Indiana has new damage prevention law!

The new Indiana damage prevention law goes into effect July 1, 2009.  The law is found at IC 8-1 Chapter 26  Damage to Underground Facilities.  Indiana received a $100,000 grant from PHMSA as specified in the PIPES Act of 2006 to assist states in developing effective damage prevention programs.

The new law includes provisions for civil penalties and establishes an Underground Plant Protection Advisory Committee to act in an advisory capacity to the commission in the enforcement of this law.  The pipeline safety division will investigate violations and forward their findings to the advisory committee.

The new law can be found at http://www.indiana811.org/law.php

Remember there are two types of people who should know about damage prevention actions – those who dig and those who don’t.

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Energy bill passed in House

The House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (HR 2454) by a vote of 219-212 on Friday. The Senate must now consider this bill or introduce their own version.

Goals for greenhouse gas emissions are:
SEC. 702. ECONOMY-WIDE REDUCTION GOALS.
`The goals of the Safe Climate Act are to reduce steadily the quantity of United States greenhouse gas emissions such that–
`(1) in 2012, the quantity of United States greenhouse gas emissions does not exceed 97 percent of the quantity of United States greenhouse gas emissions in 2005;
`(2) in 2020, the quantity of United States greenhouse gas emissions does not exceed 80 percent of the quantity of United States greenhouse gas emissions in 2005;
`(3) in 2030, the quantity of United States greenhouse gas emissions does not exceed 58 percent of the quantity of United States greenhouse gas emissions in 2005; and
`(4) in 2050, the quantity of United States greenhouse gas emissions does not exceed 17 percent of the quantity of United States greenhouse gas emissions in 2005.

Full text of the bill can be found on Thomas, search for HR 2454.

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 http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-15045.pdf

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 http://www.pipelineandgastechnology.com/

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.
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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.

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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.