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Alerts and Reports

PHMSA Publishes Final Rule Introducing New Requirements for Gas Transmission Pipeline Operators


On August 24, 2022, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a new final rule for onshore gas transmission pipelines (the Rule). The Rule marks the completion of a three-phase rulemaking process, commonly referred to as the Gas Mega Rule, that began more than a decade ago. While this part of the Gas Mega Rule is commonly known as the “Repair Rule,” there are numerous other safety provisions that are included in the new regulation that should not be overlooked. The Rule amends or adds various provisions in 49 C.F.R. Part 192 and will become effective on May 24, 2023.

PHMSA Publishes Final Rule with New Valve Installation and Rupture Detection Requirements for Gas, Hazardous Liquid, and Carbon Dioxide Pipelines


On April 8, 2022, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule in the Federal Register introducing new valve installation and rupture detection requirements for certain onshore gas, hazardous liquid, and carbon dioxide pipelines (the Final Rule). PHMSA issued the Final Rule in response to National Transportation Safety Board recommendations and congressional mandates from the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (2011 PIPES Act), as well as related studies prepared by the Government Accountability Office and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. Below is a summary of the key changes that the Final Rule makes to PHMSA’s regulations.

The Accidental PIO: 6 Things a Pipeline Crisis Communicator Learned about Initial Response


Terri Larson covers 6 things she learned about Initial Response during her time working in Marshall, Michigan after a Type 1 incident.

The Accidental PIO: 6 Things a Pipeline Crisis Communicator Learned about Initial Response

 

 

Definitions

AGA (American Gas Association): represents companies that provide natural gas to American consumers and takes an advocacy position promoting the safe, reliable, and efficient delivery of natural gas.

AOPL (Association of Oil Pipe Lines): represents the interests of liquid pipeline owners and operators in legislative, regulatory, and judicial settings. AOPL testifies before Congressional committees and submits public comments on behalf of its members.

APGA (American Public Gas Association): represents the interests of municipal natural gas utilities at the federal level by developing legislative and regulatory policies that further the goals of their municipal gas system members.

API (American Petroleum Institute): a national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry.

FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission): regulates, monitors, and investigates electricity, natural gas, hydropower, oil matters, natural gas pipelines, LNG terminals, hydroelectric dams, electric transmission, energy markets, and pricing.

GPA (Gas Processors Association a/k/a GPA Midstream Association): sets the industry standards to measure natural gas liquids, publishes technical reports, and represents the interests of their affiliates before regulatory bodies.

INGAA (Interstate Natural Gas Association of America): a trade organization that advocates regulatory and legislative positions of importance to the natural gas pipeline industry in North America.

ISA (Instrumentation Society of America): a trade organization that sets the standard for applying engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure.

ISA (International Society of Automation): develops standards and certifies industry professionals through the PE (professional engineer) exam.

Mega Rule: a set of new pipeline safety standards issued by PHMSA in October 2019 that brings 500,000 miles of pipeline under federal jurisdiction to ensure the safe transport of gas product.

PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration): responsible for providing pipeline safety oversight through regulatory rulemaking, NTSB recommendations, and other important functions to protect people and the environment through the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials.

PHMSA Pipeline Advisory Committees (GPAC and LPAC): review PHMSA’s proposed regulatory initiatives to assure the technical feasibility, reasonableness, cost-effectiveness and practicability of each proposal. The committees also evaluate the cost-benefit analysis and risk assessment information of the proposals.

PODS (Pipeline Open Data Standard): supports the growing and changing needs of the pipeline industry through ongoing development, maintenance and advancement of the Data Model and Standards. PODS also serves as a member association to maintain the PODS Data Model.

PST (Pipeline Safety Trust): a nonprofit public charity promoting pipeline safety through education, advocacy, and relationship-building with stakeholders.

