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Title: Illinois Commerce Commission


1
Darin Burk Pipeline Safety Program Manager
  • Illinois Commerce Commission

2
Significant Change
  • September 9, 2010 San Bruno, CA
  • 30 Transmission Pipeline Rupture
  • Produced Crater 72 x 26
  • 47.6 million cubic feet of gas released
  • Ignition Occurred
  • 8 fatalities
  • Numerous Injuries
  • 38 Homes Destroyed and 70 Homes Damaged

3
Crater and Pipe San Bruno, CA
4
San Bruno, CA
5
Findings and Fallout
  • Substandard pipe had been installed in 1956
  • Welding standards had not been met
  • The seam weld failed
  • PGE had inadequate emergency response procedures
  • PGE Public Awareness Program was inadequate
  • California Public Utility Commission was not
    performing adequate inspections

6
Recommendations
  • Pipeline operators need to share operation and
    emergency response information with Emergency
    Responders.
  • Require Post-incident Anti-drug and Alcohol Tests
  • Spike Tests on all pre-1970 transmission lines
  • Enhance Integrity Management Programs
  • Modify Transmission Lines for In-line Inspection
    (Smart Pigs)

7
Consequences
  • PHMSA is under scrutiny of Congress and Public
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG) is
    conducting audits of PHMSA and State Pipeline
    Safety Programs
  • PHMSA Are states doing their job
  • OIG Is PHMSA doing its job
  • OIG will report to Secretary of Transportation
    and Congress

8
Revised Pipeline Safety Act
  • Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty and Job
    Creation Act of 2011 has resulted in
  • Advisory Notice regarding mandate leak and valve
    study
  • Study to determine if remote leak detection and
    remote shut-off valves should be required on
    pipelines
  • Proposal to revise the Transmission Annual and
    Incident Report data reporting requirements
    regarding MAOP verification
  • Would eliminate the Grandfather clause
    regarding the MAOP of transmission pipelines and
    require hydro testing on that any transmission
    line that has not been previously hydro tested

9
Revised Pipeline Safety Act
  • Whats Coming?
  • Maximum penalties moving from 100,000 per day to
    200,00 per violation
  • Reduction in funding of states with inadequate
    Damage Prevention Programs
  • Study to determine if IMP inspection criteria for
    transmission pipelines should be expanded beyond
    HCAs
  • Requirement to promotes awareness of the NPMS
  • Monitoring of cast iron replacement programs
  • Setting of specific time limits to report an
    incident 1 hour from time of discovery

10
Revised Pipeline Safety Act
  • What Coming?
  • Review of regulations regarding gathering lines
  • Study to determine feasibility of expanded use of
    excess flow valves
  • Limitations regarding incorporation of industry
    standards by the CFR
  • Study regarding the use of minority and woman
    owned businesses associated with the operation
    and maintenance of pipeline facilities

11
Weak State
  • Term being used in D.C.
  • How will PHMSA determine a Weak State
  • Minimum Staffing Levels
  • Inspection Day Quota
  • Enforcement Actions
  • PHMSA will
  • Issue a warning to the State
  • Reduce funding to State Program
  • Decertify State Program

12
Is Illinois A Weak State
  • Illinois
  • Meets minimum staffing level
  • Conducts the required inspections
  • Takes Enforcement Actions
  • Issues Civil Penalties
  • Illinois will
  • Enhance Inspection Activities
  • Issues Civil Penalties
  • Post Inspection Results

13
ICC Initiatives
  • Conduct comprehensive reviews of all required
    plans and procedures
  • Issue NOAs or NOPVs regarding inadequate plans
    and procedures
  • Initiate civil penalties for failure to modify
    the plans and procedures
  • Initiate civil penalties for code violations that
    result in an reportable incident
  • Initiate civil penalties for failure to respond
    to our notices

14
Impact On Operators
  • Enhanced Inspection Activity
  • PA Plans
  • DIMP Plans
  • OQ Plans
  • Anti-DA Plans
  • Enhance Enforcement Procedures
  • Zero tolerance regarding Code Compliance
  • More Stringent Enforcement
  • Enhanced Use of Civil Penalties

15
How Should Operators Prepare?
  • Review all Plans and Procedures to
  • Ensure they address all code requirements
  • Are applicable to your system
  • Ensure that all operator personnel are familiar
    with the required activities, processes and
    procedures included in the Plans
  • Follow the Code and Plan Requirements
  • Keep Accurate and Complete Records

16
Known Weaknesses
  • Knowledge of Plan Requirements
  • Operators need to know what is in their plans!
  • Failure to implement Code and Plan Requirements
  • Operators frequently fail to implement their own
    procedures
  • Failure to maintain Accurate and Complete Records
  • Some Operators fail to use their own forms

17
Known Weaknesses
  • Training and Qualification
  • Operator personnel need to be effectively trained
    and qualified
  • Lack of Resources
  • Skilled personnel need assistance with scheduling
    and paperwork
  • The Job Isnt Finished Until the Paperwork Is
    Done

18
Enforcement Data 2009
  • Probable violations found in 2009 135
  • Probable violations corrected in 2009 53
  • Probable violations at the end of 2009 120
  • Compliance Actions taken in 2009 43
  • Civil Penalties assessed in 2009 0
  • Dollars assessed in 2009 0
  • Civil Penalties collected in 2009 0
  • Dollars collected in 2009 0

19
Enforcement Data 2010
  • Probable violations found in 2010 138
  • Probable violations corrected in 2010 177
  • Probable violations at the end of 2010 81
  • Compliance Actions taken in 2010 37
  • Civil Penalties assessed in 2010 0
  • Dollars assessed in 2010 0.00
  • Civil Penalties collected in 2010 0
  • Dollars collected in 2010 0.00

20
Enforcement Data 2011
  • Probable violations found in 2011 59
  • Probable violations corrected in 2011 64
  • Probable violations at the end of 2011 76
  • Compliance Actions taken in 2011 22
  • Civil Penalties assessed in 2011 2
  • Dollars assessed in 2011 800,000
  • Civil Penalties collected in 2011 2
  • Dollars collected in 2011 800,000

21
Information Resources
  • http//www.icc.illinois.gov/PipelineSafety/
  • Enforcement Data
  • Links to the CFR Parts 191, 192, 193, 199 and
    Part 40
  • Code Updates
  • Advisory Notices
  • Proposed Rules
  • Link to Operator Registry Validation Deadline
    09/30/2012
  • Links to PHMSA Sites
  • Link to Emergency Responder Training

22
  • http//primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/reports/operator/
    Operatorlist.html?nocache7941
  • Operator Information
  • Emergency Responder Training
  • Damage Prevention information
  • Pipeline Regulations
  • Link to National Pipeline Mapping System
  • Community Assistance Technical Services
  • Link to Common Ground Alliance
  • Emergency Planning Information

23
Questions?
24
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