Environmental Compliance During Pipeline Construction

This workshop provides a technical overview of the inspection and compliance processes required during pipeline construction.

15 Professional Development Hours

Workshop Overview

This two-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 15 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.


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.

Workshop Topic Review

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

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.

Meet Your Instructors

Stacey Atella

Stacey Atella serves as a Project Manager and FERC Practice Lead at POWER Engineers. She has over 20 years of experience providing multi-disciplinary project management and regulatory compliance support for major natural gas pipeline systems. With a technical background in critical issues and feasibility analyses, planning, permitting, training program development, and construction compliance management, she brings a holistic perspective to project development that begins with the end in mind. 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.

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.

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