PHMSA Regulations and Enforcement: What’s Next for Pipeline Safety?

April 24, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA

Accredited for 4.5 CLEs in Pennsylvania , 4.75 CLEs in Tennessee and 4.25 CLEs in Texas. Other state CLE submittals by request


The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is just over a year into its transition to a new Administration. As the months pass, questions abound on the prospects for the numerous rulemakings currently underway at the agency. Numerous rules were prompted by statutory mandates from the 2011 and 2016 amendments to the Pipeline Safety Laws, while others reflect policy determinations of the outgoing administration.

Join us for an update on PHMSA rulemakings and policies and a discussion of what may be next for pipeline safety.

Through the course of this agenda, we discuss the status of several rules including the hazardous liquid Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), gas transmission and gathering NPRM, the storage rule, and the class location Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM). We will go over the basics of PHMSA’s enforcement process including the various tools the agency uses to bring an enforcement case.
We also discuss recent trends in PHMSA enforcement comparing previous years and administrations. This includes a review of the recent 5th Circuit decision in the ExxonMobil case and give a status update on other relevant PHMSA litigation.
This course will specifically focus on the enforcement regime governing pipeline safety at the federal level and provide an update on PHMSA rulemaking proceedings.
This Course Is Useful For:
•O&G executives and managers
•Pipeline project managers
•Safety managers
•Compliance managers
•Energy attorneys
•Regulatory affairs personnel
•Risk-management consultants
•Energy consultants
Course Objectives:
• Focus on important updates in the law and regulations
•Examine federal and state oversight and enforcement – and where it’s going
•Discuss current challenges facing the industry
•Review insight into where the administration may take rulemakings
•Talk through ways to manage new regulatory requirements
9:30 – 10:00 am Registration
10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome, Introductions and Roadmap and Objectives for the Day
10:15 – 10:30 am Status Update on Pending Rulemakings
10:30 – 11:30 am Discussion of New Regulations
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Open Discussion
12:00 – 1:00 pm Group Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 pm Overview of PHMSA Enforcement
1:30 – 2:30 pm Trends in PHMSA Enforcement
2:30 – 2:45 pm Break
2:45 – 3:15 pm Litigation Update
3:15 – 4:00 pm Practice Pointers, Open Discussion and Wrap up
4:00 pm Class Adjourns
This class will be held at the offices of Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. Map and directions here. No room block reserved.
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Our Instructor

Darren Hunter, Partner and Member, Energy, Environmental, Health and Safety, and Litigation Practice Groups,  Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy LLP (R3)

Darren Hunter is a partner and member of the energy practice group and environmental, health and safety (EHS) practice group of the law firm of Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy LLP (R3), a boutique energy law firm.
His practice focuses on counseling and defending natural gas transmission, distribution and storage companies as well as oil pipeline operators in a wide variety of matters, including pipeline safety, pipeline security, regulatory compliance, governmental investigations, major incident investigations, operating agreements, and property, storage and mineral rights issues. Mr. Hunter also represents the natural gas industry and other energy and manufacturing companies in all facets of EHS law, with a strong emphasis on OSHA compliance and defense.