COMMITTEES AND TASK GROUPS

National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives

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Group Name
Description and Purpose of Group

NAPSR Member

(Bold indicates Chair/Lead)

APGA SIF O&M, OQ Plan and Public Awareness Development Tool

Working group to create an O&M Plan, OQ Plan and Public Awareness Plan development tool with Mobile Applications.  Similar to SHRIMP tool.  This Task group will work on the content details.
Joe Molloy (CO), Mark Champagne (LA), John Harper (OK), Chris Demarco (PA), Michelle Thebert (GA)
​APGA SIF's Propane Small Operator Guide Update
​Provide Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for APGA Update of Small Operator Guide and OQ Guidance Manual.
Jim Osterhaus (TX),  Bruce Benson (CT),  Sunil Shori (CA)
​API 1104 Standards
API Standard.  Group considering revisions to the API 1104 welding standard.
David Price (OH)
API RP 1162 Public Awareness Programs - 2017 Revision Project
API Standard on Public Awareness for pipeline operators. API initiated a committee to review and revise RP 1162 in 2017.​
Anthony Dorrough (WA) Jonathan Kimbril (AL) Kevin Hecker (IL)
API Emergency Response Advisory Board
API initiative to provide a forum for industry and regulators to share ideas regarding emergency response.
Janie Castle (CO)
Gathering Line Task Group
Originally began as the Gathering Line Task Group, then addressed the API New Gathering Line RP, now is a general task group that will address any Gathering Line issues.
Mary Friend (WV) David Chislea (MI) Jason Montoya (NM) Leo Haynos (KS) Judy Ramsey (AL) David Piroutek (WY) Kelly Phelps (OK) Stephanie Weidman (TX) Kevin Speicher (NY) 
ASME B31Q
American Society of Mechanical Engineers subcommittee.  ANSI-chartered subcommittee developing operator qualification standard ASME B31Q and adapting it for distribution systems.
Mary Zanter (SD), Dennis Randolph (AZ), Victor Omameh (OH)
ASTM F17 Plastic Piping Systems
F17.10 Fittings
Mary Zanter (SD)
​F17.11 Composite
Kevin Stillson (CO)
F17.20 Joining
Loretta Cuthrell (NM), John Harper (OK)
F17.60 Gas
Mary Zanter (SD), Daniel Trapp (AL)
​F17.67 Trenchless Plastic Pipeline Technology
Robert Biggard (PA)
​F17.68 Energy Piping Systems
Mary Zanter (SD)
​CGA (Best Practices)
Common Ground Alliance.  Developing consensus-based best practices for excavation damage prevention.
Sunil Shori (CA)
CGA (Board of Directors)
Common Ground Alliance.  Multi-stakeholder damage prevention organization involved in R&D, data collection, best practices and education.
Jason Montoya (NM)
CGA (Data Reporting/Collection)
Common Ground Alliance.  Collecting and analyzing excavation damage data via the DIRT tool for all stakeholder groups (Gas/liquid, phone, cable, electric, etc.).
Dan Nivison (CT), Perry McCollum (WY)
​CGA (Education & MMCC)
Common Ground Alliance.  Education & Marketing, Membership and Communications Committee.  Addresses education in damage prevention and addressing CGA membership issues.
Darrin Ulmer (ID)
​CGA (OCSI)
Common Ground Alliance.  One-Call Systems International.  Addresses issues of relevance to One-Call Systems.
Heather David (MI)
​​CGA (Stakeholder Advocacy)
​Proactively work with local stakeholders to educate state policy makers regarding use of CGA best practices.
Vacant
CGA (Technology)
​Common Ground Alliance.  Research and Development.  Identifying consensus-based practices for excavation damage prevention.
Randy Knepper (NH)
Compendium
Develop summary by state of local safety initiatives that exceed federal requirements.  Demonstrate the importance of maintaining a focus on specific local risks.
Randy Knepper (NH), Kevin Hecker (IL), Juan Urena (NJ), Joe Subsits (WA)
Compliance and Enforcement Refresher Training (CERT)
​​Compliance and Enforcement Refresher Training (CERT) task group.
Leo Haynos (KS), Kelly Phelps (OK)
Distribution Team Task Group
Formed in August of 2019, this group replaces the DIMP Team and will have a wider focus on DIMP,  but also focusing on providing guidance for conducting inspections on distribution system as well as addressing ongoing risk and integrity management issues particular to distribution systems.Matt Smith (IL), Wallace Jones (AL),  Joe Molloy (CO), Mike Purcell (OH), Kelly Everson (NV)
Gas Transmission Final Rule Implementation TeamFormed October 2019 to assist with implementation of the final Gas Transmission & Gathering Line Rules by providing FAQs and other support.Lauren Govoni (VA), 1st Alternate: Peter Chace (OH), 2nd Alternate: Stephanie Weidman (TX)
Gas Transmission IMP Rework Task Group
This group will focus on addressing necessary changes to the gas transmission integrity management rule.
Mary Friend (WV), Sam Copeland (TX), Paul Penney (CA), Dan Novak (IN), Rickey Cotton (MS), Alternate: Kevin Speicher (NY)
​GPAC
​Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC), informally known as the Gas Pipeline Advisory CommitteePete Chace (OH)
GPTC - Transmission & Distribution
Gas Piping Technology Committee.  ANSI-chartered stakeholder committee developing guidance on pipeline safety regulations.
Mary Friend (WV), John Kottwitz (MO)
Rich Medcalf (IN), ​ Alternate: Mike Purcell (OH)
Grant Allocation/Strategic Planning Committee (5 year term)

NAPSR standing committee that has PHMSA members.  Addresses the allocation of federal grant funds that match a % of the amount a State spends on pipeline safety.