Podcasts

Episode 259: Methane Capture vs. Methane Venting with Rick Kay


This episode of the Pipeliners Podcast features Rick Kay of Onboard Dynamics to talk about methane capture vs. methane venting with host Russel Treat. Rick discusses methane capture, the process of evacuations of natural gas in pipeline operations, reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, and achieving environmental benefits and cost reduction. In this episode, you will […]
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Episode 27: Symmetry Platform Optimizes Smart Gas Plant Network Performance with Nick Gorzynski


In this month’s episode of the Pipeline Technology Podcast, sponsored by Pipeline & Gas Journal, host Russel Treat is joined by Nick Gorzynski, Sales Lead for Digital & Integration Solutions, U.S. Land, at SLB (formerly Schlumberger). They discuss Nick’s August 2022 Pipeline & Gas Journal Article titled Symmetry Platform Optimizes Smart Gas Plant Network Performance.  […]
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Episode 256: As Low As Reasonably Practicable Risk Management with Jan Hayes


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Jan Hayes from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and author of the book “Nightmare Pipeline Failures,” who returns to talk about the regulatory approach used in Australia that focuses on an approach called as-low-as-reasonably-practicable risk management. Jan and Russel discuss that there are often external and sometimes uncontrollable factors […]
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Episode 255: The Contribution of Organization Factors in Pipeline Incidents with Jan Hayes


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Jan Hayes discussing her book, Nightmare Pipeline Failures, how you must learn from both successes and difficulties, and that large incidents are not necessarily task failures, but system failures. In this episode, you will learn how sociology plays a large part in organizational accident prevention, what the term “system” […]
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Episode 254: Using Turbo Expander Generators for Electric Power from Natural Gas with Michael Longo


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Mike Longo of Anax Power to discuss using turboexpanders to generate carbon-free power from natural gas.  In this episode, you will learn about turboexpanders and why they are used, how the energy gained from the turboexpanders is stored and used, and how electrolyzers can help the industry begin slowly […]
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Episode 250: Celebrating and Reflecting on 250 Episodes


In this week’s episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat celebrates the 250th episode. Russel revisits some of his favorite conversations and chats with Greg Dunn about the podcast infrastructure and what it takes to make the show happen. Celebrating and Reflecting on 250 Episodes: Show Notes, Links, and Insider Terms Celebrating and Reflecting […]
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Episode 248: Renewable Natural Gas with Scott Martin


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Scott Martin discussing natural gas, the different types of emissions, and the process of getting RNG ready to be used as fuel. In this episode, you will learn why natural gas use is increasing, the difference between cellulosic biofuels and advanced biofuels and how to benefit from them, and […]
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Episode 245: Leadership and Pipeline Safety with Russel Treat


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode originally aired on the Naked Leadership Podcast featuring our podcast host Russel Treat talking to Dan Tocchini, Adrian Koehler, and Chad Brown. The conversation focuses on how process safety management is ultimately a leadership issue, as well as how changes in the industry can be seen as a risk and […]
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Episode 237: What Every Pipeliner Should Know About Cyber Security with Russel Treat


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features host Russel Treat walking through how each individual pipeliner should think about pipeline cyber security as it relates to supporting their operation. The episode centers on three key areas of threats, understanding, and mitigation. Russel goes into deep detail about cybersecurity threats, the importance of understanding what the nature […]
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Episode 236: Right-of-Way Management and Environmental Conservation with Robin Rorick


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Robin Rorick, VP of Midstream Policy at API and active midstream conservationist, discussing how proper management of right-of-ways can help both the industry and the environment. In this episode, you will learn about how right-of-way management and conservation can work together to minimize human impact, which intentionally creates a […]
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Episode 235: PRCI’s Emerging Fuels Institute with Cliff Johnson


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Cliff Johnson discussing the Emerging Fuels Institute from the Pipeline Research Council International.  In this episode, you will learn about how hydrogen and renewable gasses could begin to impact the energy industry in the future, especially through its requirements for transportation. Mr. Johnson and Russel also go into detail […]
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Episode 21: Northeast Gas Update with Charles Crews


