NTSB Head Pushes Expansion Of Transmission IM Program, Pipeline Accidents Raise Questions, EPA Improves GHG Reporting For Pipelines

August 2010 Vol. 65 No. 8

Both INGAA and companies such as Kinder Morgan have said the April 2010 proposed rule is a significant improvement over one issued a year ago because, among other things, it makes greater use of emissions estimation and emission factors compared to the original proposal. But Lisa S. Beal, director, environment and construction policy, INGAA, says the Subpart W proposal would impose significant new cost and logistical issues for the natural gas transmission and storage segments. "Issues clearly remain that necessitate the commitment of additional time and resources to finalize the Proposed Rule," she adds.

Again, the new proposal includes some welcome modifications. It focuses on key source types and eliminates some of the direct measurement requirements proposed in 2009. But Kim Dang, chief financial officer, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., says the EPA has not taken into account, for example, the danger to employees posed by measurement requirements for units and components that are either unsafe or physically inaccessible.