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Project Title: Study on Propane Gas Pipeline Facilities

PIN: TRB-SASP-16-06         

Major Unit:
Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit:
Transportation Research Board Consensus and Advisory Studies Division

Himmel, Micah

Subject/Focus Area:
Transportation and Infrastructure

Study on Propane Gas Pipeline Facilities
June 8, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Amelia Mathis
Phone: 202-334-3255


Committee for a Study on Propane Gas Pipeline Facilities

Keck Center
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC
June 8–9, 2017

Thursday, June 8
Keck 201

Introductions of representatives from the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) and other guests
• Committee member and guest self-introductions
• Overview of task statement and study process, Chairman

Origin of the study and sponsor expectations
Alan Mayberry, Associate Administrator for Policy and Programs, Office of Pipeline Safety, PHMSA

Panel Session 1: A review of propane gas pipeline facilities, safety regulations, and data by federal and state regulators (presentations followed by 45-min. panel discussion with committee)
• Gary McDonald, Transportation Specialist (Instructor), Inspector Training & Qualifications Center, PHMSA
• Neil Pascual, Program Manager, State Pipeline Safety Program, Nevada Public Utilities Commission

12:20 Lunch (all participants)

Panel Session 2: An industry overview of propane system design, construction, operation, maintenance, safety assurance, and perspectives on regulation (presentations followed by 45-min. panel discussion with committee)
• Michael Caldarera, Vice President, Regulatory & Technical Services, National Propane Gas Association
• Rufus Youngblood, Director of Safety, Ferrellgas
• Lyndon Rickards, Assistant Vice President, Risk Management, Eastern Propane and Oil

3:45 Adjournment of open session

Thursday, June 9
Keck 208

Session 1: A perspective on setting standards for propane systems
• Laura Moreno, Engineer, National Fire Protection Association (via phone)

9:30 Q&A

10:00 Adjournment of open session

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Craig E. Philip (chair)
Samuel T. Ariaratnam
Bruce Benson
Sara R. Gosman
Stephanie A. King
April Richardson
Ross T. Warnell

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
The committee discussed the study's statement of task, members' bias and conflict of interest, and future work plan.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:
Background paper on propane gas pipeline systems by staff.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: June 22, 2017