This month’s Pipeline Technology Podcast episode sponsored by Pipeline & Gas Journal features Charles Crews, President and CEO of the Northeast Gas Association (NGA), discussing the latest in the industry, specifically in the Northeast United States. In this month’s episode, you will learn about the NGA and its mission to support its member companies to […]
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Episode 231: PHMSA Valve Installation and Rupture Detection Rule with Keith Coyle


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Keith Coyle of Babst Calland discussing the newly reformed valve installation and rupture detection rule from PHMSA going into effect this October.  In this episode, you will learn about rupture mitigation valves, how the new PHMSA rules are going to affect preexisting pipelines, repairing versus replacing pipes, and potential […]
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Episode 227: Billion Dollar PHMSA Grant Program with Stuart Saulters


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Stuart Saulters, VP of Government Relations at the American Public Gas Association, discussing the Billion Dollar PHMSA Grant Program. In this episode, you will learn about the Billion Dollar PHMSA Grant Program that was included in the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, what it covers, who is […]
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Episode 224: Peak Shaving & Curtailment in Utility Operations with Mary Palkovich


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Mary Palkovich, a consultant for Xcel Energy, discussing issues around peak shaving and curtailment for gas utility operators. In this episode, you will learn about methods for peak shaving, including propane air, gas storage, and compressed natural gas. Russel and Mary also recount their curtailment experiences and the lessons […]
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Episode 223: The Need for Full-Scale Testing to Support Pipeline Safety with Skip Elliott


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features the return of former PHMSA Administrator Howard “Skip” Elliott to discuss the need for full-scale testing to support pipeline safety. In this episode, you will learn about PHMSA’s collaboration with the pipeline industry, Mr. Elliott’s advice on shifting the narrative around the pipeline industry, and the many benefits of […]
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Episode 19: Promises and Risks of Carbon Capture Investment with Jeff Lee


This month’s edition of the Pipeline Technology Podcast sponsored by Pipeline & Gas Journal features Jeff Lee of Kronos Management discussing the promises and risks of carbon capture investment. In this episode, you will learn about the latest developments around Carbon Capture, including current projects, methods, benefits, and government incentives for carbon capture. Jeff and […]
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Episode 18: Germany Ups Ambition on Hydrogen to Meet Climate Targets with Andreas Walstad


This month’s edition of the Pipeline Technology Podcast sponsored by Pipeline & Gas Journal features freelance journalist Andreas Walstad discussing Germany’s recent emphasis on the development of hydrogen to help meet their country’s climate targets. In this episode, you will learn about current hydrogen production in Germany and across Europe to meet government goals, how […]
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Episode 217: Risk Management and the Social License to Operate with Cheryl Campbell


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features pipeline safety leader Cheryl Campbell discussing risk management and how operators can maintain social license to operate through responsible practices. In this episode, you will learn about the current reality of risk management for public utilities, how public perception has changed, the need for utilities and other operators to […]
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Episode 216: IRWA Oil & Gas Pipeline Symposium with Rebecca Eugia, Liz Neidlinger, Mercedes Osbern


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Rebecca Eugia, Liz Neidlinger, and Mercedes Osbern of the IRWA organization previewing the upcoming IRWA Oil & Gas Pipeline Symposium on February 23 in Houston, Texas. In this episode, you will learn more about the IRWA organization, why you should register for the conference, what topics the speakers will […]
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Episode 214: Pipeline Predictions for 2022 with Mark LaCour


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Mark LaCour of the Oil & Gas Global Network returning to the podcast to discuss pipeline industry predictions for 2022. In this episode, you will learn about the predictions that Mark puts together each year for the pipeline industry that are based on market research. Find out why Mark […]
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Episode 208: Conversations From the AGA 2021 Fall Operations Conference


