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  • Regulatory Comments | Pipeline Safety Trust
    gas gathering line definition docket number PHMSA 2014 0004 submitted Feb 11 2014 2013 Federal Legislation and Testimony Trust Testimony from 7 9 2013 U S House hearing on H R 1900 the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act Pipeline Safety Trust Board President Rick Kessler testified in front of the U S House of Representatives Energy Commerce Committee on Tuesday July 9 against H R 1900 View the hearing here including Rick s testimony starting at 1 39 48 Trust Testimony from 1 28 2013 U S Senate field hearing in West Virginia So here we are again after the very recent failure of a pipeline in Sissonville which completely destroyed three homes damaged other homes caused extensive damage to an interstate highway and once again terrorized a community This recent failure falls too soon after a spate of significant failures over the past few years in Michigan California Pennsylvania Montana and Utah Many of these failures had common themes and common solutions that could have prevented or at least minimized their impacts We have been asking for action on these issues in previous hearings following previous tragedies for years now Last Congress passed the Pipeline Safety Regulatory Certainty and Job Creation Act of 2011 which began to move the regulators and the pipeline industry in the right direction on some of these issues but the speed of review rule making implementation and enforcement of the needed changes was not sufficient to prevent the tragedy in Sissonville It is our sincere desire not to be back in front of this committee again in the future saying the same things after yet another tragedy Federal Agency comments PST class location comments regarding docket number PHMSA 2013 0161 Nov 1 2013 A class location public workshop on this docket was held Ap 16 2014 which included a presentation by Carl Weimer PST comments on changes to incident and annual reports for gas pipeline operators regarding docket number PHMSA 2013 0084 submitted Aug 26 and Dec 20 2013 PST mapping information comments regarding docket number PHMSA 2013 0137 submitted Aug 13 and Oct 21 2013 PST comments on revisions to annual reports for hazardous liquid pipeline operators regarding docket number PHMSA 2013 0003 submitted Aug 12 2013 Trust comments submitted to the US Department of Transportation regarding their draft Strategic Plan Sept 10 2013 State Agency comments Trust comments submitted to WA State Department of Ecology on 9 9 2013 regarding the Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline Oil Spill Contingency Plan 2012 Federal Agency comments Comments on the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Relating to the Safety of Gas Transmission Lines docket PHMSA 2011 0023 January 19 2012 State Agency comments Comments on the Draft Report of the Montana Oil Pipeline Safety Review Council June 2012 2011 Federal Legislation and Testimony Testimony to Congress 2011 PST testimony on July 15 2011 before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power PST testimony on July 14 2011 before the House

