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Definitions

AGA (American Gas Association): represents companies that provide natural gas to American consumers and takes an advocacy position promoting the safe, reliable, and efficient delivery of natural gas.

AOPL (Association of Oil Pipe Lines): represents the interests of liquid pipeline owners and operators in legislative, regulatory, and judicial settings. AOPL testifies before Congressional committees and submits public comments on behalf of its members.

APGA (American Public Gas Association): represents the interests of municipal natural gas utilities at the federal level by developing legislative and regulatory policies that further the goals of their municipal gas system members.

API (American Petroleum Institute): a national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry.

FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission): regulates, monitors, and investigates electricity, natural gas, hydropower, oil matters, natural gas pipelines, LNG terminals, hydroelectric dams, electric transmission, energy markets, and pricing.

GPA (Gas Processors Association a/k/a GPA Midstream Association): sets the industry standards to measure natural gas liquids, publishes technical reports, and represents the interests of their affiliates before regulatory bodies.

INGAA (Interstate Natural Gas Association of America): a trade organization that advocates regulatory and legislative positions of importance to the natural gas pipeline industry in North America.

ISA (Instrumentation Society of America): a trade organization that sets the standard for applying engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure.

ISA (International Society of Automation): develops standards and certifies industry professionals through the PE (professional engineer) exam.

Mega Rule: a set of new pipeline safety standards issued by PHMSA in October 2019 that brings 500,000 miles of pipeline under federal jurisdiction to ensure the safe transport of gas product.

PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration): responsible for providing pipeline safety oversight through regulatory rulemaking, NTSB recommendations, and other important functions to protect people and the environment through the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials.

PHMSA Pipeline Advisory Committees (GPAC and LPAC): review PHMSA’s proposed regulatory initiatives to assure the technical feasibility, reasonableness, cost-effectiveness and practicability of each proposal. The committees also evaluate the cost-benefit analysis and risk assessment information of the proposals.

PODS (Pipeline Open Data Standard): supports the growing and changing needs of the pipeline industry through ongoing development, maintenance and advancement of the Data Model and Standards. PODS also serves as a member association to maintain the PODS Data Model.

PST (Pipeline Safety Trust): a nonprofit public charity promoting pipeline safety through education, advocacy, and relationship-building with stakeholders.

Podcasts

Episode 111: iPIPE — Inside the Tech Pitch with Jay Almlie


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features the second of several episodes with Jay Almlie of the EERC and iPIPE consortium hosted by Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn about what technologies iPIPE chooses to invest their time, energy, money, and effort into proving out. You will also learn what a tech pitch is […]
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Episode 103: Workload Analysis with Charles Alday


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features pipeline control room expert Charles Alday discussing the important elements of Workload Analysis and how to perform a workload assessment. In this episode, you will learn about the various methods used to analyze workload and fatigue, how to set benchmarks and use data to analyze objective and subjective factors, […]
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Episode 100: Inside the LPG Charity Fund with Greg Harpster


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Greg Harpster of the LPG Charity Fund talking to Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat about how the charity supports oil and gas professionals during time of need. In this episode, you will learn about the LPG Charity Fund, the LPG industry, and the impact the LPG Charity Fund has […]
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Episode 95: A Brief Pipelining History (Part 2) with KC Yost


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features pipeline historian KC Yost returning to the podcast for Part 2 of a discussion about the history of the pipeline industry with host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn about pipeline routing and the history behind it, topography and how it impacts the industry, and KC’s work […]
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Episode 89: Introduction to PODS with Jackie Smith


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Jackie Smith, president of PODS, discussing the Pipeline Open Data Standard with host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn about the PODS Data Model, the role of the PODS association supporting data integrity, how to combine pipeline integrity data with location data and mapping to perform risk […]
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Episode 88: ASGMT Insight with Ace Astala and Joel Clancy


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Ace Astala and Joel Clancy from the American School of Gas Measurement Technology discussing the value of the school with host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn the history and purpose of the American School of Gas Measurement Technology and what they offer to their students at […]
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Episode 87: High-Performance HMI and API 1165 with Philip Jones


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Russel Treat and Philip Jones of EnerSys Corporation discussing the fundamentals of High-Performance HMI for the pipeline control room. In this episode, you will learn about the difference between HMI and High-Performance HMI, the importance of keeping things simple in an HMI build, why the perspective of a controller […]
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Episode 86: SGA 2019 Recap with Russel Treat and Ross Adams


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Russel Treat and Ross Adams of EnerSys Corporation discussing this year’s SGA Natural Gas Connect conference. Ross provides his insight on the critical topics affecting the pipeline control room in 2019. Specifically, how the concept of Change Management is impacting today’s control room, the biggest concerns that are keeping […]
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Episode 85: Pipeline Permitting with Tom Magness


