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An SGA Workshop on

Environmental Compliance During Pipeline Construction

 

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What past attendees are saying about this workshop.

"Very valuable information taught by fantastic instructors!"

"I thought that the seminar was very informative, the instructors were very knowledgeable, and I would recommend it to my peers."

"I truly enjoyed the order in which the workshop presented the stages of construction and tied in the responsibilities." 

  

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Workshop Scope

This three day 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 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

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 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.

Instructors

Stacey Atella

Stacey Atella is a Project Manager nearly 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.

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.

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 19 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.

Scott Rowland

 

Over the past 26 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.

 

Professional Development Hours

Workshop Schedule

Day 1:  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Day 2:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Day 3:  8:00 am - 11:30 am

Event Information

  • Registration Fee:
    • Member: $495
    • Non-Member: $745
    • Fee includes meal functions, refreshments and all meeting materials
  • Attire:
    • Business Casual

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