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  • The Trust in the News | Pipeline Safety Trust
    trended down while larger gas transmission lines trended upwards However over the last 8 years natural gas pipelines gas distribution pipelines and gas transmission lines trended down while hazardous liquid pipeline incidents trended up Over the same time frame new regulations were kicking in that should have made things safer so it s curious why this hasn t happened Weimer said Why pipeline critics are important By the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association Nov 26 2014 I believe that only when citizens industry and regulators are willing to embrace the conflicts that currently keep us apart and discuss and deal with those conflicts in a constructive way can true trust in pipeline safety be achieved said Carl Weimer an EAP panelist and the executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust a U S based advocacy group formed after three people were killed in a pipeline explosion in Bellingham Washington in 1999 Oil boom pipeline safety put Enbridge on the spot By MN Public Radio News Grand Forks Herald Nov 19 2014 Nationwide only 43 percent of hazardous liquid pipelines are subject to inspection rules according to the Pipeline Safety Trust a watchdog group While there have been some improvements the past decade a recent increase in major incidents on hazardous liquid pipelines is concerning the trust said in a statement Anatomy of a pipeline decision A scheme of dubious legality By Mary Douglas The Berkshire Edge Oct 20 2014 In the words of a group promoting pipeline safety called Pipeline Safety Trust in a quick and not exhaustive check we were unable to find a single FERC denial of an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for an interstate gas transmission line The message is FERC rarely denies an application What is the condition of the oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac Answer can be hard to find By Mark Brush MI Public Radio Oct 7 2014 Carl Weimer is with the National Pipeline Safety Trust a pipeline watchdog group I asked him what seems like the obvious question about this pipeline How can a 60 year old line be in excellent condition We ve see older pipelines that have been operated and maintained well that look almost like new pipelines he said and on the other hand we ve seen new pipelines that look like they re 80 years old or are in bad shape So it really depends on how the company has been operating and maintaining it And that s a really hard thing to find out The explosive debate over a new natural gas pipeline in the northeast By Katie Valentine ClimateProgress Sept 30 2014 Explosions are also a major concern According to a briefing paper from the Pipeline Safety Trust natural gas pipelines have fewer significant onshore incidents such as major spills than pipelines carrying hazardous liquids such as crude oil and jet fuel however they have more serious incidents events that result in death or hospitalization than other pipelines They ve got less accidents but when they blow they really blow Carl Weimer executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust said They have huge potential for wide ranging explosions Look out below danger lurks underground from aging gas pipes By John Kelly USA Today Sept 24 2014 The chance of a pipeline failing in any one place is pretty small but if you live in one of those older East Coast cities with hundreds of miles of cast iron pipe that s just a failure waiting to happen said Carl Weimer the executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust Top pipeline safety advocate on his 15 year Bambi vs Godzilla Fight By Lisa Song InsideClimate News June 24 2014 I think what s gotten harder is a lot of the easy issues that a non technical person can talk about have been dealt with So now we re kind of getting down in the weeds of stress corrosion cracking safety management systems and all kinds of esoteric things that take more time to fully understand and explain to the public Carl Weimer Pipeline company slightly safer than most but recent mishaps trigger probe By Gil Smart LancasterOnline June 8 2014 There s been a series of tragic accidents in the last few years said Carl Weimer Executive Director of the Pipeline Safety Trust a non profit industry watchdog people are right to be concerned about pipeline safety and should make those concerns known to the company A cautionary tale Tar sands oil and health By Genieve Long WhoWhatWhy com June 1 2014 Carl Weimer the executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust says that though regulators have some knowledge of what s being used to thin heavy crude they don t know the contents of any particular batch Over 1 000 chemicals may be present in dilbit depending on what s cheapest at the time Many are hazardous to humans Federal study to assess dangers of dilbit when it spills By Elizabeth Douglass InsideClimate News May 21 2014 I think it is a great thing although I may change my mind once we see who gets appointed to the panel for the study said Carl Weimer executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust a nonprofit watchdog group Including people from research organizations already studying the subject such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA the University of New Hampshire s Center for Spills in the Environment and others would bolster confidence in the study s results Weimer said Gas explosions appear inevitable given state of pipes By Cassandra Sweet Wall Street Journal May 20 2014 Simply patching leaky pipes doesn t satisfy critics It s been a recognized threat for years says Carl Weimer executive director of watchdog group Pipeline Safety Trust in Bellingham Wash We really need to speed up the replacement of these pipes Report raps federal agency for lapses in pipeline safety By Cassandra Sweet Wall Street Journal May 9 2014 This report showed that the federal

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  • Work in Other Communities | Pipeline Safety Trust
    Pipeline Safety Trust Leadership Pipeline Safety Trust Strategic Plan Pipeline Safety Trust Annual Financial Reviews IRS 990s Background Contact The Trust Trust Initiatives Programs Pipeline Safety Trust Annual Conferences Pipeline Safety Technical Experts New Voices Project Transparency of Pipeline Information Publications Planning Near Pipelines Regulatory Comments The Trust in the News Work in Other Communities About Pipelines Briefing Papers Regulators Regulations Pipeline Info For Beginners Pipeline Info for Landowners Pipeline Info for Local Government Glossary Stats State by State Pipeline Information Project Specific Information Pipeline Maps Finding Info and Getting Involved Opportunities for Comment and Participation Online Discussions Join Us On Facebook Quick Links TAG Grants Search This Site Donate Pipeline Safety Trust Trust Initiatives Programs Work in Other Communities Work in Other Communities The Trust has from time to time been invited to participate in advising communities about pipeline safety issues Sometimes our involvement follows an incident and sometimes a community is acting before an incident occurs in an effort to mitigate the effects of an incident or avoid them altogether Contra Costa County California The Alamo Improvement Association representing an unincorporated area near the middle of this East Bay region asked the Trust to present at two petroleum

