Safety

Senate Sends Pipeline Safety Bill to President Obama

A pipeline safety bill is headed to President Obama’s desk for his signature after the U.S. Senate agreed to a House amendment to the measure by unanimous consent late Monday.

June 14, 2016

House Passes Amended Version of Pipeline Safety Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed by a voice vote late Wednesday its version of a pipeline safety bill, which includes changes to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

June 9, 2016

Brief — SoCalGas

California Public Utilities Commission(CPUC) safety staff on Monday levied a $2.25 million citation against Sempra Energy’sSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) for 45 instances of failing to promptly correct deficiencies found in its corrosion control in parts of its natural gas pipeline system. During two gas safety inspections last year, the CPUC’s Safety and Enforcement Division (SED) found that SoCalGas failed to fix cathodic protection packages for periods in some cases of more than three years. Cathodic protection helps prevent corrosion. Federal regulations require gas operators to test systems at least once each year, with intervals not exceeding 15 months, to determine whether the protection is adequate. SED found numerous SoCalGas cathodic protection packages to be deficient for intervals exceeding federal and state standards.

May 17, 2016

Brief — SoCalGas

California Public Utilities Commission(CPUC) safety staff on Monday levied a $2.25 million citation against Sempra Energy’sSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) for 45 instances of failing to promptly correct deficiencies found in its corrosion control in parts of its natural gas pipeline system. During two gas safety inspections last year, the CPUC’s Safety and Enforcement Division (SED) found that SoCalGas failed to fix cathodic protection packages for periods in some cases of more than three years. Cathodic protection helps prevent corrosion. Federal regulations require gas operators to test systems at least once each year, with intervals not exceeding 15 months, to determine whether the protection is adequate. SED found numerous SoCalGas cathodic protection packages to be deficient for intervals exceeding federal and state standards.

May 17, 2016

Correction

In a story published March 17 in NGI’s Daily Gas Price Index, “Pipeline Safety Bill Advances With Lawsuit Provision, For Now” (see Daily GPI,March 17), which covered Wednesday’s advance of a draft bill to reauthorize the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act, the story and headline both made reference to a “Section 15.” In early March, that provision would have allowed private citizens to sue the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for perceived “failure to perform and non-discretionary duty…” (see Daily GPI, March 2). But lawmakers subsequently struck that provision and used the same number for a new provision granting the Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) the power to impose emergency orders. Also, comments made by Don Santa, CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America; and Dave McCurdy, CEO of the American Gas Association, were incorrectly correlated to the bill’s advance. The comments actually addressed newly proposed safety regulations by PHMSA. NGI regrets the errors.

March 18, 2016

Industry Urges House Panel to Drop Lawsuit Provision From Pipeline Safety Bill

Several officials with the oil and gas industry told the House Energy and Power Subcommittee on Tuesday that a proposal to reauthorize the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act should not include language giving private individuals the right to sue the Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

March 2, 2016

PHMSA Issues NatGas Storage Advisory; SoCalGas Facing More Lawsuits

Natural gas storage facilities are facing new pressure after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) pipeline unit issued a safety advisory Tuesday for operators to immediately inspect their facilities. Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), wrestling with the three-month-long Aliso Canyon storage well leak, also is facing more lawsuits.

February 3, 2016

GPA Comments on Proposed Updates to Pipeline Safety Rules

New safety regulations for hazardous liquid pipelines proposed by the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) would cost more than regulators’ estimate, according to comments filed late last week by the Gas Processors Association (GPA).

January 19, 2016
West Virginia Oil/Gas Safety Commission Issues Recommendations; Legislation Possible

West Virginia Oil/Gas Safety Commission Issues Recommendations; Legislation Possible

The West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Safety Commission, formed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in July in response to oilfield accidents, said it plans to extend its work through this year to track possible implementation of 17 recommendations issued last month.

January 15, 2016

Senate Commerce Committee OKs Amended Pipeline Safety Bill

The Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE PIPES) Act, designed by a bipartisan quartet of lawmakers to improve the safety of the nation’s oil and natural gas pipelines and revamp procedures at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), was passed out of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Wednesday morning.

December 9, 2015