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The clock is ticking. The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (H.R.2845) signed by President Obama in January further confirms the direction federal regulators are taking with respect to pipeline security and safety. The Act, along with advisories from the Pipeline Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration (PHMSA) largely address the post-failure findings of the San Bruno, CA pipeline failure in 2010.

This article concerns satisfying PHMSA regulatory requirements for pipeline control room management.

What causes a human factors engineer, a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology and experienced pipeliners from Pipeline Performance Group (PPG) to be invited to over 20 pipeline control rooms in the 2011-2012 time period? Because companies need assistance in complying with a requirement in the PHMSA Control Room Management Rule 195.446(e)(5) and 192.631(e)(5):

While the discussion of societal risk criteria for the process industry began in the 1970s - led primarily by the Dutch and British governments - the literature on the societal risk of hazardous goods transportation, particularly by pipeline, has been much more limited.
For fixed facilities, F-N curves and individual risk calculations are broadly used to assess the risk to the general public.

For pipeline operators, deciding to implement leak detection is easy. However, determining how to accomplish it is hard. Leak detection is a good tool for quickly raising alarms for theft, identifying product loss due to wear and corrosion to the pipe, and/or preventing environmental events caused by spills. Whether driven by safety and production concerns or regulatory requirements, the method chosen for leak detection has a significant impact on its effectiveness.

In recent years the increased number of opportunities in the North American oil and gas industry has led to a spate of merger and acquisition activity as companies from around the world seek out suitable partners with skill sets necessary to compete in this challenging but profitable environment.

This article offers a look at streamlining operations between the field and the office by automatically synchronizing measurement data.

The prolific Greek mathematician and geographer Eratosthenes came to understand that the world wasn’t flat when he calculated the circumference of the earth in the third century BC. Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan – 1,800 years later - again reminded us that the earth was not flat when his fleet successfully circumnavigated the globe in 1522 AD. Awareness that the earth is not flat has existed for centuries, yet we continue to constrain our engineering design efforts to two dimensions.

TransCanada Corporation announced on Sept. 5 that it has submitted a Supplemental Environmental Report (SER) to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) for the preferred alternative route for the Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska.

Like the prodigy that everyone assumed one day would be a world-renowned virtuoso only to fade into obscurity, carbon capture and storage (CCS), the ultimate weapon of choice against climate change just a few years ago, seems also to have slipped into the background.

In December of 2011, Mears Group Inc. was approached by TransCanada Pipeline (TCPL) to create a viable training seminar for approximately 60 TransCanada technical corrosion staff from the U.S. and Canada.

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