Pipeline Safety Council

Providing leadership to enhance the safe operation of our pipelines


Provide leadership while working with operators and stakeholders to enhance the safe operation of our pipelines

The Pipeline Safety Council will consist of senior delegates from member companies who will advance pipeline safety for transmission, midstream and distribution operating companies.  The Council will provide leadership while working with operators and stakeholders to enhance the safe operation of our pipelines by focusing in the two primary areas of: Pipeline Incident Review and Application of Best Practices and Technology.  Core to the Council’s resolution will be the sharing of operator actions in response to events and their experience from adoption of new technologies and processes. The Council will encourage and support smart practices and lessons learned in an open, collegial and learning environment.


  • The ultimate deliverable of the Council is to develop and foster an environment of sharing and learning among industry participants resulting in the operation of the natural gas delivery infrastructure without incidents.
  • Commitment to safety as a critical component to continuously improving the industry’s operational and financial performance.
  • Pursue the improvement of knowledge management to ensure members learn from past incidents, experiences and current practices.
  • Commitment to expanding integrity management standards beyond regulatory requirements.
  • Educate stakeholders to understand the importance and value of reducing risk and improving pipeline safety.
  • Feb 2021– SGA’s Pipeline Safety Council announces the opening of application to participate in PSMS Tactical Guides


The Council will meet as necessary to assure the mission is accomplished and deliverables are completed.

Success Definition

  • Incident Free natural gas delivery system
  • Continuous pipeline safety improvement.
  • Compliance with current regulatory requirements and exceeding requirements to ensure safety.
  • Knowledge Management through industry wide communications of current practices and post-incident actions.
Jeremy Troutman, Chair

Director, Integrity and Reliability
Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc.

Anthony James Moy, Member

Gas Engineering Manager
CPS Energy

Bill DeFoor, Member

Director - Regulatory Compliance
Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia

Brian Langille, Member

Gas System Assistant Director
Clearwater Gas System

Brian Patrick Lenhart III, Member

Group Leader, Gas CRM Engineering
LG&E and KU Energy LLC

Brian Weisker, Member

Vice President, Operations Excellence
Piedmont Natural Gas

Chris Lason, Member

Vice President
Energy Transfer

Chuck Kanoy, Member

Director, Transmission Asset Owner|
NiSource, Inc.

Clint Ratke, Vice-Chair

Manager - Pipeline Safety
Williams Companies

Craig Hoeferlin, Member

Vice President of Operations
Spire Missouri Inc.

Dave Durgin, Member

Director, Natural Gas Division
City of Orangeburg, SC

David Monte, Member

SVP of Safety and Training
NiSource, Inc.

Eric J. Amundsen, Board Liaison

Sr. VP Operations
Energy Transfer

Jeff Sylvester, Member

Sr. Vice President, Gas Operations
Florida Public Utilities Co.

Jeffrey Pollock, P.E., Member

TC Energy USA Pipeline Services, LLC

Jon S. Russell, Member

Safety & Regulatory Compliance Coordinator
Clearwater Gas System

Kevin Webber, Member

Senior Vice President
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

Luke Litteken, Board Liaison

Senior Vice President, Gas
Xcel Energy

Mark Aaron Harris, Member

Manager, Crisis Management
Atlanta Gas Light

Patrick F. Carey, Member

Director, Operations
Kinder Morgan

Richard F. Wall, Member

VP Engineering & Operations
TECO Peoples Gas

Richard K. Ashy, Member

VP, Operations - North Region
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners

Royce A. Brown, Member

Energy Transfer (Enable Midstream Partners)

Sean Blair, P.E., Member

Managing Director Transmission Operations
ONE Gas, Inc.

Shawn L. Patterson, Member

VP, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Information Officer
Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc.

Stanwood Given, Member

Director of Pipeline Safety
Summit Utilities, Inc.

Steven Criag Yehle, Member

Director, Gas Transmission
Xcel Energy

Suzanne Ogle, SGA Staff Liaison, alternate

Southern Gas Association

Talmadge R. Centers, Jr., Member

VP, Environmental Safety and Training
CenterPoint Energy

Thomas Correll, Member

Senior Director Pipeline Safety and Risk
Northern Natural Gas

Thomas V. Wooden, Jr., Member


Tom Rieth, Member

Director, Gas Ops Const and Eng
LG&E and KU Energy LLC

SGA Staff Liaisons

Suzanne Ogle
President & CEO, SGA | President, GMRC