Pipeline Safety Division News and Resources


 

2022 CAL FIRE Pipeline Safety Seminar

CAL FIRE - Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Pipeline Safety Division, invites you to the 2022 CAL FIRE Pipeline Safety Seminar, June 29-30, 2022, at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel.

During this two-day seminar, CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Pipeline Safety Division staff will cover Pipeline Safety Inspection Overview, Corrosion Along the Longitudinal Seam of Pipe, Section 114 Inspections, Accident Reporting Requirements and the State Waiver Process, IMP and Construction Projects, the Hydrostatic Testing and ILI Program, Breakout Tank Inspections and CBAT Statistics and FAQ's from the Abandonment, Deferral, Jurisdictional Evaluation, Return-to-Services Projects.

Other presentations will include a presentation on The Importance of SCADA and Cyber Security to Maintain Safe Pipeline Operations by George Vazquez of Sage Designs, Inc. and How to Predict Crack Growth from Hydrotest Results of ILI Results by Sergio Limon of Blade Energy, as well as updates from the U.S. Department of Transportation – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and from the California Underground Safety Board.

For more information about the seminar, the agenda, to register as an attendee, please click here.

Annual Pipeline Operator Report (PSD-101 & Questionnaire)

 

The CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal’s 2022 Annual Pipeline Operator Report (APOR) will be launched on Monday May 2nd, 2022. This annual web-based report combines and replaces both the former Form PSD-101 and Annual Operator Questionnaire reporting requirements. Pipeline Operators are required to complete and submit all sections of the APOR by July 1, 2022.

The APOR was designed to streamline the regulatory experience while strengthening and focusing communication. This is our third launch of the digital workspace, and as of this year it will be able to support 100% of our jurisdictional operators. To access the APOR website, please click here. To review the 2022 APOR Instructions Manual, please click here.

Pipeline Safety Laws and Regulations

The Pipeline Safety Division has sole authority for the inspection and enforcement of federal and state regulations for intrastate pipelines within the state of California. Federal authority is granted through an agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The following sections of state and federal law define the Pipeline Safety Division’s authority:

The Elder Pipeline Safety Act of 1981 (California Government Code §51010-51019.1)

California Code of Regulations, Title 19 §2000-2075

Federal Law 49 U.S.C. §60101-60141

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49 Part 195

Pipeline and Breakout Tank Submission Standards

The CALFIRE - Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) maintains a mapping system as authorized by AB 592. The OSFM Pipeline Mapping System is intended to map all OSFM jurisdictional pipelines to aid in enforcement, inspection, and emergency response.

The State Pipeline Mapping System (SPMS) contains the location and selected attributes of hazardous liquid pipelines and breakout tanks. Operators must use the attached GIS standards to submit their data in a uniform manner to be used in the State Pipeline Mapping System. For each operator submission, the operator will submit one File Geodatabase containing all the required feature classes and associated tables as described in the SPMS Standards Document, available for download by clicking here.

PHMSA Interpretation Letters

PHMSA Signed Interpretation Letters: Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations in 49 CFR Part 199

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a signed interpretation letter dated December 4, 2019 clarifies the PHMSA Drug and Alcohol Testing regulations in 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 199. Specifically, it clarifies as to whether certain employees would be subject to DOT drug and alcohol (D&A) testing, i.e., the testing described in the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs in 49 CFR Part 40. You can read that letter here.

 

Other PHMSA Interpretation Letters are also available for review.

Federal Register Publication of Final Rules - Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

The United States Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is amending Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations (49 CFR Part 195) to improve the safety of pipelines transporting hazardous liquids. The new rules:

  • Extend reporting requirements to certain hazardous liquid gravity and rural gathering lines
  • Require the inspection of pipelines in areas affected by extreme weather and natural disasters
  • Require integrity assessments at least once every 10 years of onshore hazardous liquid pipeline segments located outside of high consequence areas and that are “piggable”
  • Extend the required use of leak detection systems beyond high consequence areas to all regulated, non-gathering hazardous liquid pipelines
  • Require that all pipelines in or affecting high consequence areas be capable of accommodating in-line inspection tools within 20 years, unless the basic construction of a pipeline cannot be modified to permit that accommodation.​

Additionally, PHMSA is clarifying other regulations and is incorporating Sections 14 and 25 of the PIPES Act of 2016 to improve regulatory certainty and compliance. The effective date of this final rule is July 1, 2020. More information on the new rules can be found in the Federal Register.

Electronic Notifications to the OSFM - Pipeline Safety Division

State Law requires Pipeline Operators to notify the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Pipeline Safety Division of certain activities or changes in operations. Starting December 2018, pipeline operators may send certain required notifications or requests to OSFM by email to PipelineNotification@fire.ca.gov. All notifications and requests must be on a company letterhead. Examples of common notifications and requests include:

  • Ownership Change
  • Change of Service
  • Hydrostatic Testing Notification
  • In-Line (ILI) Inspection Waiver Requests
  • Construction Notification
  • Deferred Maintenance Requests (see ADB 2016-05)

Requests and notifications sent to OSFM via email fulfil State notification requirements only and do not meet requirements for reporting to or notification of the Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA).

For questions regarding electronic notifications, please contact the Pipeline Safety Division at PipelineNotification@fire.ca.gov or by phone at (562) 497-0350.

Rule Making Activities - AB 864

The May 19, 2015 pipeline incident at Refugio Beach in Santa Barbara County spilled over 100,000 gallons of crude oil and impacted over 25 miles of coastline and ocean water. The impacts from the spill were devastating, both environmentally and economically. As a result, Assembly Bill 864 (Williams, Chapter 592, Statute of 2015) mandates the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) to develop regulations requiring the use of best available technology on new, replacement, or retrofitted pipelines near environmentally and ecologically sensitive areas in the coastal zone (Title 5, California Government Code 51013.1).

The OSFM noticed draft regulations to implement the requirements of AB 864 on February 5, 2019. The proposed regulations are not yet final. Additional rule making information can be found on the OSFM website under the Code Development and Analysis Division’s Current Rulemaking Activities section. The following link will redirect you to the OSFM Title 19 Regulations Development webpage: https://osfm.fire.ca.gov/divisions/code-development-and-analysis/title-19-development/. Follow the drop-down menu titled “PLS Intrastate Hazardous Liquids Pipelines – Best Available Technology” to draft regulation materials.  

Pipeline Safety Division Informational Meeting

News Icon

On January 5, 2016, the Pipeline Safety Division held an informational meeting for the pipeline industry. This meeting was to inform Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Operators in California of two significant pipeline safety bills (SB 295 and AB 864) that were recently signed into law. Changes to out-of-service pipeline designation were also discussed.

Potential for Damage to Pipeline Facilities Caused by Flooding, River Scour, and River Channel Migration

News Icon

PHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to remind all owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines of the potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by severe flooding and actions that operators should consider taking to ensure the integrity of pipelines in the event of flooding, river scour, and river channel migration. [Docket No. PHMSA-2019-0047].