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U. S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Restoring Trust In Pipeline Safety New Orleans, LA November, 2006. DOT (PHMSA) Pipeline Hurricane Preparedness Update.

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U. S. Department of Transportation

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

dot phmsa pipeline hurricane preparedness update

Restoring TrustIn Pipeline SafetyNew Orleans, LANovember, 2006

DOT (PHMSA) Pipeline Hurricane Preparedness Update

John A. Jacobi, P.E. and Joe Mataich, P.E., Community Assistance & Technical Services (CATS) ManagersSouthwest Region & Southern Region

  • Mission Statements
  • PHMSA Assets & Non-Assets
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • PHMSA Hurricane Response Roles
  • PHMSA Accomplishments
  • Other PHMSA Resources
  • Bonus Information

PHMSA (OPS) Mission Statement

“To ensure the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the Nation’s pipeline transportation system.”

cats mission statement
CATS MissionStatement

“To advance public safety, environmental protection and pipeline reliability by facilitating clear communications among all pipeline stakeholders, including the public, the operators and government officials.”

phmsa pipeline assets
PHMSA Pipeline Assets

#1 - Personnel

  • Approximately 225 nationally
  • Southern Region – 12 professionals
  • SW Region – 25 professionals
  • CATS Managers – 10
  • CATS Coordinator
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PHMSA Pipeline Assets

Personnel Expertise

  • Years of experience in operating pipeline systems (prior to joining PHMSA)
  • Years of experience in regulating pipeline systems
  • Education & Training (NIMS)
  • Knowledge of existing pipeline systems; LEPCs & Industry Organizations; Federal, state & local agencies & procedures
  • National Pipeline Mapping System
cats managers
CATS Managers






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CATS Managers





cats coordinator
CATS Coordinator

Washington DC Headquarters


phmsa pipeline non assets
PHMSA Pipeline Non-Assets
  • PHMSA does NOT have significant numbers of personnel to deploy to the front lines
  • PHMSA does NOT have planes, trains, trucks, buses, automobiles or other equipment to deploy
  • PHMSA does NOT have fiscal resources beyond those necessary to support its role (its personnel) in emergency response
regulatory requirements
Regulatory Requirements

49 CFR Part 192: Natural Gas Pipelines

  • Minimum safety requirements for pipeline facilities and the transportation of gas
  • Operators are required to have Emergency Plans (including training of personnel) under 192.615
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Regulatory Requirements

49 CFR Part 195: Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

  • Minimum safety requirements for pipeline facilities used in the transportation of hazardous liquids
  • Operators are required to have Emergency Plans under 195.403(e) and Emergency Response Training under 195.404
major provisions of emergency plans
Major Provisions of Emergency Plans
  • Focus on Protecting the Public
    • People first then Equipment
    • Making the Emergency Scene Safe
  • Means of Receiving, Identifying and Classifying notices of Events that Require Immediate Response
  • Means of Notifying Fire, Police or other appropriate Public Official
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Major Provisions of Emergency Plans
  • Provisions for having necessary Personnel, Equipment, Tools and Materials
  • Emergency Shutdown and Pressure Reduction of Pipeline System
  • Post Emergency Review (Were Emergency Procedures Effective?)
emergency training
Emergency Training
  • Pipeline Operators are Required to conduct Emergency Response Training
    • Emergency Response Drills
    • Table Top Exercises
phmsa hurricane response roles
PHMSA Hurricane Response Roles
  • Pipeline Operators are responsible for the actual restoration of pipeline systems
  • PHMSA is responsible for assuring thatpipelines are SAFELY restored to service
  • PHMSA Regional and HQ Offices maintain close contact with Pipeline Operators
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PHMSA Hurricane Response Roles
  • PHMSA Regional and HQ Offices maintain close contact with Emergency Responders
  • PHMSA Regional and HQ Offices maintain close contact with Federal, state & local agencies (including political entities)
  • PHMSA Regional and HQ Offices maintain close contact with the media
emergency response guidebook erg
Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)
  • Aids emergency responders
  • Identifies specific or generic hazards of material(s)
  • Provides for protective actions
  • PHMSA Goal: ERG in all public emergency response vehicles
national pipeline mapping system npms
National PipelineMapping System(NPMS)
  • Layered Geographic Information System
  • All regulated pipelines andLNG facilities
  • Security-protected
  • Key tool for HurricanesKatrina & Rita
public awareness regulations
Public Awareness Regulations
  • Final Rule published May 19, 2005

