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Regional and National Involvement

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The second edition of the comprehensive Compendium of State Pipeline Safety Requirements and Initiatives Providing Increased Public Safety Levels compared to Code of Federal Regulations, edited and published by the Safety Division staff was released in 2013. 

This publication has become a national technical resource and is a compilation of best practices and initiatives implemented by safety agencies across the nation.   It is published by the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR) and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).   

Below are links to the 2nd Edition:

Text Box:  In addition, the Safety Division is involved with many national organizations and includes membership on the Common Ground Alliance technology committee, the NARUC pipeline safety subcommittee in which New Hampshire chairs the subcommittee, the NAPSR legislative committee, the NAPSR grant allocation committee, the NAPSR compendium committee, the NFPA 58 Technical Committee on LPG. 

Regionally, the Safety Division annually participates in a 15 state eastern region NAPSR meeting and sponsors pipeline safety seminars annually through the six-state New England Pipeline Safety Representatives Seminar.  Last year’s seminar can be found here.

The U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA’s) Office of Pipeline Safety audits the Division’s Safety Program each year and consistently awards the Division high scores.  The Safety Program has received on average a 98.6 rating from PHMSA’s audits over the past 17 years.  Maintaining a highly qualified and knowledgeable inspection staff is a critical element required for achieving a high rating.  Evaluations include reviews of Progress Report and Program Documentation, Program Inspection Procedures, Overall Program Performance, Compliance Activities, Incident Investigations, Damage Prevention Activities, Performing Field Inspections.  Additionally New Hampshire’s program is assessed for the following elements: Full Responsibility for all jurisdictional pipeline facilities, Number of Fully Qualified Inspectors, Number of Inspection Days Completed, State Adoption of Maximum Civil Penalties for Pipeline Safety, State Adoption of Applicable Federal Regulations, Requiring Mandatory One Call Notification Requirements, Attendance at Regional and National Meetings. 

In 2016, The U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA’s) Office of Pipeline Safety began auditing the Safety Division’s program regarding Underground Damage Prevention.

Criteria to be used to Evaluate State Damage Prevention Programs:

  1. Does the state have enforcement authority including civil penalties?
  2. Is there a designated enforcement body?
  3. Is the state using its authority and making enforcement records available to the public?
  4. Does the state have a reliable means of learning about damages?
  5. Does the state have damage investigation practices that are adequate to determine the at-fault party when damage occurs?
  6. At a minimum, does state law require:
    a. Excavators must call 811 before digging
    b. Excavators must "respect the marks"
    c. If damage to a pipeline occurs ...
         i. Excavator must report damage to operator at earliest practical moment
         ii. If release occurs, excavator must call 911
  7. Are exemptions from the DP law limited? Written justification of exemptions is required.

Upon completion of PHMSA’s  audit, The Safety  Division received a  perfect score.