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1 113 East College Avenue, Suite 200 Tallahassee, Florida

2 History of FEPA The non-profit trade association was established in 1989 FEPA started with 5 member companies and has now grown to 85 member companies There are two categories of members within the association: –Pipeline Operators –Affiliate Members: Regulatory, Environmental, Engineering, ROW, Measurement, Construction, Corrosion, and Natural Gas Storage Firms

3 FEPA vs. FNGA? FEPA = Florida Energy Pipeline Association FNGA = Florida Natural Gas Association Two very distinctly different and worthwhile organizations. Both of which are committed to the success of the SSOCOF. FEPA’s membership and mission revolves around the Safe operation of this critical energy transportation network under the combined efforts of the owners of Interstate & Intrastate Transmission Pipelines; whereas, FNGA’s membership and mission revolves around the advancement and promotion of the sale of natural gas, natural gas appliances, and the necessary services in Florida. FNGA promotes safety in the distribution of natural gas and its use.

4 FEPA’s Mission Provide members with information and education on issues of common concern such as pipeline safety and integrity, environmental stewardship, regulatory efficiency and landowner relations; Promote the safety, environmental and economic benefits of pipeline transportation within the state of Florida; Build a positive identity for the pipeline industry in Florida, and; Provide timely and useful information to members regarding the activities and actions of local, state and federal legislative and regulatory agencies and other relevant groups.

5 FEPA’s Board of Directors Members of the Board of Directors include the largest natural gas and petroleum products transmission pipeline operators serving Florida: Florida Gas Transmission Company Gulfstream Natural Gas System Southern Natural Gas Company SeaCoast Gas Transmission Gulf South Pipeline Company Florida Power & Light Central Florida Pipeline Everglades Pipeline Key West Pipeline

6 FEPA’s Facility Footprint

7 FEPA Committees There are six Operating Committees within the association: Safety & Security Pipeline Integrity Management Environmental Right of Way / Land Acquisition Organizational Development Policy

8 Pipeline Safety & Security Redundant system control centers, located in different geographic areas, with 24/7 monitoring of pipeline and facility conditions. Clearly identifiable linear routing using facility markers and routine ROW maintenance. Routine aerial and surfaced based patrol of linear ROW and Landowner communications. Annual meetings and periodic drills with Emergency Responders A very stringent Pipeline Integrity Program under the guidance of PHMSA Members of Sunshine State One Call of Florida; several of our members also sit on the SSOCOF Board of Directors

9 FEPA’s Commitment to SSOCOF We know that the Sunshine State One Call is Florida's one-call center charged with helping prevent damages to underground utilities. The One- Call Center educates excavators on calling 811 and answers that call so utility companies know about your digging project. We the owners of this underground network of energy transmission pipelines want to know about your digging project and insure that there are no accidental impacts. The Florida Energy Pipeline Association and its membership are “Committed” to: Call Before You Dig

10 FEPA’s Commitment to SSOCOF Member company creative ideas, like Florida Power & Light (this tank with the 811 Logo is located along I-95 in West Palm Beach, FL)

11 FEPA’s Commitment to SSOCOF FEPA is working with SSOCOF and other stakeholders on the common goal of safe transportation of natural gas and refined petroleum products. and FEPA is committed to advancing the mission of the Sunshine State One Call of Florida! FEPA is open for comments & suggestions on how we can help!

12 Best Practices While Excavating Around Transmission Pipelines Call 811Before You Dig – It’s Free and the Law In Every State and Five Canadian Provinces Every Excavator on the Job Must Have a Separate One Call Reference Number. Be Sure to Record Your Locate Reference Number and Have It at the Dig Site

13 Best Practices While Excavating Around Transmission Pipelines White Line Your Proposed Dig Site Identifying Your Proposed Dig Site Will Help the Facility Owner/Operator to Determine Whether the Work will Impact Their Facilities

14 Best Practices While Excavating Around Transmission Pipelines The Facility Owner/Operator Must Respond to Your Locate Request Within 2 Business Days and Determine the Impact on Their Pipeline Facilities. The Facility Owner/Operator Should Either Inform You That The Proposed Work Will Not Impact Their Facilities, Request More Information, or Request A Pre-Excavation Meeting With You

15 Best Practices While Excavating Around Transmission Pipelines The Facility Owner/Operator Is Required to Provide This Positive Response. Call 811 Again Using Your Locate Reference Number If You Feel That A Facility Owner/Operator Should Have Provided Positive Response.

16 Best Practices While Excavating Around Transmission Pipelines The Excavator Should Preserve Any Locate Markings On The Project. Call 811 With The Locate Reference Number If the Pipeline Facility Needs to be Re-Marked.

17 Best Practices While Excavating Around Transmission Pipelines The Excavator Must Exercise Reasonable Care When Excavating Within The Tolerance Zone (Normally the Width of the Pipeline Plus 24 Inches). Transmission Pipeline Companies Normally Require Company Employees to be On Site During Any Excavation Activity Near Their Facilities.

18 Best Practices While Excavating Around Transmission Pipelines Call 811 or the Facility Owner/Operator Again If You Damage Any Facilities. Ignoring Damage Can Accelerate Potential Failure. Federal Law Requires that Hazardous Leaks Must Be Immediately Reported to 911 and the Facility Owner/Operator.

19 Best Practices While Excavating Around Transmission Pipelines Refer to the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Best Practices For More Information Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility

20 Questions? Ideas & Comments are Welcome!

21 FEPA Contact Information Office Location 113 East College Avenue, Suite 200 Tallahassee, Florida Executive Director Rob Wilson Director of Communications & Event Planning Lorie Grooms


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