Simple Search Docket 15852

  • 192.616 and 195.440 titled Public Awareness
  • Require operators to follow the guidance in API RP 1162, First Edition, December 2003
  • Existing Part 192 & 195 requirements are unchanged
purpose of public awareness programs
Purpose of Public Awareness Programs
  • increase awareness and understanding of the . . . role of pipelines, pipeline operations, associated public and environmental risks, and the preventive and mitigative steps taken to reduce those risks.
  • improve results in damage prevention, reduce encroachments on pipeline rights-of-way, improve pipeline safety and environmental performance, and enhance emergency response coordination.

•The public (including residents and

places of congregation, such as

businesses, schools, hospitals, prisons,

and other places where people gather)

in the pipeline vicinity and its

associated rights-of-way and pipeline



• State and local emergency response

and planning officials (e.g., State and

county emergency management

agencies (EMAs) and local emergency

planning committees (LEPCs) and

first responder organizations;


• Local public officials and governing

councils of affected municipalities and

school districts; and

• Excavators.

regulatory requirements before api rp 1162
Regulatory Requirements Before API RP 1162
  • Damage Prevention Programs for Excavators
    • 192.614(c) and 195.442(c)
  • Emergency Plans for Fire, Police, & Public Officials
    • 192.615(c) and 195.402(c)(12)
  • Public Education
    • 192.616 and 195.440
  • Gas Transmission Integrity Management
    • 192.911(m) & ASME B31.8S, §10
baseline program
Baseline Program
  • Applies to all portions of existing pipeline system
  • Creates minimum level of Awareness among all Stakeholder Audiences
  • Not within the scope of RP 1162
    • New pipeline construction
    • Communications after pipeline-related emergency
    • Propane/Air peak-shaving facilities
    • LNG Plants
other public awareness resources
Other Public Awareness Resources
  • PHMSA Pipeline Safety Program Stakeholder Communications Web Site
  • Public Awareness Programs
    • Final Rule
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Presentations from 2003 and 2005 workshops
phmsa accomplishments
PHMSA Accomplishments
  • Katrina - Immediately deployed Acting Administrator Brigham McCown to the FEMA Operations Center in Mississippi
  • Mr. McCown and PHMSA HQ Staff worked with numerous other Government Agencies (FHWA, FMCA, FAA, state & local) to Streamline logistics to restore pipeline operations
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PHMSA Accomplishments
  • PHMSA Regional Staff worked closely with pipeline operators to identify needs, communicate system status, and provide regulatory support
  • Deployed an individual for a 2 month detail on a FEMA ESF-14 (Emergency Support Function) Long Term Community Recovery and Mitigation Team (promote economic recovery)
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PHMSA Accomplishments
  • Deployed an individual for a 5-week detail on a FEMA ESF-1 (Emergency Support Function) Transportation Team (coordinate & facilitate transportation)
  • Basically did whatever could wherever we could to further the response & recovery
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Impact goes beyond immediately affected area

When LA and MS stop pumping, gasoline and diesel the North East quickly runs low and prices spike

  • PHMSA can efficiently Coordinate Efforts with other Government Agencies

We now have better relationships with other Agencies and will perform better in future crisis situations

lessons learned1
Lessons Learned

PHMSA Performed Well but Could Do Better

  • Hurricane Preparedness Plans have been developed by PHMSA
  • Coastal Area Pipeline Maps and Operator Contact Information is Readily Available
  • Availability of 4 Wheel Drive Vehicles to get PHMSA Personnel to Disaster Areas
  • NIMS Training for Regional Personnel
bonus information
Bonus Information

The best place to get most recent 49 CFR Parts 190 – 199 and 49 CFR Part 40 (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Regulations) is

  • click on “Regulatory Information”
  • click on the part you want
questions thank you
Questions ???Thank You!!

404-434-7325 (cell)


281-685-7128 (cell)