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Russel Treat and retired Colonel Tom Magness, founder of Eagle’s Leadership, discussing pipeline permitting from a Corps of Engineers’ perspective. Listen for how the government decides what projects and permits are in the best interest of the nation and how to balance both environmental protection and sustainable development. Tom […]
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Episode 84: Update on Pipeline Politics with David Holt


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Russel Treat and David Holt of the Consumer Energy Alliance discussing the latest political topics surrounding the pipeline industry. Listen for key updates on the conversations surrounding pipeline politics at the federal and state level, the environmental factors that are important to the pipeline industry — not just environmentalists, […]
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Episode 83: PHMSA GPAC Meeting Update & the Gas Gathering Rule


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat returns from Washington, D.C. with a timely update on the Gas Gathering Rule (Mega Rule). Listen for an important recap of the discussions during the PHMSA GPAC Meetings that advanced the Mega Rule toward final rulemaking. Included were two expected results on data collection from all gathering pipelines and the […]
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Episode 79: Bellingham Incident 20-Year Anniversary – Personal Story with Larry Shelton


On the 20-year anniversary of the Bellingham Incident in Bellingham, Washington, Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat welcomes retired pipeline professional Larry Shelton to share his first-hand recollections and reflect on the importance of pipeline integrity management. Operations Excellence (OE) is the driving force of Mr. Shelton’s story. He defines OE as “achieving business goals with […]
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Episode 76: Simplifying EFM Data Collection with Adam Hill


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat hosts part two of a conversation with Adam Hill of Kepware/PTC on how to simplify EFM data collection using the latest technology. In this episode, you will learn about the history of data collection in SCADA systems, the difference between the primary data polling protocols, the importance of edge communications […]
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Episode 72: API 2019 Pipeline Conference Recap with Russel Treat


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat recaps the 2019 API Pipeline Conference and Control Room Forum held in April in Phoenix. Russel recaps the most important takeaways from the conference, gives his perspective on the conversations held throughout the conference, and provides updates on rulemaking. Topics covered include the state of […]
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Episode 74: AGA 2019 Ops Conference Recap with Russel Treat


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat recaps the 2019 AGA Operations Conference held in late April and early May in Nashville. Russel recaps the most important takeaways and conversations during the conference, his role in hosting a Q&A on the NTSB Most Wanted List with pipeline executives, the results of several […]
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Episode 68: Pipeliners Association Knowledge Transfer with KC Yost


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat welcomes back pipeline historian KC Yost to discuss an important industry membership group, The Pipeliners Association of Houston. Listen for valuable insight on the formation of the group, the association’s mission of knowledge transfer to advance pipeline engineering and operating practices, the growth of the association’s scholarship offerings to support […]
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Episode 67: Plato and API 1165 with Russel Treat


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat takes you deep into the weeds this week to connect Plato’s Allegory of The Cave to the API 1165 industry standard for pipeline control room displays, thanks to insight from pipeline consultant Charles Alday. Listen for the latest information on the expected 2019 update to API 1165, the goal of […]
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Episode 64: New Gas Gathering Rule with Russel Treat


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat hosts an informative episode dissecting the new Gas Gathering Rule that is advancing through the PHMSA rulemaking process. Find out what you need to know about the rulemaking timeline, what is covered under the new rule, the types of lines that will be brought under the new rule, the importance […]
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Episode 59: The Crude Life with Jason Spiess and Russel Treat


In this week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode, host Russel Treat reverses roles as the interview subject. Listen to renown broadcaster Jason Spiess of The Crude Life Network interview Russel about the Pipeliners Podcast, the growth of our podcast in its second year, and more interesting tidbits you may not know about! The Crude Life: Show Notes […]
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Episode 56: Texas Energy with Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton


The Pipeliners Podcast kicks off 2019 with a very special episode. Russel Treat welcomes Ryan Sitton, a Texas Railroad Commissioner, for the first episode of the new year. In this episode, you will learn about the three primary functions of the railroad commissioners in Texas, how the Railroad Commission acts as an advocate for the […]
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Episode 48: Introduction to Pipeline SMS with Stuart Saulters


The Pipeliners Podcast welcomes Stuart Saulters to discuss the important elements of a pipeline safety management system (SMS). In this episode, you will learn about the industry’s shift to SMS following the pipeline incidents in 2010, how the API RP 1173 was created, the importance of changing the culture in pipeline operations to get the […]
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Episode 41: The API Policymaking Process with Stuart Saulters


The Pipeliners Podcast welcomes new guest Stuart Saulters, a policy advisor for API, to discuss what goes into the API policymaking process. In this episode, you will learn about the three primary roles of API to develop standards and recommended practices for pipeline operations, working with policymakers to advocate for pipeline support, and educating the […]
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Episode 3: New CRM Developments with Ross Adams


Control Room Managers face a tremendous challenge ensuring they are not only compliant with PHMSA rules, but that they are adequately prepared for PHMSA audits. Ross Adams from EnerSys Corporation joins Russel to discuss this challenge. Russel and Ross also discuss: How PHMSA works and what they are looking for in their audits. How the […]
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Episode 8: Control Room Team Training with Ross Adams