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  • About Pipelines | Pipeline Safety Trust
    in the News Work in Other Communities About Pipelines Briefing Papers Regulators Regulations Pipeline Info For Beginners Pipeline Info for Landowners Pipeline Info for Local Government Glossary Stats State by State Pipeline Information Project Specific Information Pipeline Maps Finding Info and Getting Involved Opportunities for Comment and Participation Online Discussions Join Us On Facebook Quick Links TAG Grants Search This Site Donate Navigate Home About the Trust Mission History of the Pipeline Safety Trust Leadership Pipeline Safety Trust Strategic Plan Pipeline Safety Trust Annual Financial Reviews IRS 990s Background Contact The Trust Trust Initiatives Programs Pipeline Safety Trust Annual Conferences Pipeline Safety Technical Experts New Voices Project Transparency of Pipeline Information Publications Planning Near Pipelines Regulatory Comments The Trust in the News Work in Other Communities About Pipelines Briefing Papers Regulators Regulations Pipeline Info For Beginners Pipeline Info for Landowners Pipeline Info for Local Government Glossary Stats State by State Pipeline Information Project Specific Information Pipeline Maps Finding Info and Getting Involved Opportunities for Comment and Participation Online Discussions Join Us On Facebook Quick Links TAG Grants Search This Site Donate Pipeline Safety Trust About Pipelines About Pipelines The Trust has compiled and authored an array of information on pipelines

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  • Briefing Papers | Pipeline Safety Trust
    Maps Finding Info and Getting Involved Opportunities for Comment and Participation Online Discussions Join Us On Facebook Quick Links TAG Grants Search This Site Donate Navigate Home About the Trust Mission History of the Pipeline Safety Trust Leadership Pipeline Safety Trust Strategic Plan Pipeline Safety Trust Annual Financial Reviews IRS 990s Background Contact The Trust Trust Initiatives Programs Pipeline Safety Trust Annual Conferences Pipeline Safety Technical Experts New Voices Project Transparency of Pipeline Information Publications Planning Near Pipelines Regulatory Comments The Trust in the News Work in Other Communities About Pipelines Briefing Papers Regulators Regulations Pipeline Info For Beginners Pipeline Info for Landowners Pipeline Info for Local Government Glossary Stats State by State Pipeline Information Project Specific Information Pipeline Maps Finding Info and Getting Involved Opportunities for Comment and Participation Online Discussions Join Us On Facebook Quick Links TAG Grants Search This Site Donate Pipeline Safety Trust Trust Initiatives Programs Publications Briefing Papers Briefing Papers updated in 2015 PST Briefing Paper 01 Who We Are PST Briefing Paper 02 Natural Gas Basics PST Briefing Paper 03 Hazardous Liquid Basics PST Briefing Paper 04 Pipeline safety statutes regulations consensus standards recommended practices PST Briefing Paper 05 The Alphabet Soup of Players

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  • Regulators & Regulations | Pipeline Safety Trust
    Briefing Papers Regulators Regulations Pipeline Info For Beginners Pipeline Info for Landowners Pipeline Info for Local Government Glossary Stats State by State Pipeline Information Project Specific Information Pipeline Maps Finding Info and Getting Involved Opportunities for Comment and Participation Online Discussions Join Us On Facebook Quick Links TAG Grants Search This Site Donate Navigate Home About the Trust Mission History of the Pipeline Safety Trust Leadership Pipeline Safety Trust Strategic Plan Pipeline Safety Trust Annual Financial Reviews IRS 990s Background Contact The Trust Trust Initiatives Programs Pipeline Safety Trust Annual Conferences Pipeline Safety Technical Experts New Voices Project Transparency of Pipeline Information Publications Planning Near Pipelines Regulatory Comments The Trust in the News Work in Other Communities About Pipelines Briefing Papers Regulators Regulations Pipeline Info For Beginners Pipeline Info for Landowners Pipeline Info for Local Government Glossary Stats State by State Pipeline Information Project Specific Information Pipeline Maps Finding Info and Getting Involved Opportunities for Comment and Participation Online Discussions Join Us On Facebook Quick Links TAG Grants Search This Site Donate Pipeline Safety Trust About Pipelines Regulators Regulations Federal pipeline safety laws and regulation State pipeline safety policy International pipeline safety Pipeline Safety Regulatory Information Pipeline safety regulation and

