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Alerts and Reports

Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission Proposes Significant Changes to the Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Regulations


Pipeline Safety Alert – Babst Calland

On July 15, 2021, the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PA PUC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Order (NOPR) proposing to change the regulations applicable to public utilities that transport petroleum products and other hazardous liquids in Pennsylvania. The NOPR follows an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR) that the PA PUC published on June 29, 2019, seeking comments on an expanded regulatory framework for hazardous liquid public utilities. The proposed regulations go beyond the minimum federal pipeline safety regulations in 49 C.F.R. Part 195 and would impose significant new requirements on public utilities in Pennsylvania.

— Access below a summary of the significant items from the proposed regulations published by Babst Calland. Public utilities in Pennsylvania that transport hazardous liquids should carefully review the proposed regulations, the potential impact to their operations, and provide comments to the PA PUC accordingly. Comments will be due 60 days from the date the NOPR is published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Pipeline Policy — Last 4 Years, Next 4 Years with Keith Coyle


Pipeliners Podcast (Episode 164)

Attorney Keith Coyle discusses with Russel Treat how U.S. pipeline policy was shaped during the four years under the Trump administration and how pipeline policy might be affected under the Biden administration.

PHMSA Publishes Gas Regulatory Reform Final Rule


Pipeline Safety Alert – Babst Calland

On January 11, 2021, PHMSA published a Final Rule amending the gas pipeline safety regulations at 49 C.F.R. Parts 191 and 192. Adopted as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce or eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens, PHMSA estimates that the Final Rule will result in approximately $130 million in annualized cost savings for pipeline operators. Although the effective date of the Final Rule is March 12, 2021, the Agency provided a deferred compliance date of October 1, 2021, for the new amendments. Additional information about the Final Rule is provided in this Alert.

President Trump Signs Law Reauthorizing Federal Pipeline Safety Program


Pipeline Safety Alert – Babst Calland

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2020 (2020 PIPES Act) into law, completing a multi-year effort to reauthorize the nation’s federal pipeline safety program. The 2020 PIPES Act authorizes general funding for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) pipeline safety program through fiscal year 2023 and makes other important changes to the Pipeline Safety Act. The task of implementing these provisions will fall on the incoming administration of President-Elect Joseph R. Biden. Babst Calland provides additional information about the 2020 PIPES Act in this client alert.

Congress Reauthorizes Pipeline Safety Act as Part of Year-End Spending and COVID-19 Relief Package


Pipeline Safety Alert – Babst Calland

On December 21, 2020, the U.S. Congress passed the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2020 (the Act) as part of a larger year-end spending and COVID-19 relief package. The Act reauthorizes the federal pipeline safety program through September 30, 2023, and establishes annual funding levels for the 2021, 2022, and 2023 fiscal years. The Act also makes other important changes to the federal pipeline safety laws administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA or the Agency).

PHMSA Valve & Rupture Meeting Recap with Keith Coyle


Pipeliners Podcast (Episode 151)

Keith Coyle reports his takeaways from the recent GPAC/LPAC committee meetings on the proposed PHMSA rulemaking, Valve Installation and Minimum Rupture Detection Standards.

New Underground Gas Storage Rule with Keith Coyle


Pipeliners Podcast (Episode 116)

Attorney Keith Coyle discusses the new Underground Gas Storage Rule published by PHMSA in January on the Pipeliners Podcast with Russel Treat.

New PHMSA Final Pipeline Safety Rules with Keith Coyle


Pipeliners Podcast (Episode 97)

Attorney Keith Coyle discusses the new PHMSA final pipeline safety rules on the Pipeliners Podcast with Russel Treat. Find the application to your role in pipeline operations.

PHMSA Proposes Integrity Management Alternative For Class Location Changes


Pipeline Safety Alert (Babst Calland)

On October 14, 2020 PHMSA proposed to amend the federal gas pipeline safety regulations and reporting requirements to allow operators to apply integrity management (IM) principles to certain gas transmission line segments that experience class location changes. Comments on the NPRM are due December 14, 2020. After the public comment period closes, the Agency will consider the information provided and decide whether to present the NPRM to the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) for consideration.

The State of the Oil and Gas Industry


KDKA (CBS Pittsburgh)

KDKA spoke with Attorney Joe Reinhart, co-chair of Energy and Natural Resources Group of Babst Calland, about The 2020 Babst Calland Report and the state of the oil and gas industry.

