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Introduction to Pipeline Safety Regulations
Covering the suite of pipeline safety regulations under PHMSA’s Office of Pipeline Safety
March 4-5, 2020 | Denver, CO

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Overview

The pipeline industry is under heightened scrutiny by regulators, the media and the public. The NTSB highlighted aging pipelines as a concern in its 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. Likewise, Congress has ongoing interest in the safety of older transmission pipelines and in the replacement of leaky and deteriorating cast iron pipe in natural gas distribution systems. 

An Introduction to Pipeline Safety course will highlight changes in the law and explain how companies can address compliance challenges in the context of stricter regulator interpretations of current regulatory requirements and increased enforcement. The course will specifically focus on the statutory and regulatory regime governing pipeline safety which includes an emphasis on the nature and scope of the substantive and procedural requirements and changes on the horizon as well as recent changes that will peak interest regarding underground storage and gathering pipelines.

Objectives:

  • API RP 173 as well as Compliance Aids & Resources
  • What is the scope of 49 CFR Parts 191 – 195?
  • What facilities and products are covered?
  • How are Federal and State jurisdictional boundaries determined?
  • What does compliance look like?
  • What enforcement tools can be used and by whom?
  • What sorts of civil penalties can be levied?
  • What are an operator’s options for responding to an enforcement action?
  • How do prescriptive and management-based regulations differ?
  • What regulatory provisions apply to which facilities?
  • How do reporting requirements differ for different types of pipelines?
  • What new regulations apply to both gas and liquid pipelines, and to UNGS facilities?
  • What aids and resources are available to help operators comply?
  • Gas distribution part 192
  • Liquid Natural Gas facilities; role of NFPA 59A, siting requirements, design, operations & maintenance
  • Liquid Natural Gas facilities legal perspectives; shale gas revolution, PHMSA turns 50

Learning Outcomes

  • Review an introduction to regulation of pipelines and LNG facilities in the U.S.
  • State the current perspective on heightened scrutiny regarding pipeline safety
  • Delineate the Statutory & Jurisdictional Framework for (PSA) for Natural Gas and Hazardous Liquids
  • Discuss the increasing awareness of Regulated Facilities and Products
  • Identify what makes up a regulatory framework & enforcement framework
  • Review the Regulatory Provisions in Parts 191, 192, 194, & 195
  • Discuss new regulations, developments and new standings with underground natural gas Storage, Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines and Hazardous Liquid Pipelines.
  • Discuss Safety Management Systems (SMS) API RP 1173
  • Discuss Gas Distribution Pipelines & LNG Facilities
  • Discuss hazardous liquid, gas transmission, & gathering pipeline safety
  • Discuss new regulations, developments and new standings
  • Discuss the regulation of pipelines and LNG facilities in the U.S.
  • Gain knowledge of the context of heightened scrutiny regarding pipeline safety
  •  Review important terms, definitions and interpretations
  •  Develop increased awareness of the scope and content of regulations based on program area
  •  Explain regulatory inspections and enforcement trends
  • Discuss a current perspective regarding the context of heightened security
  • Describe Natural and Other Gas Pipeline Safety Regulations 49 CFR 192
  • Describe Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Regulations 49 CFR 195
  • Describe LNG Safety Regulations 49 CFR 193

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.

Agenda

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. :: Hazardous Liquid Gas Transmission & Gathering Understanding National Standards 

  1. Pipeline Safety Regulation: Introduction to the Course
    • Housekeeping issues – breaks, restrooms, emergencies
    • Course structure – Day 1 and Day 2
    • Review of agenda for Day 1
    • Dealing with questions
  2. Context of Heightened Scrutiny: A Current Perspective
    • Show several pipeline incident trend charts
    • Discuss background and implications
    • Discuss several high impact incidents in recent past
  3. Statutory Framework
    • Initiating Pipeline Safety Acts (PSA) for Natural Gas and Hazardous Liquids
    • Foundations for PSA – early industry standards
    • Reauthorization process and drivers
    • Examples of significant and recent PSAs and their impacts
  4. Jurisdictional Framework
    • Office of Pipeline Safety Authorization
    • Interstate vs. intrastate pipelines
    • Operation of Pipeline Safety State certification program
    • Examples of State partnerships
    • Compliance implications

