On July 1st, PHMSA released new requirements to improve safety and establish time limits for pipeline failure notifications. The Operator Qualification, Cost Recovery and Accident Notification proposed rule would also allow PHMSA to recover costs for pipeline design reviews. It also addresses several National Transportation Safety Board Recommendations related to operator qualification programs, personnel training, drug and alcohol testing and acceptable methods for assessing crack defects in pipelines.
Jason Garland recently attended the Tennessee Gas Association Annual Conference in Charleston, South Carolina in June. Compliments to incoming TGA President Tae Eaton for choosing Charleston SC as the location for the TGA Annual Conference.
Outgoing president, Bob Lambert, summed it up quite nicely when he asked the members to simply look around the room at all of the attendees. This was one of the best attended TGA Annual events in history. All speakers did an outstanding job and as always, it's great to see and hear the passion from Pat Riley when speaking about NGV's and their potential role in America's energy independence.