Midstream Monthly - April 2016
The Newsletter of the Rocky Mountain Pipeliners Club

Welcome to the Midstream Monthly - the Rocky Mountain Pipeliners Club's Monthly Newsletter!

RMPC Updates
Young Professionals Field Trip

The RMPC's Young Professionals Field Trip to the Wattenberg was a tremendous success, so we'd like to extend our thanks to Anadarko for allowing us to tour their world-class facilities!  In addition to touring Anadarko's Ft. Lupton complex, participants were able to learn from some of Anadarko's top personnel about how a leading operator runs their facilities from wellhead to market, and how to do things the Anadarko and Western Gas way! 

RMPC Presents at the School of Mines
On March 30th the RMPC was invited to help the Colorado School of Mines develop a Midstream Oil and Gas Minor program for their students.  We had a great first meeting and after a bit more work the minor should be forthcoming for Mines students in the next few semesters.  We had interest from the PE folks, ME and Chem E.  And thanks to input from some of the guys at Zion Engineering and Vanderpool Engineering the students will be on the right path towards enhancing their career perspectives in the midstream world.  A copy of the RMPC's presentation is available here

Thanks again to our friends at the School of Mines for reaching out and caring enough to involve local industry experts as they train the next bright minds.
Now Accepting Applications for our Bi-Monthly Scholarships! Win up to $2,000 towards your next technical license or certification! Apply for the Hatch Mott MacDonald and RMPC Scholarships now!

We are excited to announce that the Technical Certification Scholarship application is now available and posted on the website. As these scholarships are awarded bi-monthly, we have established deadlines for each application period throughout the year. Please see our website for more details!

Additionally, we have reached out to multiple organizations offering technical certifications, including: NACE, NREP, API, ASNT, NCCCO, AAPL, IRWA, and NASP. We hope to initiate a partnership with each them, having them assist with advertising our scholarship opportunities as well as promoting their organization to all Rocky Mountain Pipeliners seeking their certifications.
If you are pursuing a certification outside of the organizations listed above or know of any additional organizations the scholarship committee can contact, please send a note to


          1. an experienced and trusted adviser.
The Rocky Mountain Pipeliners scholarship program is looking for mentors.  Mentoring allows you to transfer your valuable knowledge to a student interested in our industry or an employee looking for career advice.  You will be assigned a mentee to guide and provide them with advice on career management and job growth.  Ideally we will assign you to someone in a similar line of work, but as we all know, good advice can come from many unexpected sources. This is your chance to make a difference in someone’s life and an opportunity to share what you have learned during your career in the industry.  
Please contact us at for more information.

Upcoming RMPC Events
Young Professionals Happy Hour
Wednesday, April 27th, 5-7 pm at Earl's Restaurant and Bar
Onshore Quality Control Specialists (QCS) will be sponsoring our second Young Professionals Happy Hour for the RMPC.  Please help spread the word by forwarding this message to young professionals in our industry eager to network with new people and talent!
Bi-Monthly Membership Luncheon
Thursday, April 28th, at the Denver Athletic Club
Come hear Ethan Bellamy speak at our next Bi-Monthly Membership Luncheon!  Ethan is Baird’s senior analyst covering Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs). He began his career covering cable and media equities out of Denver, and was the No. 2 stock picker in the U.S. in 2010 in the Starmine/Financial Times annual survey. He was the No. 1 stock picker in the oil, gas and consumable fuels sector in the 2009 survey. Ethan holds a BA from Clemson University and an MA from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  Seats are limited, so register now!
1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Friday, May 20th, at Fossil Trace Golf Club 
Don’t miss out on one of the best golf events of the season!  The 1st annual RMPC Golf Tournament is right around the corner, and although our regular foursomes are sold out, we still have THREE $1,500 sponsorship opportunities available.  These are our last remaining sponsorship opportunities, and the last opportunity to participate!  We are also actively soliciting items for ditty bag trinkets and door prizes, so please contact Taylor Maxwell for donations or remaining sponsorship opportunities.
RMPC Sporting Clays Tournament
July 22nd, at Kiowa Creek Sporting Club
Featuring 2013 World FITSAC Silver Medalist Brad Kidd Jr!
Corporate Spotlight