Karl Baker (CT) 10/1/15, Wallace Jones (AL) 6/20/17,  Bill Riley (IL) 10/1/18 , David Levering (NE) 10/1/2019, Michael Peikert (LA) 10/1/15, David Piroutek (WY) 10/1/2019, Current NAPSR Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Past Chair

GTI Joint Industry Project on Plastic Pipe


Joint project to examine issues related to plastic pipe joining, materials and other issues in the gas industry. Includes stakeholders from PHMSA, NAPSR and industry.


Kevin Speicher (NY),  Michelle Thebert (GA)


GTI's Public Interest Advisory Committee (PIAC)


The purpose of the PIAC is to provide guidance to the GTI Board and the GTI executives and senior staff on public interest issues and long-term trends that may potentially have impact on GTI, the gas industry, and the gas consumer​.


Randy Knepper (NH)

​Legislative Committee (5 year term)
NAPSR Standing Committee.  Deals with legislative issues as they affect the states' participation in gas and liquids pipeline safety programs.
Randy Knepper (NH) 10/1/15, Bill Boyd (IN) 11/1/18, David Piroutek (WY) 10/1/2019, Bobby Henry (AR) 12/22/2014, Alice Velazquez (PR) 10/1/2019
Liaison Committee (5 year term)
NAPSR Standing Committee.  Develops documents addressing federal regulatory issues, NAPSR resolutions, by-law revisions, and provides continuity in representation outside of NAPSR.
Joe Subsits (WA) 10/1/16, ​John Clementson (MD) 10/1/2019, Rickey Cotton (MS) 1/13/15, Bill Boyd (IN) 10/1/16; Stephanie Weidman (TX) 10/1/2019
LNG IA for New Construction Task Group
To work with PHMSA to refine the Inspection Assistant (IA) protocols for new LNG plant construction.
Darrin Michael Ulmer (ID)
​LPAC
Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC), informally known as the Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee (LPAC).
Scott Marshall (VA)
NAPSR Website Administration
Provide for developing and enhancing NAPSR website.
Karl Baker (CT) Webmaster, Robert Clarillos (Administrative Manager) Web Administrator
​NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety
Objective is to serve the consumer's interest in seeking to improve pipeline safety regulations and issues pertaining to the safe transportation of hazardous products by pipelines.
Randy Knepper (NH), Bobby Henry (AR), Dennis Fothergill (OK), Jerry Platt (DE), John Clementson (MD), David Piroutek (WY), David Chislea (MI), Rick Moses (FL), Richard Wallace (MA), Michelle Thebert (GA), Mary Zanter (SD), Steve Allen (IN), Paul Maguire (NV)​, Kevin Speicher (NY) Steve Wood (NC)
NFPA 58 Technical Committee on LPG
National Fire Protection Association 58 Committee on Liquefied Petroleum Gas.  Government-industry stakeholder committee addresses revisions to the NFPA 58 Standard.
Kevin Dowling (CT) Scott Marshall (VA)
Public Awareness Program Working Group
Public Awareness Program Working Group.
Michelle Thebert (GA)
​​PHMSA Community Technical Assistance Grants
PHMSA established TG.  Review TAG applications and recommend projects for funding as part of PHMSA grant process.
Johnny Eustace (SC)
PIPA
Pipeline Informed Planning Alliance.  Diverse stakeholder group addressing pipeline right-of-way encroachment and siting.
Vacant
Pipeline Safety Research and Development (R&D) Forum Working Group
PHMSA established TG. Articulate, clarify, and update industry and government pipeline research needs. Promote full disclosure of past and ongoing pipeline research addressing those needs. Assist with planning of PHMSA R&D Forum. Review R&D grants as necessary.
Alan Borne (AZ), Matthewson Epuna (CPUC)
PPDC
Plastic Pipe Database Committee.  Government-industry group collecting and reviewing plastic materials performance data.
Sunil Shori (CA), Robert Biggard (PA), Mary Zanter (SD) Neil Pascual (NV) for NARUC
OQ Task Group
NAPSR members of Government-only task group led by PHMSA TQ.  Addressing outstanding regulatory issues having to do with Operator Qualification.
Kelly Phelps (OK),  John Harper (OK), Victor Omameh (OH) Matt Smith (IL)
Security Integrity Foundation Advisory Group -Board of Directors
APGA established TG.  Provide regulatory input and view with regard to municipal gas system initiatives.
Rick Moses (FL), Jason Montoya (NM), Rickey Cotton (MS), Terri Cooper Smith (PA), Jamie Burns (LA)
State Damage Prevention Grants
Review state damage prevention applications and grant awards
Gary Kenny (ME), Joe Molloy (CO) Alternate: Craig Roberts (NV)
VISS
Voluntary Information System Sharing Working Group. Created by PIPES Act of 2016 to work on data collection.
Joe Subsits (WA), Michelle Thebert (GA)