A Decade of Environmental and Regulatory Progress in the Natural Gas Industry


Think About Energy (Video)

The natural gas industry has afforded the Appalachian Basin with economic and environmental benefits for over a decade. As the technologies continue to evolve, the industry has been at the forefront of implementing best management practices, best in class equipment, increased transparency, and environmental excellence.

Report Sees Shale Poised for Growth


American Oil & Gas Reporter

The 2020 Babst Calland Report–The U.S. Oil & Gas Industry: Federal, State, Local Challenges & Opportunities; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and Midstream Operators covers topics ranging from the industry’s business outlook, regulatory enforcement and rule-making to developments in pipeline safety and litigation trends, Babst Calland says, adding that its attorneys’ collective legal experience and perspectives on these and related business developments are highlighted in the report.

  • DOWNLOAD: To view an excerpt of the pipeline safety developments section of the report, click here. To request a full digital copy of the report, contact info@babstcalland.com.

Babst Calland Attorneys Target Oil and Gas Political Issues to Watch (Hart Energy)


Hart energy

As the November election draws closer, Babst Calland’s Kevin Garber and Jean Mosites analyze the stance of major party candidates on key environmental issues and what the oil and gas industry can anticipate, depending on the victors.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Proposes to Reissue Nationwide Permits and Split NWP 12


Environmental Alert (Babst Calland)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently pre-published a proposed rule to issue and modify its Nationwide Permits (NWPs) aimed at clarifying and reducing the regulatory burden associated with certain authorized activities.

New PHMSA Rule Allows Rail LNG Transport


Pipeline Safety Alert (Babst Calland)

On July 24, 2020, PHMSA published a Final Rule allowing railroads to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) in modified DOT-113C120W (DOT-113) railcars designed to hold cryogenic flammable liquids. The rulemaking attracted significant attention from industry eager to meet increased natural gas demand, safety organizations such as the National Transportation Safety Board that raised concerns about transporting LNG, and from environmental groups.

Appalachian Trail Not a Barrier to Atlantic Coast Pipeline


Energy & Natural Resources Alert (Babst Calland)

The U.S. Forest Service may grant permission for a natural gas pipeline to go underneath the Appalachian Trail, so says the United States Supreme Court in an opinion released on June 15, 2020.

PHMSA Proposes Regulatory Reforms for Natural Gas Pipelines


Pipeline Safety Alert (Babst Calland)

On June 9, 2020, PHMSA proposed amendments to the gas pipeline safety regulations at 49 C.F.R. Parts 191 and 192. The purpose of the NPRM is to ease regulatory burdens identified through internal agency review, petitions for rulemaking, and public comments. The proposed amendments are estimated to result in approximately $129 to $132 million in annualized cost savings, with the largest cost savings due to amendments related to farm taps and atmospheric corrosion inspections.

PHMSA Proposes New Guidance for Farm Taps


The PIOGA Press (by Keith Coyle and Ashleigh Krick)

On April 20, PHMSA published a request for comments on proposed frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the regulation of farm taps under 49 C.F.R. Parts 191 and 192.

Montana District Court’s Vacatur of NWP 12 Impacts Pipeline Projects Across United States


Environmental Alert (Babst Calland)

Repercussions of a Montana District Court’s vacatur of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit (NWP) 12 continue to unfold. NWP 12 is widely utilized by pipeline developers, other energy project proponents, and utilities to authorize certain stream and wetland crossings, and any resulting discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

PHMSA Proposes Regulatory Reforms for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines


Pipeline Safety Alert (Babst Calland)

On April 16, 2020, PHMSA released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the facility response planning, reporting, and external corrosion control requirements for hazardous liquids pipelines in 49 C.F.R. Parts 194 and 195. PHMSA also proposes modifications to the inspection and investigation requirements in Part 190 which would impact all regulated operators (hazardous liquid, natural gas, underground natural gas storage, and LNG). PHMSA’s proposal is intended to reduce regulatory burdens, as identified in internal agency reviews and stakeholder comments collected in 2017.

Update: U.S. DOT Agencies Extend Further COVID-19 HAZMAT Relief


Transportation Safety Alert (Babst Calland)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. DOT agencies that regulate the surface transportation of hazardous materials have extended several forms of relief. PHMSA waived some HazMat training requirements, delayed some equipment recertifications, provided guidance for complying with existing shipping paper rules while practicing safe social distancing, and adopted a temporary enforcement policy for transporting alcohol-based sanitizer.