In the first Pipeliners Podcast episode of 2018, host Russel Treat welcomes Ross Adams back to the podcast to discuss the timely topic of control room team training. This episode goes into detail about the new frequently asked questions (FAQs) published by PHMSA at the start of this year. What do the FAQs mean for […]
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Episode 20: Pipeline Regulations at the State Level with Thure Cannon


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, Russel Treat welcomes the president of the Texas Pipeline Association, Thure (pronounced “Tur-ee”) Cannon, to discuss pipeline regulations at the state level. You will learn about the differences between pipeline regulation at the state versus federal level, how Texans uniquely manage intrastate pipeline activity, and the latest research […]
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Episode 18: The Politics of Pipelines with David Holt


Have you considered advocating for the energy and pipeline industries? You don’t need an official position or a big title to advocate for smart energy practices in our country. In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, find out how David Holt of the Consumer Energy Alliance works with big players in Washington, D.C., oil and […]
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Episode 71: Pipeline Safety Act Reauthorization with Keith Coyle


This episode of the Pipeliners Podcast features Russel Treat and first-time guest Keith Coyle discussing the significance of the U.S. pipeline safety law being considered for re-authorization later this year. You will learn about the basic structure of the Pipeline Safety Act that will be discussed for reauthorization, how the reauthorization and appropriation process works […]
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Episode 7: PHMSA Pipeline Advisory Committee Meeting Report


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat delivers his take on the PHMSA Pipeline Advisory Committee meetings held in December in Washington, D.C. After attending these meetings, Russel relays the information that came out of the discussions, what the conversations were among industry leaders and regulators, and what is coming in the […]
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Episode 54: PRCI Data Sharing Initiative with president Cliff Johnson


The Pipeliners Podcast is honored to welcome Cliff Johnson, the president of the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI), for a timely and important discussion with host Russel Treat. The discussion centers on how the PRCI has developed a data hub to collect, store, and share information from across the pipeline industry to continue advancing the […]
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Episode 98: Natural Gas Appliance Standards with Stuart Saulters


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features returning guest Stuart Saulters for a discussion about gas appliances and gas appliance standards with host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn more about Stuart’s move to the American Public Gas Association and what his position entails, the entities APGA serves, and the importance of gas appliance […]
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Episode 116: New Underground Gas Storage Rule with Keith Coyle


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features regulation expert Keith Coyle returning to the podcast to discuss the new Underground Gas Storage Rule published by PHMSA in January. In this episode, you will learn about what led to the new final rule being passed, important aspects that were included in the rule, the pattern of incident […]
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Episode 42: ASGMT 2018 Recap with Russel Treat


In this edition of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat provides an in-depth recap of the 2018 ASGMT School in Houston, Texas. The first half of the episode focuses on the new and emerging technology in the market to support more accurate and efficient measurement of natural gas. The second half of the episode focuses […]
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Episode 126: A Conversation With PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott


The Pipeliners Podcast is honored to speak with PHMSA Administrator Howard “Skip” Elliott about his role as a President-appointee overseeing pipeline safety at the federal level. In this conversation with host Russel Treat, you will learn about the role of PHMSA in the federal government, what is required to close the small gap in pipeline […]
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Episode 127: Contractors and Pipeline SMS with Steve Allen


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Steve Allen of Energy Worldnet (EWN) discussing Pipeline Safety Management Systems (Pipeline SMS) from the perspective of utilizing contractors and providing training to ensure safety. In this episode, you will learn about improving the safety culture in the oil and gas industry, how construction quality management differs from an […]
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Episode 1: Introducing the Pipeliners Podcast


What is the Pipeliners Podcast? This is for people who want to be professional pipeliners, who like the business, really want to learn more about the business, and learn what is the state of the art. What’s new? What’s going on in cyber security and automation controls, telecommunication, regulatory requirements? The idea is the Pipeliners […]
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Episode 30: Trends in Measurement Training with Ardis Bartle


Russel Treat is pleased to welcome back measurement advocate and industry consultant Ardis Bartle to the Pipeliners Podcast to discuss the latest trends in measurement training. The episode is based on the whitepaper on trends in training that Ardis presented at the AGA Operations Conference in June. Ardis discusses her research on where measurement technicians […]
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Episode 31: AGA Operations Conference Recap with Russel Treat


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat flies solo in this episode with a recap of the important information and developments from the 2018 AGA Operations Conference held in Washington, D.C. In this episode, you will learn about the primary conversations during the conference including cybersecurity and its impact on gas control, the latest on NTSB’s involvement […]
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Episode 23: API Pipeline Conference Update with Russel Treat


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat provides a recap of the API Pipeline Conference and Cybernetics Symposium. Listen to Russel share his perspective on the various sessions and conversations related to pipeline safety and compliance. Also, Russel provides an important report on the regulations and recommended practices that were discussed at […]
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