A follow-up Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) pertaining to the regulation of all rural onshore hazardous liquid low-stress pipelines was published on June 22, 2010, by PHMSA. The rule would amend safety regulations to all rural low-stress pipelines not included under the phase one rule from the PIPES Act of 2006.
In his presentation, DeWitt Burdeaux will present the three categories of rural onshore low-stress pipelines that are being proposed by PHMSA, outline the anticipated impact on pipeline operators, and open the floor to our audience for comments on the proposed rules.
DeWitt began his career in the energy industry spending more than a decade with a transmission/distribution company in Louisiana serving in various operating functions including oversight of district compliance activities. From there, he joined the LA Department of Natural Resources’ Pipeline Safety enforcement group as an enforcement officer for five years. This led him to twelve plus years with the US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) where he was responsible for training Federal, state, and industry personnel on pipeline safety compliance issues.
He was active on various agency initiatives, such as implementation of Integrity Management for hazardous liquids pipelines, background research related to Integrity Management. In February ‘07, DeWitt accepted the position of Director of Safety and DOT Compliance for Quicksilver Resources, Inc., a Fort Worth, TX based exploration/production and gathering company. He rejoined PHMSA in March 2009 with similar responsibilities as in his previous Federal service.