Environmental

Wednesday, April 19

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Regulated Air Space – Utilities and Emission Regulations
Speakers: Sara Head, Principal Scientist, Yorke Engineering, LLC
Todd Sostek, Manager, Site Assessment & Environmental Research, Southern California Gas Company
Charles Humphrey, Environmental Project Manager, Southern California Gas Company
This talk will address the requirements of proposition 65 for emergency deployment of generators. Additionally, a natural gas utility will present the chemistry of methane in the atmosphere, measuring methane emissions, regulatory control, sources of leaks, and leak abatement.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Operational Challenges: Are You Contaminated?
Speakers: Chip Bloomer, Senior Environmental Specialist, Portland General Electric
Daniel Sanchez, Manager, Hazardous Materials and Water Quality, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
The first presentation in this session will be an overview of Portland General Electric’s (PGE) PCB elimination program and their switch to FR3 a soy based dielectric fluid. PGE is in the process of eliminating all oil filled operational equipment regulated by the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and has made the switch to FR3 a soy based dielectric fluid. This discussion will go over the decision making process for these programs including a discussion on potential changes to PCB regulation. The second part of this session will focus on hydrotesting gas transmission pipelines, the disposal and management of hydrotest water, and hydrotest best management practices.

Thursday, April 20

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
How are National Regulations Affecting our Infrastructure?
Speakers: Mark Tucker, National Mitigation Banking Lead, Burns & McDonnell
Sam Garcia, Biology Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Doug Johnson, Manager, South Interior Environmental Field Services, BC Hydro
The first part of this talk will provide advanced mitigation strategies through reducing permit time, increasing certainty and controlling costs. It will provide an overview of the national regulations and guidance affecting mitigation and compare and contrast the pros and cons of mitigation banking, turn-keys, and permittee responsible mitigation. The talk will also give an overview of the mitigation banking process. The second part of the session will focus on the changes to national regulations and how they can affect our infrastructure. One such change is with a regulation change with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), who had been incorporating the terms of United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Biological Opinions into USACE permits irrespective of USACE jurisdiction, and this is no longer going to occur. The third presentation of this session will summarise the Canadian National Energy Board (NEB), its relationship with BC Hydro, and the NEB’s inspection of BC Hydro’s International Power Lines. With a new federal government, the NEB’s mandate expanded to include inspection of these lines; BC Hydro is the first utility to be inspected by NEB.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Advanced Tools and How We Use Them: Data Acquisition and Execution
Speakers: John McDougal, Expert Land Surveying Consultant, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Robert Young, Regional Manager – Environmental Studies & Permitting, Burns & McDonnell
Rebekah Burchell, Fisheries Biologist, Portland General Electric
The first part of this session will focus on how technology can assist with the implementation of complicated projects through the use of advanced tools, reporting and software in order to keep track of large amounts of information and produce successful results. It will include case examples and demonstrations where these advanced tools have been implemented. The second part of this session will focus on LiDAR’s use for Right-of-Way management, vegetation management, and many other uses. The third part of the session covers aerial tracking of anadromous salmon. In 2012, adult salmon and steelhead were passed above a three-dam complex for the first time since the 1960’s. JCART (Juvenile Combined Acoustic Radio Telemetry) tags were inserted into the adults and radio-tracked using a variety of mobile tracking methods. Due to the amount of private land and/or remoteness, ruggedness of the rivers and tributaries, helicopter tracking became our primary form of mobile tracking. Ms. Burchell will be presenting on the benefits of using helicopter mobile tracking, improvements in our antenna placement and the ability to see the habitat utilization during migration.