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Pipelines & Land Use Planning

Pipelines & Land Use Planning

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Pipelines & Land Use Planning

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  1. Pipelines & Land Use Planning Tim Sweeney Pipeline Safety Trust Conference New Orleans November 3, 2006 360-664-1118 tsweeney@wutc.wa.gov www.wutc.wa.gov/pipeline

  2. Pipeline Safety Program • Inspections • Enforcement/follow up • Incident investigation • Technical assistance • Mapping support • Citizen’s committee • Public awareness

  3. Land use decisions A decision you make today can affect the likelihood and consequence of a pipeline rupture now and in the future. --- Wash. Land Use Report. Judicious land use decisions can reduce the risks associated with transmission pipelines by reducing the probabilities and consequences of incidents ---TRB Special Report 281 A decision you make today can affect the likelihood and consequence of a pipeline rupture now and in the future. --- Wash. Land Use Report.

  4. Setbacks • Safety setback: How far is enough? • No data available for guidance. • No ROW width regulations. • What can local governments do?

  5. Report process • City/County associations • Municipal Research Services Center • Pipeline Safety Trust • PHMSA • Pipeline companies • Review of other states and Canada. • Participants in 2004 and 2005 workshops. • Ad hoc committee of local officials, industry and agency.

  6. Two considerations • Land use activities which can decrease or increase the possibility of a pipeline incident. • Land use activities which can decrease or increase the consequence of a pipeline incident. Threat to pipeline Threat to people

  7. Threats to the Pipeline Subdivisions Commercial developments Roads and utilities Industrial activities

  8. Threat to People • High density development • Nursing homes • Schools • Hospitals • Fire Stations

  9. What is practical • Show pipelines on all zoning, building & public works maps. • Engage pipeline operators in land use planning decision including subdivision plan review. • Include pipelines in SEPA checklist. • Help pipelines identify ROW encroachment. • Require proof of utility locate request before issuing permits.

  10. Consultation Zone

  11. Consultation process needs • Awareness of pipelines. • Local government authority and willingness to ensure consultation happens. • Operators who care and follow up promptly.

  12. What is in report • Short (eight-page) description of findings. • Pipeline operator info (Appendix A) • ROW & Land use table (Appendix B) • Strategies/model ordinances (Appendix C) • Other pipeline resources (Appendix D) • Glossary of terms (Appendix E)

  13. How to get more info • Get a copy today from us • Available, along with future updates, on web (www.wutc.wa.gov/pipeline). • Join our e-mail list for timely pipeline news reports. (2 to 4 times monthly) • Arrange for a presentation before your legislative body.