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break

  1. Regulated Facilities and Products
    • Cross-country and gathering pipelines; distribution pipelines; onshore and offshore pipelines; pump/compressor stations; tank farms and Underground Natural Gas Storage; metering facilities; appurtenances and components
    • Facilities NOT covered
    • Gases
    • Hazardous liquids
    • CO2
    • LNG
    • Products NOT covered
  2. Overview of Regulatory Framework
    • Procedural foundation w/ examples from the regulations
    • IBR’s (Incorporated by reference)
    • Generalized topics and coverage via Subparts
    • 4 “types” of regulations w/ examples
    • “Continuous improvement” regulations
  3. Overview of Enforcement Framework
    • Authorization, process, and tools in Part 190
    • Enforcement tools available and when they can be used
    • “Real life” examples of each
    • How enforcement following incidents differs
    • State enforcement vs. Federal enforcement

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

  1. Regulatory Provisions in Parts 191, 192, 194, & 195
    • Design and construction (D&C)
    • Testing and maximum operating pressure (MOP, MAOP)
    • Operations and maintenance (O&M)
    • Public awareness and damage prevention (PADP)
    • Qualification of pipeline personnel (OQ)
    • Integrity management program (IMP)
    • Control room management (CRM)
    • Emergency response (ER)
    • Accident and Safety-Related Condition (SRC) reporting
    • Annual and National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) reporting
    • Recordkeeping and documentation

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. :: Networking Break


2:30 – 5:00 p.m. :: New Regulations, Developments and New Standings  

  1. UNGS – Underground Natural Gas Storage
    • Solution-mined salt caverns
    • Depleted reservoirs
    • Pertinent API RP 1170 provisions
    • Pertinent API RP 1171 provisions
    • Mandatory requirements and allowable variances
  2. Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines
    • New reporting for MAOP exceedances
    • Newly regulated offshore and onshore gathering lines
    • Material property, component, and MAOP records/verification
    • MAOP reconfirmation
    • Accommodation of in-line inspection (ILI) tools
    • Spike hydrotests of certain pipelines
    • Integrity assessments outside of HCAs
    • Other changes
  3. Hazardous Liquid Pipelines
    • New reporting for gravity and rural gathering lines
    • Inspections following extreme weather events
    • Integrity assessments outside of HCAs
    • Expansion of leak detection systems (LDS)
    • Accommodation of in-line inspection (ILI) tools
    • Integrity assessments of underwater pipelines
  4. Overview of Safety Management Systems (SMS)
    • API RP 1173
  5. Compliance Aids and Resources
    • List of websites
    • List of compliance aids
    • Other sources

5:00 p.m. :: End of Day 1


Thursday, March 5, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Gas Distribution Pipelines & LNG Facilities

A focus on the statutory and regulatory regime governing pipeline safety. Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Regulations 49 CFR 192 Understanding Regulations and Requirements:

  1. Gas Distribution
    1. General Applicability & Definitions
    2. Materials, Design, Construction, & Testing
    3. Operations & Maintenance
    4. Distribution Integrity Management Program
    5. Reporting & Registration Requirements
    6. Additional or More Stringent State Requirements
  2. LNG Facilities
    1. General Applicability, Definitions, Role of NFPA 59A
    2. Siting Requirements
    3. Design, Construction, Equipment
    4. Operations, Maintenance, Personnel Qualification
    5. Fire Protection & Security
  3. Legal Perspectives
    1. Legislation, Regulation, Enforcement
    2. PHMSA Turns 50
    3. Shale Gas Revolution

12:00 p.m. :: Program Adjourns

Instructors

Gary Zimmerman, Senior Consultant, Cycla Corporation

Mr. Zimmerman has 27 years’ experience in pipeline design, construction, operations, and maintenance for a major U.S. liquid pipeline operator, 15 of those years developing and managing corporate-wide regulatory compliance, risk management, release prevention, and public awareness programs under DOT’s pipeline safety regulations. In addition, his most recent 2 years have involved the implementation of risk management, enforcement, and safety programs for DOT-PHMSA’s Pipeline Safety Office.


Keith J. Coyle, Shareholder, Babst & Calland

Keith Coyle is a member of the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office and a shareholder in the Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental and Transportation Safety groups and Pipeline and HazMat Safety practice. Mr. Coyle advises clients throughout the United States on energy matters, but his practice focuses primarily on the regulation of pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and the transportation of hazardous materials. He has significant experience working on these issues for clients in the private sector, as a former government attorney, and through his participation in industry task forces and trade organizations.

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