Pipelines 101 – Basic Principles of Onshore Pipelines

Pipelines 101

March 7, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

“Each speaker gave an excellent presentation. All presentations were interesting, the speakers were articulate, and the pace was very good.” – Dominion Energy

“A very in-depth look at DOT pipeline safety regulations by folks who know and have lived the regulations in their previous careers.” – CNX Resources

“Great presentation. It was definitely worth the time spent to listen and learn.” – Contango Oil and Gas

“The Pipelines 101 course was interactive and enjoyable. The ‘live’ program via Microsoft Teams made it more interesting.” – Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company

“The presentation took a complex subject and broke it down to easily understandable levels. Great speakers.” – Sharp 

“Both speakers were knowledgeable about the topic and were great at answering any questions the group had.” – The Gray Insurance Company 

“Very knowledgeable. The course had a lot of great information.” – Bureau of Land Management 



This course is intended primarily for those individuals who may have a limited knowledge or experience with pipelines. It will provide a better understanding of how pipelines are constructed, how they are operated and maintained, and the applicable safety and regulatory requirements.

Concentrating on natural gas and petroleum pipelines, the course will cover:

  • The history of pipelines
  • Pertinent definitions and terminology
  • How pipelines are designed and how they operate
  • Maintenance and safety practices

This course is especially beneficial for anyone involved in land development, marketing, engineering, or insurance. It’s also of value for various local government agencies to help with zoning and location issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Compare the major differences in the types of pipelines and summarize how pipelines work
  • Recognize the vernacular related to pipeline terms of design, construction, and operation
  • Describe the route selection process and articulate the right of way acquisition process
  • Explain the types of pipeline equipment and types of pipeline facilities
  • Review the requirements for proper maintenance activities and discuss safety practices that need to be put in place
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major codes and standards as well as pipeline regulatory agencies


Thursday, March 7, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing

History of Pipelines


Design of Pipelines

  • Design factors and class locations
  • Pipeline sizing
  • Road and water body crossings

Pipeline Construction

  • Route selection and route survey
    • Traditional and emerging methods
  • Right-of-way/easement negotiations
  • Pipeline construction (Pictorial Display)
  • Other pre-construction actions

Operations and Maintenance Activities

  • Cathodic protection (natural gas and liquid)
  • Odorization (natural gas)
  • Leak survey (natural gas)
  • Patrolling (natural gas and liquid)
  • Continuing surveillance (natural gas)
  • Line markers and signs (natural gas and liquids)
  • Pump stations (liquid)
  • Compressor stations (natural gas)
  • Regulator stations (natural gas)
  • Valve maintenance (natural gas and liquid)
  • Fences and station security (natural gas and liquid)
  • Pipeline pigging (natural gas and liquid)
  • Breakout tanks

Forms of Government Oversite

  • Environmental permitting
    • US Army Corps of Engineers
    • US Fish and Wildlife Service
    • Migratory Bird Treaty Act
    • National Historic Preservation Act – Section 106 compliance
    • Pipelines on Tribal lands
    • Federal land management agencies (BLM, USFS, BOR)
    • NEPA compliance
  • State regulations

Course Questions and Adjournment


Keith Coyle, Attorney, 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.

Chris Hoidal, Formerly with Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Chris Hoidal is a non-attorney professional in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he serves as Senior Director of Safety in the Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental and Pipeline and HazMat Safety groups. Mr. Hoidal is a strategic advisor to clients throughout the United States on the regulation of transportation pipelines, LNG facilities and other regulated energy facilities. He has more than 30 years of experience in various senior roles with the US Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Mr. Hoidal guides industry stakeholders seeking to improve regulatory compliance and safety performance, conducting transactional due diligence, building remedial programs to address accidents and near-miss events. Mr. Hoidal also advises clients on special permits, inspection preparation, enforcement, rulemaking and policy development. Mr. Hoidal served as a Senior Technical Advisor in PHMSA’s Office of Pipeline Safety between 2018 and 2021. In this role, he supported PHMSA in the development of recent rules and implementing guidance, including the 2019 Gas “Mega Rule.” Mr. Hoidal worked with federal, state, industry, and public stakeholders to develop enforcement guidance and conduct informational seminars on these programs. Prior to this role, Mr. Hoidal served for 20 years as PHMSA’s Western Region Director for the Office of Pipeline Safety. As Director, he was responsible for administering the federal pipeline safety compliance and enforcement program in 12 western states.


Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Pipelines 101

March 7, 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)(early bird rate)
(price after March 07, 2024 is $ 3,580.00)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)(early bird rate)
(price after March 07, 2024 is $ 6,265.00)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)(early bird rate)
(price after March 07, 2024 is $ 10,740.00)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before January 01, 1970 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, and active participation.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 8.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

Anyone who is new to the pipeline industry, especially those involved in land development, marketing, engineering, or insurance. It’s also of value for various local government agencies that conduct pipeline safety oversight.