Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference
plus Training Courses and Exhibition
Marriott Westchase Hotel • Houston, Texas • February 11-14, 2013

DOT Pipeline Safety Regulations Course
Overview and Guidelines for Compliance

February 11
  7:30am Registration & coffee
  8:00am-5:00pm Course
February 12
  8:00am-4:45pm Course

This 2-day seminar is designed for pipeline company personnel in regulatory compliance, operational, or engineering roles. The seminar program will cover detailed information in select focus areas to benefit actual practitioners, but it will also cover a range of topics in an abbreviated manner that is suitable for management.

The seminar will review major compliance requirements of the following elements of Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations affecting the operation of gas and hazardous liquids pipelines - CFR 49, Parts 192 and 195:

  • Applicability of regulations to different piping systems (including OPS interpretations)
  • Variations in Federal and State jurisdiction
  • Key definitions (Gathering, Transmission, etc.)
  • Review of upcoming rules and key compliance deadlines
  • Reporting requirements for accidents and safety related conditions
  • Pipeline Integrity Management
  • Operator Qualification

Operator Qualification

  • Special attention will also be given to Operator Qualification in particular:
  • Criteria for determination of covered tasks and applicability
  • Compliance options for company personnel and contractors
  • Commercially available industry-wide qualification alternatives
  • Interpretation and enforcement issues
  • OQ2


Participants will receive a detailed set of course notes for reference after the course. Fee includes lunch and refreshment breaks on both days.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

On completion of the course, participants will be awarded 1.4 CEUs.




George Williamson, is currently Segment Engineering Technical Authority – Inspection, for the Upstream Global Projects group within BP. He has more than 25 years of Operations, Maintenance and Integrity Management experience. He is a registered professional engineer, NACE certified corrosion and a cathodic protection specialist. He has managed compliance and integrity programs for production facilities, gathering systems, liquid and gas transmission pipelines.

David E. Bull, ARM, is well known throughout the gas industry for outstanding training programs, development of the odorization audit and expertise in regulatory compliance and evaluating damage prevention programs. His experience includes risk assessments for over 75 gas utilities for AEGIS Insurance Services, membership on the Damage Prevention Quality Action Team (Dig Safely) and as a staff member at the Transportation Safety Institute, Pipeline Division. David has over 28 years experience helping pipeline operators to assess and manage their risk and liability exposures. Mr. Bull is also a principal in ViaData LLC, publishers of WinD.O.T., The Pipeline Safety Encyclopedia and Contributing Editor to Pipeline & Gas Technology magazine.

  Course Program

Day 1

1. Pipeline Safety Laws

  • Background
  • History and Implementation of Pipeline Safety Regulations
  • The Rule-Making Process
  • HR 5782 - Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2006
  • CFR 49-601: Pipeline Safety - as Amended by the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002

2. Regulatory Structure

  • Agencies and Their Jurisdictions

3.   Overview of the Regulations

  • Applicability
  • High-Level Key Elements
  • Retroactive Sections, Definitions, Jurisditional lines
    • Determining Jurisdiction
    • Breakout Tanks
    • Navigable Waterways
    • Gas Gathering Lines

4.   Enforcement Process

  • Compliance
  • Basic Record-keeping Requirements
  • Federal and State Waivers and Interpretations
  • OPS Inspection Checklists
  • Petition for Waiver

5.   Class Locations

6.   Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Requirements Overview
  • Filing Reports On-line
  • Part 191 Reporting–Annual, Incident, Safety Related Condition
  • Part 192 Gas Integrity Management–Subpart O. Pipeline Integrity Management
  • Part 193 – key requirements and elements
  • Part 195 Reporting–Annual, Incident, Safety Related Condition, Other Special Requirements
  • Part 199 Annual Drug/Alcohol MIS Report
  • Special Reporting Requirements–National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS)
  • ANSI Safety-Related Condition Chart
  • National Response Center Reporting Form
  • OPS Advisory Bulletins – January and July 2005 see section 7 (c) below

Day 2

7.   Regulatory Update

  • Operator Qualification
    • Basic Review of the OQ Rule
    • Commercially Available OQ Options for Operators
    • Pros/Cons of Internal vs. External OQ
    • Discussion Points/Considerations
    • OQ Regulations Update
    • New rulemakings
    • OPS Advisory Bulletins – April 2005, January 2006see  section (c) below
    • OQ Protocols
      • OPS Operator Inspection Form
      • OPS Field Inspection Checklist
  • Public Safety Awareness regulations
  • OPS Notices and Advisory Bulletins
    • Public Meeting on Distribution Integrity Management
    • Natural Gas Gathering Lines – Final Rule (2006)
    • Advisory Bulletins (2005-2006)

8. MAOP and MOP Determination for Gas and Liquids Pipelines

9. Integrity Management

  • Regulations Update
  • Federal Liquids
    • IM Requirements
    • HCAs
  • State of Texas
  • Federal Gas
    • IM Requirements
    • HCAs
    • Gas IM Protocols (2006)
  • Overview of Baseline Assessment Techniques

Interpretations and notes

Glossary and acronyms


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