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features several conversations recorded in-person during the AGA 2021 Operations Conference & Biennial Exhibition & Fall Committee Meetings. In this episode, you will hear Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat talk to the following guests in this order: Mike Slusarz of AGA, Alfred Musgrove of Pacific Gas & Electric, Michael Falk […]
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Episode 200: A Celebration of 200 Episodes with Russel Treat, Pipeline Resources and Knowledge


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode is a celebration of the 200th episode of the podcast. Listen to host Russel Treat reflect on reaching this milestone providing education through conversation. The Pipeliners Podcast has become the best place for listeners to find pipeline resources. Russel will also share shoutouts to listeners and supporters of the podcast, […]
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Episode 195: PRCI Update & Industry Outlook with Cliff Johnson


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features PRCI president Cliff Johnson returning to the Pipeliners Podcast to discuss the latest pipeline research projects and PRCI initiatives to advance the industry forward. Listen to this episode to learn more about what PRCI is focusing on, how the new Emerging Fuels Institute is supporting pipeline operators to thrive […]
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Episode 182: INGAA Foundation – Serving the Natural Gas Industry with Tony Straquadine


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Tony Straquadine, the Executive Director of the INGAA Foundation, discussing how the INGAA Foundation is serving the natural gas industry through advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and collaborative programs. In this episode, you will learn about the difference between the INGAA Foundation and INGAA, the various programs that INGAA […]
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Episode 177: How the Pandemic, ESG & Asset Integrity Are Impacting Technology with Matt Harrison


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Matt Harrison of WellAware discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental social governance (ESG), and asset integrity have been impacted by the use of technology. In this episode, you will learn about how the pandemic accelerated the rate of technology adoption to support remote connectivity in pipeline operations, […]
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Episode 173: API Energy Excellence Program with Debra Phillips


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Debra Phillips of API providing listeners with insight on the recently-introduced API Energy Excellence Program. In this episode, you will learn about the goals of the API Energy Excellence Program, how API utilized the Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS) framework to develop the API Energy Excellence Program, […]
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Episode 168: The Business of Midstream with Rick Moncrief


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Rick Moncrief of Caiman Energy and Blue Racer Midstream discussing the business of midstream with podcast host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn about how E&P and midstream companies play a vital role in the oil and gas value chain, the cyclical nature of the […]
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Episode 162: The API Standards Process with David Miller


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest David Miller of API providing listeners with insight on the API standards development process to promote safety throughout the oil and gas industry. In this episode, you will learn about the process that goes into approving a standard, how many standards are crafted each year, the audit […]
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Episode 159: Regulatory Compliance from a Process Perspective with Charlene Wright


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features first-time guest Charlene Wright discussing how pipeline operators can more effectively view and approach regulatory compliance. In this episode, you will learn about the importance of processes organically flowing from the management of assets in pipeline operations, how to optimize recordkeeping to support compliance, the advancement of Pipeline SMS […]
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Episode 127: Contractors and Pipeline SMS with Steve Allen


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Steve Allen of Energy Worldnet (EWN) discussing Pipeline Safety Management Systems (Pipeline SMS) from the perspective of utilizing contractors and providing training to ensure safety. In this episode, you will learn about improving the safety culture in the oil and gas industry, how construction quality management differs from an […]
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Episode 126: A Conversation With PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott


The Pipeliners Podcast is honored to speak with PHMSA Administrator Howard “Skip” Elliott about his role as a President-appointee overseeing pipeline safety at the federal level. In this conversation with host Russel Treat, you will learn about the role of PHMSA in the federal government, what is required to close the small gap in pipeline […]
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Episode 116: New Underground Gas Storage Rule with Keith Coyle


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features regulation expert Keith Coyle returning to the podcast to discuss the new Underground Gas Storage Rule published by PHMSA in January. In this episode, you will learn about what led to the new final rule being passed, important aspects that were included in the rule, the pattern of incident […]
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Episode 111: iPIPE — Inside the Tech Pitch with Jay Almlie


