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This two-day virtual workshop takes you through the pipeline construction and inspection process—from a general overview of the environmental inspection program to revegetation activities after construction is complete. Attendees will gain an overall understanding of elements of a pipeline construction project and how the job of an environmental inspector fits in with the overall inspection team.

Workshop Goals:

  • An overview of pipeline construction-related activities
  • An understanding of environmental inspection related requirements for pipeline construction projects
  • Recognition of the importance of good construction and inspection practices
  • The fundamental knowledge you need for successful environmental compliance during the construction of a pipeline or aboveground facility - including what is needed even before the construction equipment arrives at the construction site
  • Develop a network of peers for future support in the area of environmental compliance during construction


Workshop Topics: 

  • Overview of an Environmental Inspection Program
  • General Environmental Requirements
  • Clearing
  • Grading
  • Erosion Control
  • Sediment Control & Right-of-Way Revegetation
  • Trenching
  • Pipe Installation
  • Waterbody Crossing Requirements & Methods
  • Wetland Crossing Requirements & Methods
  • Site Cleanup
  • Right-of-Way Restoration


Attendees will receive 12 Professional Development Hours


Who Should Attend 

  • Engineers responsible for pipeline design and/or construction management
  • Managers responsible for pipeline permitting and construction management
  • Personnel responsible for permitting pipeline projects
  • Personnel assigned to the task of ensuring regulatory compliance during pipeline construction activities - specifically as it relates to environmental regulatory compliance



Pipeline construction projects can be complex for both seasoned inspectors and for those that are new to the world of pipeline inspection activities.  This workshop provides a forum for attendees to learn from experts in the field of pipeline construction, permitting and inspection; and allows for an open dialogue to ask questions related to environmental inspection requirements.

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will better understand the overall construction process and how an environmental inspector fits within the overall construction inspection team.  This knowledge will allow the environmental inspector to better manage their responsibilities and how those responsibilities interact with other construction inspectors.


When & Where 

September 14 - 15, 2020 | 08:00 am - 4:30 pm central


Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $595

Non-Member: $825

Experienced Instructor: 

Stacey Atella

Stacey Atella is a Project Manager with 20 years of experience providing regulatory compliance and project management support for major natural gas pipeline systems. With a technical background ranging from initial routing and siting studies to planning and permitting to training program development and construction compliance management, she is experienced in managing the environmental aspects of natural gas projects from conceptual siting to placing the line in-service.

Stacey’s experience includes federal and state permitting in support of the National Environmental Policy Act process, with specific expertise in projects regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She is skilled in the acquisition of permits and clearances in compliance with the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act. Her permitting and compliance experience spans a variety of environmental settings from urban and industrial areas to wetland complexes and offshore habitats in support of a diverse portfolio of natural gas infrastructure projects.


Scott Rowland

Over the past 27 years, Scott Rowland has worked on all phases of environmental planning, construction and compliance management, and operations and maintenance activities for small and large-scale utility projects. He is experienced in state and federal regulatory requirements related to small and large-scale utility and energy projects, and has successfully negotiated agency agreements, permits, and required filings for complex linear infrastructure projects in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. He combines environmental resource expertise and regulatory knowledge with practical construction experience, managing environmental compliance programs and overseeing environmental compliance activities during the construction of natural gas transmission, electric transmission and distribution, water, fiber, and other energy-related projects. Mr. Rowland has extensive experience providing biological and regulatory support for the construction, restoration, operation and maintenance of natural gas, electric, fiber optic, and water utilities throughout the western United States. Mr. Rowland is also an experienced field biologist, whose biological expertise is focused on the flora and fauna of the Western United States. Mr. Rowland has a Master of Arts in Biological Science/Vertebrate Ecology and a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Science.


Steve Riggs

Steve Riggs has a strong background in environmental inspection with expertise in stream and wetland crossings along with final cleanup operations. He has inspected both oil & gas pipelines and electric transmission construction across a diverse range of habitats in Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana, California and throughout the Midwestern United States. He’s a highly capable environmental consultant, project manager, lead environmental inspector, and environmental trainer with experience working with agency and contractor personnel on multi-jurisdictional projects. Besides his field experience, he has also worked in office settings in Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; San Diego, CA; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO, Las Vegas, NV; and Los Angeles, CA.


Tim Drake

Tim Drake is a Technical Director at Environmental Resources Management (ERM), specializing in pipeline routing, construction, restoration, and environmental inspection issues. Tim has over 23 years of experience working with clients to develop project-specific environmental mitigation plans and support environmental inspection and compliance programs. He has worked closely with project engineers, construction supervision teams, and agency regulators to develop and implement project plans and techniques to construct through sensitive resource areas including trout streams, wetlands, and national forests.


