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Effects of Diluted Bitumen on Crude Oil Transmission Pipelines. Oil & Gas Transportation: Actions Are Needed to Improve Pipeline Safety. What GAO Found Increased oil and gas production presents challenges for transportation infrastructure because some of this increase is in areas with limited transportation linkages.

Oil & Gas Transportation: Actions Are Needed to Improve Pipeline Safety

For example, insufficient pipeline capacity to transport crude oil has resulted in the increased use of rail, truck, and barge to move oil to refineries, according to government and industry studies and publications GAO reviewed. These transportation limitations and related effects could pose environmental risks and have economic implications.

Jurisdiction - Pipelines: Public Service Commission, North Dakota. The Commission's statutory responsibilities concerning pipelines in North Dakota include: Establishment and enforcement of rates or charges and regulations by common pipeline carriers for receiving, gathering, transporting, loading, delivering, and incident storing of crude petroleum, coal or gas purchased or sold in North Dakota; and Enforcement of safety requirements for intrastate distribution and transmission of natural gas. 2016 ND/SD Pipeline Safety Operator Training (PSOT) Seminar Information April 12-13, 2016 - Holiday Inn Riverside, Minot, ND.

Jurisdiction - Pipelines: Public Service Commission, North Dakota

49 CFR REGULATIONS. PHMSA: Pipeline Safety Inspection Process. Operator compliance with pipeline safety regulations that establish minimal federal safety standards is critical to preventing pipeline accidents.

PHMSA: Pipeline Safety Inspection Process

Ensuring compliance involves regular inspections of pipeline operator programs and facilities and, when compliance violations are identified, the application of appropriate administrative, civil, or criminal remedies. Federal and state pipeline inspectors conduct these compliance inspections and also conduct accident investigations and respond to public inquiries concerning pipeline operations. Federal Inspections: More than 100 full-time pipeline inspectors operate out of PHMSA’s Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) regional offices in Trenton, NJ; Atlanta, GA; Kansas City, MO; Houston, TX; and Denver, CO. PHMSA - Briefing Room - PHMSA Issues Guidance on Best Practices for Identifying and Verifying High Consequence Pipeline Areas. DOT 153-16 Monday, December 12, 2016 News Digest PHMSA Issues Guidance on Best Practices for Identifying and Verifying High Consequence Pipeline Areas.

PHMSA - Briefing Room - PHMSA Issues Guidance on Best Practices for Identifying and Verifying High Consequence Pipeline Areas

EPA Region 8: Children’s Environmental Health in Mountain & Plains States. Choose from the resources below to learn about children’s environmental health hazards in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and 27 Tribal Nations.

EPA Region 8: Children’s Environmental Health in Mountain & Plains States

EPA Region 8’s children’s health coordinator is Kim Bartels ( at (303) 312-6346. Mountain & Plains States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit: Exit Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) offer local health care providers and parents access to pediatric environmental health expertise. In Mountain and Plains States, the PEHSU is the Rocky Mountain Region Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Exit. Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials has jurisdiction over the economic and safety regulation of railroads and the agencies that administer those regulations.

Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

Economic regulation is administered by the three-member Surface Transportation Board (STB). This independent agency also has the authority to address national emergencies as they affect the nation’s rail transportation system. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for administering railroad safety laws, railroad infrastructure and development programs, possesses responsibilities relevant to homeland security, and has federal oversight of Amtrak. Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. Committee Unanimously Approves Pipeline Safety Bill. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) pipeline safety program and maintain the safety of our nation’s pipeline network.

Committee Unanimously Approves Pipeline Safety Bill

H.R. 4937, the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016, is a four-year reauthorization that improves pipeline safety by closing gaps in federal standards, enhances the quality and timeliness of agency rulemakings, promotes better usage of data and technology to improve pipeline safety, and provides regulatory certainty for citizens, the safety community, and the industry. “We have a responsibility and opportunity to ensure the efficiency and safety of the 2.6 million miles of pipelines transporting energy resources to Americans across the country,” Denham said.

“Pipelines are critical to the economy of Central and Southwestern Pennsylvania, and the entire country,” Shuster said. FACT: Public Transparency by State Pipeline Safety Agencies & PHMSA – website review 2015. DOCKET: Pipeline Safety: Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines. National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives: State Program Managers. ​​​​​​​​​ State Program Managers​ Program Roles: (G) = Gas Pipelines (HL) = Hazardous Liquids Pipelines (IAG) = Interstate Agent for Gas Pipelines.

National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives: State Program Managers

Oil Spill Claims: National Pollution Funds Center. Guidance for the Disclosure of Organizational Conflict Of Interest in the Selection and Use of Third-Party Contractors in Preparation of Environmental Documents by the Department Of State. This Guidance, issued February 26, 2015, replaces the Department’s Interim Guidance for the Disclosure of Organizational Conflict of Interest in the Use of Third-Party Contractors in Preparation of Environmental Documents by the Department of State.

Guidance for the Disclosure of Organizational Conflict Of Interest in the Selection and Use of Third-Party Contractors in Preparation of Environmental Documents by the Department Of State

I. Organizational Conflict of Interest All prospective contractors submitting proposals (Offerors) must submit as part of their proposals an Offeror’s Organizational Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Certification (OCI Disclosure Certification), in which the Offeror specifies, consistent with NEPA regulations, that “they have no financial or other interest in the outcome of the project.”[1] More information on the preparation of that Certification follows in Section II.

An Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI) exists when the nature of the work to be performed may, without some restriction on future activities: 09.29.15 Pipeline Safety Testimony - Government Accountability Office (GAO) Pipelines Explained: How Safe are America’s 2.5 Million Miles of Pipelines? Map of major natural gas and oil pipelines in the United States.

Pipelines Explained: How Safe are America’s 2.5 Million Miles of Pipelines?

Hazardous liquid lines in red, gas transmission lines in blue. Source: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Over 2,000 miles away in Michigan, workers were still cleaning up another pipeline accident, which spilled 840,000 gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River in 2010. Estimated to cost $800 million, the accident is the most expensive pipeline spill in U.S. history. History of Oil Pipeline Regulation (FERC 2004) To Congress: Effects of Diluted Bitumen (Tar Sand) on Pipelines - Transportation Research Board Special Report (pdf)

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Oil. States of the Pipeline Association for Public Awareness. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Staff Oil Pipeline Handbooks.


OIL LINES: REGULATIONS & OVERSIGHT. Presentation - Association of Oil Pipe Lines April 26 update (PowerPoint) Pipeline problems. Already, more than 800,000 kilometres of major petroleum pipelines criss-crosses the North American continent, and more is under development. Eventually, those pipelines will outlive their purpose.

Sometimes they are abandoned. Sometimes they are forgotten. David Howell, founder and managing partner of Pipeline Equities in Houston, Texas, considers those old, abandoned pipelines a wasted asset. “The pipe, for the most part, is just steel,” he says. Dakota Access likely to be safest pipeline in state. In the worst-case scenario, a leak from the Dakota Access pipeline would release 19,000 barrels — about 800,000 gallons — of oil at a location near Williston. That is the maximum release on the North Dakota part of the 1,172-mile line, according to an analysis Dakota Access was required to complete as part of its permit application with the Public Service Commission.

Nineteen thousand barrels is a small fraction of what the pipeline would be able to carry if and when it is completed — 570,000 barrels per day. That’s possible because of advances in pipeline technology on multiple fronts. The United States has an estimated 2.4 million miles of oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing the nation, many of which were laid pre-1969. Weather affects oil pipeline spill cleanup in North Dakota. By By JAMES MacPHERSON BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A company with a history of oil field-related spills in North Dakota and Montana is being hampered by winter weather in its cleanup of a "significant" pipeline break that leaked crude oil into a tributary of the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota, a regulator said Thursday.

Bill Suess, an environmental scientist with the North Dakota Health Department, said the Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. spill was discovered Monday by a landowner near Belfield. Processes affecting oil spills. The figure at right shows the weathering processes affecting oil spills: Adsorption (sedimentation): The process by which one substance is attracted to and adheres to the surface of another substance without actually penetrating its internal structure. Biodegradation: The degradation of substances resulting from their use as food energy sources by certain micro-organisms including bacteria, fungi, and yeasts. Dispersion: The distribution of spilled oil into the upper layers of the water column by natural wave action or application of chemical dispersants. Dissolution: The act or process of dissolving one substance in another. Pipeline Safety - NAPSR 2015 National Meeting (pdf) - Supporting & Related Material Document. Tar Sands: When This Oil Spills, It's 'A Whole New Monster'

Whistle-blower John Bolenbaugh wades through thick mud in the Kalamazoo River looking for leftover traces of oil from the July 2010 Enbridge tar sands pipeline spill. John W. Poole/NPR An oil sheen appears along the shore of the Kalamazoo. More than 800,000 gallons of oil entered Talmadge Creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River, a Lake Michigan tributary. Heavy rains caused the river to overtop existing dams and carried oil 30 miles downstream. John W. 185,000 U.S. Oil Pipelines Leak EVERY SINGLE DAY. Pipelines-are-safer-than-rail-infographic.jpg.

10.31.13 PHMSA Safety Order to Tesoro Pipeline Co. Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Pipeline Disaster Response. DOCKET: Pipeline Safety: Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines. Pipeline Safety, Enforcement & Regulatory Procedures. Data on Oil, Gas, Mining Projects Often Incomplete, Missing or Inaccessible 11.20.14.

Form No. 6/6-Q - Annual/Quarterly Report of Oil Pipeline Companies. 2012 US DOT PIPELINE SAFETY UPDATE. PHMSA - Data & Statistics - Distribution, Transmission & Gathering, LNG, and Liquid Accident and Incident Data. Pipeline Incidents Records Search - PHMSA. Pipeline Problems. View Rule. - Proposed Rule Document. Conceptual model of the uppermost principal aquifer systems in the Williston and Powder River structural basins, United States and Canada. Toxics Program Bibliography - Hard Rock Mining Contamination. View Rule. FERC EA Fails to Consider Impacts from Related Pipeline Construction Projects.

01.03.2012 Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty & Job Creation Act of 2011. View Rule. PHMSA | PIPELINE & HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY ADMINISTRATION. Minnesota Water Science Center. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Effects of a dual-pump crude-oil recovery system, Bemidji, Minnesota, USA. Fate and Effects of Wastes from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development Photo Gallery. Soil disturbance as a driver of increased stream salinity in a semiarid watershed undergoing energy development. Ecological risks of shale oil and gas development to wildlife, aquatic resources and their habitats. Seasonal Variability in Vadose zone biodegradation at a crude oil pipeline rupture site. FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry. Response to heavy, non-floating oil spilled in a Great Lakes river environment: a multiple-lines-of-evidence approach for submerged oil assessment and recovery.

In Bemidji, a research site reveals secrets of an oil spill.