Direct final rule confirms new standards

Confirmation of the direct final rule (DFR) for incorporating two new standards was published in the Federal Register today. PHMSA on April 14 published the DFR adding ANSI/API Spec 5L/ISO 3183 “Specification for Line Pipe” (44th edition, 2007) and API 1104 “Welding of Pipelines and Related Facilities,” (20th edition, errata, 2008) to 49 CFR 192.7 and 49 CFR 195.3.

The DFR states “Through use of these consensus standards, pipeline operators will be able to use current technology, materials, and practices. The incorporation of the most recent editions of these standards improves clarity, consistency, and accuracy, reduces unnecessary burdens on the regulated community and will provide, at minimum, an equivalent level of safety.”

The complete DFR can be found at


ViaData manager writes Pipeline Safety Arena column

ViaData Manager David Bull has been asked by Pipeline and Gas Technology magazine to be a contributing editor, writing the Pipeline Safety Arena Column. The column will address pipeline safety issues covering proposed and existing regulations, state and federal regulatory actions and topics of interest to the pipeline community.

As publisher of WinDOT, The Pipeline Safety Encyclopedia, David constantly reviews regulatory actions and researches thousands of interpretations and documents to assist clients in understanding compliance issues. He conducts numerous regulatory training sessions for pipeline operators and is on the associate staff for the Pipeline Safety Office of Training and Qualifications and a member of the GPTC Guide Committee.

The WinDOT Report is a direct result of writing the monthly Pipeline Safety Arena. Selecting topics and meeting a deadline for the column is a challenge each month, but he finds there is so much more to be said than can be included in the column. The WinDOT Report will be the outlet for those additional thoughts and opinions.

Links to David’s monthly columns and other articles are included on the menu. For in depth coverage of the pipeline industry, go to

Proposed Clean Energy Act to impact gas distribution operators

The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 sponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman of California has been placed on the House of Representatives calendar. The purpose of the legislation is to create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy.

Welcome to The WinDOT Report

Welcome!  Here you’ll find articles, comments and information about pipeline safety activities and regulations from around the nation.  The focus will be geared to providing pipeline operators with timely information to help them design, operate and maintain their systems to protect public safety.

WinDOT users will find tips and information on how to get the most from their subscription.  If you are not a WinDOT subscriber you can learn more here.

David Bull’s monthly column “Pipeline Safety Arena” featured in Pipeline and Gas Technology Magazine will be included on this blog.  Other feature articles will also be included.