Learn how to better assess and plan for acts outside the control of individual companies and limit exposure to uncontrolled costs and delays

Watch for 2021 Course Dates Announced Soon
CLASS CLOSED: December 1-3, 2020 | Daily ZOOM Sessions | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Central)

An online comprehensive introduction of the U.S. natural gas pipelines that are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The full life cycle of interstate pipelines from planning, application & approval, commissioning, construction, operation & maintenance, decommissioning, to reclamation presents some interesting current regulatory and legal challenges along the way.

In this online program, your instructor, Buford B. Pollett, J.D., will examine and lead discussions on such issues as:
1. Permitting Delays and Approvals
2. Litigation Impacts
3. Security Breaches and Criminal Acts
4. Weather Events
5. Geotechnical Hazards (landslides, subsidence)
6. Law Changes (tax law, environmental law, employment law)
7. Local Opposition
8. Supply Chain Concerns
9. Joint Venture Challenges
10. Landowner/Right of Way Issues
11. Issues Facing Gathering Lines/Feeder Lines/Transmission Lines and Distribution Lines.

He will give contracting tips and techniques to help manage the challenges that do arise during the life cycle of natural gas pipeline projects.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Commercial, business development, legal, regulatory, technical, engineering management and other personnel who are involved in the planning, construction, operation, maintenance, decommission as well as regulatory compliance of natural gas pipelines.

By attending this online program, participants will
– Gain the skills needed to evaluate the complex web of U.S. natural gas pipeline regulations.
– Acquire an understanding of natural gas pipeline jurisdictional regimes and interfaces
– Learn what concerns stakeholders have regarding natural gas pipelines
– Obtain contracting techniques to help overcome the challenges that arise during the life cycle of natural gas pipeline projects


Buford Boyd Pollett, J.D.
Genave King Rogers Asst. Professor of Energy Law and Commerce
The University of Tulsa
Collins College of Business

Mr. Pollet’s extensive combination of experience in energy laws, pipeline projects, and businesses, brings a rare perspective on many aspects of U.S. Natural Gas Pipelines. He is a licensed Attorney in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia. He is also a licensed Geoscientist in Texas and a proctor in maritime law. He has an MS/BS in Geology from the University of Georgia, a Master in International Business Management from Pepperdine University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans. Pollett has over 15 years of domestic and international legal experience serving his clients at the senior counsel, manager and director level. As an attorney, Pollett has worked on pipeline projects during the entire project life cycle including onshore and offshore pipeline projects as well as projects both domestically and internationally. His energy experience includes work with Eni (the Italian National Oil Company), Wilson Offshore & Marine, McDermott, Technip, Entergy, Amoco, Texaco, Nabors, and a Shell-Exxon joint venture in Germany (BEB Erdgas und Erdöl). See more

Course Content

  • Life Cycle of Natural Gas Pipeline Projects
  • Legal Framework
  • Political Divisions
  • Interstate vs. Intrastate Pipelines
  • Types of Pipelines
  • Jurisdiction over Natural Gas Pipelines
  • Federal HSE and Technical Regulations-Natural Gas Pipelines on Federal Land (onshore)
  • Pipelines on Federal Offshore Submerged Land
  • Pipelines in the State Offshore Submerged Land and Onshore Land
  • Recent Natural Gas Pipeline Incidents and the Corresponding Impacts
  • Federal Natural Gas Commercial Regulations
  • Siting and Abandonment of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines
  • Recent Interpretation of Public Convenience and Necessity under the Section 7 Certificating Process
  • Contracting Approaches to Maximize Opportunities and Minimize Risks of Natural Gas Pipeline Projects
  • Ethics


  • 6.0 PDHs (Professional Development Hours)
  • 0.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Credits)


CLASS CLOSED: December 1-3, 2020 | Tuesday–Thursday
ONLINE FORMAT: ZOOM Morning Daily Sessions
DAILY SESSION TIMES: 10:00 am -12:00 pm (Central)


BEST DEAL DISCOUNT: $295.00/person
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $395.00/person
Regular Registration Fee: $595.00/person

Class Size is Limited.
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After completing the course, you will receive a University of Tulsa CESE Certificate of Completion which states the number of Professional Development Hours. You may send a copy of this certificate to associations when applying for or recording professional development hours.


CLASS CLOSED: December 1-3, 2020
ZOOM Morning Sessions|Tuesday-Thursday 10am-12pm (central)
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