2014 Annual Business Conference

Tuesday, September 16 (6pm) - Friday, September 19, 2014 (11am US/Pacific)
Coeur D'Alene Resort
115 S. 2nd Street [map]
Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814

Schedule of meeting sessions and special events

General Information
Please join the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) for the 2014 Annual Business Conference September 16-19 at the Coeur D'Alene Resort. The Annual Business Conference is one of the best opportunities to get to know your counterparts in the industry while learning and obtaining valuable CPE/CLE credits.

Back by popular demand is the pre-conference Introductory Track for new entrants in the industry. New this year are two Industry Roundtable events: a Legal Roundtable Breakfast for members of the AOPL Legal Committee and other attorneys, and a FERC Issues Roundtable Lunch for a limited number of more experienced members from AOPL member companies. Both Roundtable sessions will be interactive forums to discuss topical industry issues and share insights with peers and industry professionals.

The Plenary Session on the afternoon of September 17 will again address key FERC topics and how they could affect the oil pipeline industry and include perspectives of some industry executives.

AOPL will host a Welcome Reception from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, September 16. This will be a casual event across the lake at the Hagadone Conference Center, it will include a short boat ride to the location. With a large number of attendees arriving on Tuesday, this event provides another opportunity for participants to mingle and network. Don't miss it!

All Conference sessions will take place at the Coeur D'Alene Resort. The property is located in the town and is set on picturesque Lake Coeur D'Alene, which National Geographic has named one of the five most beautiful fresh water lakes in the world.

If you have any questions or need additional information please feel free to contact Rekha Chandrasekher at 202-292-4508.

Who Should Attend
These courses are open to the liquid pipeline industry—owners, operators and consultants. Attendees must have an affiliation with an oil pipeline company, either as a direct employee or as a consultant. Government employees are welcome during most sessions. You do not need to be an AOPL member to attend.

Hotel Information
Please review the agenda for the general timing of the conference before making your travel arrangements. Hotel reservations must be made directly by you. The Coeur d'Alene Resort is sold out. Overflow Accommodations are available at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott. The hotel can be contacted at: (208) 667-2212 or http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/coesh-springhill-suites-coeur-dalene/. The address of the hotel is 2250 W Seltice Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814. Overflow accommodations are also available at the Best Western Plus Coeur d'Alene Inn. The Best Western is available at: (208) 765-3200 or www.cdainn.com. The Best Western is located at 506 W. Appleway Avenue, Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814.

AOPL recommends making reservations early to ensure room availability. If you need to cancel later, please make sure you understand the hotel’s cancellation policy and notify the hotel as well as AOPL of the cancellation.

When making reservations, be certain to mention you are with the Association of Oil Pipe Lines Conference to obtain the group rate. The group rates will be honored for all your reservation nights. Have the hotel confirm the rate for all dates if you are extending your stay. If there is a problem, call Rekha Chandrasekher (202-292-4508) at AOPL for assistance. If you have a problem with the rate, make your reservation at the quoted rate, then email Rekha your confirmation information and she will work with the hotel on a rate adjustment.

The Hotel is situated in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho and is approximately 30 minutes driving time from the Spokane International Airport (code is GEG). The hotel provides roundtrip shuttle service for $69. Advance reservations are recommended. Please call the hotel to make a reservation. Taxis, private limousine service and car rentals are also available at Spokane International Airport. A taxi from Spokane Airport will be about $100 one way. For those who will be driving, the parking rate at the hotel is $17 (subject to change) per night.

Casual (“Business Casual”) attire is appropriate for all business and social events for both presenters and registrants. This is typically comparable to golf shirts and slacks for men and similar attire for women. Meeting rooms tend to be kept at cooler temperatures, so prepare your attire accordingly.

Format & Content
The preliminary agenda is below. The course descriptions and presenter biographies will be available at a later date.

Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this conference, participants should be able to identify recent changes and current issues in the industry, including ratemaking and tariff matters, federal regulatory developments, environmental and siting issues surrounding infrastructure expansion, and safety regulation. As a result of attendance, conference participants should be able to recognize accounting, legal, and economics issues central to the oil pipeline industry.

Prerequisite Experience and Education
Courses include presentations at the basic, intermediate, advanced, update, and overview levels. Course descriptions indicate the level of professionals they target. Basic-level courses require no prior experience and only a rudimentary knowledge of the topic. Intermediate-level courses target participants with one to three (1-3) years of experience, ideally within the regulated energy transportation industry, and a working knowledge of financial or regulatory issues. Advanced-level courses target participants with three (3) or more years of relevant experience. None of the courses require advance preparation.

