Facilities Program Frequently Asked Questions
There were five facilities program workshops held throughout the state from April 28, 2011 to July 12, 2011. The workshops provided information about the new facilities regulations that were approved by the Office of Administrative Law on December 30, 2010 and the regulatory changes became effective on January 29, 2011. These Frequently Asked Questions are a compilation of questions asked at these workshops, but also include questions solicited by stakeholders since the regulations were approved.
Facilities Regulations: Pipeline Management Plans, Compliance with CCR 1774.2
The AB 1960 regulations were approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on December 30, 2010. The regulatory changes became effective on January 29, 2011.
PRC10 is the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) publication which contains these regulations.
Section 1774.2 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) requires operators to develop a pipeline management plan for ALL pipelines by January 29, 2013. The plans do NOT need to be submitted to DOGGR, however, they must be available upon request of the Supervisor. The plans shall be updated within 90 days whenever pipelines are acquired, installed, altered, or at the request of the Supervisor. Pipelines that have been abandoned to the standards specified in CCR Section 1776 (f) are exempt from this requirement.
The following is a template for the Pipeline Management Plan, along with two examples of pipeline hydrostatic testing sheets which can be used in the field. You may use either of these forms or create one of your own. The template addresses the minimum information required by the regulations for a pipeline management plan.
Facilities Program Presentation
The final facilities program workshop, which was video conferenced with the DOGGR Bakersfield office, was held on July 12, 2011 in Sacramento. The workshops provided information about the new facilities regulations that were approved by the Office of Administrative Law on January 29, 2011. It was the last of 5 public outreach workshops explaining the requirements of the new regulations. The other workshops were held in Cypress, Santa Maria and Bakersfield. The workshops were all well attended and provided an open forum to discuss these new requirements.
Facilities Regulations: Spill Contingency Plan Template
The AB1960 implementation regulations were approved by the Office Administrative Law (OAL) on December 30, 2010. The regulatory changes became effective on January 29, 2011. The
California Code of Regulations (CCR) contains these regulations. Sections 1722 and 1722.9 of the CCR require that operators develop a spill contingency plan for a facility or a group of facilities and file it with the appropriate Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (Division) district office by July 29, 2011 (electronic filing is preferred). The following is a template for the spill contingency plans, based on Section 1722.9 requirements. The template addresses the minimum information required by regulations. A more detailed spill contingency plan can be filed.