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“Pu blic perception may be more important than regulatory requirements"
eeently l was pnvllcgcd to pipelines earrymg many ditterent kinds lntormation Reporting Tool), damages
have Rugu Cox (a wondertul ot products. The PSRs only apply to to underground utilities today are less
man, a true leader in damage speeilie types ot pipelines For example than halt what they were to years ago.
prevention, president ot ACTS water and sewer lines are pipelines but but they are still oeeurring. Eaeh and

and a dear friend) in the audience as l the PSRs do not apply to water and every one ot the designated stakeholder
presented a short piece titled "Pipeline sewer lines. Leaks and ruptures behave groups eontinues to be atteeted by
Potpounl” at the mpelme satety & very dittereiitly depending on what meidents assoeiated with pipelines
Awareness critieal lndustry summit at is in the line. Natural gas, crude oil, and, for that matter. damages to other
this year's Common Ground Alliance propane, gasoline, diesel tuel and many underground utilities.

(CGAD Cunvcntlon. I had talked a olhex gasses and llqulds am all camed

_ what does all this have to do with
tew minutes about various pipeline by pipelines but behave yery dlffnmnllv
_ ' ' publlc percepunn and regulatory
regulatory issues, ineluding public when released trom a pipeline ,
1 requirements lustthis The public does

education programs. Roger and l Vt ere

(hams ammmm and h mgmwmd The eommon message tor all — no not know the regulatory requirements

matter what is in the line, it you and it there is property damage,

that one ot my bullet points resonated ‘ 1 k I I ‘ 1 I E

Wm‘ 1“ TM bum PM  M W at reeogniae n ea or a pipe ine rup on cnvlmnmcn n lmpac , on soineone
ms Nude‘ 1. DO NOT do ml]/khlllg that waxlld gets ineonyenieneed, inpired or

cream a spark orsouree afignilintl. killed and a pipeline is suspeeted, the

The regulations ol eoneem were 2. Get away from it - upwind or pipeline will get blamed. If the incident
the pipeline safety regulations, 49 uphill far enough that ymt eannot will sell air time or newspapers,

CFR Parts 190 -99 <Psl<s). Like many hear the noise, sec or smell the the tourth estate (the press) will get
regulaoons — and vlnually all satety substance escaping, or, if it is involved The taets and the regulations
regulations — the Psks establish looming, a safe alistance from tho beeome irrelevant. Any eorreetions
minimum requirements: what is the flames. 3. Dial 911, explain your or retraetions will get buried in the
minimum that a pipeline operator has concerns, anal fallaw tnstruetioiis. newspaper and probably never

to do to be ”lagi1l?” The Psks are not, Finally, 4. 1/ you know who the mentioned on the news.

in my opinion, written tor the ”gnod" pipeline operator is and how to _

pipeline opcmloh, they are written to clmtact them, call the pipelina Tf'°c;};:"f§§u*:;‘§jV!§f;;:gg:§: ‘d1‘:m
giye regulatory ageneies enough tools operator. P P * >

‘D W ‘ht nbadn PIPE,“ Dpmmn to and the eost of energy will have been

_h what is the biggest problem with l’APs? needlessly inereased.
lmpmvl: or s utdown. .
ln my opinion, it is getting people SAFETY PAYS, U

Parts of the PSRs- require pipeline (stakeholders) to listen People in '

operators to provide mtormation to general (atteeted publie) have their lives

speeilie stakeholder groups (atteeted to lead unless they have had a problem [all]! rt'Im'd/rarll PHMSA and is l‘Hrn'VlHy
public, eleeted ottieials, emergeney with a pipeline or know someone who viee Prrsldcltl o/l>ipeliii.~ systoiii Cant;/l[I—
responders, and ereayators) at has, the general public lust does not aaae and operntioiis stioieos/oi c2 [’l1rI—
minimum ireoueneies (lrom annually care and has better things to do. The ,,.,,, LLQ mm; M... ,gfpb1(Il.‘X2—'5_(nl"

to onee every three year»). These same goes tor politieians Emergeiiey

partieular requirements are what is responders are typically somewhat

called in the pipeline industry (and in more eoneemed but they have so 2 1 4 9 t 3 B

the PSR) Publie Awareness Programs or many other training requirements, 9 3 ' 1 2 6 A 7
PAPs. unless there is continuing educatltm

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information about hazardous liquid and P P ‘ g ’ E . R

dun: to other pnotmcs. Excavators are 3 : 

3"‘ P‘P“"““°‘ “W M“ ‘W’ “’1“"“‘° hard to reaoh because it is a highly 9- 3

lhcvloukllke, \’\’11flll~ll'II1'1L‘|'l1i Where . — = _= yuan

— eompetitiye tield and there is never 4 9
are they, what happens when they leak ., ,. ° i
enough time to eall laetore you dig 1» 3 2 7
or rupture, what should be done it they M man , M ‘hc ‘mam mama“ 2
rupturflliugc Wm mm, man
that them are ~omi1ny dlifcrcnt kmdoof » V PP » gnaan
16 . mum 2m We 2 Aeeording to CGA’s DIRT (Damage

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