CPE Credit Hours
The maximum number of CPE credit available is 16 hours. The introductory session offers 2 hours of CPE credit, the Plenary Session offers 3 hours of CPE credit, and the sum for attendance of all breakout sessions is 11 CPE hours.

  • Introductory Track: 105 minutes – 2 CPE hours

  • Plenary Session: 150 minutes – 3 CPE Hours

  • Breakout Sessions: 560 minutes – 11 CPE hours

  • Maximum credit offered: 16 hours offered

NASBA Continuing CPA Education Credits
The Association of Oil Pipe Lines is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site: www.nasba.org. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact AOPL’s office at 202-292-4508.

These courses are presented in a group-live format. See the agenda for the course level for each General and Workshop Session.

The total CPE credits for this Conference is two (2) hours for both introductory sessions, three (3) hours for the Plenary Session and 11 hours if you attend all of the breakout sessions. The maximum number of CPE credit hours available is 16 hours. The number of credits you earn in Accounting and Specialized Knowledge and Application Fields of Study CPE educational qualified courses per NASBA Standards will depend upon the courses you attend. In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, CPE credits will be granted based on a 50-minute hour. General remarks, business meeting breaks, lunch, etc. have not been included in the computation of credit hours. The CPE credit hours and Field of Study on your Certificate of Completion will be based upon the actual number of minutes you will have been physically present during CPE credit sessions. You will sign-in upon arrival for the General Session and will be required to sign in for each breakout you attend. Upon departure, provide the on-site coordinator with the written attestation on-site as to the courses attended and actual minutes attended. A Certificate of Completion based upon the attestation information provided, verified by the sign-in attendance form and departure time will be mailed to you following the conference. If you fail to follow these procedures on-site, there will be no subsequent ability to be awarded CPE credits for this event. Our Sponsor NASBA Identification Number is 103084.

Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
Continuing CPA Education Credits
We have registered with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy as a CPE sponsor. This registration does not constitute an endorsement by the Board as to the quality of our CPE program. The Association of Oil Pipe Lines’ Texas CPE Sponsor Number is 003466. This Registration is approved until April 30, 2015.

Continuing Legal Education Credits
The Association will file on your behalf for CLE credits in the U.S. states that attendees request during the online registration process. The Association will not guarantee your state will grant CLE credits for this Conference. See the attached Agenda for information on Course Level and Credit Minutes for each offered course. If you are interested in AOPL applying for you to receive Continuing Education credits, please fill out the appropriate section during the online registration process. Please contact Rekha Chandrasekher at (202) 292-4508 if you have any questions about these credits.

Attorneys seeking Illinois MCLE credits may contact Rekha Chandrasekher (rchandrasekher@aopl.org) to apply for a discounted registration fee due to financial hardship.

Related Web Pages and Sites:
Coeur D'Alene Resort
Resort Room Type Descriptions
Spokane International Airport

Related Files:

Conference Agenda
Speaker Biographies
Course Descriptions

Registration Includes:

The registration fee includes all sessions and the following meals/breaks:

Tuesday, September 16
Opening Mixer

Wednesday, September 17
Pipeline 101 Session Breakfast
Legal Committee Breakfast Sponsored by Hunton & Williams (Legal Committee Members Only)
FERC Relations Lunch (Invited AOPL Members Only)
Evening Reception Sponsored by Steptoe & Johnson

Thursday, September 18
Morning Break
Afternoon Break
Evening Reception Sponsored by the Regulatory Economics Group, LLC

Friday, September 19
Morning Break

Registration Fees:

These fees are available through 09/19/2014
Name Price Available To
Member Registration Fee $650.00   AOPL Members
Non-Member Registration $775.00   Non Members
API Staff $650.00   API Staff
Government Employees $575.00   Government Employees
Sponsor $0.00   ABC Sponsors
Speaker Registration $0.00   Speakers
Attendee Guest $0.00   Guest of Attendees


Special Events

Name Price Available To
Opening Mixer Sponsored by PowerPlan Sept 16  
Pipeline 101 Beginner Track  
FERC Roundtable Lunch  
Steptoe & Johnson Welcome Reception  
Regulatory Economics Group, LLC Social  

Cancellation and Other Policies:

Should anyone need to cancel their participation in the Conference, please contact Rekha Chandrasekher at AOPL by Friday, August 29, otherwise, registration fees will be forfeited. If you cancel prior to August 29 you will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative fee.

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