This presentation will address new and proposed pipeline regulations impact low stress gathering pipelines, issues such as data integration that are impacting transmission pipelines, and the current pipeline reauthorization activities
Chris Hoidal is the Western Region Director of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA), Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS). This office is responsible for carrying out and administering the federal/state pipeline safety program for 12 western states. His pipeline inspection staff is distributed among field offices in Denver, Colorado; Billings and Helena, Montana; Casper, Wyoming, Anchorage, Alaska; and Ontario, California. Chris has worked for the United States Department of Transportation since 1990, and the Office of Pipeline Safety since 1993. He has had the opportunity to work both in the DC headquarters and in field offices in Anchorage, Alaska and Denver, Colorado. Prior to working with the DOT, Chris was a licensed consulting geotechnical engineer in Colorado, Maryland, DC, and Virginia from 1982 until 1990. He has his BS in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Nevada – Reno, and Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado.