Pipeline Safety Regulations

Pipeline Safety Regulations

October 14, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

“I have worked in the pipeline industry for over 20 years and this training and trainers enlightened and educated a pipeline veteran!”– Alyeska Pipeline Services Company

“EUCI hosted a great event with well-versed experts in DOT code compliance.” – Williams

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. 

The Pipeline Safety Regulations 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.
  • 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 and jurisdictional framework for PSA for natural gas and hazardous liquids
  • Discuss PHMSA’s regulatory and enforcement processes    
  • Identify what makes up a regulatory framework and enforcement framework
  • Review the regulatory provisions in Parts 191, 192, 194, and 195
  • Explain Safety Management Systems (SMS) API RP 1173
  • Elaborate on gas distribution pipelines and LNG facilities
  • Discuss hazardous liquid, gas transmission, and gathering pipeline safety
  • Dissect 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
  • Review Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Regulations 49 CFR 195
  • Describe LNG Safety Regulations 49 CFR 193



Thursday, October 14, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing


Course Overview

Historical Overview

  • Enactment of legislation for federal pipeline safety program
  • Subsequent legislation that reauthorized and amended the program
  • Factors that led to the creation and evolution of pipeline safety laws and regulations

 Principles of Pipeline Safety Regulation

  • Framework for the regulation of gas pipeline and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities
  • Role of the federal government and states in regulating pipeline safety, federal preemption, non-retroactivity, rulemaking, and special permits (or waivers)
  • Powers, authorities, and principles that guide federal and state pipeline safety programs

Gas Pipeline Safety Regulations

  • Overview of the minimum federal safety standards for gas pipeline facilities in 49 C.F.R. Part 192
  • Requirements that apply to regulated gathering, transmission, and distribution lines
  • Significant rulemaking proceedings that could impact those requirements

Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Regulations

  • Minimum federal safety standards for hazardous liquid pipeline facilities in 49 C.F.R. Part 195
  • Requirements that apply to regulated pipelines
  • Rulemaking proceedings that could impact those requirements in the future.

Safety During COVID

Closing Remarks


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.

Brianne Kurdock, Shareholder, Babst Calland 

Brianne Kurdock 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. Ms. Kurdock represents clients in pipeline safety matters at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), state commissions, and the federal courts. Her nationwide practice covers compliance and strategic counseling, audit preparation, incident response, enforcement proceedings, regulatory comment preparation, and litigation. Ms. Kurdock has significant experience in these areas as a former PHMSA attorney and as regulatory counsel to the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, an industry trade association. She has experience in all sectors of the pipeline industry, including gas transmission, gathering, distribution, oil, natural gas liquid, and product pipelines, liquefied natural gas facilities, and products and chemicals terminals. Ms. Kurdock also has experience in handling environmental regulatory issues affecting pipeline construction and operational activities. 

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.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • 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 registrants for three business days after the event

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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 each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations and discussion will be used in this course.

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