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  1. PHMSA issues final rule aimed at improving liquids pipeline safety

    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration completed one of its top priority rulemakings for 2016 as Administrator Marie Therese Dominguez signed long-awaited safety requirements for onshore hazardous materials pipelines. The final rule makes critical safety improvements, PHMSA said. An American Petroleum Institute official said it still falls short of what is needed. “This is a forward-looking rule. It pushes operators to invest in increased data capabilities, to continuously improve their processes to assess and mitigate risk, and strengthens our framework for strong prescriptive regulations,” Dominguez said. PHMSA said in its announcement that the final rule: • Includes an increased focus on a data and risk-informed approach to pipeline safety by requiring operators to integrate available information, including data on the operating environment, pipeline condition, and known manufacturing and construction defects. • Requires pipeline operators to have a system for detecting leaks and to establish a timeline for inspecting affected pipelines following an extreme weather event or natural disaster. • Requires operators to evaluate protective measures annually that they are already required to implement on pipeline segments that operate in high consequence areas (HCA), where pipeline failures have the highest potential for human or environmental damage, and implement additional measures where they are necessary. • Sets a deadline for operators to use internal inspection tools where possible for any new and replaced pipeline that could affect an HCA. • Improves the quality and frequency of tests used to assess threats and the condition of pipelines. • Updates repair criteria under PHMSA’s risk-based management framework by expanding the list of conditions that require immediate repairs. PHMSA said the US contains nearly 200,000 miles of hazardous liquid pipelines operating near local communities and treasured landscapes, and crossing major bodies of water, including rivers. The new final rule strengthens the standards that determine how operators repair aging and high-risk infrastructure, increases the quality and frequency of tests that assess the condition of pipelines, and extends leak detection the requirements to onshore, non-HCA transmission hazardous liquid pipelines, it said. “Pipelines are extremely safe and 99.999% of the product reaches its destination without incident, but we’re not satisfied until 100% of our product reaches its destination without incident,” API Midstream Group Director Robin Rorick said. Rorick said API and PHMSA share the same objective of safe liquids pipeline operations, but expressed concern that the new requirements—while an improvement over previous versions—potentially could decrease, instead of improve, pipeline safety. “The agency’s ‘one size fits all’ approach in portions of the final pipeline rule creates situations where industry will be forced to redirect its attention away from areas that present higher risks to those that are lower in risk,” Rorick said. “Pipeline operators work diligently and spend billions of dollars every year to construct, operate, and maintain their facilities in a safe and reliable manner,” Rorick said. “It makes little sense to issue a rule that at times inhibits or weakens an operator’s ability to do that.” Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com .

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  2. Oil and Gas: Oil pipeline safety rule scaled back after cost objections

    President Barack Obama's administration scaled back new safety measures for the sprawling network of fuel pipelines that crisscross the United States on Friday, following oil industry complaints that proposed changes would cost companies billions of dollars.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  3. Safety eyewear prevents fogging

    3M Protective Eyewear with Scotchgard anti-fog coating brings higher performance to safety eyewear.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  4. Utility safety : NEMA publishes comprehensive catalog of electrical standards: 2017 ESPG

    Safety products: The National Electrical Manufacturers Association published the 2017 edition of its Electrical Standards & Products Guide (ESPG), a comprehensive listing of NEMA electrical standards as well as an extensive directory of manufacturers and their products.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  1. Safety equipment: Enclosure for socket revenue meters

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  2. Safety products: Osprey deterrent guide

    Line maintenance: Osprey timeline -- When do you remove nests and install the “OFF”-Sprey Raptor Deterrent?

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  3. Siemens’ 8-MW Offshore Wind Turbine Certified by International Body

    The SWT-8.0-154 prototype was deemed to have sufficient safety features, and will be installed at a test center in Østerild, Denmark, for the next phase of the certification process.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  4. PSA assesses lessons from North Sea Gullfaks subsea leak

    Petroleum Safety Authority has investigated Statoil’s response to a leak in a subsea control cable associated with the wet gas compression system at Gullfaks Sør in the North Sea.

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  5. Work light: 12-watt explosion proof mini LED light

    Safety lighting: Larson Electronics releases a 12-watt explosion proof mini LED light equipped with an adjustable surface mount bracket.

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  6. Foxx signs ANPR seeking comments on crude-oil vapor pressure idea

    US Sec. of Transportation Anthony Foxx has signed an advanced notice of possible rulemaking (ANPR) seeking government, industry, and public contributions on questions about establishing a vapor pressure threshold for crude oil as it is being transported.

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  7. Cyberhawk plays key role in development of UK drone guidelines for offshore oil and gas

    Cyberhawk Innovations, the world leader in aerial inspection and survey using Unmanned Aerial Systems has welcomed Oil & Gas UK’s new guidelines on the use of drones in offshore environments.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  8. Test products: Enhanced insulation tester series features three-wire connection

    Test equipment: Megger’s MIT480/2 insulation tester series is ideal for telecommunications and cable testing markets.

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

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