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  1. Agency Update: PHMSA 2008 Western Regional Gas Conference Tempe, AZ August 26, 2008

  2. Suggested Topics • PHMSA – Who’s on 1st, What’s on 2nd • How business is to be done • PHMSA, NAPSR, NARUC, industry • Energy Picture • Natural Gas – bridge to cleaner options • Construction boom & problems • Speculation in gas markets? • Regulatory update • DIMP • Comments Received • PPDC • Federal Incident Notifications • Terrorist Threat • Intergovernmental Initiatives w/NTSB, DHS, DOE

  3. Discussion Topics for Today • A Fair Bit on OPS & PHMSA • Who’s on First, What’s on Second • Goals and Objectives • Some Stage Setting Comments • Including Some Comments on Energy • A Macro View of Safety Data • Specific Comments on Role of Data and Particularly Incident Notification/Reporting • Quick Survey of Regulatory and Non-Regulatory Initiatives • Emphasis on DIMP

  4. Setting the Stage Introductions - PHMSA Leadership Carl Johnson - Administrator Krista Edwards – Deputy Administrator Stacey Gerard – Chief Safety Officer Jeff Wiese – Associate Administrator Bill Gute – Deputy Associate Administrator Chris Hoidal – Western Region Director 4 Other Regional Directors: S, C, E, and SW

  5. Setting the Stage Introductions - PHMSA Directors Richard Sanders – Training and Qualification Roger Little – Data and Information Technology Zach Barrett – State Programs Alan Mayberry – Engineering & Emergency Support Steve Fischer – Program Development Joy Kadnar – Performance and Evaluation Rod Dyck – Enforcement John Gale – Regulatory Program Stan Kastanas – Drug and Alcohol Prevention

  6. PHMSA’s Strategic Goals • Safety (focused on preventing high consequence events) • Protecting People and their Communities by Reducing Risk from Hazardous Materials Transportation – Including Through Pipelines • Environmental Stewardship • Protecting the Natural Environment by Reducing the Risk of Harm to the Environment Due to Transportation of Hazardous Materials • Reliability • Maintain and Improve the Reliability of Systems that Deliver Energy Products and Other Hazardous Materials • Global Connectivity • Facilitating a Global Transportation System that Promotes Economic Growth and Development • Preparedness and Response • Reduce Consequences of Accidents We Can’t Prevent

  7. Our Pipeline Safety Objectives • Improve the Overall Integrity and Reliability of the Energy Pipeline System and Reduce System Risk • Engage, Lead, and Help Strengthen the Capabilities of Others Who Share in Achieving our Goals • Anticipate Future Needs for Transporting Energy Products • Earns the Respect of Our Stakeholders and the Public – as a Model Safety Agency

  8. Setting the Stage PHMSA’s General Approach Focus Heavily on Performance Not Solely on Compliance Drive Performance Through Attention to Pipeline Process People Advance “Risk-Focused and Data Driven” Risk Identification is KEY First Step Need Operator’s Help if All Are to Improve Use an “Enterprise” Approach Strive to be Engaged and Communicative Create a Nucleus for Building Partnerships

  9. Setting the Stage Current Events and Worries Heavily Driven by Accidents Daily by excavation damage Increasingly in shared ROW’s Construction boom is worrisome Periodically, but notably, by corrosion failures E.g., Alaska, Louisiana Increasingly Driven by Supply Issues Congressional Attention Keeps us Busy PIPES Act Mandates Hearings Audits and Recommendations Need for Aggressive Workforce Planning and Recruitment Safety Culture is Eroding Due to Inattention

  10. Big Picture

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  12. Big Picture

  13. Current Initiatives • Optional and Required Studies • Corrosion synthesis report • Mechanical Damage synthesis report • Cross Border study • Regulatory – Recent and Forthcoming • 80% SMYS / MAOP • DIMP (**) • Control Room Management • Gas IM 7-year reassessment interval (?) • Non-Regulatory Emphasis • Excavation Damage Prevention (**)