PHMSA Issues Final Rule for Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities


Pipeline Safety Alert (Babst Calland)

On February 12, 2020, PHMSA released a final rule establishing new safety standards and reporting requirements for underground natural gas storage (UNGS) facilities. The Final Rule modifies regulations that PHMSA previously established in an interim final rule (IFR) to address a congressional mandate in the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act).

Keith Coyle Discusses “Pipelines Are Safe and Getting Safer”


Testimony of Keith J. Coyle, Esq.
Pennsylvania State Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee
Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee

Attorney Keith Coyle confirmed in a testimony during a joint Senate committee hearing on March, 20 2018 that “pipelines are the safest and most reliable means of transporting the nation’s energy products.” Keith chairs the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Pipeline Safety Workgroup and served on Governor Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force.

PHMSA Proposes New Valve Installation and Minimum Rupture Detection Standards for Gas and Hazardous Liquid Pipelines


Pipeline Safety Alert (Babst Calland)

On February 6, 2020, PHMSA published a notice of proposed rulemaking containing new valve installation and minimum rupture detection standards for gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. The NPRM would require the installation of automatic shutoff valves (ASV), remote-control valves (RCV), or equivalent technology, on certain gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines. The NPRM also contains proposed requirements for rupture detection and mitigation, including provisions for improving emergency response and conducting failure investigations and analyses.

Definitions

AGA 7, AGA 9 & AGA 11: refer to the various types of linear meters (turbine, ultrasonic, and Coriolis, respectively) used for custody-transfer measurement applications to calculate oil and gas volumes.

API 1102: gives primary emphasis to provisions for public safety under conditions normally encountered in the pipeline industry. This Recommended Practice covers the design, installation, inspection, and testing required to ensure safe crossings of steel pipelines under railroads and highways.

API 1109: gives primary emphasis to provisions for public safety under conditions normally encountered in the pipeline industry. This Recommended Practice covers the design, installation, inspection, and testing required to ensure safe crossings of steel pipelines under railroads and highways.

API 1111: sets criteria for the design, construction, testing, operation, and maintenance of offshore steel pipelines utilized in the production, production support, or transportation of hydrocarbons; that is, the movement by pipeline of hydrocarbon liquids, gases, and mixtures of these hydrocarbons with water. This Recommended Practice may also be utilized for water injection pipelines offshore.

API 1113: assists SCADA system designers in identifying issues relevant to the development or redevelopment of a control center.

API 1114: provides basic guidance on the design and development of new solution-mined underground storage facilities. This Recommended Practice is based on the accumulated knowledge and experience of geologists, engineers, and other personnel in the petroleum industry.

API 1115: provides the functional recommendations for salt cavern facilities used for liquid hydrocarbon storage service and covers facility geomechanical assessments, cavern well design and drilling, and solution mining techniques and operations, including monitoring and maintenance practices.

API 1130: a recommended practice published by the American Petroleum Institute and incorporated by reference into the U.S. pipeline regulations in 49 CFR 195.134 and 49 CFR 195.444 for how pipeline operators should design, operate, and maintain their computational pipeline monitoring (CPM) systems. This is a critical document for any pipeline operator with CPM-based pipeline leak detection.

API 1133: applies to new and existing hydrocarbon pipelines that transport gas and hazardous liquids. This Recommended Practice is intended to apply to onshore waterways and coastal zones that may be susceptible to hydrotechnical hazards. An onshore waterway is any man-made or natural channel through which water flows. Coastal zones extend offshore to a water depth of 15 ft and extend inland to include those areas of land influenced by tidal action, storm surge, back water flooding, and other coastal hazards.

API 1149: defines the requirements for using computational models to evaluate uncertainties in a pipeline that affect leak detectability.

API 1160: provides a process within a management system framework for operators to assess potential risks and make day-to-day decisions. Through effective integrity management, pipeline operators can significantly reduce the likelihood of an incident and adverse effects on the public, employees, and the environment.

API 1161: provides guidance for developing and maintaining an Operator Qualification (OQ) program compliant with OQ regulations.

