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Two Important Oil & Gas Conferences

Posted by Lorraine O'Donovan on Wed, Sep 11, 2013

The oil and gas industry continues to experience massive international growth, with large increases in projects and employment in the sector. Regulation is evolving to keep pace with developments and two upcoming conferences, on Natural Gas and Pipeline development, aim to inform operators of the various EHS and Health and Safety regulators and legislation. The courses are being offered by energy industry conference producers EUCI

Environmental Compliance for Natural Gas Operators

October 7-8, 2013: Denver, CO

Every natural gas operator must comply with a complex matrix of environmental, health and safety laws. The regulatory scheme is evolving and overlapping. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Minerals Management Service (MMS), and corresponding state and local governmental agencies all have jurisdiction over various aspects of pollution control issues, including air, water and stormwater, hazardous and solid waste, toxic substances, and health and safety. Over the last several years, these agencies have ramped up their enforcement efforts, particularly in the wake of several high profile spills and releases that have had an impact on the environment. The complexity of the regulatory regime and the continuing changes in the law create uncertainty and impact gas operations.

This course will focus on the statutory and regulatory regime related to the environmental, health and safety issues that natural gas operators must address on a day-to-day basis.
The conference will focus on the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Superfund, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), among other laws, with an emphasis on the aspects of those laws that have the greatest effect on natural gas operations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss environmental law 101 for the natural gas industry

  • Review auditing for environmental compliance and risk management

  • Identify enforcement and trends for natural gas pipelines

  • Discuss hot topics: (i.e) Soil and vapor intrusion, manufactured gas plants and proportionate share divisibility

  • Predict direction for the future: Looking down the pipeline

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys

  • Environmental managers

  • Gas executives and managers

  • Pipeline project managers

  • Safety managers

  • Compliance managers

  • Regulators and regulatory affairs personnel

  • Engineers

  • Risk-management consultants

  • Energy consultants

Read more about the event.

Critical Considerations for Pipeline Project Development

October 7-8, 2013: Houston, TX

Underground Construction and Pipeline & Gas Journal's 2013 survey figures indicate 116,837 miles of pipelines are planned and under construction worldwide. Of these, over 41,000 miles are in North America. Because of this extensive infrastructure build-out, pipeline companies must develop strategies for every stage of development for successful project realization.
Planning for any type of pipeline project often begins years in advance of actual construction. And there is no typical pipeline project, as each project takes on its own unique challenges based on the competitive environment, location, environmental sensitivity, size of pipe, product to be transported, and proposed schedule. But there are essential considerations for all projects which include:

  • Collaborating within a cross-functional team to develop a comprehensive project proposal

  • A thorough understanding of federal, state and local regulatory and permitting regimes

  • Project safety and safety preparations

  • Environmental considerations - from route planning, permitting through to restoration

  • Route selection, right-of way acquisition strategies

  • Public consultation and early engagement with all stakeholders

  • Identifying and managing risks proactively

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss collaboration within a cross-functional team to develop a comprehensive project proposal

  • Review federal, state, and local regulatory and permitting regimes

  • Demonstrate best practices in project safety and safety preparations

  • Identify environmental considerations - from route planning/permitting through to restoration

  • Explain route selection and right-of way acquisition strategies

  • Identify important communication strategies around public consultation and early engagement with all stakeholders

  • Identify risks and how to manage them proactively

Who Should Attend
  • Project engineers

  • Environmental specialists

  • Pipeline project managers

  • Land and utility right-of-way specialists

  • Planners

  • Public outreach and public affairs professionals

  • Legal

  • Federal and state agencies 

Read more about the event.

Specialty Technical Publishers (STP) provides a variety of resources and services, intended to facilitate clients’ understanding of, and compliance with, EH&S requirements. These include:

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