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U. S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

U. S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. www.dot.gov. Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement, and Safety Act of 2006 (PIPES). Common Ground Alliance Excavation Safety Conference Oil & Gas Pipeline Summit

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U. S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

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  1. U. S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration www.dot.gov

  2. Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement, and Safety Act of 2006(PIPES) Common Ground AllianceExcavation Safety Conference Oil & Gas Pipeline Summit March 8, 2007Orlando, FLPresented by Blaine Keener

  3. The PIPES Agenda • Create a national focus on the importance of Damage Prevention Programs • “Aspirational Model” of federal one-call enforcement to encourage States to develop adequate enforcement • Foster damage prevention improvements in States through new grant program & identifying essential elements • Increased support for our State Partners

  4. What is an Enterprise Approach? • CGA is the Model - gather all Stakeholders • At the conceptual stage all views sought • Everyone has an Equal Voice • Solution is Consensus • We’re not done till all Needs are met • PHMSA uses Enterprise Approach as Central Value

  5. PIPES Enterprise Approach • Lots of Competing Priorities on Capitol Hill • Accidents Have Driven Agendas of the Past • Other Reauthorizations Laden with new Mandates • This Agenda was shared – Every stakeholder had a need met • Every Stakeholder worked for the Greater good • More Stakeholders Came to the table

  6. PIPES Themes • Damage Prevention • Managing System Risk – Integrity Management • Infrastructure, People, and Procedures integrated to attain performance • “Prevention through People”Control Room Management / Fatigue,Operator Qualification, Damage Prevention, and Public Awareness

  7. DIMP Final Rule • Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP) continuing on course • Largely based on findings from the Phase IDIMP report • PIPES makes EFV installation mandatory under certain circumstances • Expect NPRM to be published around June 2007 • Deadline: 12-2007

  8. PHMSA can only exercise enforcement authority if the State’s enforcement program is “inadequate to protect safety” Criteria to determine that a State’s enforcement is “inadequate” must be established by Rulemaking - input from the Enterprise Criteria will show States what to aspire to –PHMSA does not want to wade into States with a “big stick” Civil One-Call Enforcement Authority

  9. To the agency designated by State Governor Must have an effective damage prevention program OR be making substantial progress toward an effective program Criteria are the 9 Essential Elements of an effective damage prevention program from DIMP Phase 1 report CGA Best Practices in place for each Essential Element Fair and Consistent Enforcement Damage Prevention Grants

  10. Solicit creative ideas from universities Develop new technologies for preventing pipeline damage Focus on notification systems and underground facility locating and marking “Job Site of the Future” – enhance image of contractor career in universities Working with National Utility Contractor Association on criteria for awards Damage Prevention Technology Grants

  11. Hits and 911 • If excavator damages pipeline and product released, the excavator must call 911 • CGA BP 5-25 – call 911 and pipeline operator • Operators who hit their own pipeline and cause a leak are required to call 911 • Driven by need for improved incident perimeter control for public safety

  12. 811 Campaign Funding • Recognition of the 811 campaign in federal law • Single donation directly to the Common Ground Alliance • Not multiple grants to State or Regional groups

  13. Authorized funding from 50% up to 80% Continuing Resolution limits funding forFY 2007 Plan for 5% Incremental Increase Per year Working with NAPSR on Criteria for Eligibility Focus on Meeting Statutory Mandates & Harmonizing Risk Based Approach with State Partners Increased State Grant Funding

  14. Technical Assistance Grants to Communities • Readying criteria • Discussing pilots with AGA & AOPL • 1 Project in Alaska • Premise is creating partnerships between operators and their communities to improve understanding of company performance • Focus on broad based metrics transparent and close to real time

  15. Enforcement Transparency • New Website is designed • Ready to be Operational • Meeting with Stakeholders to review and make adjustments • Will seek public comments on how we can make it better • Deadline: 12-2007

  16. Gas IM Reassessment Interval • Statutory deadline and Stakeholder Interest by AGA and INGAA Drive urgency • Authority to Issue Waivers • Prepared to streamline process by bundling waivers by topic • Deadline: 12-2007

  17. Control Room Management • Considering appending this newly required plan to the IMP plan • People, Plans, and Procedures are basis for effective Integrity Management • Prevention Through People • Will have discussions with Stakeholders on Concepts • Deadline: 06-01-2008

  18. Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement, and Safety Act of 2006(PIPES) Questions ??? blaine.keener@dot.gov 202-366-0970

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