Introduction to Pipeline Safety Regulations

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

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 dive into developing an increased awareness of the scope and content of regulations and how to best comply with those rules.


  • 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?

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 PHMSA’s regulatory & enforcement processes    
  • Identify what makes up a regulatory framework & enforcement framework
  • Review the regulatory provisions in Parts 191, 192, 194, & 195
  • 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 and developments and new understandings with underground natural gas storage, gas gathering, and LNG facilities
  • 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
  • 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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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.


Monday, July 20, 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  

Pipeline Safety Regulation: Introduction to the Course

Context of Heightened Scrutiny: A Current Perspective

  • Recent events and incidents
  • Historical trends
  • Regulatory and enforcement implications

Statutory Framework

  • Initiating Pipeline Safety Acts (PSA) for Natural Gas and Hazardous Liquids
  • Reauthorization process and drivers of new laws
  • Examples of significant and recent PSAs and their impacts

Jurisdictional Framework

  • Office of Pipeline Safety Authorization
  • Interstate vs. intrastate pipelines
  • Operation of Pipeline Safety State certification program
  • Compliance implications

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

Regulated Facilities and Products

  • Cross-country and gathering pipelines and distribution pipelines Onshore and offshore pipelines
  • Associated facilities and equipment
  • Types of products covered

Overview of Regulatory Framework

  • IBR’s (Incorporated by reference)
  • Procedural foundation
  • Types of regulations

Overview of Enforcement Framework

  • Authorization, process, and tools in Part 190
  • Enforcement tools available and when they can be used
  • How enforcement following incidents differs
  • State enforcement vs. Federal enforcement

Gary Zimmerman, Senior Consultant, Cycla Corporation

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 5:00 pm ::  Gas Distribution & LNG Facilities

Gas Distribution

  • General Applicability & Definitions
  • Materials, Design, Construction, & Testing
  • Operations & Maintenance

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

Gas Distribution (continued)           

  • Distribution Integrity Management Program
  • Reporting & Registration Requirements
  • Additional or More Stringent State Requirements

LNG Facilities

  • General Applicability, Definitions, Role of NFPA 59A
  • Siting Requirements
  • Design, Construction, Equipment
  • Operations, Maintenance, Personnel Qualification
  • Fire Protection & Security

Legal Perspectives

  • Legislation, Regulation, Enforcement
  • PHMSA Turns 50
  • Shale Gas Revolution

Keith Coyle, Shareholder, Babst & Calland

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

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: 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

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

New Regulations, Developments

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

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

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

Overview of Safety Management Systems (SMS)

  • API RP 1173

Compliance Aids and Resources

  • List of websites
  • List of compliance aids
  • Other sources

Gary Zimmerman, Senior Consultant, Cycla Corporation

12:00 p.m. :: Program Adjourns


Gary Zimmerman, Senior Consultant, Cycla Corporation

Zimmerman has 15 years’ experience supporting the implementation of risk management, enforcement, rulemaking, and safety programs for DOT-PHMSA’s Office of Pipeline Safety. Prior to this, Mr. Zimmerman spent 27 years performing pipeline design, construction, and operations for the largest liquid pipeline company in the U.S., including onshore, offshore, domestic, and foreign operations. For fifteen of those years, Mr. Zimmerman developed and managed corporate-wide regulatory compliance, risk management, release prevention, public awareness, damage prevention, preventive maintenance, and compliance assurance programs under DOT’s pipeline safety regulations. Mr. Zimmerman has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University.

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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