Railroad Commission of Texas Pipeline Safety Division by cX6wvJ5

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									Railroad Commission of Texas
     Pipeline Safety Division

           Julie Presley
     Compliance Coordinator
             512-465-7108
     julie.presley@rrc.state.tx.us

   Damage Prevention Program

    Deputy Director, Kendall Smith
Damage Prevention Program
• Pipeline Safety Division

• Texas’s 79th Legislature: 2005

• Adopted: May 30, 2007

• Effective: September 1, 2007
   Damage Prevention Effort
• #1 Priority: Safety of Work Crews & Public

• CGA Best Practices/TUC 251(1-Call Law)

• Statistics

• Incorporated into Chap 18/Enforceable
      Top Ten Root Causes
                           Top Ten Root Causes as Reported to TDRF
                                     Sept 2007 - Dec 2009
                      2%   2%
                3%
           4%

                                                               No notification made to the one-call center
      6%
                                                               Facility marking or location not sufficient
                                                    35%
                                                               Facility was not located or marked

                                                               Other
7%
                                                               Failure to maintain clearance

                                                               Excavation practices not sufficient

                                                               Failure to use hand tools where required

                                                               Data Not Collected

                                                               Facility could not be found/located
13%
                                                               Failure to maintain the marks




                                            14%
                14%
         16 TAC Chapter 18
    Underground Pipeline Damage Prevention

• Scope, Applicability, and General Provisions
• Definitions (25 Terms)
• Excavator Notice & Obligation to Avoid Damage
• Obligations w/Respect to Positive Response
• Marking Requirements: General, Excavator,
  Operator
• Managing Excavation Site/Large Projects
• Reporting Requirements & Penalty Guidelines
Scope, Applicability & General Provisions
   Who does Chapter 18 apply to?
             --EVERYONE--

• FEW exemptions
• TxDOT contractors, agriculture, and
  municipalities NOT exempt
• Applies to intrastate pipelines
• Ticket life, 18.1(h)
• Working days 18.1(g)
          Definitions 18.2
•   Damage(1)
•   Emergency(3)
•   Excavate(4)
•   Locate Ticket(9)
•   Operator(15)
•   Positive Response(17)
•   White-lining(24)
    Excavator Obligations
• CALL 8-1-1

• WAIT 48 Hours

• Use CARE

• REPORT
Use Care: Positive Response

• 18.5(b) Make a Record

• 18.1(i) Retain for Four (4) Years
   Use Care: Visual Check
• 18.4(c) Confirm

• 18.4(d) Verify

• 18.4(e) Second Notice

• 18.4(f) May Begin in 4 Hours
 Use Care: Avoid Damage
• Chapter 18 emphasizes excavator’s
  obligation to avoid damage

  – 18.4(a) regarding planning an
    excavation
  – 18.10(b) regarding excavation within
    the tolerance zone
 Use Care: Tolerance Zone
• Definition 18.2(21)
• 18.10(b)
   – Exercise reasonable care as to
    prevent damage
  – Methods to consider: Not mechanized
    equipment
• Pavement Removal/Operator Approval
  Use Care: Refresh Ticket

• Refresh ticket
   – If marks have been destroyed
   – Expect project to go beyond ticket life
   – Emergency condition has ceased
• Wait 48 hours when refreshing ticket
• Limited to area yet to be excavated
 Pipeline Operator Obligation
• Positive Response:
  – 48 hours or time agreed to
  – Does not include weekends/holidays
  – Method specified on ticket
• Customer Owned Facility
• Refresh:
  – Visible/Valid or Remark
       Marking Guidelines
• Location:
  – Clearly indicate approximate location/direction of
    pipeline
  – Separate marks for each pipeline or corridor
• Color Codes:
  – American Public Works Association Standard
• Diameter:
  – 6” or greater must be indicated every other mark
        Trouble Locates
• Notify during 48 hour window

• Document “agreed to” time/subsequent
  revisions

• The pipeline must be located accurately

• Second notice
          Special Cases
                           18.3 When to
•   Unclear Project        establish

•   Large Scale Project
•   Face-to-Face Meeting      18.9 How to
                              establish
•   Protocols In Writing
      Penalty Guidelines
• Suggested Penalties at $1000

• Enhancements

• Avoid by Following Chapter 18
         If Damage Occurs
•   Protect People First/Get Away/Upwind
•   Do NOT cover the damage
•   Do NOT try to make repairs
•   Keep Ignition Sources Away
•   Follow Reporting Requirements
  Reporting Requirements
• Immediately call 911 (*Recommended)

• Call 811 ASAP/2 Hours

• Report through TDRF
     Additional Documentation
•   30 Days to Submit
•   Use Confirmation Report Cover Page
•   Brief Description, if needed
•   Sketches/Diagrams
•   Photos
    – Keep to a minimum
    – Objects of reference
Contact Us:


   Call 512-475-0512
   www.rrc.state.tx.us
   Email us TDRFInfo@rrc.state.tx.us
   Questions?

								
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