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Definitions

API 1114: provides basic guidance on the design and development of new solution-mined underground storage facilities. This Recommended Practice is based on the accumulated knowledge and experience of geologists, engineers, and other personnel in the petroleum industry.

API 1115: provides the functional recommendations for salt cavern facilities used for liquid hydrocarbon storage service and covers facility geomechanical assessments, cavern well design and drilling, and solution mining techniques and operations, including monitoring and maintenance practices.

API 1170: provides the functional recommendations for facilities that use natural gas storage service, including monitoring and maintenance practices.

API 1171: recommends that operators manage the integrity of natural gas storage in depleted oil and gas reservoirs. This recommended practice includes monitoring and maintenance.

API 1172: assists all parties to safely manage construction activities of new or modified facilities parallel to existing underground transmission pipelines.

PIPES Act of 2016: a public law that was introduced by the U.S. Congress to protect the infrastructure of pipelines and provide enhanced safety in pipeline transportation. The PIPES Act defines the minimum safety standards for underground natural gas storage facilities and imposes a user fee for entities that operate underground storage facilities.

Underground Gas Storage Rule: published in the Federal Register an interim final rule (IFR) that revises the Federal pipeline safety regulations to address critical safety issues related to downhole facilities, including wells, wellbore tubing, and casing, at underground natural gas storage facilities.

Underground Natural Gas Storage Facility (UNGSF): a below-ground facility that stores natural gas. These often include depleted reservoirs in oil and/or natural gas fields, aquifers, and salt cavern formations. Natural gas is also stored in liquid or gaseous form in above–ground tanks.

Podcasts

Episode 71: Pipeline Safety Act Reauthorization with Keith Coyle


This episode of the Pipeliners Podcast features Russel Treat and first-time guest Keith Coyle discussing the significance of the U.S. pipeline safety law being considered for re-authorization later this year. You will learn about the basic structure of the Pipeline Safety Act that will be discussed for reauthorization, how the reauthorization and appropriation process works […]
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Episode 7: PHMSA Pipeline Advisory Committee Meeting Report


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat delivers his take on the PHMSA Pipeline Advisory Committee meetings held in December in Washington, D.C. After attending these meetings, Russel relays the information that came out of the discussions, what the conversations were among industry leaders and regulators, and what is coming in the […]
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Episode 54: PRCI Data Sharing Initiative with president Cliff Johnson


The Pipeliners Podcast is honored to welcome Cliff Johnson, the president of the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI), for a timely and important discussion with host Russel Treat. The discussion centers on how the PRCI has developed a data hub to collect, store, and share information from across the pipeline industry to continue advancing the […]
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Episode 116: New Underground Gas Storage Rule with Keith Coyle


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features regulation expert Keith Coyle returning to the podcast to discuss the new Underground Gas Storage Rule published by PHMSA in January. In this episode, you will learn about what led to the new final rule being passed, important aspects that were included in the rule, the pattern of incident […]
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Episode 108: Pipeline Safety from a State Regulator Perspective with Steve Allen


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Steve Allen of Energy Worldnet (EWN) discussing pipeline safety from the perspective of a state regulator with host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn about the difference in jurisdictions between PHMSA and state regulators, the growing need for pipeline safety management systems at the state […]
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Episode 136: Geotechnical Hazards in Pipelining with Jen Holmstadt


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Jen Holmstadt of WSB discussing the process of evaluating geotechnical hazards in pipelining. In this episode, you will learn about complexity around geohazards in pipelining, geohazard assessment methods, and the importance of predictive methods when analyzing geotechnical hazards. You will also learn about the importance of understanding […]
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Episode 23: API Pipeline Conference Update with Russel Treat


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat provides a recap of the API Pipeline Conference and Cybernetics Symposium. Listen to Russel share his perspective on the various sessions and conversations related to pipeline safety and compliance. Also, Russel provides an important report on the regulations and recommended practices that were discussed at […]
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