Energy - Pipeline Safety

Van Ness Feldman provides a full range of pipeline safety services for operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines and LNG facilities.  The practice is anchored by attorneys with extensive experience in the pipeline industry and with key regulatory agencies, including the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).  The firm collaborates with pipeline personnel and senior management to develop, implement, and defend strong compliance programs, while balancing safety objectives and business and legal risks.  Backed by a strong litigation team, the firm also helps operators effectively respond to and manage administrative enforcement actions and protect and preserve legal rights.    

Van Ness Feldman’s Pipeline Safety Group publishes a bi-weekly “Pipeline Safety Update” to inform clients, colleagues, and other stakeholders of important developments affecting pipeline safety. To access an inclusive database of these updates, please visit the Van Ness Feldman Pipeline Safety Update Library. To ensure regular delivery of this resource, please register here.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Counseling on compliance and interpretive questions relating to the application of regulations and policies to real-life operational circumstances and business planning.  Examples include advising on jurisdictional and regulatory classifications; the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) and maximum operating pressure (MOP) regulations; drug and alcohol testing requirements; and operator qualification regulations.
  • Assisting trade association and pipeline operators in drafting comments on a PHMSA notice of proposed rulemaking that may have significant and far-reaching implications for gas pipeline operators; assisting with outreach to FERC on potential impacts to pipelines.
  • Counseling operators on strategies for validating pipeline MAOP and MOP.
  • Representing operators in enforcement proceedings before PHMSA and state regulatory agencies.  Recent successes involved PHMSA’s withdrawal of an NOPV filed against a gas pipeline and successfully representing a crude oil pipeline in a PHMSA civil penalty case resulting in settlement and elimination of the civil penalty in exchange for an agreement to perform supplemental safety projects.
  • Representing pipeline operators in district court litigation and federal appellate proceedings.
  • Assisting with post-incident response.
  • Helping pipelines prepare and update written compliance procedures.
  • Conducting on-site, pre-audit reviews of compliance procedures and documents for liquid and gas pipelines preparing for PHMSA inspections, including integrated inspections.
  • Providing training and CLE seminars to in-house legal staff and management regarding PHMSA jurisdiction and regulations.
  • Advising operators on pipeline safety compliance issues in connection with the acquisition and sale of assets.
  • Assisting pipeline in obtaining special permit.


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Professionals

Keturah A. Brown

Associate

Washington D.C.

202-298-1844

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Tyson C. Kade

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1948

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Bryn S. Karaus

Associate

Washington D.C.

202-298-1821

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Frances Bishop Morris

Associate

Washington D.C.

202-298-1874

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Susan A. Olenchuk

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1896

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News

FERC Examines New Policy for Income Tax Costs

Van Ness Feldman Expands Pipeline Safety Practice

American Gas Foundation and Van Ness Feldman Release Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Study

Tyson Kade Named Of Counsel to Van Ness Feldman

Keith Coyle Appointed to Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force

Van Ness Feldman Welcomes Mona Tandon as Partner

Van Ness Feldman Awarded 2014 NiSource Crystal Key Award

The American Gas Association and Van Ness Feldman Release 2014 FERC Manual

Susan Olenchuk Presents on PHMSA Regulations at the 36th Annual AGA Legal Forum

Jim Ziglar Named to New Gulf of Mexico Advisory Group

The American Gas Association and Van Ness Feldman Release 2013 FERC Manual

CEQ Proposes Paradigm Shift for Funding Federal Water Investments

Events

2017 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference

2016 EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Federal Regulation of the Natural Gas Industry

AOPL's Annual Business Conference

AGA 2016 Legal Forum

Energy Bar Association Annual Conference

2016 API Pipeline Conference

AGA Legal Forum 2015

6th Annual Pipe Tech Americas Summit

Understanding Appalachian Basin Midstream Assets

9th Annual Gas Processors Association Convention

Transportation Forum XI

Shale Insight 2014

Webinar: Pipeline Safety Enforcement and Compliance: Recent Trends and Developments

Webinar: Shale Gas—Infrastructure, Impacts and Issues

2014 Pipeline Conference and Cybernetics Symposium

Pipeline Safety Seminar

2013 Annual Conference

Pipeline Safety: A Gateway to Expanded Access to Natural Gas

New Initiatives in Pipeline Safety

American Gas Association 2011 Energy Market Regulation Conference, The Impact of Pipeline Safety Costs on Rates for Pipeline Services

Alerts

Court Ruling on Post-Spill Access to Records Highlights Importance of Corporate Safety Culture

DC Circuit Hands Pipelines Roadmaps to Construct Projects over Delays by Local Permitting Agencies

PHMSA Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Rule

FERC Issues Final Audit Reports for Colonial Pipeline Company and Enterprise Product Partners L.P.

Policy Outlook for 2015

FERC Offers Analytical Framework for Pipeline Recovery of Costs Related to Safety, Reliability, and Environmental Compliance Costs and Requests Comments

OUTLOOK 2014: KEY POLICY DEVELOPMENTS

Fractured Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues Decision on Constitutionality of Oil and Gas Law

FERC Issues Final Rule Clarifying Work Space Requirements for Section 2.55(a) Auxiliary Installations

In Case of "First Impression" FERC Dismisses Application To Operate Facilities in Hawaii to Receive LNG from Continental U.S.

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