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No one wakes up in the morning planning on responding to an emergency on their pipeline system. However, emergencies can and will occur. It is not a matter of if, but rather when you will be faced with having to respond. In today’s world the expectations on the part of stakeholders such as regulatory officials, the public, and emergency responders are that pipeline operators have effective plans, well trained employees and the ability to effectively manage an incident.
This series dives into:
•The Incident Command System and how pipeline operators can use it to effectively manage an emergency and work with public sector responders
•Expectations of stakeholders related to the effectiveness of emergency response programs
•The need for effective, coherent and usable emergency plans that employees are trained in and can implement quickly when an emergency occurs
•Exercises that realistically test the effectiveness of plans and employee training and provide actionable results
•A philosophy that is routed in the foundation of a cyclical approach to emergency management
 
Effectively managing pipeline environmental hazards (river systems, unstable slopes and earthquakes) is becoming a major focus for operators and regulators. Between 2003 and 2013, natural forces (e.g. severe weather, landslides, floods) damaged 85 pipelines resulting in failure.
Collectively termed, geohazards, can represent significant risks for pipeline operators. Failures from geohazards can result in costlier spills and longer service disruptions than traditional mechanical failures.
 
Recently, the Pipeline Hazard Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has increased focus on managing environmental hazards to pipeline integrity. A number of Notice of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRMs) and completed rules require pipeline operators to incorporate geohazard risk assessments in their integrity management (IM) plans. This training will provide participants with a cradle to grave approach for managing pipeline geohazards. This class will use water crossings as a case study for geohazard risk assessment and preparations required for releases.

Western Energy Markets with Nodal Markets Workshop :: September 14-15, 2017 :: Denver, CO
Major changes are happening in the world of wholesale electricity markets in the western U.S. There is the growing Western Energy Imbalance Market along with potentially expanding CAISO and SPP footprints. Market participants now have multiple options to consider as the playing field and economics are changing. This seminar will provide an overview of SPP, as the front runner for many large western utilities, and then compare and contrast the benefits and drawbacks of different markets that many western power generators, transmission companies and market participants have to choose from as western wholesale power markets emerge and evolve. In addition, there is an optional half day workshop that will discuss Nodal Markets for Congestion Revenue Rights.
 
Pipeline Siting in Sensitive Environments: 4-Part Webinar Series  :: September 19,20,21,26 2017, Online
Pipeline siting (as well as the siting of other major energy facilities) in North America has evolved into an increasingly complex, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-dimensional process. With each project, factors including permitting processes and requirements; federal, state, and local laws and regulations as they pertain to energy production and use; “public need” and of the attractiveness of a particular proposal over its alternatives; public and stakeholder involvement; project development and design requirements; and project financing must all be considered. The goal of this series is to comb through the major regulatory hurdles operators will inevitably face on a new project, give updates on siting and permitting processes under Trump’s administration, as well as provide major considerations in the areas of environmental and land use as well as public perceptions as project planning gets underway in an effort to offset major delays, budget and timing issues.
 
Electricity Reform in Mexico - 3rd Annual Conference :: September 27-28, 2017 :: San Antonio, TX
Mexico continues to make major strides in reshaping all areas of their electric industry under a free competition regime, through a new wholesale electricity market, all working towards a goal of installing more than 56,000 MW of new capacity required by the country in the next 15 years.  In this 3rd Annual Conference, top Mexico regulatory experts and industry leaders come together to discuss the framework of the reform and recent developments in implementation. These experts will analyze and discuss how all aspects of the electricity sector in Mexico are being impacted with a focus on what we can expect in the months to come.
OSHA for Oil and Gas: Regulations, Auditing and Enforcement :: October 26, 2017 :: New Orleans, LA
The fatality and incident rate in the oil & gas sector remains one of the highest in the U.S. And real life disasters, such as the Texas City refinery explosion, emphasize why it is so crucial to improve the safety culture in the industry. In many respects, industry is moving in the right direction by beginning to emphasize leading rather than lagging indicators. However, there is still work to do.
Given the high risk of oil and gas work, the diversity of projects, the remote nature of the operations, and the fact that many employees and supervisors are new to this industry, there is a critical need to expand safety auditing to ensure best practices across all sectors of the supply chain, from upstream drillers, well servicing teams, and frack crews at the well site to pipeline construction crews and operators and refinery workers.
In OSHA for Oil and Gas, we review safety auditing best practices, employee and contractor safety as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s (OSHA's) regulations and enforcement initiatives.