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DCA-AGA Workshop
trenchless technology installations, including descriptions of trenchless equipment,
boring fluids and related additives, and the
many advantages of HDD.
DCA is working with NiSource
on HDD education at the state level
and facilitated development of the
operator's HDD Guidelines, which states,
"NiSource believes that Horizontal
Directional Drilling (HDD) is a safe
and environmentally friendly means of
installing utilities, if it is done correctly.
NiSource proposes that Pennsylvania
HDD policy should recognize HDD
limitations and promote best practices
to mitigate the potential environmental
impact of those limitations.
"Pennsylvania should require the use
of best practices for HDD operations
for HDDs beneath wetlands, streams, or
waterbodies. Pennsylvania should also
consider some minimal environmental
impact acceptable for well-planned
and -executed HDDs that may result in
Inadvertent Returns (IRs) because of
unanticipated conditions."
This panel covered a range of issues,
including robust discussion of existing
knowledge and perceptions about HDD,
how engineers, contractors and operators
can better communicate during all stages
of an HDD process, and best ways to
prevent and mitigate IRs.

Market overview
Workshop attendees were provided a
comprehensive and informative overview
of the gas distribution market and other
economic analysis by Continuum Capital.
The presentation included a general
economic synopsis, political and regulatory
perspectives, the transformation of several
utility markets, and perspectives regarding
market performance.
The past few years have been exceptional
for the American economy, with great
optimism in general, but especially in the
construction industry. However, the "political environment is poisoned," and the
likelihood of any legislation is reduced by
a potentially volatile presidential election
year in 2020.
Continuum Capital also provided market
comparisons, indicating that while the
global economy may be slowing, the picture
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for domestic economy continues to grow.
However, the entire construction industry
must continue to address workforce capacity challenges. While an estimated 80-to-90
percent of construction is currently done
by contractors, the struggle to recruit and
retain construction workers continues to
present the industry's biggest challenge.

* Increased accountability & transparency
* Risk reduction of incorrect operations
* Workforce development & utilization
It was noted that OQIP addresses many
issues covered during discussion of effective SMS programs, and that the progression toward the "OQ Integrity Process is a
marathon, not a sprint."

OQ pilot program

Mutual Aid

The Operator Qualification Integrity
Coalition is comprised of contractors, gas
associations, OQ service providers and industry experts who are pilot testing a new
process intended to increase the integrity
of OQ programs through consistency and
standardization of OQ elements. The coalition has completed a guidance document
for participants in the OQ Integrity Process
(OQIP) and is in the process of launching a
pilot program with operators, contractors,
OQ providers and state regulatory representatives in three states.
Coalition members provided a history
and evolution of OQIP, where the underlying reason for establishing the coalition
was to increase the "portability" of contractors' OQ programs, but progressed to focus
on enhancing the integrity of the entire
OQ process.
The panel ran through main elements of
the OQIP, including:
* People: trainers, proctors, evaluators
and auditors (each with criteria and
credentialing requirements)
* Process: development of core
competencies (based on ASME B31Q
Standard), training curriculum,
testing methodology (and security),
management of change controls
* Program Validation: internal self-audit
and review of program effectiveness,
recordkeeping and documentation
The pilot program will test whether an
OQIP approach can raise the bar while
increasing consistency and providing a set
of standardized processes. If successful, the
OQIP will provide a standardized, credible
and valid process of increasing integrity in
OQ, and will increase OQ compliance and
transferability, as well as:
* Improved pipeline safety
* Enhanced regulatory confidence
* Continuous improvement & program
effectiveness

The issue of mutual aid is a hot topic right
now, and the audience was reminded of the
success story discussed previously in the
panel on the Merrimack Valley incident.
Two contractors and an LDC representative
provided their experiences with mutual aid
efforts, including planning and reaction to
incidents involving both natural gas and
electric infrastructure. Discussion also addressed logistical challenges, key elements
to effective execution, and collaboration
between utilities and contractors involved
in mutual aid.
A contractor based in New York
discussed two other high-profile examples
of successful mutual aid in the wake of
both Hurricane Sandy and the terrorist
attacks in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.
Because incidents that require a mutual
response vary significantly, many times
"there's not really any way to prepare,"
according to a contractor serving on the
panel. The LDC panelist indicated that utilities have broad preparations that can be
made in cases that require mutual aid, but
agreed that there are certainly "unexpected
situations," where flexibility and the need
to be nimble come into play.
A contractor suggested that "command
posts" must be set up where clear direction
and two-way communication is provided.
Appropriate onboarding processes are critical, covering all safety issues and, in the
case of natural gas, operator qualifications
must be confirmed. The panel agreed that
"listening to the contractor" throughout
the response will make for more effective
mutual aid.
Challenges related to workforce
capacity also impact mutual aid efforts.
Additionally, ensuring all documentation/
recordkeeping is maintained on issues
related to span or control along with clear
communication methods will result in
effective mutual aid efforts. *


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