DOT Compliance Workshop for Natural Gas Pipeline Operators

April 11-12, 2019 | Atmos Energy CKV Training Facility | Plano, TX


When people hear the word "regulations" they grow concerned about weaving through the maze of Federal Register documents to find what they are looking for.  In addition, there is the challenge of reading and really understanding what the regulations say and more importantly what they mean.  That is no different than understanding and applying what is commonly referred to in the industry as the "DOT Regulations."

More specifically, those in our industry must understand 49 CFR Part 190, 191 & 192. Just looking through the table of contents can be daunting for the first timer in the industry or those who are transitioning into positions within their organization that require them to understand the regulations.  This workshop provides attendees an opportunity to learn from subject matter experts in the industry with the instructors, but also allows them the opportunity to network with one another and develop connections to reach out to upon your return to your office.


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Workshop Details

Join us in Plano, Texas, for this two-day workshop that will guide attendees through the code focusing on the regulations that have been found to be highly debated for operators.  Some time will also be spent reviewing and understanding how to access and read the code interpretations that are publicly available for all to access.

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Meet the Experts


Mark L. Hereth, Principal, P-PIC

Mark has over 30 years of experience in the energy, chemical and environmental industries as well as the oil and gas insurance industry. He has worked in the areas or risk management, management system development, pipeline operations, project management, process plant design and environmental and pipeline safety legislation and regulations. At the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, he was the senior vice president and general manager in their pipeline division. In this capacity he has worked with pipeline companies, industry trade associations and research organizations to develop and improve the management of risk and maintenance of the integrity of pipeline systems in order to improve safety and environmental impact as well as improve the cost structure and reliability of these systems.

Mark presently serves as a board member for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America Foundation and is on the Faculty at the Transportation Center at Northwestern University. Mark has received numerous awards and recognitions from the U.S. Department of Transportation for his contributions in risk management and improvements to pipeline safety regulations. Mark has also testified before the U.S.  Congress on issues relating to pipeline safety.


John S. Zurcher, Principal, P-PIC

John has spent 30 years in the gas pipeline industry, actively involved in pipeline safety. He served as vice president of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, Pipeline Group, consulting to natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators, trade associations and research organizations, Previously, he worked for Columbia Gas Transmission Company as manager of field services, responsible for company compliance with federal regulations, management of capital budget programs, and development of the corporation's risk management program.

At Tenneco Energy, he was director of pipeline services, where he oversaw corrosion control, geographic information system development, applied systems, and pipeline rehabilitation, integrity and safety projects. With PanEnergy Corporation, Coastal Corporation and Colorado Interstate Gas Company, his duties included design and operations, codes and standards, corrosion control, telecommunications, geographic information systems, and facility design and construction.

John is presently a member of NACE and ASME and serves on the B31.8 Section Committee. John has been chair of the INGAA Pipeline Safety Committee and the GRI System Integrity and System Operations Committee. He was a member of the DOT Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, the DOT Risk Management Quality Action Team and their Mapping Quality Action Team. He has testified on behalf of the industry before the U. S. Congress on several occasions on matters relating to pipeline safety.


Who Should Participate?

Need help deciding if you or someone from your team should sign up...

  • Are you working with pipeline safety regulators (state or federal)?

  • Are you in the compliance group of your company?

  • Are you performing design, construction or post-construction inspection or testing activities?

  • Are you supervising personnel who perform operations or maintenance activities?

  • Are you a subject matter expert in operations, maintenance or corrosion control?

  • Are you involved in integrity management activities?

  • Do you perform audits of pipeline safety activities and records?

  • Are you in the legal department and involved with pipeline safety?

  • Are you in a management role responsible for pipeline engineering or operations?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this workshop was designed with you in mind! Time to get registered. 


What's The Investment? 

Workshop Pricing  – Member: $745 | Non-Member: $1,045


Hotel Information

Staybridge Suites- 301 Silverglen Dr., Plano, TX 75075

Room Rate: Please call Staybridge Suites: 1-800-916-4339, Group Name: Atmos Energy Rate 


What Else?

PDH/CPE: This workshop qualifies for up to 15 professional development hours upon completion. This workshop does not qualify for CPE. 

Sponsoring Committees: 
Distribution Regulatory Compliance CommitteeTransmission Regulatory Compliance CommitteeDistribution Technical Training CommitteeOperations & Engineering Technical Training Committee

Refund Policy: This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "B"  when cancellation is required.

Still have questions? Contact Member Services about registration. Contact Learning & Professional Development about content.