Training the Public

The Pipeline Safety Trust (PST) received a grant from PHMSA to send 20-30 people from local and tribal government, and ​non-profit organizations to an in-depth training on pipeline safety. Pipeline safety is a complicated web and our goal with this training is to provide attendees with the information they need to better understand pipelines and pipeline regulations. With this information, you will be able to understand the daily operations and potential risks from pipelines better, and potentially develop programs and engage in regulatory processes that address these risks more effectively. Further, our hope is that this training will connect attendees, key regulators and progressive thinkers within the pipeline industry so they may continue to communicate in the interest of safer pipelines in the future.

This training will focus on the safety of existing or soon to be existing pipelines, and will not get into other important related issues such as the impacts of oil and gas production methods, or the impacts from the use of the fuels pipelines transport. Over the course of this three-day training, attendees will learn how pipelines are constructed, operated, maintained, inspected and regulated, as well as a review of the different types of pipelines and the major failure causes and what is done to try to prevent those failures. We are really interested in funding people who will continue to be involved in pipeline safety issues in years to come. This training will be provided by a well respected consulting firm – RCP – at their headquarters in downtown Houston. An outline of the training is below. We are tentatively planning to hold the training sometime in April or May. Two or three senior representatives from the federal pipeline regulator PHMSA, along with two or three representatives from industry associations, will also be on hand for at least the last day of the training to answer questions and engage in a dialogue with attendees. All travel costs for the attendees will be offered by the Pipeline Safety Trust.

Since funding and space is limited, we ask that if you’re interested, please fill out and submit the very short application at the link below by no later than December 18th. It would be good, if needed, that you get preliminary approval from whoever would need to approve of your participation in this training before submitting your application. If there are others you know that may be interested please feel free to share this webpage and application link with them.

We regret that we can’t accommodate everyone who is interested in this training, so we will use the answers in your application to put together a class of individuals that is geographically diverse and from a variety of group types (e.g. tribes, local government, and safety and environmental organizations). Pipeline Safety Trust staff will review applications and notify you if you have been accepted in January.

If you have any questions send us an email at or give us a call at 360-543-5686


The training will be based on the outline below:

  • Why have pipelines?
  • The different types of pipelines (production, gathering, transmission, distribution), with an emphasis on the difference between gas and liquid; and transmission and distribution
  • The historical safety record of pipelines
  • The regulatory scheme for pipelines (who regulates what, and when) at the federal and state level
  • PHMSA regulations – scope and major programs required; Inspections and Enforcement programs and trends
  • The major pieces and parts of a pipeline system: Storage, pipe, pumps, compressors, valves, meters, instrumentation / SCADA
  • The design, construction, and initial testing of pipelines
  • Operator Qualification
  • Pipeline corrosion control programs
  • Pipeline monitoring, operation, and control (local / control room / SCADA)
  • Pipeline ROW patrol programs and requirements
  • Public Awareness programs and coordination with government officials / others
  • In-line inspections (ILI): how do they work and what do they do?
  • The various types of leak detection systems and how they work
  • Emergency response planning requirements: 49 CFR 192 and 195; and OPA 90 in 49 CFR 194.