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

Two class locations!  We have created 2 shorter, regionalized classes to make traveling to training easier

December 6, 2017 - Houston, TX

January 11, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA

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


The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is almost 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.
Instructors will 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


The December 6th class will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport. No block has been reserved at this hotel. 
Register here for the Houston class: 
The January 11 class will be held at the offices of Babst Calland in downtown Pittsburgh. The address is 603 Stanwix St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  Nearby hotels are listed here.
Register here for the Pittsburgh class: 

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact us at 720-491-1173 or

Register Here for Houston Class

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These trainings are led by two former PHMSA attorneys

James Curry, Shareholder, Babst Calland


Brianne K. Kurdock, Shareholder, Babst Calland
Instructor Bios