Engineers are a constant worry for regulators in the United States, but they also are one of the most influential stakeholders in the way the country’s gas and oil companies operate.
In an increasingly complex world, regulators must be on the lookout for the worst.
“If we don’t, we’re going to be in a lot of trouble,” said Mike Klimas, vice president for government relations and public affairs at CTP.
He’s talking about the agency’s gas, oil and water systems.
CTP has faced a series of problems since it began operations in 2013.
The agency has been slow to adopt technology that would allow it to track the gas, which it uses to transport crude oil from fields to refineries.
The CTP hasn’t updated its operations plans in decades, leaving companies to worry about leaks and a lack of maintenance.
And while it has upgraded some of its infrastructure, it hasn’t addressed problems in its core systems.
The problems have pushed the CTF to propose a series, some of which are set to be released Tuesday by the National Governors Association.
Some of the proposals will target the agency as it tries to balance the needs of the CTC’s customers and the need to manage risk.
The most ambitious of the proposed proposals calls for a system that would collect data about leaks in each well to better predict and prevent them.
A separate proposal calls for CTP to conduct safety tests on all its wells.
CTF officials declined to discuss specifics about those plans, saying they are proprietary.
The commission has been looking at CTC problems for several years.
But it has rarely, if ever, set out detailed proposals.
It has also been slow and unresponsive to the agency.
The issue has gotten so bad that it was referred to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is part of the Justice Department.
The proposed fixes will help CTP better serve the needs and interests of its customers, but it won’t be able to prevent a catastrophic accident if one does occur, said Klims, who is a member of the state commission.
Agency officials have acknowledged that CTP is at risk of a catastrophic spill because of poor oversight and management.
“We need to be looking at these problems in a very strategic way,” said John Buehler, a spokesman for the agency, which manages about 1.8 million acres of oil and gas rights.
“There is a need for CTS to be a better steward of its assets and the assets of its stakeholders.”
In 2015, the CTA ordered CTP, the countrys biggest gas and pipeline operator, to improve its safety record and to provide better oversight and maintenance of its operations.
The improvements included hiring more employees and investing in training and other systems.
But CTP failed to meet those goals and was eventually shut down.
It was one of CTP’s largest problems at the time, and it remains one of its biggest problems today.
Since CTP began operations, the agency has hired about 400 more employees, increased its workforce by 25% and has put more money into the CTM and the CTE.
In a recent presentation, Klimis said the agency was also increasing its oversight of the industry and developing new technologies that would help it identify and prevent potential leaks.
“The industry and the government are working together to identify and address CTP issues, but we are not in the business of stopping or halting a well,” he said.
Some experts say CTP officials need to take a more aggressive approach to monitoring leaks, and to do so in a way that doesn’t compromise the integrity of its systems.
“It’s time for them to be more aggressive about what they’re doing,” said Greg Miron, vice chairman of the Energy and Environmental Law Institute at Stanford Law School.
“They have to put their hands in the air and say, ‘I can’t do this.'”
One proposal would require CTPs contractors to conduct annual safety tests to ensure that their equipment is safe.
CTA officials said the proposal is premature because it doesn’t address the agencys biggest problems, including inadequate safety monitoring.
“What it is saying is we need to look at our safety program,” said Kevin J. Anderson, the assistant secretary for energy and environmental issues.
He declined to provide specific details about the CTR’s safety testing, saying the matter is not confidential.
Miron said the CMT has been working to improve safety and management since CTP was first created in 2005.
But he said the changes will likely take time.
“You can’t get into this business by saying, ‘Let’s change the system,'” he said, adding that it’s not clear when the agency will make those changes.