Pipeline Safety – Embrace The Conflict

Every Conflict is an Opportunity for Positive Change

Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana – November 19th & 20th, 2015

Conference Agenda

DAY ONE – Thursday, November 19th

9:00 – 9:10Welcoming Comments – Grand Ballroom

Carl Weimer, Executive Director, Pipeline Safety Trust

9:10 – 9:30Opening Address – Grand Ballroom

Marie Therese Dominguez, Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

9:30 – 10:15General Session – The Past Year in Review – Grand Ballroom

Carl Weimer, Executive Director, Pipeline Safety Trust – Incidents and Industry, Public & Regulatory initiatives

10:15 – 10:35Food For Thought Session – What are PHMSA’s Plans for all that New Money? – Grand Ballroom

Jeff Wiese, Associate Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

10:35 – 11:00Break

 

11:00 – 11:30Food For Thought Session – Why are Enforcement Hearings Closed? – Grand Ballroom

Vasiliki Tsaganos, Deputy Chief Counsel, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Katie Townshend, Litigation Director, Reporters’ Committee on Freedom of the Press

11:30 – 12:45Breakout Session – Turning to the States – Would more state authority and oversight improve safety? – A look at the issues from the perspective of state and federal regulators – Grand Ballroom

Alan Rathbun, Pipeline Safety Director, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission

Zach Barrett, Director of State Programs, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Toayoa Aldridge, Program Director, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Office of Inspector General

Breakout Session – Pipelines 101 – A primer for beginners – Evangeline Suite

The Pipeline Safety Trust staff will help beginners learn the basics. Industry and regulators will be given a chance to critique the PST presentation to enrich the discussion around safety issues.

 

12:45 – 2:00Buffet Lunch – Fleur de Lis and Courtyard

2:00 – 3:15Breakout Session – An Interactive Look at Meaningful Metrics – Can we find some that give an accurate picture of pipeline safety? Can we agree on what they are and how to measure them? – Grand Ballroom

Carl Weimer, Pipeline Safety Trust

Jim Donihee, CEPA

Alan Mayberry, Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy & Programs, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Breakout Session – Who Pays For Pipeline Safety? Who Should? – Evangeline Suite

Graham Hill, Ice Miller Strategies/ INGAA

Christina Sames, AGA

Monique Watson, FERC

3:15 – 3:30Break

3:30 – 4:45Breakout Session – What’s Wrong with Integrity Management? Discussion of the NTSB recent report on gas IM and agency and industry responses – Grand Ballroom

Dr. Ivan Cheung, NTSB

Chris McLaren, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Terry Boss, INGAA

Q & A

Breakout Session – Case Study – One Community’s Attempt to Make Pipelines Safer – Evangeline Suite

Alamo Improvement Association – Roger Smith

Contra Costa County – Michael Kent

Kinder Morgan – Pete Murphy

5:30 – 7:00Pipeline Safety Trust Board of Directors’ Reception for Attendees – Fleur de Lis Suite

DAY TWO – Friday, November 20th

8:00 – 9:00Breakfast – Foyer

9:00 – 9:20Keynote – Colette Honorable, FERC CommissionerGrand Ballroom

Keynote – Q & A

9:20 – 10:20Breakout Session – Should natural gas “spills” be treated like oil spills? What is the industry doing to plug the leaks and avoid the need for additional regulations? – Grand Ballroom

Jonathan Peress, Environmental Defense Fund

Dr. Subu R Subramanian, Carnegie Mellon University

Q & A

Breakout Session – New API Recommended Practices on Pipeline Cracking and Leak Detection – Evangeline Suite

Stuart Saulters, Policy Advisor, API

Bruce Dupuis, TransCanada

Ken Lee, Director, Engineering & Research, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

10:20 – 10:30Break

10:30 – 10:45Food For Thought Session – Should Pipelines Have Permits to Operate that are Reviewed Periodically? – Grand Ballroom

Sara Gosman, University of Arkansas School of Law, Pipeline Safety Trust Board Vice President

10:45 – 12:00Breakout Session – How Old is Too Old? Who Makes That Decision? – Grand Ballroom
Carl Weimer, Pipeline Safety Trust

Alan Mayberry, Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy & Programs, PHMSA

John Stoody, AOPL

Wendy Wagster, INGAA

Breakout Session – 2014 Technical Assistance Grant Showcase – Evangeline Suite
Tip of the Mitt, Jennifer McKay

Blue Green Alliance, Rob McCulloch

Jason Tieman, representing Greater Lafourche Port Commission, Louisiana

12:00 – 1:30Lunch – On Your Own

1:30 – 2:45General Session – The Cost/Benefit analysis that is part of Rulemaking – Grand Ballroom

John Gale, Director, Standards & Rulemaking, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Bill Byrd, President RCP, Inc.

Sara Gosman, University of Arkansas School of Law, Pipeline Safety Trust Board member

2:45 – 3:00General Session – Closing – Grand Ballroom