The most recent updates to pipeline safety legislation (49 USC 60101 et. seq.) are the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (also known as the Pipeline Safety Act), and the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (also known as the PIPES Act). The Pipeline Safety Act means that most operators will need to make significant adjustments to their integrity management (IM) plans while the PIPES Act creates multiple study mandates for PHMSA, along with new legislation that most operators should be aware of and plan for. Additionally, significant gas storage law has been added in 2016.
Our DOT Compliance Services can help, whether you’re just beginning to consider what recent legislation updates mean for your company or you’re ready to contract experienced personnel to help execute your plan. Here’s how:
- We offer HCA analysis services to identify moderate-consequence areas (MCAs) – If adopted, proposed rules based on Pipeline Safety Act will require operators to identify and address MCAs in addition to high-consequence areas. We’ve been conducting HCA analyses for DOT compliance since 2005 and have analyzed over 60,000 miles of pipeline. Drawing on this experience, we can easily help you adjust your IM plan to cover newly-defined MCAs.
- Our L3 advanced risk assessment model will help you move toward more probabilistic risk modeling – These new rules will require a shift toward more quantitative risk modeling. To help with this, we offer a risk model that’s been trusted by pipeline operators since 2008 and that we developed in collaboration with Kent W. Mulhbauer, the industry’s thought leader for pipeline IM.
- Drawing on templates and experience, we can easily tailor your O&M or IM plans to include gathering lines – Having written operations and maintenance (O&M) and IM plans for pipeline operators large and small, our team of pipeline integrity engineers and compliance experts can draw on template plans and prior experience to make sure your plans adhere to Pipeline Safety Act requirements around gathering lines.
- Using our RIPL application, we can run risk assessments that include previously deprecated pipelines – Should grandfather clauses be deprecated, we can use RIPL to quickly account for your older pipelines and help you prioritize your assessment schedules based on the pipelines with the highest risk of failure.