Recent Developments in Pipeline Safety Seminar
December 8, 2016
5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) available!
The Marcellus Shale Coalition, in conjunction with its Midstream and Pipeline Committee, is pleased to offer a Recent Developments in Pipeline Safety Seminar to all oil and gas industry stakeholders.
In April 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ("PHMSA") published a long-anticipated rulemaking proposal for gas gathering and transmission lines. More than four years in the making, the proposed rules would significantly expand PHMSA's jurisdiction over gas gathering lines and add several new requirements to the agency's regulations for gas transmission lines. Many of these proposals respond to congressional mandates and recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board. In June 2016, President Obama also signed the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016, or PIPES Act, which reauthorizes PHMSA's pipeline safety program through 2019. The PIPES Act contains several noteworthy provisions, including a new rulemaking mandate for underground gas storage facilities and a provision authorizing PHMSA to issue industry-wide emergency orders if an unsafe condition or practice presents an imminent hazard to health, property, or the environment. Finally, PHMSA is working to finalize a number of other rulemaking proposals and initiatives before the Obama Administration draws to a close in January 2017.
In an effort to understand the proposed rulemakings, the seminar will feature a series of presentations on current issues in pipeline regulation and operations, as well as a roundtable discussion led by a panel of industry experts and government officials. These presentations will target the impacts that these proposed rulemakings will have on the pipeline and midstream sector developments in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays.
8:30 - 9:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 am
PHMSA Rulemaking and Legislative Update
Keith Coyle, Esq., Shareholder, Babst Calland
Brianne Kurdock, Esq., Attorney, Babst Calland
10:15 – 10:30 am
10:30 - 11:30 am
Impact of PHMSA Gathering Line Regulations
Will Ratcliffe, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Williams (moderator)
John D. Butler, PE, Compliance Engineer, EQT Corporation
John Popovich, Manager Pipeline Compliance, Consol Energy
Clint Ratke, Manager, Pipeline Safety, Williams
11:30 am -12:00 pm
Pipeline Incident Emergency Management
Tim Solobay, State Fire Commissioner, Pennsylvania Fire Academy
Patrick Pauly, Alternative Energy Emergency Response Training Program Administrator, PA State Fire Academy
12:00 - 1:00 pm
1:00 – 2:15 pm
Keith Coyle, Esq., Shareholder, Babst Calland (moderator)
Peter Chace, Gas Pipeline Safety Program Manager, Public Utility Commission of Ohio
Paul Metro, Manager Gas Safety Division, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Jeff Wiese, Vice President and National Practice Leader for Pipeline Integrity Services, TRC (Former Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety at PHMSA)
Mary Friend, Director of the Gas Pipeline Safety Division, Public Service Commission of West Virginia
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn under the Marcellus Shale Coalition on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call (724) 743-5000 to make a reservation.
Founded in 2008, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) works with exploration and production, midstream and supply chain partners in the Appalachian Basin and across the country to address issues regarding the production of clean, job-creating, American natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays.
We provide in-depth information to policymakers, regulators, media and other public stakeholders on the positive effects responsible natural gas production is having on families, businesses, and communities across the region.
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