April 24, 2024

Environmental Compliance During Pipeline Construction

Virtual, Instructor-Led

Workshop Summary

This one-day workshop provides a technical overview of the inspection and compliance processes required during pipeline construction. Registrants can expect to have the following knowledge resources following coursework completion.

  • Understand environmental inspection programs and revegetation restoration following project completion.
  • List the components and processes with confidence relating to pipeline construction projects.
  • Utilize the why, how, and where environmental inspectors align with inspection teams.
  • Know how environmental inspectors manage their responsibilities and how those responsibilities interact and impact other construction inspectors.

Pipeline construction projects are complex for seasoned and new inspectors. This workshop provides an open forum for registrants to learn from field experts in pipeline construction, permitting and inspection. Additionally, time and space are intentionally set for open dialogue amongst instructors and registrants to discuss trends, challenges, and solutions that are unique to the field and individual experiences.

This workshop qualifies for 8 Professional Development Hours (PDH). Upon successful completion of this workshop, registrants will be presented with a digital SGA accreditation as a Level 2 Environmental Compliance of Natural Gas Pipeline Construction Specialist badge.


Learning Objectives

  • Summarize pipeline construction-related terms and activities.
  • Understand environmental inspection-related requirements for pipeline construction projects.
  • Know construction and inspection best practices.
  • Utilize pre-project compliance checklists and specification summaries.
  • Develop and expand a network of peers and subject matter experts for ongoing resources and support in t environmental compliance during pipeline construction.


Session Topics

  • Synopsis of a Successful Environmental Inspection Program
  • Environmental Requirements
  • Clearing
  • Grading
  • Erosion Control and Sediment Control
  • Right-of-Way Revegetation
  • Trenching
  • Pipeline Installation
  • Waterbody Crossing Requirements and Methods
  • Wetland Crossing Requirements and Methods
  • Cleanup, Restoration and Revegetation
  • Special Construction Procedures


Who Should Attend

  • All new and existing employees with responsibilities that range in:
    • 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 relating to environmental regulatory compliance.


Credly Digital Badge

Level 2 Environmental Compliance of Natural Gas Pipeline Construction Specialist

SGA has partnered with Credly, the leader in digital credentials, to certify the recipients have a demonstrated a commitment to gain a foundational understanding of local, state and federal guidelines and regulations that pertain to laying new pipeline throughout the contiguous United States and coastal regions. Further, they have communication skills necessary to act as the moderator between the company, contractor(s), and environmental inspector (s) during the entirety of a project’s life cycle.


Level 2 Environmental Compliance During Pipeline Construction Specialists with this credential must have completed Southern Gas Associations’ virtual one day workshop and course material. Additionally, they must be currently employed and have professional, technical or field exposure that is directly attributed to the natural gas industry.

Meet Your Instructors

Scott Rowland

Over the past 29 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 Sciences/Vertebrate Ecology and a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Science.

Steve Riggs

With 29 years’ experience in the industry, 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 is a highly capable environmental consultant, project manager, lead environmental inspector, agency monitor (BLM & FERC), 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 Den-ver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; San Diego, CA; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO, Las Vegas, NV; and Los Angeles, CA.


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.


Chris Cable

With 22 years of 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 several other projects nationwide. Mr. Cable is nationally recognized as an invited speaker at the Southern Gas Association’s Environmental Inspector training sessions. Mr. Cable’s depth of experience includes all phases of pipe-line project development from environmental field surveys, permitting, mitigation planning and design, to environmental inspection and coordination of inspec-tion programs and post-construction monitoring programs. Mr. Cable is based near Albany, New York.


From 04-24-2024 8:00 am CST until 04-24-2024 5:00 pm CST



Registration Information
Member $525
Non-Member $760

3% fee applied if paying by a credit card

Who can attend?

SGA Cancellation Policy "C"

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