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features the second of several episodes with Jay Almlie of the EERC and iPIPE consortium hosted by Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn about what technologies iPIPE chooses to invest their time, energy, money, and effort into proving out. You will also learn what a tech pitch is […]
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Episode 103: Workload Analysis with Charles Alday


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features pipeline control room expert Charles Alday discussing the important elements of Workload Analysis and how to perform a workload assessment. In this episode, you will learn about the various methods used to analyze workload and fatigue, how to set benchmarks and use data to analyze objective and subjective factors, […]
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Episode 100: Inside the LPG Charity Fund with Greg Harpster


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Greg Harpster of the LPG Charity Fund talking to Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat about how the charity supports oil and gas professionals during time of need. In this episode, you will learn about the LPG Charity Fund, the LPG industry, and the impact the LPG Charity Fund has […]
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Episode 98: Natural Gas Appliance Standards with Stuart Saulters


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features returning guest Stuart Saulters for a discussion about gas appliances and gas appliance standards with host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn more about Stuart’s move to the American Public Gas Association and what his position entails, the entities APGA serves, and the importance of gas appliance […]
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Episode 97: New PHMSA Pipeline Safety Rules with Keith Coyle


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features a timely discussion of the new PHMSA pipeline safety rules with industry expert Keith Coyle and host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn how the PHMSA rulemaking process works, more about the three new PHMSA rules published to the federal registry in October 2019, and how PHMSA […]
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Episode 95: A Brief Pipelining History (Part 2) with KC Yost


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features pipeline historian KC Yost returning to the podcast for Part 2 of a discussion about the history of the pipeline industry with host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn about pipeline routing and the history behind it, topography and how it impacts the industry, and KC’s work […]
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Episode 89: Introduction to PODS with Jackie Smith


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Jackie Smith, president of PODS, discussing the Pipeline Open Data Standard with host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn about the PODS Data Model, the role of the PODS association supporting data integrity, how to combine pipeline integrity data with location data and mapping to perform risk […]
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Episode 88: ASGMT Insight with Ace Astala and Joel Clancy


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Ace Astala and Joel Clancy from the American School of Gas Measurement Technology discussing the value of the school with host Russel Treat. In this episode, you will learn the history and purpose of the American School of Gas Measurement Technology and what they offer to their students at […]
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Episode 87: High-Performance HMI and API 1165 with Philip Jones


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Russel Treat and Philip Jones of EnerSys Corporation discussing the fundamentals of High-Performance HMI for the pipeline control room. In this episode, you will learn about the difference between HMI and High-Performance HMI, the importance of keeping things simple in an HMI build, why the perspective of a controller […]
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Episode 86: SGA 2019 Recap with Russel Treat and Ross Adams


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Russel Treat and Ross Adams of EnerSys Corporation discussing this year’s SGA Natural Gas Connect conference. Ross provides his insight on the critical topics affecting the pipeline control room in 2019. Specifically, how the concept of Change Management is impacting today’s control room, the biggest concerns that are keeping […]
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Episode 85: Pipeline Permitting with Tom Magness


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Russel Treat and retired Colonel Tom Magness, founder of Eagle’s Leadership, discussing pipeline permitting from a Corps of Engineers’ perspective. Listen for how the government decides what projects and permits are in the best interest of the nation and how to balance both environmental protection and sustainable development. Tom […]
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Episode 84: Update on Pipeline Politics with David Holt


This week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode features Russel Treat and David Holt of the Consumer Energy Alliance discussing the latest political topics surrounding the pipeline industry. Listen for key updates on the conversations surrounding pipeline politics at the federal and state level, the environmental factors that are important to the pipeline industry — not just environmentalists, […]
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Episode 83: PHMSA GPAC Meeting Update & the Mega Rule


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat returns from Washington, D.C. with a timely update on the Gas Gathering Rule (Mega Rule). Listen for an important recap of the discussions during the PHMSA GPAC Meetings that advanced the Mega Rule toward final rulemaking. Included were two expected results on data collection from all gathering pipelines and the […]
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Episode 79: Bellingham Incident 20-Year Anniversary – Personal Story with Larry Shelton


