Compliance and Monitoring

The SPCO is responsible for the administration and oversight of pipeline right-of-way leases issued under the Right-of-Way Leasing Act. The role of the lease compliance section is to monitor pipelines administered by the SPCO for compliance with the ROW lease requirements.

In general, the lease compliance program integrates three separate but related elements.

  • Lessee annual reporting

The lessees' annual reports play an important role in SPCO lease compliance oversight. Each of the reports is checked for the following requirements of the corresponding lease and expectations laid out by the State Pipeline Coordinator.

1. The results of the lessee's surveillance and monitoring program during the preceding year, including annual and cumulative changes in facilities and operations, the effects of the changes, and proposed actions to be taken as a result of the noted changes:

  • Provide a summary of the scope of all surveillances, audits, self-assessments or other internal evaluations performed by the lessee
  • Summarize findings, action items and other observations identified as a result of all surveillances, audits, self-assessments or other internal evaluations performed by the lessee
  • Describe corrective and preventative actions planned or implemented as a result of surveillances, audits, self-assessments or other internal evaluations performed by the lessee
  • To the extent known, list by quarter, those surveillances, audits, self assessments or other internal evaluations planned for next year
  • 2. The state of, changes to, and results from the last year of the lessee's risk management program, QAP, and internal and external safety programs.

3. Lessee's performance under the ROW lease, including stipulations.

4. Information on construction, operations, maintenance, and termination activities necessary to provide a complete and accurate representation of the lessee's activities and the state of the pipeline system.

5. A summary of all events, incidents and issues which had the potential to or actually did adversely impact pipeline system integrity, the environment, or worker or public safety and a summary of the lessee's response.

6. A summary of all oil and hazardous substance discharges including date, substance, quantity, location, cause, and cleanup actions undertaken. Minor discharges below agreed upon thresholds may be grouped into monthly total amounts, provided the number of separate incidents is reported.

7. Any additional information requested by the State Pipeline Coordinator.