2015 South Dakota/North Dakota Pipeline Safety Operator Training Agenda

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.


Updated 05/04/2015

All times are central daylight

Speaker bios

7-8 a.m.


8-9 a.m.

Welcome, Introductions

Mary Zanter, Pipeline Safety Program Manager, South Dakota PUC


Opening Remarks

Mary Zanter, South Dakota PUC


Aaron Morman, Pipeline Safety Program Manager, North Dakota PSC



South Dakota 811 Update

Larry Janes, Executive Director, South Dakota 811

9-10 a.m.

Part 192 and 195 New Regulations and Updates

Bryan Kichler, Instructor, PHMSA Training & Qualifications

10-10:30 a.m.

Refreshment & Networking Break

10:30-11:15 a.m.

Damage Prevention Update
Harold Winnie, Community Assistance & Technical Services Project Manager,

11:15 a.m.-Noon

Corrosion Risk & Pipeline Integrity

Tom Hutchins, Vice President of Gas Delivery, MidAmerican Energy Co.

API 15S Specification & the Rulemaking for Spooled Pipe

DeWitt Burdeaux, Regulatory Compliance Specialist, Flexsteel PipeTechnologies

Noon-1 p.m.


1-2 p.m.

Contractor Requirements

Regarding Drug & Alcohol Testing & Operator Qualifications

Josh Geurian, Owner/Operator Support,
National Compliance Management Services

NCMS Presentation


Christine Blankenship,
Account Representative, & Mark Feild, Senior Associate, ISN

ISN Presentation

Meaningful Metrics for DIMP

Guidance for Strengthening Pipeline Safety through Rigorous Program Evaluation & Meaningful Metrics
Charlie Helm, Instructor,
PHMSA Training & Qualifications

2-2:45 p.m.

Pipeline Operations - Oil & Natural Gas
Virgil Pfennig, Manager,
Northern U.S. Oil - Glacial Lakes
TransCanada Corp.

2:45-3:15 p.m.

Refreshment & Networking Break

3:15-3:45 p.m.

Dakota Access Pipeline: Project Overview, Pipeline Operation, Leak Prevention & Detection, & Emergency Response
Chad Arey, Senior Operations Integration Manager, Dakota Access Pipeline/
Energy Transfer Crude Oil Co.

3:45-4:30 p.m.

Vendor Presentations

Border States
Performance Pipe
Koons Gas Measurement

Vendor Presentation
Midwest ENERGY Association

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Reception hosted by Exhibitors


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.


8-8:30 a.m.

American Public Gas Association Update

Gerry Lee, OQ Program Manager, APGA Security & Integrity Foundation

8:30-9 a.m.

Operator Qualifications

Richard Stump, Midwest ENERGY Association

9-9:30 a.m.

Refreshment & Networking Break

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Lessons Learned: Incident Examples

Walter Siedlecki, Senior Utility Consultant, AEGIS Insurance Services

10:30 -11:15 a.m.

Developing an Incident Command Plan

Allan Miller, Response Branch Team Leader, S.D. Office of Emergency Management

11:15 a.m.-Noon

Georgia Pipeline & Emergency Responder Program
Harold Winnie, Community Assistance & Technical Services Project Manager,

Noon-1 p.m.


1-2 p.m.

Conducting Emergency Drills

Robert Hill, Director/Emergency Manager, Brookings (S.D.) County Development Department

2-2:30 p.m.

Refreshment & Networking Break

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Operator Qualification & Accident Investigation

Warren Miller, Senior Regulatory Compliance Specialist, Veriforce

NTSB Final Report, Jan. 20, 2015; Natural Gas Distribution Pipeline Leak & Resulting Multi-Story Structures Explosion; Harlem, N.Y.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Closing Session