North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

OCT 2018

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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cellent benefits, we should be proud of that as an industry. We should be tell- ing that side more." On Capitol Hill The other side of pipeline advocacy has to do with shaping regulations. There too, Saulters says, a united front is important. "From a regulatory standpoint, it's re- ally good to speak as one voice," he says. "The primary value of a trade association is we can come in as a unified front." While API's more than 600 members represent a majority of the companies involved with liquids production and transportation, the association also partners with other groups, such as INGAA, to provide one voice when it comes to working with PHMSA, Con- gress and other regulators. "We work with our members to hash out a position, and then we can advo- cate for that position as a whole," Sault- ers says. "The value in that is we're rep- resenting one voice taking this position, and it's a large voice." However, Capitol Hill isn't the only place pipeline advocacy is needed. Lob- bying efforts are also important on the state and local level, Wyman says. Op- position forces are particularly strong in local forums. The pipeline industry needs to participate in these venues or risk allowing the opposition to dictate the narrative. "If only one side shows up, then that's the only story that will be told," he says. "The industry has to be there to tell our side of the story. The whole industry, contractors, manufacturers and opera- tors, needs to be there. Our opponents do show up, and in big numbers." Public information meetings represent an opportunity for the pipeline industry to meet directly with the people who will be impacted by a project. This is one of the primary ways the PLCA has shown its support for the industry. "The PLCA and its union partners staunchly support our customers and ac- tively promote their projects," Riess says. "In fact, whenever we are called upon to promote a project to ensure a permit is issued, we do everything in our power to support our customers, including at- tending public information meetings and letter-writing campaigns. The PLCA hasn't always been a very active lobbying presence, however, we proactively sup- port our industry and its projects." As stakeholders push back against mis- information and seek to improve advoca- cy efforts, Worrell says there has been "a commitment to increased collaboration across the pipeline industry." "We've had conversations with cus- tomers and end-users, who have said they would have never shared their playbook until now," she adds. "Not that long ago, our member companies would have nev- er been in the business of sharing how to go about fighting for a project, and now they are. There's a growing sense that a win for anybody is win for everybody in our industry." Aydt agrees with that sentiment. "We all need to work together," he says. "It is not about keeping fossil fuels in the ground but exploring all options to responsibly meet the growing energy needs of the United States and the world. We must end energy poverty and help raise the standard of living for all." Bradley Kramer is managing editor of North American Oil & Gas Pipelines. Contact him at bkramer@ OCTOBER 2 018 | North American Oil & Gas Pipelines 21

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