Doing all the right things on the ground—and on paper
Regulatory compliance and audit support for regulated petroleum pipelines.
- Improved documentation quality and organization
- Minimized regulatory noncompliance
- Streamlined and improved audit processes
Finding and developing petroleum resources in ways that are environmentally safe and effective is a passion—even a calling—for some professionals in the oil and gas business. But handling all the paperwork involved in the process usually is not. Yet, extensive and sometimes tedious documentation comes with the territory in our highly-regulated industry. For companies like West Bay Exploration Company that take pride in being environmentally responsible, staying up to date with the latest rules and requirements for safe pipeline operation, as administered by the Michigan Public Service Commission, is imperative.
Because of the importance of complying and the time and effort required, West Bay turned to its long-time pipeline design and engineering partners at HT Engineering to help oversee the compliance aspects of its business. Since 2007, HT Engineering has assisted in reviewing and updating the company’s Operating, Maintenance, and Emergency Response Plan and Integrity Management Plan. Our regulatory compliance experts work with West Bay’s safety and operations specialists to keep logs up to date, provide quality assurance reviews, and make sure recent changes to the rules and regulations are addressed.
With the help of the HT Engineering team, audits have become a much easier and less stressful process for the West Bay team. Before any regulatory agency audit, HT Engineering conducts an internal audit, helping West Bay review any questionnaires sent in advance and understand the specifics the regulatory auditor will want to know. Careful prep work avoids delays and searching for required documentation during the audit. HT Engineering professionals attend audits to help answer technical and engineering-specific questions and ensure the auditors receive all of the information needed to validate West Bay’s ongoing compliance.
Since entrusting HT Engineering with their regulatory compliance needs, West Bay has consistently maintained good standing with regulators and have adhered to commitments to clients and communities to do the right thing for the environment. Company executives enjoy peace of mind knowing that the documentation is in good order and operations practices reflect the latest rules. And the pipeline operations specialists can spend more time focusing on the areas of the job that they enjoy best and less time worrying about the paperwork.