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1 Joint Session PHMSA’s Technical Advisory Committees Office of Pipeline Safety January 17, 2008 Arlington, VA

2 Office of Pipeline Safety Welcome Administrative Moment Thank-You’s Introductions Appointment of Officers Convening of Joint Session

3 Office of Pipeline Safety Administrative Moment Safety and Comfort Announcements  Fire Exits, Restrooms, Cell Phones/Pagers Copies of presentations will be made available Notice: Session will adjourn at 4:30p  Timing of agenda items will be adjusted as needed Session is being transcribed  Helpful if you identify yourself when you speak Public Comment Periods Will Be Made Available At the Discretion of the Chair

4 Office of Pipeline Safety Thank You’s Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee  Alex Alvarado, Leonard Mallett, Edward (Buzz) Fant, and Lois Epstein Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee  Ben Andrews and Virginia Cooper Switched Committees  Jeff Hatch-Miller and Paul Rothman

5 Office of Pipeline Safety Introductions Getting Acquainted  seconds each Name, Title & Affiliation Committee Any Special Interests You Care to Mention

6 Office of Pipeline Safety Appointment of Officers Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee  Chair: Don Mason  Secretary: Denise Hamsher Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee  Chair: Bob Keating  Secretary: Don Stursma Convening this Joint Session: Don Mason

7 Office of Pipeline Safety Agenda Review Welcome by Chair Introduction: PHMSA’s Deputy Administrator Strategic Planning & PHMSA’s Year Ahead Special Focus: Ethanol Transportation Regulatory Agenda Update Upcoming Actions Before the Committees Adjourn

8 Joint Session PHMSA’s Technical Advisory Committees Office of Pipeline Safety Jeff Wiese PHMSA Associate Administrator

9 Office of Pipeline Safety Session Objectives Quick, High-Level Performance Review Summary of PHMSA’s Strategic Plan Pipeline Safety Alignment to Strategic Plan Quick Tour of Major 2008 Initiatives

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13 Office of Pipeline Safety PHMSA’s Strategic Plan Safety ( focused on preventing high consequence events )  Protecting People and their Communities by Reducing Risk from Hazardous Materials Transportation – Including Through Pipelines Environmental Stewardship  Protecting the Natural Environment by Reducing the Risk of Harm to the Environment Due to Transportation of Hazardous Materials Reliablity  Maintain and Improve the Reliability of Systems that Deliver Energy Products and Other Hazardous Materials Global Connectivity  Facilitating a Global Transportation System that Promotes Economic Growth and Development Preparedness and Response  Reduce Consequences of Accidents We Can’t Prevent

14 Office of Pipeline Safety Our Pipeline Safety Goals Improve the Overall Integrity of the Energy Pipeline System and Reduce System Risk Engage, Lead, and Help Strengthen the Capabilities of Others Who Share in Achieving our Goals Anticipate Future Needs for Transporting Energy Products Be a Model Safety Agency – Who Earns the Respect of Our Stakeholders and the Public

15 Office of Pipeline Safety Improve the Overall Integrity of the Energy Pipeline System and Reduce System Risk Improve Operator Performance  Integrated Inspection Program  Executive Performance Reviews  Strive for Regulatory Clarity and Consistency  Distribution Integrity Management Preparation  Control Room Management Improvements  Low Stress/Gathering Line Improvements  Improve Granularity and Accuracy of Risk Data  Increase System Throughput - Under Strict Controls  Improved Enforcement Effectiveness and Transparency

16 Office of Pipeline Safety Engage, Lead, and Help Strengthen the Capabilities of Others Who Share in Achieving our Goals Strong Support for Our State Partners Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance Sharpen Focus on Damage Prevention Drive Development of New Technologies and Knowledge Through Research and Demonstration Emergency Responder Engagement and Training Community Assistance and Communication

17 Office of Pipeline Safety Anticipate Future Needs for Transporting Energy Products Facilitating Energy Independence By Removing Impediments to Transportation of Ethanol, other biofuels, hydrogen, CO2  Technical challenges  Regulatory clarity and standards development  Addressing community concerns with facts and improved communication Alaska Oil & Gas Issues / Opportunities LNG Safety Issues / Opportunities

18 Office of Pipeline Safety Be a Model Safety Agency – Who Earns the Respect of Our Stakeholders and the Public Maintain our Record  With Congress, the NTSB, the IG, and the GAO Promote Transparency Improve Our Staff Capabilities and Capacity  Performance Evaluation / Accident Investigation Maintain our Vigilance Promote Knowledge Management

19 Special Focus Ethanol Transportation David Kunz PHMSA’s Chief Counsel

20 Regulatory Agenda Update Office of Pipeline Safety Barbara Betsock Acting Director of Regulations

21 Upcoming Regulatory Actions Discussion PHMSA Assistant Administrator & Chief Safety Officer Stacey Gerard


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