Pipeline Safety

How PHMSAs Gas Mega Rule Affects Safety and Compliance

How the PHMSA Gas Mega Rule Affects Safety and Compliance

In an effort to improve pipeline safety and minimize harm, the gas Mega Rule was issued by PHMSA after a years-long effort to fully define its scope. Part of the rule aimed at making updates to regulations based on lessons learned from pipeline incidents like the PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) rupture and release in …

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How to Use API RP 1173 to Advance Your Pipeline Safety Management System

Use API RP 1173 to Advance Your Pipeline Safety Management System

The pipeline industry is continuing to embrace the core elements of API RP 1173 (Pipeline Safety Management Systems / Pipeline SMS) to improve pipeline safety outcomes. However, the industry still lacks maturity in certain areas. That’s why pipeline leaders are continuing to emphasize Pipeline SMS during industry gatherings. Specifically, Pipeline SMS was one of the …

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P.I. Confluence delivers solutions and offers a tool that supports safety observation reporting in pipeline operations

SOAR: Advance Safety Observation Reporting to Support Pipeline Operations

A key aspect of an effective Pipeline Safety Management System (PSMS) is gathering feedback from stakeholders (employees and contractors) who work directly on pipelines to help with collecting and managing safety observation reporting. However, the historical challenge is that observed issues have not been acted upon. Why? Operators have lacked a structured system to (1) …

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Pipeline operators can align with pipeline safety regulations and close gaps using the ComplyMgr software tool

Use ComplyMgr to Identify Gaps Between Your Program and Pipeline Safety Regulations

Pipeline operators with federally-regulated pipeline assets are required to comply with several PHMSA safety programs. It can be challenging to ensure compliance with the pipeline safety regulations (49 CFR 192 for the transport of natural gas and 49 CFR 195 for the transport of hazardous liquids) for each of these programs: Integrity Management (IM) – …

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Pipelines subject to federal oversight via new PHMSA Gas Gathering Rule

New PHMSA Gas Gathering Rule Regulations: How Does This Affect You?

In late 2021, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a new final Gas Gathering Rule bringing 400,000+ miles of pipeline assets under federal jurisdiction. In this blog, we will take a high-level look at the new regulation contained in the PHMSA Gas Gathering Rule and present information on how the rule might …

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The Check in the Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle supports process management for pipeline safety and the reduction of organizational failure

NTSB Most Wanted List 2021-2022: Support Safety Through Quality Management Control

In September 2010, a natural gas pipeline ruptured in San Bruno, California that led to the release of approximately 47.6 million cubic feet of natural gas. The gas ignited, causing a fire that damaged property, people, and the environment. More than a decade later, the San Bruno incident continues to serve as a reminder that …

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