Pipeline Environmental Hazards from Cradle to Grave:

Risk Assessment, Mitigation, and Managing/Remediating Release

December 7, 2017 :: Houston, TX

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.
Specific Course Topics Include:
  • Risk Identification and Management for River Crossings
  • Monitoring River Crossings: Traditional versus Modern Technology
  • Planning for a release: Ensuring you are ready
  • Mitigating Releases on Water Crossings
This Course Is Useful For:
  • Pipeline Risk/Integrity Managers
  • O&G executives and Managers
  • Environmental Specialists
  • Pipeline Integrity Managers
  • Environmental Compliance Managers
  • Energy Attorneys
  • Pipeline Project Managers
  • Pipeline Operations Managers
  • Emergency Management Adviso
Course Objectives:
Participants will develop an understanding of the following:
  • How to identify and manage risks associated with geohazards
  • Specific risks associated with pipelines and riverine systems
  • Preparing for and responding to a release in a riverine environment

Thursday, December 7, 2017 

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Risk Management for River Crossings
  • Overview of how rivers function and the risks they pose to integrity
  • Identifying risky conditions at river crossings
  • Estimating risk at river crossings
  • Mitigation techniques at river crossings—an overview
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Monitoring River Crossings
  • Traditional techniques
  • New methods
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Group Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Planning for a Release
  • Think “when” not “if”
  • Contractor selection
  • Emergency Management Plans
  • Drills
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Mitigating Releases on Water Crossings
  • Immediate post-release action plan
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Remediation Help: Your Options
  • Who’s out there and what do they do?
  • Advice for agency interactions
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Methods for Cost-effective and Efficient Remediation of Rivers
  • Site characterization methods
  • Assessing the veracity of consultant reports
  • Sensitive areas: congested urban environments, parks/reserves, etc.
5:00 p.m. Final Q&A and Wrap-up

The course will take place at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Hobby Airport

8181 Airport Boulevard, Houston, Texas,77061-4142. 

There is a free shuttle service to/from Hobby Airport.  Map and directions here.


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Our Instructors

Caroline Burda, HES Specialist, Pembina

 Jen Holmstadt, Senior Project Manager, WSB & Associates, Inc.


Dave Weaver, Manager, Business Development, Satelytics 

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