Fracing Disclosure Main Concern In Senate Energy Bill; Incentives For NG Vehicles Included

September 2010 Vol. 65 No. 9

Bill Bush, a spokesman for the API, says there are 21 API standards referenced in PHMSA regulations. Not all are pipeline specific; some deal with storage tanks or some other aspect of the distribution system. Some API pipeline standards are not referenced by PHMSA. The second edition of RP 1162 is in the process of being vetted by an API committee, the final step before a new or revised standard becomes final. The revision, i.e. the second edition, was prepared by a task force composed predominately of API members. But Bush says that PHMSA officials were on the task force, as were representatives of the state pipeline regulatory agencies. After the task force drafted the second edition, API invited groups such as the Pipeline Safety Trust, NTSB, emergency responders and excavators to comment. Some of those comments were used to revise the draft, which is now undergoing a final vote by a committee composed solely of API members.