API 1162: provides guidance and recommendations to pipeline operators for the development and implementation of enhanced public awareness programs. This Recommended Practice addresses various elements of such programs, including the intended audiences, the kinds of information to be communicated, frequencies and methodologies for communicating the information, and evaluation of the programs for effectiveness.

API 1163: overs the use of in-line inspection (ILI) systems for onshore and offshore gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. This includes, but is not limited to, tethered, self-propelled, or free-flowing systems for detecting metal loss, cracks, mechanical damage, pipeline geometries, and pipeline location or mapping, The standard applies to both existing and developing technologies.

API 1164: outlines SCADA cybersecurity processes that could take years to implement correctly depending on the complexity of the SCADA system.

API 1165: refers to the Recommended Practice for Pipeline SCADA Displays. This standard outlines the best practices for designing and implementing displays that are used by controllers to evaluate information available in all operating conditions.

API 1166: gives primary emphasis to provisions for public safety under conditions normally encountered in the pipeline industry. This Recommended Practice covers the design, installation, inspection, and testing required to ensure safe crossings of steel pipelines under railroads and highways.

API 1167: a recommendation from PHMSA for rationalizing alarms in the control room. Rationalizing alarms means reviewing each alarm in the SCADA system and capturing the cause of the alarm, bad instrumentation or bad actors, and the operating condition.

API 1168: a Control Room Management guideline that outlines shift handover (SHO) requirements and adequate information in the control room.

API 1169: outlines the Pipeline Construction Inspection Certification requirements. The qualification requirements for API 1169 are based on a combination of the number of years of experience acquired within the last 20 years, plus education, and in some cases, other certifications.

API 1170: provides the functional recommendations for facilities that use natural gas storage service, including monitoring and maintenance practices.

API 1171: recommends that operators manage the integrity of natural gas storage in depleted oil and gas reservoirs. This recommended practice includes monitoring and maintenance.

API 1172: assists all parties to safely manage construction activities of new or modified facilities parallel to existing underground transmission pipelines.

API 1173: established the framework for operators to implement Pipeline Safety Management Systems (SMS). A significant part of this recommended practice is a training and competency aspect.

API 1174: provides to operators of onshore hazardous liquid pipelines a framework that promotes the continual improvement of emergency planning and response processes, including identification and mitigation of associated risks and implementation of changes from lessons learned. This Recommended Practice assists the operator in preparing for a safe, timely, and effective response to a pipeline emergency.

API 1175: a recommended practice published by the American Petroleum Institute addressing how pipeline operators should maintain their leak detection program. The goal of the standard is to have the best leak detection system possible by always looking for continuous improvements to the individual LDS components achieving operational buy-in with the culture, strategies, KPIs, and testing.

API 1176: enhances pipeline integrity by providing a comprehensive guide on how to predict and prevent pipeline failures due to cracking.

API 1177: provides a framework for a quality management system (QMS) for onshore pipeline construction.

API 1178: provides instruction on data integration that supplements other API pipeline integrity documents, specifically API RP 1160, Managing System Integrity for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines for Integrity Management.

API 1179: provides guidelines related to hydrostatic testing as a tool for integrity management in gas and liquids pipelines. This Technical Report specifically focuses on program design and key parameters for consideration in hydrostatic test programs, as well as potential detrimental effects of hydrostatic testing.

API 14.3 & AGA 3: describe the design and installation parameters for measurement of fluid flow using orifice meters and other devices, and provide a reference for engineering equations, uncertainty estimations, construction and installation requirements, and standardized implementation recommendations for the calculation of flow rate through orifice meters.

API 21.1: describes the minimum specifications for electronic gas measurement systems used in the measurement and recording of flow parameters for custody transfer applications utilizing industry recognized primary measurement devices.

API 2200: discusses guidelines for safe practices while repairing in-service pipelines for hazardous liquids. This Recommended Practice addresses the needs for qualified personnel and advanced planning (including site assessment) to facilitate safe overall repair activities.

API 4.5: covers the use of displacement, turbine, and ultrasonic meters as master meters.

API 4.8: provides information for operating meter provers on single-phase liquid hydrocarbons. It is intended as a reference manual for operating proving systems.

FERC Order 636: issued in 1992 to relax service requirements on pipeline firms and gave customers greater purchasing flexibility by separating gas sales from transportation. The order also extended transportation to include storage and allowed end-users with firm transport contracts to sell unused capacity.

