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An SGA Workshop on

Environmental Compliance During Pipeline Construction

 

Open sessions for this workshop are listed below.  If you are interested in attending this workshop at another date and location, select item #7 in our Workshop Interest Survey. Information for bringing this workshop to your location is also available below.

 

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Workshop Scope

This two half 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 inwith 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 to successful environmental compliance during construction of a pipeline or aboveground facility - including what is needed even before the construction equipment arrives at the construction site

Target Audience

  • 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 - specificaly as it relates to environmental regulatory compliance

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

 

The Relevance of this Training to Inspectors

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 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.

Instructors

Stacey Atella

Stacey Atella is a Project Manager with 16 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.

Chris Cable

With almost 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.

Tim Drake

Tim Drake is a senior consultant at Natural Resource Group, LLC, specializing in pipeline routing, construction, restoration, and environmental inspection issues. Tim has extensive 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.

Dean Lambert

For over 18 years, Dean Lambert has managed numerous environmental compliance projects across the United States in diverse environmental settings and challenging construction conditions. Mr. Lambert has extensive experience managing large-scale utility construction projects, ensuring environmental compliance and natural resource protection, and specializing in linear projects including natural gas and oil pipelines and electric transmission lines. He has worked on numerous major natural gas and oil pipeline projects, including the Maritimes & Northeast, Vector, Mardi Gras, and Entrega pipeline systems. Mr. Lambert also served as Third-party Compliance Manager for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) during the construction of the Millennium Pipeline and concurrent upgrades to the Algonquin and Iroquois Systems. He has a strong background in wetland ecology and wildlife biology. He has also conducted environmental inspection activities for marine construction support vessels in areas with significant sensitive resource concerns and water quality issues. He has also been a technical leader in the industry, as an instructor for the FERC conducting training in support of Post-Certificate Environmental Compliance at FERC compliance seminars conducted across the nation. Mr. Lambert has a Bachelor of Science in Resource Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.

Mark Riforgiat

Environmental Scientist with academic training in terrestrial and aquatic ecology, and hydrology. Career experience includes environmental permitting and NEPA compliance, EA and EIS preparation, natural resource surveys, water quality, watershed and lake management, and erosion and sediment control.   I hold an MS Degree in Hydrology and a BS Degree in Biology and General Ecology.

I have nearly 33 years of pipeline industry experience, that encompasses Environmental Inspection; Construction Management and construction contract administration;  management of Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) services; Project capital cost estimation; feasibility studies; route selection and alternatives analysis, constructability and field engineering surveys, FERC Resource Report preparation, environmental impact assessment, environmental document and exhibit preparation, mitigation planning, and environmental compliance inspection.

I have worked on pipeline projects in 32 states and in Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru in South America. I have been an instructor/discussion panel participant for the SGA Environmental Compliance and Inspection Workshop since 1991.

Scott Rowland

Over the past 25 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 well versed in state and federal regulatory requirements related to utility and energy operations, 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 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.

Professional Development Hours

Workshop Schedule

Day 1:  1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Day 2:  8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Day 3:  8:00 am - 11:30 am

Event Information

  • Registration Fee:
    • Member: $450
    • Non-Member: $675
    • Fee includes refreshment breaks, Day 2 breakfast &lunch, Day 3 breakfast and all meeting materials
  • Attire:
    • Business Casual

Questions

 

 

Stacey Atella

Stacey Atella is a Project Manager with 16 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.

 

Chris Cable

With almost 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.

 

Tim Drake

Tim Drake is a senior consultant at Natural Resource Group, LLC, specializing in pipeline routing, construction, restoration, and environmental inspection issues. Tim has extensive 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.

 

Dean Lambert

For over 18 years, Dean Lambert has managed numerous environmental compliance projects across the United States in diverse environmental settings and challenging construction conditions. Mr. Lambert has extensive experience managing large-scale utility construction projects, ensuring environmental compliance and natural resource protection, and specializing in linear projects including natural gas and oil pipelines and electric transmission lines. He has worked on numerous major natural gas and oil pipeline projects, including the Maritimes & Northeast, Vector, Mardi Gras, and Entrega pipeline systems. Mr. Lambert also served as Third-party Compliance Manager for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) during the construction of the Millennium Pipeline and concurrent upgrades to the Algonquin and Iroquois Systems. He has a strong background in wetland ecology and wildlife biology. He has also conducted environmental inspection activities for marine construction support vessels in areas with significant sensitive resource concerns and water quality issues. He has also been a technical leader in the industry, as an instructor for the FERC conducting training in support of Post-Certificate Environmental Compliance at FERC compliance seminars conducted across the nation. Mr. Lambert has a Bachelor of Science in Resource Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.

 

Mark Riforgiat

Environmental Scientist with academic training in terrestrial and aquatic ecology, and hydrology. Career experience includes environmental permitting and NEPA compliance, EA and EIS preparation, natural resource surveys, water quality, watershed and lake management, and erosion and sediment control.   I hold an MS Degree in Hydrology and a BS Degree in Biology and General Ecology.

I have nearly 33 years of pipeline industry experience, that encompasses Environmental Inspection; Construction Management and construction contract administration;  management of Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) services; Project capital cost estimation; feasibility studies; route selection and alternatives analysis, constructability and field engineering surveys, FERC Resource Report preparation, environmental impact assessment, environmental document and exhibit preparation, mitigation planning, and environmental compliance inspection.

I have worked on pipeline projects in 32 states and in Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru in South America. I have been an instructor/discussion panel participant for the SGA Environmental Compliance and Inspection Workshop since 1991.

 

Scott Rowland

Over the past 25 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 well versed in state and federal regulatory requirements related to utility and energy operations, 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 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.