  14. Regulatory Update • Distribution Integrity Management • Status and Upcoming Outreach • Public Website • Web-casts of Key Rule Elements – includes AGA** • Support for State Seminars • Supplement by Attending Other Stakeholders’ Meetings as Necessary • Comment Coordination • Special Topic: EFV’s • Paving the Way • NAPSR, GPTC Guidance and other supporting standards, Operator/Industry Efforts, data improvement efforts, etc. • Three Issues: inspection intervals, PTP, data

  15. What Principles Underlie DIMP? DIMP requires operators to better understand and mitigate system risks Know your systems Identify the threats Rank risks Mitigate the risks NPRM does not stipulate specific assessment or mitigation actions, In combination with the GPTC Guidance – NPRM provides direction to operators and allows the regulator to investigate internal operator risk management practices

  16. NPRM Structure Requires risk-based written IM program including the seven elements Requires appropriate mitigation measures, including leak management and enhanced damage prevention Requires installation of EFVs Requirements are high-level, performance-based - Guidance needed for implementation details

  17. Master Meter and LPG Operators Smallest operators; truly different Already treated differently in 192, particularly for documentation/reporting Systems cover compact geographic areas and are relatively less complex Excavation damage is often under the operator’s direct control ----------------------- Not required to evaluate risk or report results “Checklist” IM program described in Appendix F

  18. Required Elements

  19. Guidance Needed for a high-level performance rule GPTC has developed draft guidance Several GPTC members here today APGA is developing more-specific guidance for small operators

  20. Additional Issues Allowing alternate time intervals for certain requirements currently in Part 192 Plastic Pipe failure reporting Consideration of compression coupling failures in the threat analysis DIMP programs to include a Prevention Through People (PTP) component

  21. Alternate Time Intervals Part 192 includes requirements for some actions at set intervals Better risk understanding may tell us that some things should be done less often; some more Operators will be able to use their risk analyses to seek regulator approval of alternate intervals for current requirements

  22. Plastic Pipe Failure Reporting Each operator must report information on each material failure of plastic pipe (including fittings, couplings, valves and joints) no later than 90 days after failure. This information must include, location of the failure, nominal pipe size, material type, nature of failure including any contribution of local pipeline environment, pipe manufacturer, lot number and date of manufacture, and other information that can be found in markings on the failed pipe

  23. Reporting Plastic Pipe Failures Operators must report plastic pipe failures in 90 days Intended to develop information available to all operators PHMSA will be discussing needs with industry groups including PPDC – this week in D.C. Need to extend to other materials?

  24. Pipeline System Human Factor NTSB Issues Integrity Management Program Haz. Liquid IMP Gas Transmission IMP Gas Distribution IMP What is affected? How? Prevention Through People “P T P” Processes (QA/QC) Drug & Alcohol Public Awareness Operator Qualification Control Room Management Damage Prevention Prevention (Performance) Through People

  25. DIMP Webcast • Webcast Outline (4.3 hours) • Introduction • Baseline and Goals • Executive Summary • System Description (Paul Preketes) • AGF and DIGIT, Earlier Risk Data Analysis, PHMSA Report to Congress on DIMP, Phase 1 – Organization (Sue Fleck) & Findings, Developing Rules Guide • Rule Content (majority of minutes) • PHMSA and State Perspective • GPTC Guidance and Relation to NPRM • Small Operators • Improvements Panel (Sue Fleck) • Q&A Panel • Next Steps

  26. Damage Prevention • Managing the Risks of Excavation Damage • State Damage Prevention Assistance Program • Gap Analysis Guidance Document • State Damage Prevention Program Grant • Getting Started • Position on Federal Enforcement • Common Ground Alliance & Regional Partners • Technology Improvements to One-Call Process • One-Call Center Board Leadership • Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance • Mechanical Damage Study • EDP Technology Development / Deployment

  27. The End For more information on PHMSA For more information on Pipeline Safety Thanks for your time & enjoy the week!