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EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation

2015-01-26 12:00:00 2015-01-27 14:00:00 America/Chicago EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation- EBA **For a full listing of events visit Vinson & Elkins LLP 1001 Fannin Street, Suite 2500 Houston, TX 77002-6760 EBA - Energy Bar Association
Dates:  Monday, January 26, 2015 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 2:00pm
Location:  Vinson & Elkins LLP 1001 Fannin Street, Suite 2500 Houston, TX 77002-6760


About this program:  The Energy Bar Association is pleased to to present a primer on oil pipeline federal regulations.  The goal of this primer is to provide an overview of the federal economic regulation of oil and refined products pipelines.  Taught by industry practitioners and regulators from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the course begins with a brief overview of the oil and refined products pipeline industry and then describes key statutes and regulations governing and affecting the transportation of oil and other liquid petroleum products.  Instructors explain important legal and regulatory concepts and requirements, pipeline services, the scope and limits of FERC and state jurisdiction and key issues affecting the industry.

For details about the entire EBA Primers Series,  visit:


Monday, January 26, 2015 - Noon – 5:30pm

Noon – 1:00 pm:  Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm – 2:30 pmWelcoming Remarks

Introduction to the Oil, NGLs, and Refined Products Pipeline Industry (Michelle T. Boudreaux, Partner, Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler, PLLC)

  • Industry Overview:  Who’s Who?
  • Supply Overview
  • Pipeline Infrastructure
  • Other modes of transporting oil and refined products

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm:  Break

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Overview of Pipeline Operations  (Adrianne Cook, Energy Industry Analyst, FERC Office of Energy Market Regulation)

  • Oil pipelines
  • Refined products pipeline

Construction of Oil and Refined Product Pipelines (Adrianne Cook, Energy Industry Analyst, FERC Office of Energy Market Regulation)

  • Jurisdiction over construction of oil and product pipelines
  • FERC’s role in approving new oil and product pipelines
    • Contracts and policies
    • Prorationing policies
    • Open seasons
    • Petitions for Declaratory Order

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm: Break

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm:  Regulatory Basics (Derek Anderson, Attorney-Advisor, FERC Office of General Counsel)

  • History of regulation
  • Oil pipeline economic regulation today
  • Federal and state jurisdiction

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm:  Networking Reception hosted by Vinson & Elkins LLP at The Grove, 1611 Lamar St., Houston  TX,  713.337.7321.  The Reception is included in the Primer Registration fee.  If you are only attending the reception you will need to register online at (link to come).

7:00 pm:  Dinner On Your Own - EBA encourages attendees to enjoy more networking time together and we have made reservations as several location places.  We will have "sign up" sheets at the meeting during which time you can select your dining preference. 

Tuesday,  January 27, 2015,  8:00 am – 12:30 pm

7:30 am  – 8:00 am:  Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:30 am: Regulatory Basics Continued (Derek Anderson, Attorney-Advisor, FERC Office of General Counsel)

  • Rate-Setting Mechanisms

Tariffs (Adrianne Cook, Energy Industry Analyst, FERC Office of Energy Market Regulation)

  • Tariff Overview
  • Rates, Terms and Conditions
  • Accounting:  Form 6

9:30 am – 9:45 am:  Break

9:45 am  – 11:00 am: Litigation (Glenn S. Benson, Partner, Davis Wright & Tremaine)

  • Tariff filings
  • Complaints
  • Market-based rate and negotiated rate litigation issues
  • FERC-initiated rate investigations
  • The hearing process
  • Rate examination
  • Trends in litigation

11:00 am – 11:15 am:  Break

11:15 am – 12:30 pm:  Policies and Current Issues (Shannon Coleman, Sr. Attorney, Colonial Pipeline Company)

  • Jurisdictional issues
  • Significant rulemakings
  • Significant court decisions
  • Petitions for declaratory order

About the EBA Primer Series:  One of the goals of the Energy Bar Association’s Strategic Plan is to promote excellence in the practice of energy law by enhancing opportunities for educational programming.  To further this goal, EBA has established a “primer program,” focused on teaching core regulatory and legal concepts and basic industry fundamentals that every energy law practitioner must understand.  The overall goal of this course is to provide attorneys new to the oil and refined products pipeline industry a foundational understanding of the industry and how it is organized and regulated, so they are better equipped to assist clients in this industry.

Speaker Bios - Coming soon


Continuing Legal Education Credits (CLE)

 MCLE accreditation approval to be submitted  for VA, CA, NY, TX.  For questions email


The seminar will be held at:

1001 Fannin Street, Suite 2500 , Houston, TX 77002-6760, For location Information call:  +1.713.758.2222

  Hotel Sleeping Rooms

EBA has reserved a block of sleeping rooms at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown, 806 Main St., Houston, TX.  Single/Double Occupancy is $189 per night and you should reference EBA when you make your reservation. 

To book online go to:

·        Fill in the check in and check out dates (To get the room block rate of $189 per night, you must book within the block of Sunday – Tuesday)

·        Click on the plus sign next to “Special Rates & Rewards”

·        Click the circle for “Group Code”

·        Type in the Group Code: EBAEBAA

You may also call Marriott at 1-888-236-2427 and make your reservation over the phone. Please give the reservationist the group code: EBAEBAA




Registration includes the two-day Primer, attendee handouts, lunch, breakfast, breaks, and receptions.

                                                    EBA Member                           Non Member
Attorney                                       $350                                                $395
Non Attorney                               $375                                                $425
Young Attorney- Private*          $275                                                $300
Gov’t/ Student                              $100                                                $125
*Those who graduated from law school within last three (3) years, that is, on or after January 1, 2011

Three Ways to Register: 

1.  Online through link:  

2.  FAX your completed registration form with payment to EBA:  202.833.5596

3.  Mail your registration and payment to EBA, 2000 M St., NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036

Questions?  call EBA at 202.223.5625

Cancellation Policy : Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation to the address shown on the registration form by January 10, 2015 , less a $50 administrative fee. The cancellation policy also applies to registration forms that are received and accepted after the deadline date. no refunds will be given after January 10, 2015. (If cancellation is requested after deadline and accepted, there will be a $75 administrative fee). substitutions are acceptable at any time (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between member and non-member fees). Please note that regardless of the date the cancellation notice is received, no refunds will be processed until after the program. Confirmations will be sent to registrants via email if an address is provided. For more information contact the EBA at (202) 223- 5625.