Author Archives: Gary Hines

Mike Grubb (L), SGA, recognizes Garry Tripp (R), Energy Transfer, for his leadership and work on the Transmission Technical Training Committee.  The SGA remains relevant and strong based on the hard work and dedication of the 300+ volunteers on 48 committees working on … Continue reading

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2012 was a good year for DOT Compliance Training at SGA. Our Content Guidance Committee (“CGC”) consisting of Garry Tripp, Energy Transfer, Clifton Phillips, Memphis Light Gas & Water, and Don McCoy, Chesapeake, helped us stay on top of the … Continue reading

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PHMSA issued an advisory bulletin on January 30, 2013 to outline the specific timeframe operators should notify the National Response Center following a pipeline accident. This advisory bulletin is in result of a requirement in the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and … Continue reading

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on January 23, 2013 per its requirement out of The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011. 

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PHMSA recently released a listing of regulatory actions on their website (click here to access the information through the Office of Management & Budget (OMB)).  Here is a listing of just the Office of Pipeline Safety efforts underway.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today announced plans for the next step in exploring critical issues related to coordination between the natural gas and electric industries. Today’s order directs FERC staff and the nation’s regional grid operators to report on coordination … Continue reading

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The SGA held a workshop this week on DOT Compliance for the Transmission & Midstream operators this week in Addison, TX at the J-W Energy offices. The SGA has long had a DOT Compliance workshop both in class and online, … Continue reading

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A new documentary was viewed by some of the victims from the September 9, 2010 pipeline incident in San Bruno, CA.  The 30-minute documentary  recaps the activities of September 9, 2010 as well as how some of the local residents … Continue reading

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The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public meeting on the use of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in transportation safety on December 4 and 5, 2012. GIS is a rapidly expanding group of technologies and analytical techniques that … Continue reading

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The annual HOTZONE Conference for 2012 in Houston, TX is planning a Pipeline Emergency Focus Group on Friday, October 19th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM local time. The purpose of the Focus Group is gather input from emergency responders on the issues … Continue reading

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