GPA 2166: recommends the procedures for obtaining samples from flowing natural gas streams that represent the composition of the vapor phase portion of the system to be analyzed.

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.

PHSMA Rule 49 CFR 192: pertains to the transportation of natural and other gas by pipeline.

PHSMA Rule 49 CFR 195: pertains to the transportation of hazardous liquids by pipeline.

Pipeline Safety Act of 2017: allowed the Department of Transportation (DOT) to amend a federal regulation for how to respond to oil spills, calling for PHMSA to consult with the EPA in the event of an oil spill reaching major bodies of water.

PIPES Act of 2016: a public law that was introduced by the U.S. Congress to protect the infrastructure of pipelines and provide enhanced safety in pipeline transportation. The PIPES Act defines the minimum safety standards for underground natural gas storage facilities and imposes a user fee for entities that operate underground storage facilities.

Underground Gas Storage Rule: published in the Federal Register an interim final rule (IFR) that revises the Federal pipeline safety regulations to address critical safety issues related to downhole facilities, including wells, wellbore tubing, and casing, at underground natural gas storage facilities.

Podcasts

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 21: Team Training with Charles Alday


Team Training is a hot topic in the pipeline industry following the latest regulatory requirement issued by PHMSA for control room management. In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, learn from an industry veteran of more than 50 years, Charles Alday, who shares his knowledge of team training, roles and responsibilities, and unique training methods. […]
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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 44: Preparing for PHMSA CRM Audit with Ross Adams


In this week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode, Russel Treat welcomes back Ross Adams of EnerSys Corp. to discuss the important elements of preparing for a PHMSA control room audit. The conversation is based on many discussions at industry conferences this year, where pipeline operators, control room managers, and other personnel have shared lessons learned on how […]
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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 62: NTSB “Most Wanted List” for Pipeline Safety with Russel Treat


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat flies solo in this episode discussing the 2019-2020 NTSB “Most Wanted List.” Russel dissects the open safety recommendations published by the NTSB, specifically the safety notices for pipeline operators, gas utilities, PHMSA, and vendors. In addition to listening to the podcast, take the time to review the information and resources […]
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 128: Distribution Integrity Management with John Erickson


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest John Erickson of the American Public Gas Association (APGA) discussing the important elements of Distribution Integrity Management for natural gas with host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn about the history of integrity management, how transmission integrity management differs from integrity management, and how geocentric […]
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Episode 149: The PHMSA Rulemaking Process with Alan Mayberry


Alan Mayberry, the Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety with PHMSA, talks to Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat about the PHMSA rulemaking process. In this episode, you will learn about the PHMSA rulemaking process, why it’s important, and how Congress and PHMSA work together to go through the rulemaking process. You will also learn about the […]
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Episode 151: PHMSA Valve & Rupture Rule Meeting Recap with Keith Coyle


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Keith Coyle of Babst Calland returning to the podcast to report his takeaways from the recent GPAC/LPAC committee meetings on the proposed PHMSA rulemaking, Valve Installation and Minimum Rupture Detection Standards. In this episode hosted by Russel Treat, you will learn about the impetus behind this particular rulemaking, the […]
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Episode 159: Regulatory Compliance from a Process Perspective with Charlene Wright


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Charlene Wright discussing how pipeline operators can more effectively view and approach regulatory compliance. In this episode, you will learn about the importance of processes organically flowing from the management of assets in pipeline operations, how to optimize recordkeeping to support compliance, the advancement of Pipeline SMS […]
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Episode 162: The API Standards Process with David Miller


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest David Miller of API providing listeners with insight on the API standards development process to promote safety throughout the oil and gas industry. In this episode, you will learn about the process that goes into approving a standard, how many standards are crafted each year, the audit […]
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Episode 163: Overcoming Challenges in Alarm Management


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Ross Adams of EnerSys Corporation interviewing Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat about how to overcome challenges in alarm management for the pipeline control room. In this episode, you will learn about the influence of the PHMSA CRM Rule on alarm management, the value of optimizing alarm rationalization to help […]
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Episode 173: API Energy Excellence Program with Debra Phillips


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Debra Phillips of API providing listeners with insight on the recently-introduced API Energy Excellence Program. In this episode, you will learn about the goals of the API Energy Excellence Program, how API utilized the Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS) framework to develop the API Energy Excellence Program, […]
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