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Gas Distribution Construction Workshop – April 20, 2010

[Docket ID PHMSA-2010-0084]

The Department of Transportation/Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is conducting a workshop on April 20, 2010, on new distribution pipeline construction. Natural gas distribution pipelines are subject to a unique subset of construction-related risks and issues, as compared to transmission and other pipelines. Poor construction quality has led to short and long term pipeline integrity issues and risk to public safety.

PHMSA developed this workshop in collaboration with NAPSR, state partners, and the American Gas Association to inform the public and review lessons learned from inspections, and to improve distribution pipeline construction practices. The workshop will allow stakeholders in the pipeline safety community to learn about and discuss construction issues and current practices in natural gas distribution pipeline construction management and quality control. This workshop will address common issues, focusing on the results of Federal and state regulators’ perspectives, and explore potential solutions. The workshop will include:

  • Federal and state observations related to inspection findings.
  • Distribution materials, Quality Assurance/Quality Control, related best practices.
  • Construction Issues, Joining, Horizontal Directional Drill/Boring, Excavation Damage.
  • Discussions of solutions.

The workshop will be held at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, St. Louis, MO. Hotel reservations under the “U.S. DOT Distribution Workshop” room block for the nights of April 19 & 20 ($110 room rate) can be made at 1-877-845-7354. Name badge pick up and on-site registration will be available starting at 7:30 a.m., with the workshop taking place from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. Members of the public may attend this free workshop. To help assure that adequate space is provided, all attendees are encouraged to register for the workshop. The workshop presentations will be available on the meeting Web site within 30 days following the workshop.