Oil & Gas Insight | Volume 6, 2017
Welcome to the latest volume of our Oil & Gas Insight. Our mission is to analyze key market developments across a broad range of disciplines to share our insights on key industry trends. We continue to welcome ideas and suggestions on topics, and encourage you to contact our professionals to share your views.

Articles in This Issue

  • The Dangers of Flood Scouring on Buried Pipeline River Crossings
    Buried pipeline river crossings can be exposed by multiple scour mechanisms. Once exposed, a pipeline may be subject to failure due to hydrodynamic forces of the flowing water, debris carried by flowing water, and/or fatigue failure due to vortex-induced vibration.
  • New Federal Regulations for Underground Storage of Natural Gas
    In the aftermath of the October 2015 natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon facility near Los Angeles, California, the industry and regulatory bodies have taken steps to update rules, regulations, and recommended practices regarding underground gas storage (UGS). This article describes these new recommended practices and regulations, their interactions, and the potential impacts on the UGS industry.

Regulatory Updates

  • PHMSA Provides Guidance on Threat Deactivation and Training and Qualification for Integrity Management Programs
    On March 16, 2017, Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an Advisory Bulletin to inform owners and operators of gas transmission pipelines that PHMSA had developed guidance on threat identification and the minimum criteria for deactivation of threats, as established by a previously issued rule.
  • EPA Withdraws Information Request to Oil and Natural Gas Industry
    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn an Information Collection Request (ICR) that had previously applied to owners and operators in the onshore oil and gas industry.
  • New PHMSA Rule Requires Faster Pipeline Accident Notification
    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently issued a final rule laying out a specific timeframe for electronic or telephone notifications of pipeline accidents. The rule will require operators to report an incident or accident within one hour of discovery.
  • Regulatory Actions Under the Trump Administration
    Since taking office, President Trump has issued a series of Executive Orders and Memoranda affecting the Oil and Gas Community.
  • Updated PHMSA Requirements for New LNG Facility Construction
    The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration recently revised and significantly modified their guidance for design considerations and hazard analyses of new liquefied natural gas facility construction projects. The PHMSA guidance for designing facilities and identifying/evaluating hazards as part of the construction permitting process has evolved over the last decade as more LNG liquefaction projects have been proposed.
  • U.S. Pipeline Industry Preparing for Regulatory Changes
    Recent pipeline failures resulting in loss of life and significant environmental impacts have led to proposals for sweeping reforms to the Code of Federal Regulations (i.e., 49 CFR 191/192). These changes if enacted, have the potential to significantly impact how pipeline assets will be managed in the near future.
  • Federal Interim Final Rule for “Pipeline Safety: Safety of Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities”
    On December 19, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published an interim final rule (IFR) in the Federal Register revising federal pipeline safety regulations to address critical safety issues associated with underground natural gas storage facilities. The new requirements in this IFR will likely increase operational costs for operators.
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