What happens when OQ rule becomes a Federal regulation? M. Tubb. Pipeline Gas J., January 1999, 226(1), 60--61.
The impact of the Operator Qualification (OQ) rule on operators of oil, gas and liquid pipelines is discussed. Identification of covered tasks is a cornerstone of the qualification requirements and a four-part test programme is described. The proposed rule does not apply to contractors but there is concern about its impact on operator/contractor relationships. Operator responsibilities are discussed and the proposed introduction of an OQ programme by the New England Gas Association is reviewed. It is still uncertain when the OQ rule will become a Federal regulation but when enacted it is expected to be very costly for the industry.