Jim Doherty Legal Consultant Municipal Research & Services Center Seattle November, 2010 AWC – Association of Washington Cities WSAC – Washington Association of Counties PST – Pipeline Safety Trust WUTC - Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission NWGA – Northwest Gas Association MRSC – Municipal Research & Services Center Posted a web page http://www.mrsc.org/Subjects/PubSafe/trans pipes.aspx Took the message out to the local governments A dozen presentations around the state Lots of Print and Electronic Communications We offered to travel to jurisdictions to meet with local elected officials and staff We offered to help them by assisting with the drafting of procedural or substantive regulatory ordinances Verbal support ◦ Gee, nice presentation and info! ◦ Promises that they would follow up and take action But very little action (so far) Not a single call following the California rupture! Planning Departments in cities and counties have been decimated by layoffs and funding cuts ◦ Only required projects (state mandated planning efforts) and routine tasks ◦ Or separately funded projects Is it too early to see the full impact of our efforts? Are some jurisdictions awaiting the issuance of the PIPA report? Will the release of the report provide the legitimacy for local governments to address the issue? We can hope so. The Achaeans had Achilles, the Trojans had Hector (for a while) In every community we need to get either a member of the legislative body, a persuasive planner, or a VERY EFFECTIVE local citizen to push the issue. We now have good, well thought out options to offer to local governments Many local governments are currently in a defensive mode, unwilling or unable to take on new initiatives The pipelines are underground and most people are not concerned until they see flames and hear sirens Continue with same pattern: educate & seek to motivate, provide $$$ to prime the pump Elicit support from industry and get industry more involved with local government planning (acknowledgement of risk?) Can PHMSA take a bolder role in the process?