APGA Speaks at Western Regional Gas Conference
On August 24, APGA’s Vice President of Operations, John Erickson, provided an update on recently
proposed pipeline safety regulations and SHRIMP at the Western Regional Gas Conference in Tempe,
Ariz. The annual conference attracted over 250 attendees. John reviewed the provisions of the
construction inspection final rule, which has been stayed as a result of a petition filed by APGA. That rule
would prohibit utilities from allowing employees who construct a new main from performing the final
inspection of that main to ensure it meets construction standards. A working group was convened by
the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to advise on how to fix the rule;
however, that group has not met since October 2015, so the rule remains stayed for the time being.
John also described the provisions of proposed rules for excess flow valves (EFV), plastic pipe, operator
qualification (OQ), and transmission integrity management. When finalized later this year, the EFV rule
will require utilities to install EFVs on new and replaced service lines to multifamily residential and small
commercial services if the meter capacity for the customer is 1,000 cubic feet per hour or less. The
plastic pipe rule includes 25 separate changes to pipeline safety regulations affecting the design,
installation and maintenance of plastic pipe. Noteworthy is the requirement for utilities to keep specific
records for all pipe and components installed after the rule takes effect, expected to be sometime in
2017. The OQ rule makes many changes that will require operators to update their covered task lists and
written OQ plans.
John warned the conference attendees that the proposed changes to transmission regulations will be
very expensive. While only 62 municipal systems have lines classified as transmission, virtually all receive
gas from transmission lines, so APGA’s comments on the proposal urged PHMSA to carefully consider
the costs and benefits of each provision. APGA also pointed out that several sections of the rules that
PHMSA proposed to change applied to distribution lines as well as transmission.
John also reminded users of resources available on the SHRIMP website to help users during compliance
audits. The SIF has prepared a document that explains where and how each of the 51 items on the DIMP
inspection form are addressed in a SHRIMP-created written DIMP plan. This document can be
downloaded at www.apgasif.org by clicking on the SHRIMP/DIMP menu. He also mentioned that PHMSA
has developed a new form for auditing implementation of DIMP plans. This form is also available on the
For questions on this article, please contact John Erickson of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-2742 or by
email at email@example.com.
APGA Members Register ICC Voting Representatives
Recently, many of APGA’s members have joined the International Code Council (ICC) as a Governmental
Member. As a Governmental Member, systems have the ability to vote on final actions. These actions
are how the next iteration of ICC codes will be determined. On August 19, APGA hosted a special
webinar on registering voting representatives for the 2016 building code amendment cycle.
Jason Stanek from Metropolitan Utilities District in Omaha was able to walk everyone through the
registration process as well as give a broad overview of the ICC website and voting process.
The ICC develops the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the International Fuel Gas Code
(IFGC) and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as well as many other codes. The ICC is
the main source of standards for the residential construction segment and they impact how, where and
when natural gas can be used in a home or business. An overwhelming majority of state and local
jurisdictions already use some version of the Code Council’s model codes.
Different advocacy groups are beginning to rally their supporters. Recently, the American Council for an
Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has begun to encourage state affiliates and like-minded code officials
to get involved. In this code cycle, the direct-use of natural gas may face multiple proposals that could
try to eliminate or severely limit its use in homes.
Now more than ever, APGA members need to participate in the development of the model building
codes that form the basis of construction regulations across the country.
For questions on this article, please contact Dan Lapato of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-2742 or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APGA Conducts Salary Survey
APGA is conducting the annual salary survey, which will focus on management personnel working for
public natural gas systems this year. We need your help and encourage you to complete the survey
online at http://2016apgamanagesurvey.questionpro.com. Please submit information no later than
September 16, 2016. The success of this survey is dependent upon the number of responses received, so
your assistance in taking time to complete this survey is greatly appreciated. The results of the survey
will be categorized based on gas system size.
A list of position descriptions is available for reference. Not all positions included on this survey will
match yours exactly since each system has different job titles for different functions. Therefore, you
must evaluate where your system’s job positions fit into these categories. The top two positions should
work at least 50 percent of their time on gas management issues. Please use the actual salaries as of July
1, 2016. The salaries should be reported as annual, not hourly.
All information received will be kept confidential. No individual salary information will be shared with
others. Below are the prices for the final results of the survey. Please note that all APGA member
systems that submit usable information for the survey will receive a complimentary copy of the results.
• Participating APGA members will receive a free copy of the survey results.
• Non‐participating APGA members can purchase a copy for $150.
• Participating non‐members can purchase a copy for $250.
• Non‐participating, non‐members can purchase the summary for $500.
Remember to please submit your completed survey before September 16. If you prefer to fill out a
paper copy of the survey, it can be found at www.apga.org/resources/salarysurveyand returned to the
APGA office. For questions on the APGA Salary Survey, please contact the APGA office by phone at 202-
Thank you for your participation!
EIA Reports Storage Increase of 11 Bcf to Put Working Gas Storage at 3,350 Bcf
Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, August 25, 2016, which reports the week’s
storage report highlights for Friday, August 19, 2016. An 11 Bcf increase has been reported.
Working gas in storage was 3,350 Bcf as of Friday, August 19, 2016, according to EIA estimates. This
represents a net increase of 11 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 275 Bcf higher than last year at
this time and 350 Bcf above the five-year average of 3,000 Bcf. At 3,350 Bcf, total working gas is above
the five-year historical range.