Weber Energy Law is the ONLY law firm focused on the midstream oil and gas sector.  Located in Denver and Houston, we work on and support facilities located throughout the western hemisphere.  We offer deep experience over the full spectrum of gas, crude and water midstream contracts including all funding and compensation structures; facility procurement, construction, compliance, and consolidations; acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and creative deals; new technologies; and operational matters throughout the lifecycle of midstream projects.  Attorneys Anne Weber and Brian Graham provided their time pro-bono to the formation of the RMPC and continue to support its efforts.  Visit to learn more.
Surveying and Mapping, LLC (SAM) is the leading provider of geospatial data solutions.  SAM started as a professional land surveying company in Texas in 1994 and expanded services to include GIS; hydrographic surveying; subsurface utility engineering, digital aerial mapping; terrestrial, mobile, and airborne LiDAR; and utility coordination.  With more than 650 employees and 12 offices located throughout the US, the depth of our available workforce means we are able to accomplish large-scale projects on accelerated schedules.  Through our office located in Denver, we strategically support pipeline engineering, construction, as-built, operations and maintenance throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.  SAM provides complete pipeline and well field surveying, exploration and production, aerial mapping, and data management services to support the oil and gas industry.  
Industry News and Events
Colorado House Votes Down Local Oil and Gas Control Bill

"Two Colorado House Democrats, Representatives Paul Rosenthal and Ed Vigil, joined House Republicans in stopping HB 1355 Monday. In a form that passed out of committee last month, HB 1355 granted cities and counties new powers to limit the location of drilling rigs through zoning. Realizing that the bill would not make it through the full House, the bill was changed to reaffirm local authority regarding noise, traffic and visual impairment surrounding the wells, reports Denver Business Journal."

US Rig Count at All-Time Low
According to Baker Hughes, this week's count of 450 rigs is the lowest it has recorded since it began compiling the data in 1944. Rigs directed at oil number at 362, while natural gas directed rigs have a count of just 88. Texas has more rigs than any other state, at 45% of the total.  But Texas also saw the largest drop for the week, losing 5 rigs for the week. Despite the all-time low, oil production has only fallen 4% from 12 months ago.  Expect the rig count to continue its decline in the near term unless commodity prices rise dramatically.
Full Article here.
Plains Buys Canadian NGL Business, Jettisons $250 Million Noncore Assets

"Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE: PAA) said April 4 its subsidiary has entered an agreement with a unit of Spectra Energy Corp. (NYSE: SE) to acquire Canadian NGL assets complimentary to its existing operations for C$200 million (US$150 million) in cash.

In the deal, Plain's indirect subsidiary, Plains Midstream Canada ULC, will acquire the Canadian NGL business of Spectra's Westcoast Energy Inc."

Gas Line Explosions Bring New Safety Proposal

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. officials moved Thursday to strengthen safety rules for the nation’s 300,000-mile network of natural gas transmission pipelines in response to numerous fiery accidents, including a 2010 California explosion that killed eight people and injured more than 50.

The Department of Transportation proposal would expand inspection and repair rules to include lines in some rural areas and recently-installed lines in burgeoning gas drilling fields.

Pressure-testing for leaks would be required on older lines that were previously exempt, such as the Pacific Gas and Electric Company pipe constructed in 1956 that broke and torched a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, California, six years ago.

2016 National GPA Convention
April 10-13 New Orleans, Louisiana
The GPA Convention is where midstream meets. For more than nine decades, GPA has led the midstream industry in research, technology, setting and adopting standards for natural gas and natural gas liquids, and more recently, working with legislators and regulators to represent the industry at state and federal levels.
IPAA Oil and Gas Investment Symposia (OGIS)
April 11-12
New York, New York
More information at
ASME Pipeline Technology and Standards and Training Week
April 11-14 Denver, Colorado
This training week is aimed at engineers and technical professionals and comprises multiple courses covering current technologies, codes, and regulations, as well as key issues relevant to today's maker.  
For more details, go to
COGA "United in Energy" Spring Networking Event
April 14th, 4:00 pm
Denver Athletic Club's Sundeck
More information at
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