Chris Cable

With 20 years experience, Mr. Cable is among the industry’s most experienced and recognized pipeline construction professionals.  Mr. Cable has served as the Environmental Project Manager/Inspection Coordinator on several high-profile projects including the TGP 300 Line Expansion, Energy Transfer Company Tiger Pipeline Project, Dominion Cove Point Expansion Project, as well as serving as the Chief EI/Environmental Coordinator for the Columbia Gas Pipeline Line 1278 Replacement, Duke Energy Patriot Project, Williams Market Link and Leidy East Pipeline Project, and El Paso/Petal Gas Storage 100-Line Project.  Mr. Cable also has a thorough understanding of FERC requirements having performed environmental permitting and served as a FERC Monitor on El Paso/SONAT’s North Alabama Project and the Maritimes & Northeast Project, as well a number of other projects nationwide.  Mr. Cable is nationally recognized as an invited speaker at Southern Gas Association’s Environmental Inspector training sessions.  Mr. Cable’s depth of experience includes all phases of pipeline project development from environmental field surveys, permitting, mitigation planning and design, to environmental inspection and coordination of inspection programs and post-construction monitoring programs.  Mr. Cable is based near Albany, New York.




This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C"  when cancellation is needed.


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Optimizing Asset Life and Making Replacement Decisions Using DIMP PRA - WEBINAR


With the distribution industry trending towards probabilistic risk models, the capabilities and output of those models facilitate predictive analysis and evaluation such as, asset life expectancy, risk and cost over time, mitigation options, and ultimately replacement decisions.



Learning Objective:

By attending, participants will gain a greater understanding of the following:

  • How outputs of DIMP PRA model can be used for both enterprise risk management  
  • Assess asset life to aid in making asset replacement decisions  

Attendees will receive 1 Professional Development Hour



  • Pipeline Integrity and Engineers and Managers, Distribution and Transmission 
  •  Gas Control Room Operators 
  •  Gas Control Room Managers 
  •  System Modeling Engineers 


When & Where: 

July 28, 2020 |01:00 pm - 02:00 pm central time| VIRTUAL


Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $25


( If you prefer to avoid the credit card fee and pay by check, we can extend a 4% discount by registering with Member Services)

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Experienced Instructor:  


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 Tony Alfano, P.E., Head of Section, DNV GL’s Risk Management

Mr. Tony Alfano, P.E. is a Principal Engineer and Head of Section for DNV GL’s Risk Management team in Dublin, Ohio. Mr. Alfano has over 10 years of experience supporting clients with risk management focused on pipeline networks and facilities. Mr. Alfano has conducted significant on-site work with pipeline operators in the areas of risk management with an emphasis on transitioning risk assessment tools into higher-value risk management programs through model and system development.







Refund policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C" when cancellation is needed. 



For registration Information Please Contact Member Services

For content Information Please Contact Learning & Professional Development.



LNG and CNG - Opportunities to meet demand in an evolving energy landscape - WEBINAR



Natural gas is transported by pipeline, boat, truck and soon, rail. What are the impacts on pipeline operators as well as the end-users?

Future outlooks anticipate that natural gas is set to overtake oil as the world’s primary energy source in the mid-2020s. This will require liquefied natural gas (LNG) to occupy a larger role in the energy mix. 

LNG is natural gas that has been supercooled to a liquid state, for shipping and storage. The volume of natural gas in its liquid state is about 600 times smaller than its volume in its gaseous state. This process makes it possible to transport natural gas to places pipelines do not reach and to use natural gas as a transportation fuel.

LNG makes it possible to provide this fuel to areas where natural gas pipelines are not feasible or do not exist. Liquefying natural gas is a way to move natural gas from producing regions to markets, such as from the United States to countries overseas. As a group, Asian countries are the largest global importers of LNG.



Learning Objective:

By attending, participants will gain a greater understanding of the following:

  •  LNG and CNG in the US, the current state of LNG export, emerging uses for LNG and CNG as a non-pipeline solution to growing natural gas demand and increasing regulations

Attendees will receive 1 Professional Development Hour



  • Interstate pipeline companies
  • LDC operators
  • Commercial and Industrial energy buyers
  • Pipeline inspection and construction companies
  • Natural gas Marketing companies
  • LDC Transport and marketing teams
  • Gas Supply teams


When & Where: 

June 25, 2020 |11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT| VIRTUAL


Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $50


Registration is now closed




Experienced Instructor:  


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James Hulse, Director, Mobile Energy Solutions, CenterPoint Energy

James Hulse is a respected leader and development contributor in the natural gas industry. With more than 10 years of experience in LNG and CNG, as well as holding a patent on LNG pump system technology he has the technical expertise as well as the business knowledge to provide real world solutions to the natural gas consumers. That expertise is used to advance two CenterPoint Energy businesses; Mobile Energy Solutions (MES), which is the leading supplier of LNG and CNG as a delivered natural gas supply during pipeline interruptions, capacity constraints or pipeline construction delays and CenterPoint Energy Intrastate Pipeline (CEIP) which constructs, operates and maintains final mile transmission interconnects. In this role, he focuses on increasing customer loyalty, and the continuous development of products and services to better serve those customers’ needs. 

Hulse has worked in natural gas as the VP of Business Development for Transfuels (ENN), an LNG and CNG infrastructure leader, and the Manager of Business Development for Applied LNG, a Liquefied Natural Gas producer. He has also held other leadership roles in global supply chain, marketing and sales.






Refund policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C" when cancellation is needed. 



For registration Information Please Contact Member Services

For content Information Please Contact Learning & Professional Development.