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Tuesday, August 25th: 10AM – 4PM CT
Opening Keynote: Keith Coyle, Shareholder, Babst Calland
From New London to San Bruno: Understanding the Impact of Significant Incidents on Pipeline Safety
In this keynote address, Keith J. Coyle, a former Attorney Advisor for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and current Shareholder with Babst Calland’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Group, will discuss the role that significant incidents have played in shaping the nation’s pipeline safety laws and regulations. Mr. Coyle will show how a natural gas explosion that occurred at school in New London, Texas, in 1937, led to the adoption of odorization requirements and a more recent natural gas pipeline failure that occurred in San Bruno, California, in 2010 led to the promulgation of the Gas Transmission Mega-Rule, including new requirements for reconfirming the maximum allowable operating pressure and verifying the materials in gas transmission lines. Along the way, Mr. Coyle will share his insight on what the pipeline industry can learn from these and other prior significant incidents, particularly with respect to the likely responses from policymakers and regulators.
Wednesday, August 26th: 10AM – 4PM CT
Opening Keynote: Leigha Gooding, GIS Manager, Operations System Division, National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS)
Leigha Gooding is the GIS Manager at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). She has over 14 years of experience supporting the federal government and DC area engineering firms with GIS analysis and system development. As PHMSA’s GIS Manager, she leads project management, acquisitions, IT security, policy development, inspection support and outreach for the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS). At the backbone of the NPMS is a national linear referenced GIS database integrating pipeline facility data collected from over 1,500 different data sources.
Thursday, August 27th: 10AM – 4PM CT