On the 20-year anniversary of the Bellingham Incident in Bellingham, Washington, Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat welcomes retired pipeline professional Larry Shelton to share his first-hand recollections and reflect on the importance of pipeline integrity management. Operations Excellence (OE) is the driving force of Mr. Shelton’s story. He defines OE as “achieving business goals with […]
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Episode 76: Simplifying EFM Data Collection with Adam Hill


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat hosts part two of a conversation with Adam Hill of Kepware/PTC on how to simplify EFM data collection using the latest technology. In this episode, you will learn about the history of data collection in SCADA systems, the difference between the primary data polling protocols, the importance of edge communications […]
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Episode 74: AGA 2019 Ops Conference Recap with Russel Treat


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat recaps the 2019 AGA Operations Conference held in late April and early May in Nashville. Russel recaps the most important takeaways and conversations during the conference, his role in hosting a Q&A on the NTSB Most Wanted List with pipeline executives, the results of several […]
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Episode 72: API 2019 Pipeline Conference Recap with Russel Treat


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat recaps the 2019 API Pipeline Conference and Control Room Forum held in April in Phoenix. Russel recaps the most important takeaways from the conference, gives his perspective on the conversations held throughout the conference, and provides updates on rulemaking. Topics covered include the state of […]
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Episode 71: Pipeline Safety Act Reauthorization with Keith Coyle


This episode of the Pipeliners Podcast features Russel Treat and first-time guest Keith Coyle discussing the significance of the U.S. pipeline safety law being considered for re-authorization later this year. You will learn about the basic structure of the Pipeline Safety Act that will be discussed for reauthorization, how the reauthorization and appropriation process works […]
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Episode 68: Pipeliners Association Knowledge Transfer with KC Yost


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat welcomes back pipeline historian KC Yost to discuss an important industry membership group, The Pipeliners Association of Houston. Listen for valuable insight on the formation of the group, the association’s mission of knowledge transfer to advance pipeline engineering and operating practices, the growth of the association’s scholarship offerings to support […]
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Episode 67: Plato and API 1165 with Russel Treat


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat takes you deep into the weeds this week to connect Plato’s Allegory of The Cave to the API 1165 industry standard for pipeline control room displays, thanks to insight from pipeline consultant Charles Alday. Listen for the latest information on the expected 2019 update to API 1165, the goal of […]
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Episode 64: New Gas Gathering Rule with Russel Treat


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat hosts an informative episode dissecting the new Gas Gathering Rule that is advancing through the PHMSA rulemaking process. Find out what you need to know about the rulemaking timeline, what is covered under the new rule, the types of lines that will be brought under the new rule, the importance […]
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Episode 59: The Crude Life with Jason Spiess and Russel Treat


In this week’s Pipeliners Podcast episode, host Russel Treat reverses roles as the interview subject. Listen to renown broadcaster Jason Spiess of The Crude Life Network interview Russel about the Pipeliners Podcast, the growth of our podcast in its second year, and more interesting tidbits you may not know about! The Crude Life: Show Notes […]
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Episode 56: Texas Energy with Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton


The Pipeliners Podcast kicks off 2019 with a very special episode. Russel Treat welcomes Ryan Sitton, a Texas Railroad Commissioner, for the first episode of the new year. In this episode, you will learn about the three primary functions of the railroad commissioners in Texas, how the Railroad Commission acts as an advocate for the […]
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Episode 54: PRCI Data Sharing Initiative with president Cliff Johnson


The Pipeliners Podcast is honored to welcome Cliff Johnson, the president of the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI), for a timely and important discussion with host Russel Treat. The discussion centers on how the PRCI has developed a data hub to collect, store, and share information from across the pipeline industry to continue advancing the […]
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Episode 48: Introduction to Pipeline SMS with Stuart Saulters


