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November 21, 2014

PHMSA Penalties Effect on Pipeline Incidents

In April of 2014, PHMSA released a statement summarizing the impact of strict enforcement on pipeline safety compliance for 2013. PHMSA ΓÇ£proposed more than $9.7 million in civil penalties against pipeline operators who violated safety regulationsΓÇ¥ ΓÇô the highest yearly amount since the inception of the agency. From these proposed civil penalties, PHMSA initiated 266 enforcement cases in the areas of: integrity management programs risk assessments failure prevention programs mitigation programs other regulatory violations identified during failure investigations and routine inspections PHMSA has chosen to pursue a reduction of safety violations through tougher enforcement. Tougher enforcements have led to a traceable and proven reduction in pipeline incidents and thereby an increase in pipeline safety. ΓÇ£Since 2009, PHMSA has proposed more than $33 million in civil penalties against pipeline operatorsΓǪΓÇ¥ and reported a 45% reduction in serious pipeline incidents. Serious pipeline incidents, by PHMSA definition, are ΓÇ£those resulting in fatalities or major injuriesΓÇ¥. With such impressive results, PHMSA will continue on the path of tougher enforcement. As recently as September 2013, PHMSA adopted new maximum penalties for pipeline operators in violation of safety regulations. The new maximum penalties are a result of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act […]
October 2, 2014

PHMSA & Ebola – What’s the Connection?

PHMSA shapes the daily activity and regulatory compliance decisions of every organization in and related to the energy industry. However, PHMSA also has a global impact capable of establishing best practices for safely handling infectious substances, such as Ebola (also known as Ebola Virus Disease or EVD) contaminated items. On June 1, 2006, PHMSA published a final ruling (effective beginning October 1, 2006) revising the classification criteria and packaging requirements to consistently align with United Nations Recommendations of Dangerous Goods for Category A and Category B Infectious Substances. Category A: Infectious Substance is defined as ΓÇ£an infectious substance in a form capable of causing permanent disability or life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals when exposure to it occurs.ΓÇ¥ Ebola is considered a Category A: Infectious Substance. Ebola can be transmitted through infected materials, infected individuals, and infected animals. Therefore, transport of infected Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), infected individuals, and infected animals is regulated by PHMSA under 49 CFR, Parts 171-180. (To review the regulation specifics, visit┬áwww.phmsa.dot.gov)┬áGenerally, these regulations apply to the medical industry. However, individuals in other industries, such as the oil and gas industry, and the general public can greatly benefit from awareness to and […]
September 30, 2014

Coming Soon to Hawaii: Natural Gas

Hawaii could soon be abandoning petroleum and switching to liquefied natural gas (LNG). Hawaii officials have been searching for a way to reduce electricity costs, improve grid resiliency, and provide a low-cost alternative fuel for ground fleet and marine transportation. Imported petroleum currently supplies 90% of HawaiiΓÇÖs energy, but high oil prices are causing large electricity costs. A Hawaii residentΓÇÖs electric bills cost anywhere from 3 to 5 times higher (more than 30 cents per kilowatt-hour) than the average of mainland residents. The recent advances in LNG transportation could help provide quick relief for residents. Now that natural gas is being liquefied for transportation (LNG carrier), it can be transported great distances with reduced risk, which will allow non-gas producing areas such as Hawaii to take advantage of the benefits associated with natural gas such as reduced costs for home heating, cooling, or cooking, reduced fuel costs for transportation, steam heat production, electrical generation and manufacturing and industrial uses. This spring, Hawaii began importing limited quantities of LNG to be used as a backup fuel for its synthetic natural gas operations to increase the reliability of the gas supply to current utility customers. The goals for natural gas use in […]
September 30, 2014

EWN Celebrates 20 Years!

It is with great pleasure that we at ENERGY worldnet, Inc. announce our 20th anniversary! In 1994, we were a Southern Union Gas entity known as ENERGY WorX providing operational and safety training to Southern Union employees and the industry. In 1999, we became an independent company known as ENERGY worldnet, Inc. with a core focus on Operator Qualifications as required under the OQ Rule, Drug and Alcohol supervisor training and OSHA safety awareness requirements was born. In 2014, EWN continues to partner with our clients; sharing knowledge and experience to prepare efficient and cost effective training, testing and record keeping solutions along with new features designed to make things more streamlined, efficient and manageable. Two decades of established partnerships, strong client relationships, and dedicated employees have enabled EWN to attain not only steady growth but also solid recognition in the energy industry. EWN celebrates its powerful two-decade legacy while looking forward with a strategic vision and enduring commitment to client success.
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