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Making Oil & Gas Pipelines More Resilient

Meaning of Infrastructure Resilience

 Some Blue Sky Ideas On Achieving Resiliency 

  1. It's not just a cybersecurity problem- physical security, aging infrastructure, traditional IT security and Industrial Control Security [Operational Technology] have to be considered. 
  2. The Government can’t do it for the industry.
  3. Who is responsible for resilience in your company- CIO, CISO, Chief Engineer, Chief OT Operations or the Chief Risk Officer? 
  4. Establish a Resiliency Office in your company that pulls togetger all factors that make up resiliency.
  5. Establish an Industry Sponsored Oil & Gas Infrastructure Resiliency Center.
  6. Need cybersecurity and technological breakthroughs that enable us to systematically manage risks and not over react to latest attack.
  7. Greater need for resilient SCADA and PLCs to detect pipeline problems and automated oil and gas shut off system when leaks occur in aging pipelines.

 Read more at Presentation made at Oil & Gas Cybersecurity Conference in 2015

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EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Energy Independence Usher in New Era of Cybersecurity Risks

Clean Energy Block Building Blocks

I had planned on discussing this topic at the 2015 Industrial Control System (ICS) Cyber Security Conference in Atlanta GA on October 29, 2015. However, I wasn't able to attend the meeting since I had a family emergency. I will post the presentation or talk shortly. Below is an abstract from my presentation. Read more about EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Energy Independence Usher in New Era of Cybersecurity Risks

Creating a Global Spot Market in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

LNG Landing Prices June 2015

It’s no secret that Cheniere Energy’s chief executive Charif Souki would like to link LNG to global natural gas prices and unlink it to the value of oil. This is a great idea whose time has come. North America’s plentiful shale gas and future LNG Export facilities like Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal,  Dominion’s Cove Point terminal,  Freeport LNG's Freeport terminal plus cross border pipeline facilities to Mexico and Canada will make this a reality. Read more about Creating a Global Spot Market in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Why It’s Time for a Physical Natural Gas Market Remake

What Flamingos and gas price indices have in common?

Two articles in the September issue of Energy Risk Magazine raised troubling issues about the growing popularity of physical natural gas prices indices, declining number of transactions used to calculate them and growing regulatory risks that energy companies face from the FERC’s enforcement staff. Also falling liquidity at physical natural gas hubs could affect natural gas futures and swaps. Read more about Why It’s Time for a Physical Natural Gas Market Remake

Natural Gas Pipelines face modernization- Are Oil Pipelines Next?

Federal regulators at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commisson issued proposed regulations that would help to modernize the interstate natural gas pipelines in the U.S. Rumor has it that the Department of Energy pressured FERC to do so in an effort to reduce natural gas (methane) leaks from aging pipelines. Methane is a green house gas that makes significant contributions to global warming. Read more about Natural Gas Pipelines face modernization- Are Oil Pipelines Next?

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Tom is a very thoughtful, conscientious professional in the energy industry, knowledgeable on a wide variety of matters relating to the regulation of energy systems, including oil, petroleum products, natural gas, electricity and hydroeletricity. He has shown great leadership in understanding and using technology to improve regulation, and had expanded that competency to address issues related to cyber security. He is particularly aware of the impact of regulation on businesses, the economy, and consumers.

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at American Gas Association

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