Pipeline Safety

Streamlining Compliance: Leveraging Software for Efficient Policy Alignment

Aligning company policies with regulatory requirements is crucial for ensuring compliance and safety across various industries, safeguarding both employees and the public. In today’s dynamic regulatory landscape, the need for efficient compliance management is paramount. This blog post, based on the conversation between Russel Treat and Mallory Gill in episode 328 of the Pipeliners Podcast, […]

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Leveraging Stakeholder Engagement to Advance PSMS

I. Introduction to PSMS and Stakeholder Engagement Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS) are foundational frameworks for ensuring the integrity and safety of oil & gas pipeline operations. They integrate leadership commitment, risk management, and continuous improvement to systematically identify and mitigate risks. PSMS is not only a regulatory requirement but also a proactive approach to

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Assessment Intervals: Regulations and Challenges

Assessment intervals play a pivotal role in safeguarding against potential risks and failures, ensuring the integrity and reliability of pipelines.  Understanding assessment intervals is not only a regulatory necessity but a strategic imperative for maintaining effective integrity management programs. In this blog, we will break down the regulatory background of assessment and reassessment intervals, how

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Pipeline Safety Act Reauthorized: Implications for Operators in 2021 and Beyond

On December 27, 2020, the PIPES Act of 2020 (Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2020) was signed into law by President Trump after passing through the U.S. Congress. The Pipeline Safety Act re-authorized pipeline safety programs within PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) to support the safe transport of

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Pipeline Rupture Detection: A Path to Meet Minimum Rupture Detection Standards

In 2010, two pipeline incidents occurred, both of which had worsened impacts due to the time required to identify a rupture and isolate the incident. These two incidents led to the eventual introduction of the “Valve & Rupture Rule.” Marshall, Michigan: An operator did not detect a rupture for more than 17 hours, leading to

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Pipeline SMS for the Control Room: New Article in Pipeline & Gas Journal

Our company is committed to providing education and knowledge to pipeline operators and control room managers by sharing the latest industry insight on pertinent topics. Pipeline safety management systems (Pipeline SMS) has become one of the most important topics in modern pipeline operations as the industry strives for zero incidents. While Pipeline SMS has far-reaching

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Pipeline SMS Annual Report: Progress On the Path to Zero Incidents

In the five years since the framework for Pipeline Safety Management Systems (Pipeline SMS) was introduced in API RP 1173, companies in the pipeline industry have progressively advanced their pipeline safety capabilities. However, there are still important steps that need to be taken to support culture change to reach the industry-wide goal of zero incidents.

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(Updated) COVID-19 Precautions & Business Continuity for the 24/7 Control Room

Originally published March 19, 2020. Second revision April 27, 2020. | Russel W. Treat Since originally authoring this article in mid-March, the conversation about COVID-19 has shifted from separation and flattening the curve, to when will we get the economy running again and when will things return to normal. At this time of publication, many

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How to Support New LNG Plants During Economic Uncertainty

In 2019, there was an abundance of natural gas in production, especially as shale continued to be a major source of product. This abundance of natural gas created an opportunity for new LNG operations to liquify natural gas, making it easier and more cost-effective to ship domestically and internationally. However, in 2020, there are concerns

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