum devoted exclusively to pigging for maintenance and inspection, as well as pipeline integrity evaluation and repair, this event will draw engineering management and field operating personnel from both transmission and distribution companies concerned with improved operations and integrity management. To register click here.

Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Conference

March 6-8, 2017 (Phoenix, AZ)

The CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo is the premiere international event dedicated to providing educational content and resources to help protect buried assets. The Conference, owned and produced by Infrastructure Resources, LLC, is the largest event in the underground damage prevention industry, drawing almost 2,000 participants and offering over 60 educational sessions, comprehensive workshops, numerous networking events, and over 100 exhibitors. The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) also holds their annual meeting at this event. To register click here.

International Pipeline Exposition and Conference

Sept 24, 2018 – Sept 28, 2018 (Calgary, Canada)

A biennial event, the International Pipeline Exposition brings together thousands of leading professionals to explore a showcase of over 200 of the industry’s most recognized brands and the latest pipeline technologies, products, and services. For more information, click here.

Latest News and Rulemakings

OOOO Emissions Control Requirements Update

Oct 1, 2017

The EPA recently made updates to New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) regarding Subpart OOOO and OOOOa Emissions Control requirements. Read more about the changes and ensure your company is up-to-date, as the rules are already in effect, by clicking
here.

PHMSA Rulemakings Update

August 15, 2017

In August, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released its first Significant Rulemaking Report since December 2016. The Unified Regulatory Agenda now appears in two principal parts: Current Agenda Agency Regulatory Entries for Active Actions and Current Long Term Actions.
Click here to read the August 2017 Report.

Damage prevention technology

August 3, 2017

On August 3, pursuant to section 8 of the PIPES Act, PHMSA transmitted to Congress a Study on Improving Damage Prevention Technology providing results of its study on improving existing damage prevention programs through technological improvements. The report concludes that, despite the efforts of PHMSA and other stakeholder groups, and although the number of serious accidents caused by excavation damage is declining, it remains a leading cause of serious pipeline accidents. The report sets forth a number of recommendations to reduce the threat of excavation damage. The report’s Appendices include a summary of recent PHMSA-supported R&D projects, a report on damage prevention by the Common Ground Alliance, and materials from other industry stakeholders. Read the report here.

State-level policies affecting leaking natural gas pipelines

August 2, 2017

On August 2, pursuant to section 30 of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016, PHMSA transmitted to Congress a Report on State-Level Policies That Encourage or Present Barriers to the Repair and Replacement of Leaking Natural Gas Pipelines. The report provides the results of PHMSA’s a state-by-state review of policies addressing the repair and replacement of leaking gas distribution pipelines and sets forth the agency’s recommendations for addressing them.
Read the report here.

Monitoring of flood events to address pipeline safety.

July 20, 2017

On July 20, pursuant to Senate Committee Report 114-75, accompanying the 2016 Appropriations Authorization, PHMSA transmitted to Congress a report entitled “PHMSA’s Incorporation of Real-time Monitoring of Flood Events to Address Challenges to Pipeline Safety.” The report describes measures PHMSA has taken to incorporate data from other governmental agencies and private entities that can be used by PHMSA and pipeline operators to gauge and address risks before a pipeline release occurs. The report identifies “incomplete regulatory specifications” addressing proactive measures as a continuing challenge to addressing threats from riverine flooding. Click here to read the report.

Anita Cuevas Presented at “Unpiggable” Pipeline Solutions Forum”

June 15, 2017

Anita Cuevas, Partner of KCLLC, presented at the “Unpiggable” Pipeline Solutions Forum on June 15, 2017. Her presentation titled “Upcoming Regulations Affecting Integrity Assets,” addressed the PHMSA’s proposed Hazardous Liquid Rule and “Gas Mega” Rule. More information about this forum is available here.

PHMSA Safety Updates: Operator Qualification, Cost Recovery, Accident and Incident Notification, and Other Pipeline Safety Changes

Effective March, 24, 2017

PHMSA is amending the pipeline safety regulations to address requirements of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (2011 Act). Amendments of the final rule go into effect on March 24, 2017. The specific amendments codified by this final rule are available here.

PHMSA Final Rule – Expanding the requirement for installation of Excess Flow Valves (EFVs)

Docket No. PHMSA 2016-24817

On October 14, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published its final rule to makes changes to part 192 expanding the requirement to include new or replaced branched service lines servicing single family residences, multifamily residences, and small commercial entities consuming gas volumes not exceeding 1,000 Standard Cubic Feet per Hour (SCFH). PHMSA is also amending part 192 to require the use of either manual service line shut-off valves (e.g., curb valves) or EFVs, if appropriate, for new or replaced service lines with meter capacities exceeding 1,000 SCFH. Lastly, this final rule requires operators to notify customers of their right to request installation of an EFV on service lines that are not being newly installed or replaced. This final rule is effective April 14, 2017.

PHMSA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines

Docket No. PHMSA 2011-0023

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced proposed regulations to update critical safety requirements for natural gas transmission pipelines. The proposed rule would broaden the scope of safety coverage both by adding new assessment and repair criteria for gas transmission pipelines, and by expanding these protocols to include pipelines located in areas of medium population density, or “Moderate Consequence Areas,” (MCAs) where an incident would pose risk to human life. The proposed rule provides pipeline operators with regulatory certainty, and responds to both Congressional mandates and outside safety recommendations.

PHMSA Issuance of Advisory Bulletin ADB-2016-03 Damage Prevention from Snow and Ice

February 11, 2016

This advisory bulletin advises owners and operators of petroleum gas and natural gas facilities of the need to take the appropriate steps to prevent damage to pipeline facilities from accumulated snow or ice. Past events on natural gas distribution system facilities appear to have been related to either the stress of snow and ice or the malfunction of pressure control equipment due to ice blockage of pressure control equipment vents. This advisory reminds owners and operators of the need to take precautionary actions to prevent adverse events.

PHMSA Issuance of Advisory Bulletin ADB-2016-02 Integrity of Underground Storage Facilities

February 5, 2016

PHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to remind all owners and operators of underground storage facilities used for the storage of natural gas, as defined in 49 CFR part 192, to consider the overall integrity of the facilities to ensure the safety of the public and operating personnel and to protect the environment. Operators are reminded to review their operations to identify the potential of facility leaks and failures caused by corrosion, chemical damage, mechanical damage, or other material deficiencies in piping, tubing, casing, valves, and associated facilities and the importance of reviewing the location and operations of shut-off and isolation systems and reviewing and updating emergency plans as necessary.