Introduction to the Natural Gas Industry, Infrastructure and Regulations

Introduction to the Natural Gas Industry, Infrastructure & Regulations

February 12, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

“Tom seems to have an incredible grasp of the industry, from the science to the economics. The topics he chose to speak on were diverse and well thought out.” – Con Edison

“Tom Russo was excellent, and I was very impressed with his knowledge and teaching capability.” – Department of Energy

“Excellent course—very well structured and organized. Our instructor was terrific, extremely passionate about the Natural Gas Industry. He was also patient in ensuring that participants understood the material before moving on and answered our questions thoughtfully and promptly.” – Enbridge

“Tom was an excellent speaker. It was clear to me that he is very knowledgeable about the natural gas industry. He was also friendly and made the material very interesting.” –FERC

“Great resource for gaining knowledge in the Gas Industry.” –Channel Sales Analyst, Clearview Energy

“Tom was great! I haven’t had such a knowledgeable teacher in a long time with organizational training.” –Natural Resource Specialist, Division of Energy and Mineral Development

“Mr. Russo is an amazingly knowledgeable speaker. This is one of the most comprehensive conferences/courses/webinars I have ever attended.” –Analyst, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

“Excellent entry-level course and a good refresher course for those in the industry.” – Nebraska Public Power District

“This was the best introductory course I have taken regarding the Natural Gas industry. I would highly recommend.” – Williams

“Very knowledgeable, clear concise and provided and information in a way that built upon itself without being overwhelming.” – Nebraska Power

For those new to the Natural Gas industry or those wanting a comprehensive refresher on the ins and outs of the gas industry and markets, this course will present a comprehensive overview of the natural gas industry, related natural gas liquids (NGLs) and shale oil infrastructure.

Attend this highly rated course to discuss and review:

  • Natural gas terminology
  • Measurements and conversions
  • The basics of natural gas production, gathering, operations, and markets
  • An in-depth explanation of:
    • Natural gas processing plants
    • Pipelines
    • Storage
    • LNG peak shaving plants
    • LNG Import and Export terminals
    • Local distribution companies (LDCs)
  • Important components of natural gas transportation, including:
    • Regional costs of firm and interruptible pipeline transportation
    • Nominations
    • Balancing
    • Section 4 and 5 ratemaking proceedings on natural gas pipeline transportation

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the natural gas value chain: upstream, midstream, and downstream
  • Discuss natural gas terminology, measurements, and conversions
  • Review the basics of natural gas production, gathering, operations, and markets
  • Describe the types of shale plays and address natural gas processing plants
  • Describe natural gas pipelines, including their parts, how they operate, and their role in a changing market
  • Evaluate natural gas storage types, operations, and storage issues
  • Discuss liquefied natural gas (LNG) and Local Distribution Companies (LDCs)
  • State the process of natural gas infrastructure siting
  • Describe how FERC policy, major orders, and regulations have evolved into today’s “Open Access” environment
  • Relate an overview of regulated rate components and rate design and new rate policies on the horizon
  • Address important components of transportation, including pooling, nominations, confirmations, scheduling, receipt, and balancing


Monday, February 12, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing


  • Natural gas composition
  • Benefits
  • Methane
  • Industry standard
  • Terminology
  • Measurements
  • Conversions

Natural Gas Industry History & Overview

  • Regulation
  • Deregulation
  • What’s still regulated

Supply, Demand, and Prices

  • Primary sources and uses
  • Other demand sectors

The Natural Gas Value Chain Overview

  • Upstream
  • Midstream
  • Downstream
  • How the natural gas industry operates across the value chain

Upstream Activities

  • Major natural gas shale plays in U.S. and Canada
  • Kinds of shale plays
  • Dry, wet, and associated gas (from oil wells)
  • NGLs and their economic importance
  • Conventional and Unconventional Drilling
  • Drilling and fracking shales
  • Hydraulic fracking
  • Costs of drilling and fracking

Midstream Activities

  • Gas gathering
  • Gas treatment
  • Gas processing
  • Frac spread and gas processing

Underground Natural Gas Storage

  • Different types
  • Operations
  • Storage development
  • Regulatory issues

Other Gas Storage Options

  • Liquefied natural gas (LNG) basics
  • Import/export terminals and vessels
  • Peak shaving plants
  • Who uses them and why they are important
  • Locations
  • Compressed natural gas (CNG) 

Natural Gas Pipelines

  • Overview
  • Types of pipelines
  • Key parts
  • How pipelines operate
  • Who are the pipeline players?
  • How pipelines are planned
  • Role of shippers
  • Differences between gas pipeline companies & electric power companies
  • Construction costs
  • Environmental reviews of pipelines and the NEPA process
  • Federal and State regulators—who really determines if they are built

FERC Gas and Electric Coordination

  • FERC NAESB changes to nomination schedule
  • Ratable vs. Non-ratable shaped flow hourly service

Replumbing the Pipelines—Challenges  

  • FERC’s 1999 Pipeline Policy Statement
  • Landowner opposition and eminent domain
  • Opposition by the States
  • Opposition by environmental groups
  • Recent court challenges

Local Distribution Companies (LDCs)—Gas Utilities

  • What an LDC does
  • City gates
  • What happens at an LDC’s city gate?
  • Distribution line characteristics and pressure
  • How they work
  • Safety and economic trends
  • Rates and regulatory oversight
  • Choosing your gas supplier

Pipeline Transportation

  • Overview of gas transportation
  • Nominations
  • Scheduling
  • Force Majeure
  • Balancing
  • Operational Balancing Agreement (OBA)
  • Operational Flow Order (OFO)
  • Penalties
  • Interruptions
  • Curtailments

FERC Ratemaking on Pipeline Transportation

  • Section 4 ratemaking
  • Section 5 ratemaking

LDCs and Asset Managers

  • How pipeline transportation costs can be reduced
  • Procuring and managing gas supplies

Natural Gas Industry Challenges

  • Climate change
  • Presidential election and ban on fracking
  • Keep it in the ground and the new green deal
  • Environmental regulation and reforms
  • Decarbonization


Tom Russo, President, Russo on Energy LLC

Tom Russo is an Energy and Environmental expert with unique FERC regulatory skills in oil, natural gas and liquefied natural gas infrastructure; NEPA environmental impact assessment; and how energy markets, prices, and physical/cybersecurity affect infrastructure investments.  

Prior to founding Russo on Energy LLC in May 2015, Mr. Russo worked for over 30 years as a Manager and Sr. Energy Industry Analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). During that time, he amassed experience in the natural gas and crude oil markets and its regulation by the FERC. Mr. Russo thoroughly understands the Natural Gas Act, Natural Gas Policy Act, and Interstate Commerce Act which are applicable to natural gas and oil pipeline transportation.   

Mr. Russo is also an adjunct professor at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He teaches Global Energy Markets, International Energy & Environmental Regulations, Global Energy Security, and Global Electricity Markets undergraduate and graduate students. He actively conducts independent research on oil, natural gas, and power matters.  

Online Delivery

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Introduction to the Natural Gas Industry, Infrastructure & Regulations

February 12, 2024 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

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Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

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Instructional Methods

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Course CPE Credits: 8.0
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Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

Individuals working in the following areas will benefit from attending this event:

  • New job entrants
  • Mid-level positions
  • Anyone who requires analysis of market and trade situations, including those with roles and functions in:
    • Trading
    • Market analysis
    • Infrastructure operators
    • Government and agencies
    • Upstream production
    • Commercial strategy and procurement
  • Anyone needing a refresher course to the industry

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