PHMSA Compliance

2021 PHMSA CRM Enforcement Actions: Improve Alarm Management and Adequate Information

It’s time for many pipeline operators to consider implementing alarm management software to elevate the quality of their Alarm Management program. We have arrived at this conclusion after reviewing the 2021 PHMSA Enforcement Actions in the control room and the 2022 CRM findings through the first half of this year. In 2021, there were 37 …

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New PHMSA Rule for Rupture Mitigation: What Are the SCADA and Control Room Impacts?

In April 2022, PHMSA issued a final rule for valve installation and rupture detection standards titled, “Pipeline Safety: Requirement of Valve Installation and Minimum Rupture Detection Standards.” The new rule significantly impacts SCADA and control room operations for both gas and liquid pipelines, specifically remote pipeline monitoring requirements for ASVs (automatic shutoff valves) and RCVs …

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Control Room Lessons Learned from Pipeline Communication Gaps

Pipeline operators whose assets are subject to federal oversight are required to comply with a series of highly-detailed regulations captured in the PHMSA Control Room Management Rule (49 CFR 192.631 for the transport of natural gas and 49 CFR Part 195.446 for the transport of hazardous liquids). Our focus at EnerSys Corporation is to maximize …

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PDCA Applied to CRM: Satisfy PHMSA Pipeline Regulatory Requirements

The ever-changing pipeline regulatory environment means that pipeline operators need to stay on their toes when it comes to their Control Room Management safety program. The CRM Rule (49 CFR 192.631 for the transport of natural gas and 49 CFR Part 195.446 for the transport of hazardous liquids) includes specific requirements that operators must comply …

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2021 PHMSA CRM Enforcement Actions: Section A – Do You Have a Control Room?

There are many safety programs involved in pipeline operations. Because pipeline control rooms are only one aspect of running a safe and efficient pipeline operation, it is easy to overlook the need to verify whether control room management regulations apply to your operation. Performing this review is especially critical following the recent introduction of the …

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2021 PHMSA Enforcement Actions for Control Room Management

Each year, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) publishes a summary of enforcement actions taken against pipeline operators whose assets are subject to federal jurisdiction. The PHMSA Enforcement Actions report represents a range of enforcement case types that PHMSA brings against pipeline owners and operators. The types of cases include Corrective Action Orders, …

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PHMSA Issues Final Rule For Gas Gathering Pipelines: Implications for the Control Room

In November 2021, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a new final rule designed to improve the safety of onshore gas gathering pipelines. The long-awaited PHMSA Gas Gathering Rule expanded federal pipeline safety oversight to all U.S. onshore gas gathering pipelines, which adds up to approximately 400,000+ miles of gathering pipelines coming …

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PHMSA Enforcement Actions: Optimize Processes and Recordkeeping to Support Alarm Management

As part of our team’s review of the 2020 PHMSA Enforcement Actions related to the pipeline control room, we identified three pipeline SCADA alarm management violations of the PHMSA Control Room Management Rule (CRM Rule). The violations were found in Section E (Alarm Management) and Section J (Compliance and Deviations) of the CRM Rule. The …

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PHMSA Enforcement Actions Review: It’s Time to Update Your CRMP

PHMSA publicly reports enforcement actions across all areas of pipeline operations, including the pipeline control room. Our team recently dug into the 2020 PHMSA Enforcement Actions related to violations of 49 CFR 192.631 and 49 CFR 195.446 control room management. We found several infractions related to missing, inadequate, or incomplete Control Room Management Plans (CRMPs). …

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PHMSA Increasing Pace of Virtual Inspections — Are You Prepared?

Earlier this year, we noted that PHMSA was planning to inspect each pipeline’s control room within the next three years. Now, during the global pandemic, PHMSA has actually increased their pace of audits through virtual inspections. The increased rate of inspections has created a greater need to ensure audit readiness. While many pipeline operators and …

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