The Pipeliners Podcast welcomes Stuart Saulters to discuss the important elements of a pipeline safety management system (SMS). In this episode, you will learn about the industry’s shift to SMS following the pipeline incidents in 2010, how the API RP 1173 was created, the importance of changing the culture in pipeline operations to get the […]
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Episode 42: ASGMT 2018 Recap with Russel Treat


In this edition of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat provides an in-depth recap of the 2018 ASGMT School in Houston, Texas. The first half of the episode focuses on the new and emerging technology in the market to support more accurate and efficient measurement of natural gas. The second half of the episode focuses […]
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Episode 41: The API Policymaking Process with Stuart Saulters


The Pipeliners Podcast welcomes new guest Stuart Saulters, a policy advisor for API, to discuss what goes into the API policymaking process. In this episode, you will learn about the three primary roles of API to develop standards and recommended practices for pipeline operations, working with policymakers to advocate for pipeline support, and educating the […]
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Episode 31: AGA Operations Conference Recap with Russel Treat


Pipeliners Podcast host Russel Treat flies solo in this episode with a recap of the important information and developments from the 2018 AGA Operations Conference held in Washington, D.C. In this episode, you will learn about the primary conversations during the conference including cybersecurity and its impact on gas control, the latest on NTSB’s involvement […]
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Episode 30: Trends in Measurement Training with Ardis Bartle


Russel Treat is pleased to welcome back measurement advocate and industry consultant Ardis Bartle to the Pipeliners Podcast to discuss the latest trends in measurement training. The episode is based on the whitepaper on trends in training that Ardis presented at the AGA Operations Conference in June. Ardis discusses her research on where measurement technicians […]
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Episode 23: API Pipeline Conference Update with Russel Treat


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat provides a recap of the API Pipeline Conference and Cybernetics Symposium. Listen to Russel share his perspective on the various sessions and conversations related to pipeline safety and compliance. Also, Russel provides an important report on the regulations and recommended practices that were discussed at […]
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Episode 20: Pipeline Regulations at the State Level with Thure Cannon


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, Russel Treat welcomes the president of the Texas Pipeline Association, Thure (pronounced “Tur-ee”) Cannon, to discuss pipeline regulations at the state level. You will learn about the differences between pipeline regulation at the state versus federal level, how Texans uniquely manage intrastate pipeline activity, and the latest research […]
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Episode 18: The Politics of Pipelines with David Holt


Have you considered advocating for the energy and pipeline industries? You don’t need an official position or a big title to advocate for smart energy practices in our country. In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, find out how David Holt of the Consumer Energy Alliance works with big players in Washington, D.C., oil and […]
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Episode 8: Control Room Team Training with Ross Adams


In the first Pipeliners Podcast episode of 2018, host Russel Treat welcomes Ross Adams back to the podcast to discuss the timely topic of control room team training. This episode goes into detail about the new frequently asked questions (FAQs) published by PHMSA at the start of this year. What do the FAQs mean for […]
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Episode 7: PHMSA Pipeline Advisory Committee Meeting Report


In this episode of the Pipeliners Podcast, host Russel Treat delivers his take on the PHMSA Pipeline Advisory Committee meetings held in December in Washington, D.C. After attending these meetings, Russel relays the information that came out of the discussions, what the conversations were among industry leaders and regulators, and what is coming in the […]
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Episode 3: New CRM Developments with Ross Adams


Control Room Managers face a tremendous challenge ensuring they are not only compliant with PHMSA rules, but that they are adequately prepared for PHMSA audits. Ross Adams from EnerSys Corporation joins Russel to discuss this challenge. Russel and Ross also discuss: How PHMSA works and what they are looking for in their audits. How the […]
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Episode 1: The Pipeliners Podcast Intro


What is the Pipeliners Podcast? This episode will serve as the Pipeliners Podcast Intro. The show is for people who want to be professional pipeliners, who like the business, really want to learn more about the business, and learn what is the state of the art. What’s new? What’s going on in cyber security and […]
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