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  • Pipeline Info For Beginners | Pipeline Safety Trust
    Info for Landowners Pipeline Info for Local Government Glossary Stats State by State Pipeline Information Project Specific Information Pipeline Maps Finding Info and Getting Involved Opportunities for Comment and Participation Online Discussions Join Us On Facebook Quick Links TAG Grants Search This Site Donate Pipeline Safety Trust About Pipelines Pipeline Info For Beginners Pipeline Info For Beginners If for whatever reason you are just getting started trying to figure out what pipelines are near you who operates and regulates them and why they are there this page is a good place to start Below you will find some very basic information with links to where you can find out more Just keep clicking till you know as much as you want about the pipelines that run through your state We have also prepared a set of briefing papers on pipeline safety topics for beginners You can find those briefing papers here Different Types of Pipelines Pipelines are divided up into different categories depending on what they carry and where they go Understanding these categories is important because they determine how pipelines are constructed and regulated Hazardous Liquid Pipelines carry fuels like gasoline diesel jet fuel etc Gas Pipelines carry natural gas and propane Transmission Pipelines are the larger lines that move gas and liquids around the country Distribution Pipelines are the smaller lines that move mainly gas within communities and to our individual homes and businesses Interstate Pipelines are lines that cross state or national boundaries Intrastate Pipelines are lines that do not cross state boundaries Pipeline Basics If you are interested in learning more about the pipeline system in the U S and how pipelines are constructed and operated click here What Pipelines Are Near You There are over 2 million miles of pipeline in the United States To

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  • Pipelines for Landowners | Pipeline Safety Trust
    When a pipeline is first constructed the pipeline owner obtains a contract with the property owner allowing them to use the land for their pipeline These contracts are referred to as easements or right of ways Normally these easements are negotiated with the landowners but if negotiations fail pipeline companies in some instances can use eminent domain to force the landowner to allow the pipeline on the land There are no standard right of way agreements so the width and terms of the right of way can vary from property to property It is very important that landowners review their right of way contracts to clearly understand what both the pipeline company and the landowner are and are not allowed to do within the right of way For a well written sample of an actual right of way agreement click here pdf 96k For a sample of a conflict over tree removal near an easement we ve posted a letter from a lawyer to pipeline operator click here Right of Way Dos and Don ts Usually construction of buildings and other permanent structures swimming pools anchored play equipment patios fences etc are not allowed on transmission pipeline right of ways because of possible damage to the pipeline and interfering with the pipeline company s ability to inspect and maintain the pipeline Most pipeline companies inspect their lines from the air on a regular basis so the right of way agreements may give them the right to clear vegetation from the right of way that would block their view from the air To learn more click here What to do in an Emergency The chances of a pipeline leak or explosion on your property is relatively small but the consequences can be huge Knowing what to do and what not to do could save your life Click here to be ready Pipeline Proposed for Your Land When new pipelines are proposed there are a number of different processes that occur for the pipeline owners to obtain a route These processes revolve mainly around whether there is a need for the pipeline and how to minimize any environmental effects In all of these processes landowners have the right to be heard with concerns and make suggestions for better routes Pipeline companies will also start to contact landowners and negotiate right of ways during this time For a landowner to fully protect their rights they need to pay attention to these processes and take part when they see the need To find out more about what agencies are involved and how you can be a part of the process click here Agricultural Issues Placing a pipeline through productive farmland presents unique challenges In addition to the information in our Landowner s Guide we ve found some examples of language that agricultural landowners may wish to consider when faced with negotiating a pipeline easement on their property In some cases a state agency negotiates an Agricultural Impact Mitigation Agreement with an operator for a

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