Successful Fall Committee Meetings
CenterPoint Energy Hosts Meetings in Houston, Nov. 13-16

Thank you to CenterPoint Energy and their team for hosting our committees last week.  Over 125 members attended our committee meetings at CenterPoint Energy's Houston office.

Meeting Highlights

  • Educational Programs & Marketing: Task teams of the Education Committee worked to finalize a toolkit for the fencing audience, recommended the 2018 hot air balloon plan and learned about opportunities surrounding CONexpo from the American Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
  • OCSI:  The OCSI committee agreed to establish two new task teams.  The first task team, 811 Center Benchmarking, will review existing Best Practice 3-23.  The second team will look at disaster response procedures at one call centers to potentially identify new best practices or create an online toolkit.
  • Best Practices:  The committee held breakout sessions for the following teams to facilitate in-person dialogue: Mapping Proposed Facilities, Cross Bore Determination and Mitigation, Abandoned Lines, and Strategic Planning.  The committee was unable to reach consensus on proposed wording submitted for Transaction Record (TR) 2017-01, Modification to Practice 4-5; therefore, the task team will continue to review and will submit updated wording prior to the next meeting. 
  • Data Reporting & Evaluation:  The committee continued working toward the release of the revised DIRT form in January 2018, and discussed the next steps in the process to select a new consultant for the annual DIRT report.
  • Technology:  The committee reviewed an initial draft of its first annual Technology Report and discussed the path forward to complete and release the report in early 2018.
  • Stakeholder Advocacy:  Members updated the committee on legislative changes and/or implementation progress in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado, Montana and North Carolina.  DOT's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) also provided an update on their enforcement rule and determinations of adequacy.